Board of Governors

The ARVO Foundation Board of Governors is comprised of leaders across the eye and vision research community who are dedicated to advancing the ARVO Foundation's mission. The Governors are fundraisers and ambassadors for the ARVO Foundation, including fund development and donor stewardship. This group also guides the organization's strategic direction and oversees the legal entity.

Board of Governors



Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, FARVO

Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Term: 5/1/2014 - 5/1/2020

David R.


David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO

University of Rochester
Term: 4/24/2018 - 4/30/2021

Janet C.

Janet C. Blanks, PhD, FARVO

Term: 4/27/2018 - 4/30/2021

Jeffrey H.

Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, FARVO

Emory University School of Medicine
Term: 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2021

William J.

William J. Brunken, PhD, FARVO

Upstate Medical University
Term: 4/27/2018 - 4/30/2021

Emily Y.

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

National Eye Institute
Term: 5/1/2020 - 4/23/2023


Rafal Farjo, PhD

Term: 4/26/2019 - 5/5/2022

Alan R.

Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD

Lighthouse Guild (Emeritus)
Term: 5/1/2020 - 4/23/2023

Mark H. B.

Mark H. B. Radford, MD, PhD

Queensland Eye Institute
Term: 4/29/2016 - 4/26/2019

Stella M.

Stella M. Robertson, PhD

Term: 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2021

Joel S.

Joel S. Schuman, MD, FARVO

NYU Langone Eye Center
Term: 4/27/2018 - 4/30/2021


Erik van Kuijk, MD, PhD, FARVO

University of Minnesota
Term: 4/27/2018 - 4/30/2018

Janey L.

Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO

Mass Eye and Ear
Term: 4/26/2019 - 5/5/2022


Thomas Yorio, PhD, FARVO

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Term: 4/26/2019 - 5/5/2022

Terri L.

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Term: 4/26/2019 - 5/5/2022

Ex Officio to the Governors


Executive Vice President of ARVO

Justine Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Flinders University
Term: 5/12/2017 - 5/30/2022

Gary W.

Governor Emeritus

Gary W. Abrams, MD, FARVO

Wayne State University, Kresge Eye Institute

Nicolas G.

Governor Emeritus

Nicolas G. Bazan, MD, PhD, FARVO

LSU Health Sciences Center

John E.

Governor Emeritus

John E. Dowling, PhD, FARVO

Harvard University

Iris M.

Executive Director

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO and the ARVO Foundation