Medical Advisory Board

Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD

Chairman & Cofounder

Dr. Roy S. Chuck is Professor and Chair, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Einstein and Montefiore Health System. Dr. Chuck is a prominent stem cell and dry eye researcher and one of the youngest ophthalmology chairs in the country. He is a cornea specialist with expertise in the field of laser techniques, including LASIK surgery. His expertise includes corneal replacement and stem cell surgery.  A basic scientist as well as a clinical researcher, Dr. Chuck has helped develop a unique model of dry eye using Botox that allows for testing of preclinical therapies. He has served as principal investigator on five FDA studies of vision correction, authored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and 10 book chapters, and holds seven United States patents. Dr. Chuck also serves on the editorial boards of several publications, including the Journal of Refractive Surgery and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Dr. Chuck is also professor of genetics at Einstein and the Paul Henkind Chair in Ophthalmology at Montefiore. Prior to his appointment at Einstein, Dr. Chuck served as director of refractive surgery and professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. A renowned refractive surgeon, he has run one of the largest LASIK surgery practices in Maryland. Dr. Chuck has served on the faculties of ophthalmology and engineering at Washington University, University of Southern California, and University of California. He was also on the faculty at the Southern California School of Optometry.

Dr. Chuck earned his MD and PhD degrees from Columbia University.

Dr. Chuck is a TECLens cofounder.

Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD

Board Member

Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Connecticut. He is a trustee of Dartmouth Medical School and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at NYU. Dr. Donnenfeld served as president of many professional societies including the Nassau Surgical Society, cornea section of ASCRS, the Ophthalmology Division of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and the International Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He has written over 200 peer review papers on cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and 30 book chapters and books. Dr. Donnenfeld is a past president of ASCRS and is the Editor-in-Cheif of Eyeworld. Dr. Donnenfeld participates on the editorial board of 9 journals and has participated in over 60 FDA studies. Dr. Donnenfeld is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has received its Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and Secretariat Award.

Dr. Donnenfeld earned his MD from Dartmouth Medical School.

Peter J. McDonnell, MD

Board Member

Dr. McDonnell is the Director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. McDonnell was the Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, Irvine, January 1999-2003. Dr. McDonnell was Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles July 1994-2003.  Dr. McDonnell was the Co-Founder of GrayBug Vision, Inc. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Allergan, Plc.

Dr. McDonnell earned his MD from John Hopkins University.

Deborah S. Jacobs, MD​

Board Member

Dr. Jacobs is the Director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Ocular Surface Imaging Center. Her faculty appointments include Mass Eye & Ear Cornea Service and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, part-time, at the Harvard Medical School. She was the President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (2014-2016). Dr. Jacobs was the Medical Director of the Boston Foundation for Sight and spent 15 years as Director, Cornea Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Jacobs earned her MD from the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jacobs is a Rhodes Scholar, M.Sc. in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford.

Paul Karpecki, OD​

Board Member

Dr. Karpecki is the Director of Cornea Services and the Advanced OSD Clinic at the Kentucky Eye Institute and Gaddie Eye Centers. He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Editor for Review of Optometry, the most read journal in the profession. He is the Director of Clinical Content, as well as Chairman of the New Technology and Treatment Conferences, and serves on the board for the charitable organization Optometry Giving Sight.  With over 20 years experience running some of the largest dry eye clinics in the United States, Dr. Karpecki is a leader and pioneer in this dedicated area of optometry. He is a noted educator and author, having delivered over 1000 lectures and authored over 1000 papers on the subject of Dry Eye Disease.

Dr. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University before completing a fellowship in medical cornea and refractive surgery at Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

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