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Elmer Tu, M.D.
Dr. Tu received his M.D. at the University of Miami, and completed his internship at Evanston Hospital at Northwestern University School of Medicine. After completing an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Tu was awarded a Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Dr. Tu is currently a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and the Director of the Cornea Service at UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. His professional interests include diseases of the cornea and external eye, external eye infections, and corneal transplantation - including DSEK, lamellar and penetrating keratoplasty.
Ellen Shorter, O.D.
BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow
Dr. Shorter graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, with a degree in biology. She earned her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, graduating summa cum laude. While earning her doctorate, Dr. Shorter received many awards and honors, including the Exceptional Tutor Award; she served as the class salutatorian and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and the Tomb and Key Honor Society.
Dr. Shorter performed her residency at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL; and at the Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines Veteran’s Hospital in Hines, IL. In 2010 she completed the BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight. Currently, Dr. Shorter is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the PROSE Clinic at UIC.
Charlotte Joslin, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
Dr. Joslin is currently an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UIC, and Director of the Contact Lens Service. After earning her Doctor of Optometry at Ohio State University College of Optometry, Dr. Joslin completed her residency at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and at the Blind Rehabilitation Center in Hines, Illinois. Doctor Joslin also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Division of Epidemiology) from the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include epidemiology of Acanthamoeba keratitis, contact lens-related infections and eye infections, and predicting IOL power after corneal refractive surgery.
Dimitri Azar, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Azar earned his M.D. at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; he completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, where he was awarded a research fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute, and a clinical fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Doctor Azar is currently the Chair of the UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. His research interests include corneal wound healing; the role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in the cornea; and mathematical modeling and optics in refractive surgery and presbyopic treatments.
In December 2011, Dr. Azar was named Dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
Jose de la Cruz, M.D.
Dr. de la Cruz is an assistant professor at UIC and is Regional Director of the Pan-American Cornea Society. After earning his M.D. from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, Dr. de la Cruz completed his internship at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York. Doctor de la Cruz was a resident at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and was awarded a cornea/refractive surgery clinical fellowship at UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary. His professional and research interests include anterior segment imaging and keratoprosthesis and the artificial cornea program.
Ali Djalilian, M.D.
Dr. Djalilian, who is currently Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Corneal Epithelial Biology and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, earned his M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, where he also completed his cornea research fellowship and his ophthalmology residency. His professional and research interests include cornea and ocular surface disease, ocular surface reconstruction, transplantation, limbal stem cell biology and tissue engineering.
Sandeep Jain, M.D.
Dr. Jain received his M.D. from the University of Delhi, India, after which he completed a cornea research fellowship at Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Upon completing his internship at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York, Dr. Jain performed his ophthalmology residency at Columbia University’s Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute. Dr. Jain, who was awarded a corneal clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School, is currently an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of the Corneal Neurobiology Laboratory, and Director of the Dry Eye Service at UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary. His professional and research interests include dry eye disease and corneal wound healing.
Joel Sugar, M.D.
Dr. Sugar received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, where he graduated cum laude. After completing his internship at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, and his residency in ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Sugar was awarded a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the University of Florida Medical School in Gainesville, where he studied under Dr. H.E. Kaufman. Currently Vice-Chairman of Clinical Operations and a Professor of Ophthalmology at UIC, Dr. Sugar’s professional and research interests include the mechanism involving the development of keratoconus and the treatment and prevention of herpes simplex eye disease.
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