Dr. McDonald received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1976, followed by an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital/Cornell, both in New York City. She finished her training in 1981 after a fellowship in corneal and external diseases with Dr. Herbert E. Kaufman at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. From 1981 Dr. McDonald held tenure at LSU Medical School and became Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of the Corneal Service, and Chairman of Promotions and Tenure before she established the Southern Vision Institute in New Orleans in 1994. She joined the Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island in Lynbrook, NY, in 2006. Currently, she is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University in Manhattan and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans.
She is a staff physician at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital; TLC in Garden City, NY; Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place, NY; and Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY. For her pioneering work in refractive surgery that included development and performance of the first excimer laser procedure in patients, she has received numerous recognition awards from her peers including the 1988 Lans Distinguished Refractive Surgeon Lecture, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty; the 1993 Barraquer Lecturer, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the 2000 Whitney Sampson Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology; and the 2001 Binkhorst Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology. She serves on numerous Editorial Boards of clinical and scientific journals and is an active member of multiplenational and international professional societies that have accorded recognition including: Vice President Finance, International Society of Contact Lens Research (1993-2011); Honorary President, Founding Member, International Association of Women Eye Surgeons (1997-1998); 2001 President, Association of Women Eye Surgeons; President, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2002-2003); President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and President, International Society for Contact Lens Research (2011?2013). She has over 1,000 publications in the field of cornea and refractive surgery and has been the principal investigator of three National Eye Institute grants. Dr. McDonald lives in Port Washington, New York.
Dr. Nolfi is a practicing Optometrist with two multi-practitioner, full-service offices in Toronto, Ontario CANADA. He attended the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and graduated with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) in 1993. Also, Dr. Nolfi attended the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business and graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1999.
Dr. Nolfi has served as a clinical and strategic consultant to many different vision care companies including Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., Alcon Inc., Allergan Inc., AMO Inc., and TLC Laser Eye Centres Inc. Over the years, Dr. Nolfi has lectured across Canada, the United States and internationally on many vision care issues. He has also published a number of articles in leading vision care journals.
Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977 and first in his class at Dartmouth Medical School in 1980. He was a resident and Chief Resident at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and he completed a Cornea Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in 1985. He is a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU.
Dr. Donnenfeld has served as Resident Instructor at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and as Program Director at North Shore University Hospital. He is a National Medical Director of TLC and Surgical Director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. Dr. Donnenfeld served as president of many professional societies including the Nassau Surgical Society, cornea section of ASCRS, the Ophthalmology Division of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and the International Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He will be president of ASCRS in 2013. Dr. Donnenfeld is the editor in chief of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.
He has written over 180 peer reviewed papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 15 book chapters and books. He is on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award.
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a clinician-scientist with special interest in corneal and external diseases and corneal and lens-based refractive surgery. Dr. Pepose received a B.A. (magna cum laude with high honors in biology) and M.A. both in 1975 from Brandeis University. He completed the M.D.-Ph.D. program (Alpha Omega Alpha) at the UCLA School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. After an internal medicine internship at UCLA Medical Center and a Damon Runyon Research Fellowship in Medical Genetics at Jules Stein Eye Institute, he completed ophthalmology residency training at The Wilmer Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a clinical fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center.
In 1988, Dr. Pepose joined the full time faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine as a tenured Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology and rose to the rank of the Bernard Becker Professor of Ophthalmology. He is the recipient of the Cogan Award from ARVO, the senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has enjoyed grant support from the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness, is an Executive Editor of The American Journal of Ophthalmology and has served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Refractive Surgery, Cornea, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Pepose is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control. He holds several patents, has published over 243 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and co-edited a textbook on Ocular Infections and Immunity. He is President of the Lifelong Vision Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is ophthalmic research, education and community service.