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Blindness and Glaucoma Webinar

Blindness and Glaucoma Webinar
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Start Date
06/16/2023 12:00 pm
End Date
06/16/2023 1:00 pm

Please join Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind as we discuss blindness and glaucoma with expert presenters, Elena Sturman, the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Glaucoma Foundation and Dr. Aakriti Shukla, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center.

This webinar will have captioning and a live ASL interpreter.

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Speaker Information:

Aakriti Garg Shukla, MD

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship-Trained Glaucoma and Cataract Specialist

Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY

Dr. Shukla’s profile: https://doctors.columbia.edu/us/ny/new-york/aakriti-garg-shukla-md-635-west-165th-street

Dr. Shukla is the Leonard A. Lauder Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. She received her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she completed her ophthalmology residency and served as Chief Resident. She pursued further glaucoma subspecialty training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital prior to relocation to New York.  

Dr. Shukla has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on patient care and research. She has received research grants and several awards, including the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Mentoring for Advancement of Physician Scientists Grant and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Best Paper Award and Secretariat Award. She was awarded the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) International Service Grant for her involvement in global health initiatives. She serves on the Ophthalmology Glaucoma editorial board, the World Glaucoma Association Associate Advisory Board, the AGS Glaucoma Screening Task Force, the AAO Sustainability Task Force, and the ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons Clinical Committee. Her research interests include structure-function relationships in glaucoma, optimization of surgical outcomes, and sustainability in ophthalmology. She is passionate about trainee education in the clinic and operating room and is committed to excellent clinical care. 

Elena Sturman

Elena Sturman is the President and CEO of The Glaucoma Foundation.

Ms. Sturman immigrated to the United States from Kiev as a young woman. In 1996, after graduating from Brooklyn College, CUNY with a BA in Psychology, she joined the Jewish Theological Seminary as Assistant Director for Grassroots Development. In 2000, she was hired as the Director of Donor Relations at the non-profit City College Fund, a fundraising arm of the City College of New York; four years later, she became its Executive Director. Most recently, she was Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Phoenix House, National and New York – Long Island.

Elena is a challenge-driven dynamic leader with a successful track record in fund raising, marketing, board development and team-building. She has more than 20 years experience in fund raising and executive management. Her strong analytical and communication skills drive performance excellence and staff dedication.

Throughout her career as a highly effective fundraiser and executive leader, Elena has forged lasting and meaningful relationships and has proven to be a valued partner to her colleagues and donors.

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