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



Rafal Farjo, PhD, FARVO


Joel S.

Immediate Past Chair

Joel S. Schuman, MD, FARVO

Wills Eye Hospital

Emily Y.

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

National Eye Institute

Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO

Moran Eye Center, University of Utah


Shigeru Kinoshita, MD

Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine


Renu Kowluru, PhD, FARVO

Kresge Eye Institute - Wayne State University

Alan R.

Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD

Lighthouse Guild (Emeritus)

William F.

William F. Mieler, MD, FARVO, FACS

University of Illinois

Janey L.

Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD, FARVO

Mass Eye and Ear


Barbara Wirostko MD, FARVO

Clinical Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and BioMedical Engineering, University of Utah, Moran Eye Center
CoFounder and Chief Medical Officer, Qlaris Bio. Inc.


Thomas Yorio, PhD, FARVO

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Ex Officio to the Governors

John E.

Governor Emeritus

John E. Dowling, PhD, FARVO

Harvard University

J. Mark

Executive Vice President

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

University of Colorado

Iris M.

Executive Director

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO and the ARVO Foundation