glaucoma research foundation logo in black

GRF Ambassadors

GRF Ambassadors are a national leadership group of eye doctors dedicated to ensuring that all glaucoma patients have access to the information they need to care for their vision. They advocate for patients, assist with the development of learning materials, and make patient education a key component within their practices.

Play Video

Why Does Education Matter?
GRF Ambassador Oluwatosin Smith, MD, explains how understanding glaucoma and the growing array of care options available empowers her patients to preserve and protect their sight.

Free Educational Publications

Understanding and Living With Glaucoma
A comprehensive booklet for patients newly diagnosed with glaucoma
Download a PDF

Childhood Glaucoma
A reference guide for parents and professionals involved in the care of children with glaucoma
Download a PDF

The Value of Patient Education


Improved Understanding

of one’s medical condition, diagnosis, and disease

of methods and means to manage multiple aspects of glaucoma

self advocacy@3x

Improved self-advocacy

when working in cooperation with one’s doctor


Increased Compliance

Effective communication and patient education increases patient motivation to comply

patient outcomes@3x

Patient Outcomes

Patients are more likely to respond well to their treatment plan with fewer complications

informed consent@3x

Informed Consent

Patients feel the doctor has provided the information they need

Lots of people

Satisfaction and referrals

Patients are more likely to stay with the doctor’s practice and refer other patients


Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD
Chair, GRF Ambassadors
Los Angeles, California

Stuart F. Ball, MD
Mobile, Alabama

Robert J. Barnes, MD
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Arpine Barsegian, MD
Fountain Valley, California

Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD
Los Angeles, California

Michael S. Berlin, MD
Beverly Hills, California

Amanda Kiely Bicket, MD, MSE
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kathryn Bollinger, MD
Augusta, Georgia

Courtney Bovee, MD
Clearwater, Florida

Ninita Brown, MD, PhD
Atlanta, Georgia

Steven V.L. Brown, MD, FACS
Glenview, Illinois

Dean Carlson, MD
Colorado Springs, Colorado

John S. Cohen, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio

E. Randy Craven, MD
Baltimore, Maryland

Rachel Davis, MD, MS
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Robert J. Derick, MD
Dublin, Ohio

Amish Doshi, MD
Antioch, California

Doreen Fazio, MD
Van Nuys, California

Robert Feldman, MD
Houston, Texas

Laura C. Fine, MD
Boston, Mass.

Gloria P. Fleming, MD
Columbus, Ohio

Kathryn B. Freidl, MD
Jacksonville, Florida

Annette L. Giangiacomo, MD
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

David Gilbert, MD
Walnut Creek, California

Madhu S. Gorla, MD
Glenview, Illinois

Linda Greff, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio

Davinder Grover, MD, MPH
Dallas, Texas

Agnes Huang, MD
Seattle, Washington

Andrew G. Iwach, MD
San Francisco, California

Dan Jewelewicz, MD
Delray Beach, Florida

Martin B. Kaback, MD
Slingerlands, New York

Jay Katz, MD
Philadelphia, Penn.

Anup Khatana, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio

Douglas Kohl, MD
Boca Raton, Florida

Michael S. Korey, MD
Chicago, Illinois

Rohit Krishna, MD
Overland Park, Kansas

Rishi Kumar, MD
Louisville, Kentucky

Mark A. Latina, MD
Reading, Mass.


Linda Lawrence, MD
Salina, Kansas

Richard Lehrer, MD
Alliance, Ohio

Shan Lin, MD
San Francisco, California

Valentina Lozano, MD
Los Angeles, California

Charles McMahon, MD
Parker, Colorado

Anne Miller, MD
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Laurey Mogil, MD
Brooklyn, New York

Johann Ohly, MD
Kansas City, Missouri

Constance O. Okeke, MD, MSCE
Norfolk, Virginia

David J. Palmer, MD
Chicago, Illinois

Joseph Panarelli, MD
New York, NY

Terri-Diann Pickering, MD
San Francisco, California

Jody Piltz-Seymour, MD
Huntingdon Valley, PA

James Plotnik, MD, FACS
Scottsdale, Arizona

Andrew Prince, MD
New York, New York

Lorraine M. Provencher, MD
Omaha, NE

Andrew Rabinowitz, MD
Phoenix, Arizona

Sunita Radhakrishnan, MD
San Francisco, California

George Reiss, MD
Glendale, Arizona

David D. Richardson, MD
San Marino, California

Ahmara Gibbons Ross, MD, PhD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Sakamoto, MD
Sacramento, California

Sarwat Salim, MD, FACS
Boston, Massachusetts

Thomas W. Samuelson, MD
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Keith Sanford, MD
San Antonio, Texas

Sonja W. Schluter, MD, MPH
Sonoma, California

Arthur L. Schwartz MD
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Donald Schwartz, MD
Long Beach, CA

Gail F. Schwartz, MD
Baltimore, Maryland

My Le Shaw, MD
Fenton, Michigan

Rajesh Shetty, MD
Jacksonville, Florida

Charles Eric Shrader, MD
Wichita, Kansas

Sandra Sieminski, MD
Buffalo, New York

Inder Paul Singh, MD
Racine & Kenosha, Wisconsin

Oluwatosin U. Smith, MD
Dallas, Texas

Michael Stiles, MD
Overland Park, Kansas

Shigemi Sugiki, MD
Honolulu, Hawaii


Thomas Tayeri, MD
Palo Alto, California

Sarah H. Van Tassel, MD
Ithaca, New York

Zak Vest, MD
Englewood, Colorado

Steven Vold, MD
Fayetteville, AR

Monisha Vora, MD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brian Welcome, MD
Greenville, South Carolina

Mark Werner, MD
Delray Beach, Florida

Ruth Williams, MD
Wheaton, IL

Jeffrey Zink, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio


William E. Layden, MD
Tampa, FL (retired)

Richard A. Lewis, MD
Sacramento, California

Steve Litinsky, MD
Delray Beach, FL (retired)

Carl V. Migliazzo, MD
Overland Park, KS (retired)

Kevin Miller, MD
Las Vegas, NV (retired)

Cindy Penzler, MD
Topeka, Kansas

Bradley Schuster, MD
Denver, Colorado

Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH
Stanford University