RESIDENCY PROGRAM LEADERSHIP
As an ophthalmology resident seeing patients in the Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary, you will receive a world-class medical education from renowned leaders in the field of ophthalmology and vision science. For over 150 years, the Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary, the patient care and teaching center of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has led the way in improving patient care in ophthalmology through discovery science in vision, clinical and surgical innovations, and top-ranked education programs.
Vice Chair for Education
William Mieler, MD
Cless Family Professor in Ophthalmology
Director, Ocular-Oncology Clinic
Dr. Mieler is an expert in treating diseases of the macula, retina and vitreous. His primary research interests are ocular pharmacology, exploring drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye (via thermoreversible hydrogels), uptake (and potential toxicity) of topical, periocular, and systemic medications, intraocular tumors and response to therapy and ocular imaging. He has also conducted national clinical trials in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization and diabetic macular edema. He completed his residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and fellowships in retina at the Medical College of Wisconsin and in ocular oncology at The Wills Eye Institute. He became residency program director at UIC in 2009. Throughout his career Dr. Mieler has been committed to ophthalmology education. In 2011 the American Academy of Ophthalmology honored him with their Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist Continuing Education Recognition Award.
Residency Program Director
Ahmad Aref, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Dr. Aref received his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Penn State Hershey Eye Center and then a fellowship in glaucoma Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. As an attending with the Glaucoma Service, Dr. Aref performs trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant surgery for advanced glaucomatous disease, as well as microinvasive glaucoma surgery for patients with mild to moderate disease, using the latest surgical innovations. He specializes in complex cataract surgery and is certified in the use of a femtosecond laser system for laser-assisted cataract extraction. Dr. Aref is board-certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology as well as The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2011.
Assistant Director of Medical Education
Tina leads the administrative support team for all aspects of medical education for the Department. She facilitates the resident and fellow application and interview process and coordinates the training program for residents, fellows and medical students. In collaboration with KEIO and UNIFESP Universities in Tokyo and Sao Paulo, Tina works to ensure a successful international learning experience for our residents and our visiting residents. In addition, Tina coordinates the Continuing Medical Education activities the Department sponsors throughout the year.