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.


Chair and BRAVO Representative

Augusto Paranhos, MD

ARVO Brazilian Chapter Affiliate
Sao Paulo SP , Brazil
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/02/2019

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Chair-elect and AIVO Representative

Jeremias G. Galletti, MD, PhD

ARVO Argentinian Chapter Affiliate
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/02/2019

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CARVO Representative

Claudia P. Acosta, MD

ARVO Colombian Chapter Affiliate
Medellin , Colombia
Term: 10/04/2017 - 05/02/2019

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MARVO Representative

Nallely Ramos Betancourt, MD

ARVO Mexican Chapter Affiliate
Ciudad de Mexico , Mexico
Term: 03/01/2018 - 05/02/2019

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IT-ARVO Representative

Claudio Bucolo, PhD, FARVO

ARVO Italian Chapter Affiliate
Catania , Italy
Term: 03/01/2018 - 05/02/2019

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ARVO-India Representative

Subhabrata Chakrabarti, PhD

ARVO Indian Chapter Affiliate
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh , India
Term: 03/01/2018 - 05/02/2019

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ISVER Representative

Itay Chowers, MD

ARVO Israeli Chapter Affiliate
Jerusalem , Israel
Term: 3/1/2018 - 5/2/2019

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ARVO-Egypt Representative

Mohamed El Bahrawy, MD, MSc.

ARVO Egyptian Chapter Affiliate
Cairo , Egypt
Term: 05/05/2015 - 05/02/2019

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SEE-ARVO Representative

Marko Hawlina, MD, PhD

ARVO Southeastern European Chapter Affiliate
Ljubljana , Slovenia
Term: 05/03/2019 - 05/02/2019

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HARVO Representative

Nora Szentmary, PhD

ARVO Hungarian Chapter Affiliate
Budapest , Hungary
Term: 05/02/2022 - 05/31/2025

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ARVO-NED Representative

Jonas Kuiper, PhD

ARVO Dutch Chapter Affiliate
Utrecht , Netherlands
Term: 03/01/2018 - 05/02/2019

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AARVO Representative

Clemens Strohmaier, MD

ARVO Austrian Chapter Affiliate
Seekirchen am Wallersee , Austria
Term: 3/01/2018 - 5/02/2019

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CCRVO Representative

Xiangtian Zhou, PhD

ARVO Chinese Chapter Affiliate
Wenzhou, Zhejiang , China
Term: 03/01/2018 - 05/02/2019

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Ex Officio

SriniVas R. Sadda, MD, FARVO

Section: Retina
Doheny Eye Institute
Pasadena , Calif.
Term: 05/09/2024 - 05/08/2025

Ex Officio

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Colorado
Boulder , Colo.
Term: 05/01/2022 - 05/31/2027

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director