International Chapter Affiliate Committee

International Chapter Affiliate Committee 


The International Chapter Affiliate Committee (ICAC) recommends policies for establishing new international chapter affiliates as well as strategies for building research collaborations; developing and promoting educational programming with international chapter affiliates; and responding to the interest and needs of eye and vision researchers around the world.


The consists of one representative from each Chapter Affiliate, from recommendations put forth by each Chapter Affiliate and appointed by the ARVO President-elect. The ex-officio (voting) positions of chair-elect, chair, and immediate past chair each carries a one-year term and is filled by the appointed representative from each Chapter Affiliate in turn, based on a rotation cycle in order of Chapter Affiliate establishment date. The Chapter Affiliates follow a leadership rotation cycle: Currently, the chair position is filled by the representative from ARVO's Israeli Chapter Affiliate (ISVER) and the chair-elect position is filled by the representative from ARVO's Brazilian Chapter Affiliate (BRAVO). 


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



Dror Sharon, PhD

Section: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hadassah-Hebrew Univ Medical Ctr
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

Chair Elect

Augusto Paranhos, MD

Section: Glaucoma
Federal Univ of Sao Paulo
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

AARVO (Austria) Representative

Herbert A Reitsamer, MD

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
Paracelsus University Salzburg
Term: 05/05/2011 - 05/03/2018

AIVO (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay) Representative

Jeremias Gaston Galletti, MD PhD

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
Institute of Experimental Medicine
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

ARVO-EGYPT (Egypt) Representative

Mohamed El Bahrawy, MD

Section: Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
Watany Research and Development Cntr (WRDC)
Term: 05/05/2015 - 05/03/2018

ARVO-INDIA (India) Representative

Gullapalli N Rao, MD

Section: Cornea
LV Prasad Eye Institute
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

ARVO-NED (Netherlands) Representative

Martine J Jager, MD PhD FARVO

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
Leiden University Med Center
Term: 04/01/2015 - 05/03/2018

CARVO (Colombia) Representative

Carlos Medina, MD

Section: Cornea
Sociedad de Cirugia Ocular
Term: 05/08/2014 - 05/03/2018

CCRVO (China) Representative

Ke Yao, M.D.

Section: Lens
Zhejiang University College of Medicine
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

HARVO (Hungary) Representative

Illes Kovacs, MD, PhD

Section: Cornea
Semmelweis University
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/03/2018

IT-ARVO (Italy) Representative

Filippo Drago, MD PhD FARVO

Section: Physiology/Pharmacology
University of Catania
Term: 05/08/2014 - 05/03/2018

MARVO (Mexico) Representative

Alejandro Navas, MD MSc

Section: Cornea
Institute of Ophthalmology "Conde de Valenciana"
Term: 02/01/2017 - 05/03/2018

SEE-ARVO (18 South-eastern countries) Representative

Petja Ivanova Vassileva, MD PhD DSci MPH

Section: Cornea
University Eye Hospital ''Prof. Pashev''
Term: 05/08/2014 - 05/03/2018

Trustee Liaison

Andrew D. Dick, MD, FARVO

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
University of Bristol-Bristol Eye Hospital
Term: 05/08/2014 - 05/09/2019

Ex Officio

Claude F. Burgoyne, MD, FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
Devers Eye Institute
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/02/2019

Ex Officio

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

Section: Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
National Eye Institute/NIH
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/03/2018

Ex Officio

Steven J Fliesler, PhD FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Med Ctr-Buffalo
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
Flinders University
Adelaide , South Austrailia
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio Executive Director

Iris M. Rush, CAE