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Stuart H. Anness, M.D.

Stuart H. Anness, M.D. was born and raised in Cincinnati. He attended Western Hills High School and then received his undergraduate degree at Kenyon College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. His medical training was completed at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Anness spent a one-year Internship at the Kettering Medical Center and then completed his Ophthalmology training at Evanston Hospital, an affiliate of Northwestern University Medical Center.

Dr. Anness practices general Ophthalmology in the Western Hills area. He specializes in laser surgery and cataract and implant surgery. Dr. Anness currently has appointments to the Medical Staff of the Franciscan, Christ, University, Children's and Bethesda Hospitals. He is a member of the Cincinnati Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Society, American Medical Association, Ohio Ophthalmology Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Anness resides in Green Township with his wife and two sons. Dr. Anness is a member of the Twin Tower Board of Trustees. His interests include scuba diving, golf, travel, history and aviation.

Dr. Anness sees patients at the West Side office.

Hisham H. Arar, M.D.

Hisham H. Arar, M.D. received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier University and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Dayton. While attending the University of Dayton, he presented and published many papers in the field of biomedical engineering. Dr. Arar then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in eye research involving corneal wound healing and macular degeneration. Dr. Arar presented the results of his work at the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and was the recipient of the Ohio Lion's Eye Research Foundation Fellowship for his research.

After a year of internship at Good Samaritan Hospital, he attended University of Cincinnati where he served as a Resident in Ophthalmology. After his residency, he completed a six-month rotation in cataract and implant surgery with Robert Osher, M.D. at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI).

Dr. Arar is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, a member of the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Arar serves on multiple committees and was recently the president of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology. He was selected numerous times to the "Best Doctors in America" and "Cincinnati Top Doctors".

Dr. Arar practices comprehensive medical and surgical Ophthalmology.

Dr. Arar sees patients at the Blue Ash, Red Bank Road, and West Side locations.

James J. Augsburger, M.D.

James J. Augsburger, M.D., is the Dr. E. Vernon and Eloise C. Smith Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director, Ocular Oncology and Diagnostic Ocular Ultrasonography Service of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye tumors, including uveal and conjunctival melanomas, retinoblastomas, metastatic carcinomas to the eye, ocular lymphomas, hemangiomas of the retina and choroid, and other benign and malignant tumors in or on the eye.

Dr. Augsburger attended Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio (B.S., 1970) the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (M.D., 1974). He completed a medical Internship at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio (1974-5) and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (1975-8) followed by a fellowship in retina and ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1978-80).  He joined the attending staff of Wills Eye Hospital immediately following this fellowship and remained there in ocular oncology practice until his relocation to Cincinnati in 1999. Between 1999 and 2014, he was Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Augsburger is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also belongs to the American Ophthalmological Society, ARVO (Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), Club Jules Gonin (International Retina Society), Macula Society and Retina Society. He is author or coauthor of nearly 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and over 50 published book chapters. He has lectured widely in this country and abroad on many ocular oncology topics.


Jason H. Bell, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

Jason H. Bell, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., was born and raised in Cincinnati, and attended Anderson High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1996 from Denison University, graduating in three years time.  With a strong interest in research, he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2001 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut while working to combat bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Following a short post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School studying the molecular genetics of retinal degenerative disease, he returned to Cincinnati and earned his M.D. in 2005 from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He did an internship in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital, and completed his residency in 2009 in Ophthalmology at the University Hospital as well, serving as Chief Resident in his final year. He then spent 3 months doing a mini-fellowship in refractive surgery in New York with Drs. Eric Donnenfeld and Jack Dodick.

Dr. Bell has published many original scientific articles in several basic and clinical science journals regarding the biochemistry of topics ranging from the enzymology of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, cardiac pathophysiology during open heart surgery, and the ocular molecular genetics of retinal degenerative disease.  As a resident, he co-authored a book chapter on Iris Reconstruction Surgery for the leading textbook in corneal, refractive, and anterior segment surgery with Dr. Michael Snyder at CEI.

Dr. Bell is a comprehensive ophthalmologist handling all medical and surgical diseases of the eye.  He performs standard and custom cataract surgery, laser surgery, and anterior segment surgery. He performs refractive surgical procedures including LASIK and PRK. He handles the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, and the diagnosis and management of diabetic eye disease and age related macular degeneration. He also provides diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of common eyelid disorders.

Dr. Bell is also a Volunteer Faculty of Ophthalmology with the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine teaching ophthalmology residents how to perform cataract surgery at the VA Medical Center and University-Holmes Hospital. He also teaches residents how to perform ocular reconstruction after devastating ocular injuries as an ocular trauma surgeon for the University Hospital Level I Trauma Center.

Dr. Bell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Ophthalmological Society, Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association.  He is a member of American Society of Ocular Trauma, and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Bell has been honored as one of Cincinnati’s Top Doctors for 2010, 2012 and 2013.

He sees patients at the Blue Ash, Anderson (7527 State Road), and Batavia/Clermont (Suite 345) locations.

Shana Brafman, O.D.

Upload: March 23, 2017Shana Brafman O.D.

Shana Brafman O.D. joined the Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) to provide optometric services and patient care as a member of the cornea, cataract, and uveitis team. She sees patients at the University Medical Arts Building in Clifton.

Dr. Shana Brafman is the former Co-Director of Contact Lens Specialty Services at North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd. in Chicago and former Assistant Clinical Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry and Illinois Eye Institute. She practiced in Chicago for the past 7 years before moving back to her home town of Cincinnati.  Dr. Brafman is an honors graduate of Ohio University for her undergraduate degree, completed post baccalaureate pre-medical classes at Northwestern University, and is a Cum Laude graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry for her professional degree. She completed a post doctoral residency in Contact Lens Specialty Services and Anterior Segment Disease at the Illinois Eye Institute of the Illinois College of Optometry. During her residency, Dr. Brafman gained extensive experience and expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with complex diseases of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye and those requiring specialized contact lens treatments for such conditions as keratoconus, post-surgical complications, ocular trauma, and congenital eye anomalies.

She is a Fellow Candidate of the American Academy of Optometry and Member of the American and Ohio Optometric Associations.

Additionally, she has provided specialized eye care in such respected institutions as the University of Chicago, department of ophthalmology, cornea and contact lens service, and the Illinois Eye Institute Center for Advanced Eye Care. Dr. Brafman is a Volunteer Clinical Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. She has served as a committee chairperson for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Brafman is involved in academic pursuits such as lecturing and research in areas relating to contact lenses and management of cornea and anterior segment eye disease.

In addition to seeing patients at the Clifton UC Medical Arts location, she also sees patients at Focal Pointe Eye Care, a private practice located in West Chester, Ohio.

Thomas G. Burch, M.D.

Thomas G. Burch, M.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) in 1998 after 12 years of solo Ophthalmology practice in western Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1975 and obtained his Medical Degree from University of Tennessee in 1981. He was an Intern at Methodist Hospital in Memphis and then moved to University of South Carolina where he was a research Fellow working with intraocular lens implants. He completed an additional three years of Residency in Ophthalmology at University of South Carolina where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. Dr. Burch is the author of several research papers and has received various honors including membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, the University of Tennessee Alumni Research Award, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association Research Award.

Dr. Burch has staff privileges at Mercy West Hospital, Bethesda, Christ, Good Samaritan, and University Hospitals. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio Ophthalmologic Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Burch provides comprehensive ophthalmology care, including cataract consultations and diabetic examinations, as well as, outpatient selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma, and YAG laser surgery for secondary cataracts and angle closure glaucoma.

He sees patients at the West Side location.

Ehryn B. Cartwright, O.D.

Ehryn B. Cartwright, O.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute to provide optometric services alongside Joshua Sands, M.D. at the Medical Arts Building.

Dr. Cartwright was born and raised in the Cincinnati area.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2004.  Upon graduation, Dr. Cartwright pursued her optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

During her time at the Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Cartwright completed externships at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and the Eye Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky.  Upon completion of her externships, Dr. Cartwright graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry degree in 2008.

Dr. Cartwright has extensive experience in medical optometry, providing a variety of services for her patients.  Among those services include visual correction, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration management, dry eye management, diabetic monitoring and emergency medical treatment. Dr. Cartwright is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association and the Kentucky Optometric Association.  She has volunteered services for such programs as Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) and Prevent Blindness Ohio.

Dr. Cartwright resides in Mariemont with her husband Daniel and two sons, Easton and Porter.

She sees patients at the UC Medical Arts Building (Clifton) location.

Albert Cheung, MD

Fellow - CorneaUpload: February 15, 2017

Steven Christiansen, M.D.

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Fred B. Chu, M.D.

Upload: August 13, 2015Fred B. Chu, M.D. is a member of the Glaucoma Service at the Cincinnati Eye Institute.  He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was first introduced to medicine by his father, who is also an ophthalmologist.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University where he majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and received a Certificate in Finance.  He returned to St. Louis to earn his medical degree from Washington University.  He went on to complete an internship in General Surgery and residency in Ophthalmology at Rush University in Chicago, where he also served as Chief Resident.  He then completed his fellowship in glaucoma at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Chu performs cataract surgery as well as a variety of surgical and laser procedures for the treatment of glaucoma. In addition to his clinical work, he has presented research at several national meetings including the American Glaucoma Society and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology for which he was awarded a National Eye Institute Travel Grant.

Dr. Chu sees patients at the Blue Ash office in Cincinnati and Edgewood office in Northern Kentucky. In addition to his private clinical duties, he devotes time to teaching Ophthalmology residents at the University of Cincinnati.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Chu enjoys many outdoor sports and rooting for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals. He and his wife also enjoy cooking, travel and spending time with their Corgi-mix, Bella.


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