SriniVas R. Sadda
Emeritus Medical Director (DEI President & Chief Scientific Officer)
Dr. Sadda is an expert on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He knows more about detecting, classifying, and treating AMD than nearly everyone else. As founder and Emeritus Medical Director, Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC) researchers search images of the inside of the eye for signs of visual disorders and hints that treatments are effective.
- Medical education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- Ophthalmology residency: Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
- Medical retina and neuro-ophthalmology fellowships: Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Sadda also treats other conditions of the retina and macula, with the goal of making early diagnoses, preventing disease progression, and helping patients maintain a high quality of life.
His research interests include advanced retinal imaging technologies, image processing algorithms, image analysis and grading, retinal electrophysiology, retinal stem cell transplantation, and artificial vision devices.
Dr. Ip came to Doheny Eye Institute in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health with two missions – to further local and international eye health with clinical research, and as the new medical director of the Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC), to expand its research enterprise. With respect to clinical care, Dr. Ip emphasizes patient education, believing that this is essential to achieving the best treatment outcomes.
- Medical education: New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
- Ophthalmology residency: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
- Vitreoretinal clinical and research fellowship: New England Eye Center, Tufts University, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Ip’s areas of clinical and research expertise include diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and is a leader in the field.
When Dr. Ip is not busy caring for patients, conducting research, or directing DIRC, he enjoys playing ice hockey and golf and riding his mountain bike.
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Phillip le, MD, PhD, is a clinician and researcher with specialized training in bioengineering and genetics. Clinically he specializes in the treatment of retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited macular diseases, among others. In his research at the Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC), Dr. Le uses advanced imaging technology to view, measure, and analyze minute structures of the eye that are affected by retinal disease. He also studies the impact of experimental therapies on retinal disorders.
- Medical education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
- Ophthalmology residency: Doheny Eye Institute at LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Medical retinal fellowship: Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Le’s affinity for ophthalmology is a natural outcome of his training in genetics and advanced technologies. At DIRC, he and his colleagues are making new discoveries to further our understanding of eye disease and support healthy vision.
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Dr. Chopra is dedicated to helping his patients with glaucoma maintain their eyesight. He is a dynamic leader in the field, as a Doheny Eye Institute clinician and as a scientist guiding national research to improve the detection of glaucoma. He is principal investigator for studies involving the use of high-speed, high-resolution, anterior segment imaging at the Doheny Image Reading Center.
- Medical education: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
- Ophthalmology residency: Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
- Glaucoma fellowship: Kresge Eye Institute, Detroit, MI
- Molecular biology research fellowship: Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Dr. Chopra is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves with the American Board of Ophthalmology to ensure satisfactory training of ophthalmologists. He is a board member of the Research Study Club of Los Angeles and is recognized by his peers as a “Southern California Super Doctor”*
*”Super Doctors” identifies top doctors as selected by their peers and the independent research of MSP Communications. “Super Doctors” is published online and also in print as a special advertising section in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines.
Olivia L. Lee
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Dr. Lee received a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Medical Degree from Baylor College of Medicine. After an internship at New York Hospital-Queens Transitional, she completed her residency in Ophthalmology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and went on to complete two Fellowships, one in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Jules Stein Eye Institute and another in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her clinical and research interests include cataract surgery, keratoprostheses, ocular surface disease, ocular inflammation, and cornea transplantation. Dr. Lee is a co-investigator at the Doheny Image Reading Center.
Daniel Katz received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in Claremont, California. Daniel has more than 20 years’ experience related to organizational and business development with a focus on business process re-engineering and restructuring.
Assistant Director of Operations
Katie Aguilar received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Human Resources certification from University of Phoenix, Pasadena, California. Katie joined DIRC in 2009 as the department was a still a startup and has played an integral part in the growth and development of all aspects of the reading center from study design of the clinical trials to technology project such as ARCOS. Katie has over 15 years of experience in operations and business management.