Course Director

Pradeep Y. Ramulu, MD, PhD

Chief, Glaucoma Division
Professor of Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu was born in Chicago, Illinois, graduated with Honors from Stanford University, and then joined the MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University, completing his PhD work on retinal biology with Jeremy Nathans. He subsequently completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and a Glaucoma Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

After his fellowship, he returned to Wilmer’s Glaucoma Division, where he began a program to study the functional consequences of visual impairment. Using a variety of tools including patient reported outcomes, observation of task performance, and real-world behavioral monitoring, Dr. Ramulu has helped define when, how, and why visual impairment results in disability. His current work is focused on the possible protective role of physical activity against eye disease, developing methods to assess/prevent falls in older adults, particularly those with visual impairment, and the use of ocular imaging to identify persons at risk for cognitive impairment.

Dr. Ramulu’s work has resulted in over 180 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and 2 books. Because of his expertise, he has helped various agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation to set vision standards for work. He also holds leadership positions in various national and international ophthalmic societies, including Program Chair for the American Glaucoma Society Director of the Education Committee for the World Glaucoma Association. He has mentored numerous medical students, MPH students, residents and fellows clinically and in research projects. He twice won the resident teaching award and, in a model that has now become the standard for Wilmer, reorganized glaucoma teaching by placing lectures on-line and using in-class time for interactive sessions using game-based learning and small-group interactive case review. On top of caring for his patients’ needs, he now serves as Director of the Wilmer Glaucoma service, consisting of 10 faculty and over 20 research, clinical, and administrative staff members. Dr. Ramulu has received continuous NIH funding since 2007 and has received the Secretariat, Achievement, and Senior Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pisart Award for Vision Science. He was also named to Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best Eye Doctors” in 2021.

Dr. Ramulu credits any success to his extraordinarily mentors and colleagues at Johns Hopkins, and also to his ever-supportive parents, Yammanuru and Aruna Ramulu, his 20 years of loving marriage to his wife and spiritual beacon, Vandana, and his two talented and inspiring children – his son Shreyas and daughter Priyanka.

Course Faculty

Leon W. Herndon, Jr., MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Glaucoma Division
Duke Eye Center
Durham, NC

Leon W. Herndon, Jr., MD, is Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and served his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill. Dr. Herndon then completed a clinical fellowship in glaucoma at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Herndon is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and was a member of the first class of the Leadership Development Program. He has authored over 100 papers, lectured nationally and internationally, and has participated in several research projects related to glaucoma. He currently serves as Chief of the Glaucoma Division at the Duke University Eye Center where he has trained 74 clinical fellows. Dr. Herndon has been recognized for his service in the community by receiving the Senior Achievement Award from the AAO and the Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award presented by Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic, on the occasion of the 2nd Ophthalmology Mission in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Herndon is the recipient of the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and was the Surgery Day Lecturer at the American Glaucoma Society Annual Meeting in 2019. He is founder of the North Carolina Glaucoma Club and the chair of the Glaucoma Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, as well as secretary of the American Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Herndon’s research interests include studying novel treatment approaches in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. He has ongoing research projects evaluating the high prevalence of primary open-angle glaucoma in Ghana, West Africa, where he travels yearly.

Michele C. Lim, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

Michele C. Lim, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chair and Medical Director in the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, California.

Dr. Lim’s clinical practice focuses exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Her research interests are in the area of health information technology, and Dr. Lim has published numerous papers on the adoption and use of the electronic health record (EHR), national policy regarding the use of health technology in ophthalmology, and financial and clinical impacts of the EHR. Over a 10-year period, she served as a member and as co-chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Medical Information Technology Committee, which has provided education about the EHR to AAO membership and driven policy and evolution of EHR use in our field. Dr. Lim has also published papers in the area of personality type and glaucoma and treatment adherence, as well as on a novel application of anti-fibrotic agents in glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Lim has served as a member of the AAO’s Preferred Practice Patterns writing committee (glaucoma), and she is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology oral examinations and a member of the American Glaucoma Society for which she has served as co-chair of the Annual Meeting, co-chair of Surgery Day at the Annual Meeting, and member of the Patient Care Sub-Committee. She has given numerous invited lectures as Visiting Professor and as a speaker at national and international ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Lim is the founding director of eye care services at the Paul Hom Asian Eye Clinic, a free clinic that provides care to an underserved population in the Sacramento, California, region.

Dr. Lim resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and 2 children. Her favorite activities are watching her kids play sports, road-biking, and skiing.

John T. Lind, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

John T. Lind, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Adult Clinical Services, and Assistant Director of Medical Student Education at the Indiana University School of Medicine Glick Eye Institute. He is the Founder and Co-Course Director of the Innovations in Glaucoma Surgery Course and the Saint Louis Glaucoma Fellows Course. Dr. Lind’s research interests include glaucoma surgical devices, complications of glaucoma surgery, and medical student education.

Dr. Lind is a board-certified ophthalmologist. Dr. Lind received his undergraduate education at Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Business Foundations in 1999. He completed his Masters of Biology degree from Purdue University in 2000 and graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Lind was Chief Resident at Saint Louis University graduating in 2008 and completed his glaucoma fellowship in 2009 at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Lind returned to the Saint Louis University Eye Institute to begin his practice in August of 2009 and transitioned his practice to Washington University Saint Louis in July of 2013. He joined the Indiana University faculty in 2019. Dr. Lind has been recognized as a “Best Doctor” since 2013 and has been featured in Saint Louis Magazine as a Top Doctor since 2014. He has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2016.

Dr. Lind is an active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and a member or past member of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS), Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Saint Louis Ophthalmologic Society, the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians, and the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lind served as the co-chair for Surgery Day for the 2017 AGS Annual Meeting. He currently serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Patterns Committee, AAO Annual Meeting Content Review Committee, and the AAO Annual Meeting Glaucoma Subspecialty Day Program Committee.

Dr. Lind was awarded the Saint Louis University Department of Ophthalmology Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year at Washington University Saint Louis in 2019.