Speakers

Jeffry Gerson, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Optometrist

Dr. Jeffry Gerson graduated from Indiana University school of Optometry in 1997, after which he went on to do a VA residency concentrating in low vision and ocular disease. He has been in several different practice settings, including a retina referral practice where he participated in several large clinical trials.

Currently, Dr. Gerson is in private practice that is a collaboration of both OD’s and MD’s. He see’s primary care patients, and has an emphasis on retinal care in his practice. He enjoys having 4th year optometry interns with him and the challenges that they present. He still participates in clinical trials and utilizes many different diagnostic modalities.

Dr. Gerson is a frequent lecturer in the US and abroad, and writes regularly for optometric publications. When not at work, he enjoys travelling, working out and spending time with his family.


Arkadiy Yadgarov, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Arkadiy Yadgarov is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech, and received his MD degree from The Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. His ophthalmology residency at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of Rutgers University in New Jersey exposed him to a wide spectrum of complex eye diseases, challenging eye surgeries, and ocular trauma. He graduated with nationally ranked academic scores at the top of his class, and was honored with the Alfonse A. Cinotti, M.D. Award for Academic and Professional Excellence.

Dr. Yadgarov then completed his glaucoma fellowship at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with world renowned Drs. Robert Ritch and Joseph Panarelli. His surgical experience includes Baerveldt, Ahmed, and Molteno tube shunt implants, trabeculectomy surgery, Kahook goniotomy, I-Stent insertion, and diode cyclophotocoagulation. He also has a special interest in advanced cataract surgery, including the use of LenSx bladeless laser surgery, premium IOLs and MIGS. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Yadgarov was raised in the North Druid Hills area and is excited to be practicing back in his hometown of Atlanta.


Joseph Walrath, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Joseph Walrath is a board-certified ophthalmologist, an oculoplastic surgeon in Atlanta, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, and a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon.

Dr. Walrath attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, and completed residency training in ophthalmology at The Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University, where he was elected Chief Resident for 2006-2007. Over the course of his training he developed a passion for surgery of the eyelids, eye socket, tear drains, and surrounding tissues. After practicing in Manhattan and training ophthalmology residents at Columbia University, he relocated to Atlanta to complete an Oculoplastics Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Walrath was subsequently invited to join the Emory medical faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Oculoplastics, where he practiced until August of 2011. From August 2011 through January 2013, Dr. Walrath partnered with the world-renowned surgeons at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. He has been a full-time member of the Woolfson Eye group since September 2013.​


Victor Liou, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Victor Liou is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical management of the eyelids and lacrimal (tear) system. He also performs cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and upper face and injects Botox and facial fillers.

Dr. Liou earned his MD with Distinction in Research from Saint Louis University. He then completed an internship through the University of Chicago and residency through the Medical College of Wisconsin. During ophthalmology residency, he served as Chief Resident and was a two-time Advocacy Ambassador and recipient of the Jack C. Copeland Memorial Award for Best Research Presentation. Dr. Liou then pursued advanced training in oculoplastics with Harvard Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, an international center for the treatment of eye disorders in Boston, Massachusetts.

In his time off, Dr. Liou enjoys photography, bouldering, and experiencing new cultures through travel and food. He currently resides in the metro Atlanta area with his wife.


Nichelle Warren, M.D. 

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Nichelle Warren is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract, refractive and corneal surgery. She remains on the cusp of the latest technologies and research in anterior segment surgeries. As a result of her research, she won the Helma Award for outstanding research during her residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (top 10 residency program ranked by Ophthalmology Times).

Dr. Warren received further sub-specialty training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery from Emory University. She is well versed in treating Fuch’s dystrophy and other causes of corneal edema. She is one of a few surgeons performing Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) which allows for faster visual recovery, and lower rates of rejection. She also has experience in treating keratoconus, complex cataract, and corneal diseases. Dr. Warren offers premium intraocular lenses, astigmatism correction, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, and various methods of corneal transplants.


Ella Leung, M.D.

Ophthalmologist 

Dr. Ella Leung is a board-certified ophthalmologist who became a physician to help others and to make a meaningful difference in their lives. Dr. Leung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Florida. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Miami as part of the honors program in medicine. During her time at the University of Miami Miler School of Medicine, Dr. Leung was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Dr. Leung then completed her residency at the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, where she received research awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the New York State Ophthalmological Society.

She went on to complete her vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the top-ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. Afterwards, Dr. Leung served on the faculty at the distinguished Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As an assistant professor ophthalmology, she taught residents and fellows vitreoretinal surgeries, lasers, and procedures.


Manuel Chaknis, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Manuel Chaknis is a native Atlantan and a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years’ experience.

Both medical school and subsequent ophthalmology residency training for Dr. Chaknis were at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. In addition to varied ophthalmology research projects as a medical student resident and resident, Dr. Chaknis received grants for his work on retinal vasculature in the lab of Dr. Keith Green and later served as Chief Resident. Continuing his interest in the fields of LASIK and corneal diseases and surgery, Dr. Chaknis completed his fellowship training at Corneal Consultants of Indiana with Dr. Frank Price, renowned internationally for his cutting-edge LASIK and corneal transplant techniques, including PKP, DSEK, and DMEK. Dr. Chaknis was also one of the first ophthalmologists to have LASIK surgery himself in 1996.

Dr. Chaknis spends most of his free time with his wife, children, rescue dogs, and his large local extended family, and he enjoys reading, music, college and Australian rules football, and rugby. He is active in the Atlanta Greek community, their men’s philanthropic group, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.​


Aubrey T. Villines, Jr., Esq

GOA General Counsel

Aubrey T. Villines, Jr., Esq graduated from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta, Ga in 1997. He specializes in litigation and legislative activities. Since 1979 he has represented groups such as St. Joseph's Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, Georgia Mental Health Counselors Association, and many more.

Villines is the long-time general counsel for the GOA. He fights for Georgian optometry at the state capitol with the GOA Lobby team and recently testified before the House Health and Human Services Committee to defend the GOA's ban on online eye exams.


Rabeea Janjua, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Rabeea Janjua is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the retina and vitreous, including diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular diseases, and retinal tears in addition to all aspects of comprehensive eye care.

Dr. Janjua received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she received the George Frick Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology upon her graduation. She completed both her internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Janjua completed a medical retina fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Orlando, FL. Dr. Janjua is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. 


Lori C. Lebow, M.D.

Ophthalmologist

Lori C. Lebow, M.D., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She completed her internship at the University of Virginia and then performed her ophthalmology residency at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation/LSU in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Lebow has done research for both the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Institute. She has performed foreign studies at the Universidad DeValladolid in Spain and received the Barry Freeman Scholarship for the study of medicine in developing nations in Merida, Venezuela. In 2019, she was named a Top Doctor in Atlanta by Castle Connolly.

Dr. Lebow enjoys spending time with her three children and participating in their extracurricular activities. In her spare time, she likes to read a good book, cook meals for her family, practice yoga and travel as much as possible to learn about different cultures.