Board of Governors

A Board of Governors presides over all business of the Foundation and sets the strategic direction for the ARVO Foundation. This governing body has the final responsibility and authority of all actions and policies, recommended or adopted by standing and special committees and representatives to professional and governmental organizations, agents and employees.

Board of Governors



Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, FARVO

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

J. Mark

Immediate Past Chair

J. Mark Petrash, PhD, FARVO

University of Colorado
Term: 5/1/2013 - 4/26/2019

David R.


David R. Williams, PhD, FARVO

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

Cheryl Mae

Vice Chair

Cheryl Mae Craft, PhD, FARVO

USC Eye Institute/Keck School of Medicine of USC
Term: 5/1/2014 - 5/1/2020

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

Eric C.

Eric C. Carlson, PhD

Aerie Pharmaceuticals
Term: 5/1/2014 - 5/1/2020

Joan W.

Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO

Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital
Term: 5/1/2013 - 4/26/2019

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

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