January 2015




ASCRS update

ASCRS names UC San Diego professor as FDA Committee chair

by Abbie B. Elliott ASCRS•ASOA Communications Manager


Natalie Afshari, MD, FACS


The American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) announced that Natalie A. Afshari, MD, FACS, would be the new chair of the ASCRS U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee. The accomplished clinician, surgeon, and research scientists role will be to provide oversight and feedback on ASCRS regulatory activities involving drugs and medical devices. Prior to her new role with ASCRS FDA Committee, Dr. Afshari served as ASCRS representative on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and as chief judge for ASCRS scientific posters. Her government relations experience includes consultation with the FDA on matters of safety and efficacy of various ophthalmic treatments, as well as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant support to study Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. Dr. Ashfari was also elected to the cornea program and awards committees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

A recognized expert in corneal transplantation and refractive surgery, Dr. Afshari specializes in cataract surgery, endothelial keratoplasty, and collagen crosslinking for keratoconus. With regard to laser refractive surgery, Dr. Afshari specializes in LASIK, LASEK/advanced surface ablation, photorefractive keratectomy, and phototherapeutic keratectomy.

Dr. Afsharis numerous honors have included the prestigious Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Award; the Heed Foundation Ophthalmic Award; the Teacher of the Year Award at Duke University Eye Center; the inaugural Top Ten Women in Medicine Award from Triangle Medical News; the AAO Achievement Award; and the AAO Secretariat Award. She has been named by her peers as one of the Best Doctors in America (in each listing over the past decade). In addition to many speaking engagements, Dr. Afshari has published extensively in both medical journals and textbooks. She is the co-editor of a two-volume cornea book Principles and Practice of Cornea; on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology& Visual Science; and a cataract surgery editor for Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. Dr. Afshari has served on the editorial board of EyeNet magazine, a journal published by the AAO. Dr. Afshari completed a 2-year fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Harvard University. She received her medical degree from Stanford University and her residency training at Harvard University, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Contact information

: aelliott@ascrs.org

ASCRS names UC San Diego professor as FDA Committee chair ASCRS names UC San Diego professor as FDA Committee chair
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