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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Alley, Cynthia; Allen, Richard C.

Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: September 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/ICU.0000000000000601

Current Opinion in Ophthalmology was launched in 1990. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of Ophthalmology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Cynthia Alley

Dr Cynthia Alley specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. She has a special interest in treating adult strabismus.

Dr Alley earned her medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine, and then completed her training in ophthalmology at Temple University Hospital. She went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr Alley is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Costenbader Society, where she serves on the board.

Dr Alley is the former Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Temple University Hospital, where she also served as Residency Program Director. Currently, she is on staff at Wills Eye Hospital, where she trains ophthalmology residents and medical students. She is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr Alley is actively involved with World Blindness Outreach, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to treating preventable causes of blindness around the world. She has participated in multiple missions in India, Brazil, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador, and serves on the board of directors.

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Richard C. Allen

Richard C. Allen, MD, PhD, FACS is a Professor in the Dept. of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr Allen attended Duke University and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in chemistry where he received the Departmental Award in Chemistry. He was accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine where he received his MD and PhD Degrees. His dissertation “Molecular Genetics of X-linked Immunodeficiencies Affecting B Lymphocyte Function” was awarded the Sigma Xi Thesis Excellence Award.

Dr Allen completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Under the mentorship of Edwin M. Stone, MD, PhD, and Thomas A. Oetting, MD, MS, he completed a fellowship in molecular ophthalmology and comprehensive ophthalmology at the University of Iowa.

In 2000, Dr Allen joined the faculty in the Dept. of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine where he was Chief of the Ophthalmology Service at Ben Taub General Hospital. In 2002, he joined the faculty in the Division of Ophthalmology, Dept. of Surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. From 2004 to 2006, he completed additional fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Iowa under the direction of Jeffrey A. Nerad MD and Keith D. Carter MD, sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

In 2006, Dr Allen returned to New Mexico where he rejoined the faculty at the University of New Mexico. In 2009, Dr Allen returned to the University of Iowa as an Associate Professor with tenure in the Dept. of Ophthalmology. From 2013–2014, he was a visiting physician at St. Erik's Eye Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2015, Dr Allen joined the faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA; in 2018, he moved his primary appointment to Baylor College of Medicine where his is a Professor with tenure.

Dr Allen is a member of ASOPRS, the Orbital Society, the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the North American Skull Base Society, and the American Eye Study Club. His research interests include oncologic and genetic diseases of the eyelids, orbit, and lacrimal system. He sees patients at Alkek Eye Center, Texas Children's Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Ben Taub General Hospital. He resides in Houston, TX with his wife Missy, son Augustus, and daughter Astrid.

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