Clinical Research Team

Cincinnati Eye Institute participates in clinical research as part of our commitment to bringing the most advanced eye care treatments and vision solutions to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Our clinical research team includes board certified ophthalmologists as well as dedicated management support.

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Clinical Research Steering Committee (CRSC)

A subset of CEI investigators from various sub-specialties along with several CEI administrators help guide and oversee the research studies ongoing at CEI. This same group also carefully analyzes all prospective studies prior to initiation to be sure that they fit the needs of our patients.

The CRSC Members include:

Clinical Research Investigators

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…
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Fred Chu, MD

Fred Chu, MD is a board-certified and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and a second generation ophthalmologist. He attended Princeton University and received his medical degree at Washington University before completing his internship and residency at Rush University in Chicago. Dr. Chu is the Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Cincinnati Eye Institute and Co-director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Cincinnati.
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William J. Faulkner, M.D.

William J. Faulkner, M.D., a cornea specialist, is one of the original founding members of Cincinnati Eye Institute. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and University of Louisville School of Medicine. Post graduate training included Internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Stanford), Residency at the University…
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Robert E. Foster, M.D.

Robert E. Foster, M.D. is a member of the vitreoretinal service at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). His undergraduate education was at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan where he received a degree in Biology, graduated from the Honors College, and was named among the Top 25 Graduating Seniors…
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Karl C. Golnik, M.D.

Karl C. Golnik, M.D. is the Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). The eye generates the visual signal, but in order for a person to see, this signal must be transmitted to the brain. A Neuro-Ophthalmologist is concerned with the visual pathways in the brain and with visual abnormalities…
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Linda J. Greff, M.D.

Linda J. Greff, M.D. specializes in adult and pediatric glaucoma. She is a graduate of the Honors College of University of Michigan and received her Medical Degree from Ohio State University. After completing an Internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she returned to Ohio State…
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Edward J. Holland, M.D.

Edward J. Holland, MD is the Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. He attended the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and trained in Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. He completed a fellowship in cornea and external…
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Adam H. Kaufman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Adam H. Kaufman, M.D., F.A.C.S. is one of the tri-state’s leading corneal and anterior segment surgeons. He is Chief of Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service and Chief of the Uveitis Service at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is Director of the LASIK program at University of Cincinnati Medical…
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Anup K. Khatana, M.D.

Anup Khatana, MD grew up in Detroit, Michigan, completed his undergraduate, medical school and Ophthalmology Residency training at Wayne State University, Kresge Eye Institute Department of Ophthalmology. He served as Chief Resident during his last year at Kresge Eye Institute, and then completed a Glaucoma Fellowship at Wills Eye…
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Luke Lindsell, MD, OD

Luke Lindsell, MD, OD is a board-certified and fellowship-trained retina specialist at Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dr. Lindsell is experienced in treating a wide range of retinal conditions and he has a special interest in retinal imaging, ocular trauma, and retinal electrophysiology.
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Stephanie Ma, M.D.

Stephanie Ma, M.D. is a member of the Urgent Eye Care team and provides comprehensive eye care. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology. She attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and was a member of…
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Daniel M. Miller, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Miller has an extensive background in basic and clinical research. While at Ohio State, he received a fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research on blood vessels and the immune system led to numerous publications in international scientific journals and textbooks. Throughout the course of his…
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Jeffrey A. Nerad, M.D.

Dr. Nerad specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This subspecialty of ophthalmology combines eye surgery and plastic surgery, correcting cosmetic and reconstructive problems of the eyelids and the tissue of the face surrounding the eyes. Dr. Nerad performs a wide variety…
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Michael L. Nordlund, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael L. Nordlund, M.D., Ph.D. is an ophthalmic surgeon specializing in corneal and ocular surface disease, cataracts and refractive surgery. Dr. Nordlund sees patients at the Blue Ash, Maineville, and Middletown offices in Ohio and at the Lawrenceburg, Indiana office. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the… Read More »
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Robert H. Osher, M.D.

Robert H. Osher, M.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati and Medical Director Emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute. His practice has been limited to cataract and implant surgery by referral for thirty-five years. Dr. Osher served his residency at the Bascom…
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James M. Osher, M.D.

Dr. James Osher grew up in Cincinnati and is a third generation Cincinnati ophthalmologist. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University and stayed there to earn a Master of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He returned home to complete his medical school at the…
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Lorraine Provencher, MD

Lorraine Provencher, M.D. is a board-certfied and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist at Cincinnati Eye Institute. Dr. Provencher is also the Senior Social Media Editor for Ophthalmology and she is active in several professional organizations, educational pursuits, and vision charities.
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Christopher D. Riemann, M.D.

Christopher D. Riemann, M.D. obtained his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering in February 1989. After a six-month period as a Chesapeake Research Foundation Fellow at the National Institute on Aging, he attended University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. While…
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Robert A. Sisk, M.D.

Robert A. Sisk, M.D., F.A.C.S. was graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with a B.S. in Chemistry. He returned to his home town of Lexington, KY for medical school at the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega…
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Michael E. Snyder, M.D.

Michael E. Snyder, M.D. specializes in diseases and surgery of the front of the eye, including small-incision, topical anesthesia cataract surgery. His special interests include complex cataract surgery, iris repair & prostheses, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Snyder has, with Dr. Robert Osher, pioneered artificial iris prosthesis use in the…
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Robert Benza, M.D.

Dr. Benza received both his medical and ophthalmology degrees at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Benza has over 20 years of practice experience. Dr. Benza has served as a Principal Investigator in a number of clinical studies with a particular interest in glaucoma and dry eye. He is a frequent local lecturer – both in medical environments and in general events. Dr. Benza also received the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Lifelong Education for the Ophthalmologist Award. Dr. Benza has been chosen by his peers as a Top Doctor in the Cincinnati Magazine during the past twelve consecutive years.
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Mark T. Bergmann, M.D.

Dr. Bergmann completed his medical degree at Wright State University. He completed his internship at Jewish Hospital (Cincinnati) and his ophthalmologic residency at The Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio. He was a Fellow at the Cullen Eye Institute (Houston, TX) and Kresge Eye Institute (Detroit, MI) gaining special training in Cataract surgery and Corneal Eye Disease. Dr. Bergmann has over 20 years of practice experience. Dr. Bergmann has been a Principal Investigator in numerous clinical studies for allergic conjunctivitis, dry eyes, inflammation after cataract surgery, and glaucoma.
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Haroon A. Chaudhry, M.D.

Dr. Chaudhry received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson School at the University of New Jersey. He was Chief Resident at the Washington Hospital Center during his ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Dr. Chaudhry has served as a Principal Investigator for various clinical studies related to macular degeneration.
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Karen L. Klugo, M.D.

Dr. Klugo received her medical degree and her residency at The Ohio State University. She was Chief Resident during her residency training. Dr. Klugo has been and continues to be an Instructor of Ophthalmology at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. Dr. Klugo has over 10 years of experience as a Principal Investigator with a special interest in studies for glaucoma, dry eye, and blepharitis. She has also published in several medical journals.
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Leon A. Reid III, M.D.

Dr. Reid completed his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. His ophthalmology residency was at Howard University in Washington DC. In addition to having almost 25 years of practice experience, Dr. Reid has been active in ophthalmology education and the community. He was clinical instructor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. He continues to serve as Volunteer Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (University of Cincinnati), is on the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology, and is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Cincinnati Eye Bank. He has been named a Fellow by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been both Principal Investigator and Sub Investigator for various clinical studies.
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Clinical Research Sub-Investigators

Samantha Shockman, MD

Samantha L. Schockman, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in comprehensive medical and surgical eye care with a focus on complex cataract and anterior segment surgery. She earned her medical degree and completed her Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and went on to a fellowship at CEI. Dr. Schockman is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cincinnati Society of Ophthalmology.
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Shana 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…
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Edward J. Meier, M.D.

Dr. Meier completed his medical degree at the University of Kentucky. He was Chief Resident during his residency training at the University of South Carolina. He has been an active Principal Investigator since 2005. Dr. Meier has been practicing with Apex Eye since 2006. Recently, He has served as Principal Investigator in studies related to allergic conjunctivitis, cataracts, contact lenses, and dry eye, and glaucoma. He has published in several ophthalmic journals.
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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…
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Kevin T. Corcoran, O.D.

Kevin T. Corcoran, O.D. has been practicing at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) since 1984. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Optics, as well as his Doctorate of Optometry from Ohio State University. He completed his Residency at Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Cleveland and is certified…
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Jessica D. Hildenbrand, O.D.

Jessica D. Hildenbrand, O.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) to provide Optometric services and to assist in the Glaucoma department. Her undergraduate education was at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She attended the Illinois College of Optometry…
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Barbara Houde, O.D., M.Sc.

Barbara Houde O.D., M.Sc., joined the Cincinnati Eye Institute (C.E.I.) to assist in the glaucoma and retina clinics. Dr. Houde earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Montreal in 1994 and went on to complete a Primary Care Residency at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She then received…
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Brian K. Kuhlman, O.D.

Brian K. Kuhlman, O.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) to provide Optometric services and to assist in the Glaucoma Clinic.He received his Doctoral Degree from the Ohio State University, where he also worked on his undergraduate education. During his training, Dr. Kuhlman completed his Externship at the Veterans Administration…
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Santosh Nuchikat, O.D.

Dr. Nuchikat is a graduate of Miami University and the Illinois College of Optometry. He sees patients at Cincinnati Eye Institute, providing post surgical care in conjunction with Dr. Michael Snyder. He is a member of The American Optometric Association, Ohio Optometric Association, and an active board member of…
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Emily R. Shull, O.D.

Emily R. Shull, O.D. joined the Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) to provide Optometric services and to assist in the Cornea and Cataract clinics.Dr. Shull earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University and received her Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. During her training, she completed…
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Mary Beth Yackey, O.D.

Mary Beth Yackey, O.D. joined Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) in 2004. She provides patient care at the Blue Ash, Ohio and Edgewood, Kentucky offices. Dr. Yackey is a provider of Optometric Services and is a member of the Vitreoretinal team. She enjoys co-managing pre- and post-operative patients. Her practice emphasizes…
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Alyssa B. Donahue, O.D.

Alyssa B. Donahue, O.D. graduated from Penn State University and earned her optometry degree at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. She specializes in comprehensive eye care for the entire family, including pediatric eye care. Dr. Donahue is a member of American Optometric Association.
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