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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!

Keynote Speaker

Dartanyon Crockett

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

Judith Lesner

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

Spark Therapeutics Abbott Second Sight Shire
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