VISIONS 2016 Speakers
The VISIONS Team is working hard to secure some of the world's best researchers and clinicians in the field of retinal diseases to speak at VISIONS 2016. As we secure them, we’ll post them to this page along with a brief bio on their experience, so check back often!
Born with Leber’s disease and growing up in impoverished Cleveland, Ohio, Dartanyon Crockett has overcome incredible odds to become a world champion judo Paralympian. Dartanyon’s mother died when he was eight and his father struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction, which made wrestling an important outlet for his high school career. Another important part of Dartanyon’s high school experience was Leroy Sutton.
Dartanyon and Leroy were two disabled high school wrestlers. Leroy, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, was often found on the back of the legally blind and homeless Dartanyon. Together, they helped each other through school — Dartanyon carrying Leroy up the stairs as there was no elevator and Leroy reading the print on Dartanyon’s assignments. Dartanyon’s and Leroy’s cheerful and unparalleled friendship added a bit of light to the dark and dreary halls of the poor, inner-city public school they attended.
Dartanyon and Leroy’s incredible story was chronicled in the ESPN specials “Carry On” and “Carry On: Why I Stayed,” which shared the story of the ESPN producer, Lisa Fenn, who became like an adoptive mother to the boys. Called the “best story ESPN had ever aired,” both pieces touched many lives and encouraged many viewers to give back.
Read more about Dartanyon Crockett.
Tomas S. Aleman, M.D., Scheie Eye Institute
Becky Andrews, LCMHC, FT, Resilient Solutions, Inc.
Isabelle Audo, M.D., Ph.D., Centre Hospitalier National des Quinze
Benjamin Bakall, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa
Shomi Bhattacharya, Ph.D., University College London
Daniel C. Chung, D.O., Spark Therapeutics
Dartanyon Crockett, Judo Paralympian
Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Stephen Daiger, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Jacque Duncan, M.D., University of California, San Francisco
Neva Fairchild, American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss
Gerald Fishman, M.D., The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
John Flannery, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Jane Flower, Guide Dogs for the Blind
David Gamm, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Duane R. Geruschat, Ph.D., Salus University
James T. Handa, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Abigail Hata, M.S., C.G.C., InformedDNA
Dennis R. Hoffman, Ph.D., Retina Foundation of the Southwest
Christine Kay, M.D., Vitreo Retinal Associates
Jennifer Lentz, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Gary C. Norman, Esq.
Jennifer Perry, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Gregg C. Pusateri, O.D., M.Div., Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
Dell Rodman, Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Jennifer Sanderson, Leader Dogs for the Blind
David A. Saperstein, M.D., Vitreoretinal Associates of Washington, QLT, Inc.
Mandeep Singh, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mahmood Syed Shah, M.B.B.S., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Janet Sunness, M.D., Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Laura True, Winston Salem Industries for the Blind
Rogerio Vivaldi, M.D., Spark Therapeutics
Douglas Walker, The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Kim Walker, Ph.D., The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Donald Zack, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Marco Zarbin, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Wadih Zein, M.D., National Eye Institute
Michael Zuber, Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical University