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Meet our Faculty

Dr Anesi

Stephen D. Anesi, MD

Dr. Anesi is co-president and partner of Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI), seeing and treating patients with uveitis, scleritis, keratitis, dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma and general ophthalmology issues. Dr. Anesi attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to earn his Doctorate of Medicine. After completion of his residency in 2010, where he served as Chief Resident, Dr. Anesi traveled to Cambridge for his Fellowship in ocular immunology and uveitis with Dr. Foster.

Dr Foster

C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR

Dr. Foster is the President and Founder of Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI), a state-of-the-art practice with its own chemotherapy infusion suite and phlebotomy lab. Dr. Foster received his medical degree at Duke University Medical Center in 1969 and after completing various distinguished trainings in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology, was appointed to join the full-time faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Foster began his independent research in 1977 and continues this research currently at MERSI while treating patients with ocular inflammatory diseases. Dr. Foster has authored 1000 published papers and 14 textbooks as well.

Dr Di Nicola

Maura Di Nicola, MD

Dr. Di Nicola is currently an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye institute in Miami, Florida. She has completed countless fellowships including a retinal fellowship at the University of Illinois, an ocular oncology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and an ocular oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr Alabiad

Chris Raif Alabiad, MD

Chris is currently a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He evaluates and treats patients with eyelid and orbital pathology with a special interest in orbital infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. His enthusiasm for medical education has translated into serving as the ophthalmology residency program director and the assistant dean for student affairs. He is currently learning to master the art of optimizing his “work life fit” as a physician, husband, and father to three children under three.

Dr Seery

Christopher Seery, MD

Dr. Seery grew up in New Jersey and went to Bucknell University for his undergraduate education where he studied biology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He subsequently went to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School where he completed both his medical school and ophthalmology residency training, receiving various awards for his compassionate care. Currently, he has joined the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as a cornea, cataract, and external disease fellow where he has continued to pursue his passion of diagnosing and managing various infectious and inflammatory external diseases.

Dr Perez

Victor L. Perez, MD

Dr. Perez is an established clinician-scientist investigator in the field of ocular immunology and ocular surface diseases and is the director of the Foster Center for Ocular Immunology. He spends a lot of his time in his laboratory researching ocular immunology and transplantation. He compliments this work through evaluating and treating patients with ocular inflammatory diseases and conditions of the anterior segment. He also manages patients with uveitis, transplantation and other inflammatory eye conditions. The components of Dr. Perez’s work support his goal to preserve vision through innovation, personalized medicine, and a passion for the advancement of ophthalmic science.

Dr Chu

David Shu-Chih Chu, MD

Dr. Chu is an ophthalmologist specializing in ocular immunology and corneal transplantation. He is also a professor of ophthalmology at the New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University, where he teaches residents and medical students. His office is located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. Dr. Chu conducts research and clinical trials and lecture nationally and internationally, striving to provide cutting-edge medical and surgical options for patients with complex ocular conditions.

Dr Chang

Peter Chang, MD

Dr. Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He moved to the United States at age13 and has come to call New England his second home. He received Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brown University in 2004 and Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2008. After medical school, Dr. Chang pursued a 2-year Clinical Research Fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology with Dr. C Stephen Foster, and he served as the Chief Research Fellow from 2009 to 2010. The MERSI training helped solidify his interest in complex ocular conditions and systemic rheumatic disorders. Upon completing medical internship at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, Dr. Chang moved to Manhattan and underwent residency training in Ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. During his senior year, he held responsibilities as the Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Chang then completed fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago where he was named Fellow of the Year. In fall of 2016, Dr. Chang joined MERSI as a Partner and in January 2021 became its Co-President.

Dr Shah

Rajiv Shah, MD

Dr. Shah is an ophthalmology specialist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Specializing in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and epiretinal membranes. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2005 and then went on to complete his residency In Ophthalmology at State University of New York. Dr. Shah has also completed fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery, uveitis and ocular immunology, as well as vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Shah also currently serves as an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr Albini

Thomas A. Albini, MD

Dr. Albini received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He then completed a uveitis clinical and research fellowship at Doheny Eye Institute and a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Cullen Eye Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Albini currently is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL and serves as director of the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship. His research interests include treatment and diagnosis of uveitis and macular disorders. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, the American Uveitis Society and the International Uveitis Study Group. He served as president of the Vit-Buckle Society. He also served as clinical editor of the American Society of Retina Specialists’ web site for 4 years. Dr. Albini has received numerous awards including the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles on clinical and experimental topics in vitreoretinal disease and uveitis.

Dr Philip

Andrew Philip, MD

Dr. Philip graduated from Xavier University in 2017 Suma Cum Laude and top five in his class with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Mathematics. He then continued to earn his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He now serves as chief research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution.

Dr Maleki

Arash Maleki, MD

Dr. Maleki is an assistant professor of medicine in the ophthalmology department within the University of Florida College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University pf Medical Sciences in Iran. He then completed a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery at the Iran University of Medical Science. Dr. Maleki further completed an ocular immunology and uveitis fellowship program at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution.

Frances Foster

Frances Foster, MS, NP

Frances Foster received her bachelors in nursing and then masters from Boston College. She is an adult health nurse practitioner and has her clinical nurse specialty in health promotion and stress management. She is one of the founders of the uveitis support group of the Ocular and Immunology Uveitis Foundation. She started the support group in 1996 and remains as the group facilitator today. She is a patient advocate for obtaining medications for ocular inflammatory disease patients. She practiced many years as a nurse practitioner in primary care at Mass General Hospital in Boston and since 2014 she oversees the infusion therapy and emergencies at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution.

2022 Symposium Prelim Agenda (5)
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     Uveitis and Steroid-Sparing Therapy

    Presented by C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR

    Audio-Digest Ophthalmology Volume 56, Issue 15

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