Global Members Committee



The Global Members Committee assesses the needs of non-U.S. based members and recommends ways to increase participation in ARVO to the Board of Trustees.


  • Collects and interprets statistical information relating to the involvement of non-U.S. based members in ARVO.
  • Encourages non-U.S. based members to more fully participate in the governance and programs of ARVO.
  • Sponsors ARVO Annual Meeting workshops on relevant topics.
  • Reports to the Board of Trustees at its regular meetings.

The committee meets during the Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect, email and conference call during the year.


How to Apply: The 2023 applications period closed on Jan. 11

To be considered for membership on the Committee, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

  • Invest time in their application
  • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2024.



Sandra Block, OD

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Illinois College of Optometry & World Council of Optometry
Chicago , Ill.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Rony Sayegh, MD

Section: Cornea
Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute - Ophthalmology Dept.
Cleveland , Ohio
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/09/2024


Wai Kit Chu

Section: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
, Hong Kong
Term: 05/01/2022 - 05/30/2025


Alberto de Castro Arribas, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics
Instituto de Optica, CSIC
Madrid , Spain
Term: 05/01/2022 - 05/30/2025


Himal Kandal, PhD

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
The University of Sydney
Sydney , Australia
Term: 05/01/2022 - 05/30/2025


Mengxi Shen

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami , Fl.
Term: 05/01/2022 - 05/30/2025


Omar Mahroo, PhD, FRCOphth

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University College London - Institute of Ophthalmology
London , U.K.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Enitan Sogbesan, MD, FRCSC

Section: Glaucoma
McMaster University - Surgery – Ophthalmology
Hamilton , Ontario, Canada
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Damian Dorfman, MD, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026


Erdost Yildiz, MD, PhD

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Stuttgart , Germany
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/07/2026

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

Stephen Burns, PhD, FARVO

Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics
Indiana University School of Optometry
Bloomington , Ind.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/07/2024

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

C. Ross Ethier, PhD, FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta , Ga.
Term: 05/18/2023 - 05/04/2028

Ex Officio

Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Schepens Eye Research Institute -Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston , Mass.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/09/2024

Executive Vice President

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Colorado
Boulder , Colo.
Term: 05/20/2022 - 05/31/2027

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Elizabeth Austin

Director, Marketing