Biographies

 
Sheindel Ifrah

Website Designer, Administrative Coordinator

Biography:

After earning a degree in education and teaching biology for 2 years, Sheindel missed the interaction with patients that she experienced during her three summers at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted research in the Women’s Malignancies Clinic. It was then that she accepted employment at Mid-Atlantic Cornea Consultants, led by Sudeep Pramanik, MD, MBA, FACS. In this position, she has observed many fascinating surgeries including procedures of complex and congenital cataracts, and different corneal transplant methodologies.

As a part of the ICF, Sheindel aims to make corneal transplants a more meaningful experience by forming anonymous relationships with donor reciepients and donor families. It has been rewarding to be a part of a practice and a foundation that aim to bring excellent eye care and vision restoration treatment to other communities. Sheindel has also designed and developed the website for the ICF.

Having observed the barriers preventing donor recipients from receiving required organs due to race, ethnicity and culture of the recipient, involvement in the ICF has allowed Sheindel to see the beginning stages of widespread access to proper medical care that everyone deserves.

Sudeep Pramanik, MD, MBA, FACS

Founder, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Mary Jane Vance Fellowship Administrator

Biography:

Dr. Sudeep Pramanik is a board certified ophthalmologist and Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology specializing in cornea and external disease. He completed his internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.  His residency and fellowship of cornea and external disease was completed at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He also completed an MBA at Rice University’s Jones School of Management, graduating among the top of his class as a Jones Scholar.

As a corneal specialist, Dr. Pramanik offers all methods of corneal transplantation (PKP/ DLEK / DALK / DMEK / DSEK / and keratoprosthesis), complex cataract surgery by referral, refractive surgery, ocular tumor surgery, and reconstruction of the front portion of the eye.

Dr. Pramanik is passionate about helping fight blindness. He has been to India numerous times to teach courses at the Aravind Eye Hospital, the Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology in Bangalore, and the Disha Eye Hospital in Barrackpore.    While on his most recent trip to India in January 2011, Dr. Pramanik was recognized and awarded for helping to develop an endothelial keratoplasty program for Aravind Eye Hospital. He has trained several of their faculty in advance keratoplasty techniques including DSEK and DALK, enabling them to help countless others by performing these surgeries in the highest volume charity eye hospital system in the world. Dr. Pramanik has also traveled with ORBIS to teach pediatric keratoplasty in India. ORBIS is a non profit organization that provides eye care to countries in need. Since its first program in 1982, ORBIS volunteer doctors and other experienced volunteers have provided care to over 85 countries including Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Vietnam, Peru, and Jamaica. Instead of creating short term assistance, ORBIS volunteer doctors teach and train local doctors so they can provide their own local eye care. ORBIS has the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, with a teaching facility and an ophthalmic surgical center aboard. Learn more about ORBIS, saving sight worldwide.

Angelique Pillar, MD

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Mary Jane Vance Fellowship

Biography:

Dr. Angelique Pillar, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She offers our patients in Columbia, Frederick and Towson expertise in the most modern methods of diagnosis and treatments in cornea, external disease, refractive and complex cataract surgery.


Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland where she was elected Chief Resident and voted Outstanding Resident in Ophthalmology. She studied cutting edge corneal and refractive surgery at the world famous Cleveland Clinic and brings her skills back to our patients in Maryland.

As Director of Research, Dr. Pillar has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on cornea and refractive surgery. She has been awarded grants to present the results of her research at multiple national scientific meetings. Dr. Pillar is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society. Her current research interests include extending tissue utilization in endothelial keratoplasty, new technology for dry eye, and improving quality of laser vision correction.

Jessica Byer, COA

Treasurer

Biography: 

In June 2006, Jessica Byer graduated from Medix School Towson as a Medical assistant. Jessica, Treasurer of the International Cornea Foundation, is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician currently working as a Clinical Application Specialist with a femtolaser company. Jessica trains surgeons and nurses how to correctly and safely use the laser to fragment the lens and make corneal incisions before cataract surgery.  She was also involved in an FDA clinical trial as the lead study coordinator for Avedro Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking.

Fasika Woreta, MD

Mary Jane Vance Fellowship Partner, Mission: Ethiopia

 

Biography: 

Fasika A. Woreta, M.D., is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She specializes in corneal and external eye diseases, including cataracts, and refractive surgery. Her research interests include corneal diseases as well as ocular immunology.

Dr. Woreta received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following an internship in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She then completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami and a cataract fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Woreta returned to Wilmer to join the faculty as chief resident from July 2013 through June 2014, prior to her appointment as an assistant professor.

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