FAIRFAX, VA – (November 12, 2014) – The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), today announced that Natalie A. Afshari, MD, FACS, would be the new chair of the ASCRS U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee. The accomplished clinician, surgeon and research scientist’s role will be to provide oversight and feedback on ASCRS regulatory activities involving drugs and medical devices.
Prior to her new chair role with ASCRS’ FDA Committee, Dr. Afshari served as ASCRS’ representative on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and as chief judge for ASCRS’ scientific posters. Her further government relations experience includes consultation with the FDA on matters of safety and efficacy of various ophthalmic treatments, as well as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant support to study Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. Dr. Ashfari was also elected to the cornea program and awards committees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
The recognized expert in corneal transplantation and refractive surgery specializes in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, endothelial keratoplasty and collagen cross-linking for keratoconus. With regard to laser refractive surgery, Dr. Afshari specializes in LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), LASEK (laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy)/advanced surface ablation, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), PTK (phototherapeutic keratectomy), and treating surgical and medical diseases of the cornea.
Dr. Afshari’s numerous honors have included: the prestigious Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) award; the Heed Foundation Ophthalmic Award; the Teacher of the Year award at Duke University Eye Center; the inaugural Top Ten Women in Medicine Award by Triangle News; the AAO academic Achievement Award; the AAO Secretariat Award; and was named by per peers as one of “The Best Doctors in America” (in each listing, over the past decade).
In addition to many speaking engagements, Dr. Afshari has published extensively in both medical journals and textbooks. She is the co-editor of a two-volume cornea book “Principles and Practice of Cornea”; on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science; and a cataract surgery editor for Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. Dr. Afshari has also served on the editorial board of EyeNet magazine, a journal published by AAO.
Dr. Afshari completed a two-year fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Harvard University. She received her medical degree from Stanford University and her residency training at Harvard University, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org