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Speakers

Keynote Speaker 

Oluwatosin U. Smith, MD

Dr. Oluwatosin “Tosin” Smith was born in Nigeria and received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, graduating with the Andrew Blair Aitken's Prize in Surgery. Dr. Smith started a residency in general surgery in the United Kingdom and completed a surgical internship at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. She completed residency in Ophthalmology at Howard University Hospital where she served as Chief Resident and graduated the Most Outstanding Resident of 2002 at the Howard University Hospital. Her interest in glaucoma, a known cause of blindness especially amongst people of African descent, caused her to pursue a glaucoma fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Smith’s love for teaching and research led her to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, and Chief of the division of Glaucoma. Currently, she serves as a clinical associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas involved with the training of Glaucoma fellows.

Dr. Smith has many clinical, surgical, and research interests in the management of glaucoma and cataracts, with special interest in the surgical management of childhood glaucoma. Dr. Smith has presented numerous papers and publications at various academic meetings, serves on numerous advisory boards and is a member of multiple professional societies.

In addition, Dr. Smith is interested in medical missions and global outreach. She currently serves on the Cure Glaucoma foundation, serves as an Ambassador of the Glaucoma Research foundation and is a physician volunteer at the Child Vision Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Growing up, she lived in 5 countries and not only embraced the diverse culture and languages, but she also experienced the impact of glaucoma and cataracts in other areas of the world and strives to reduce that worldwide burden.  On a personal note, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She loves the Lord dearly and enjoys singing and travelling.

Panelists

Nadia Ahmed, MD

Dr. Nadia Ahmed is currently a chief resident of internal medicine at the UTMB Internal Medicine Program in Galveston. Originally from League City, TX, she completed her Bachelor’s in Biology at The University of Texas at Dallas. She then attended UTMB for medical school before continuing on to internal medicine residency at the same institution. She was drawn to internal medicine by her love of critical thinking and the ability to apply that to the search for a difficult diagnosis as well as her passion for continuity of patient care. She also enjoys teaching and after finishing her chief year, her goal is to continue to work in general internal medicine in an academic setting with a mix of inpatient and outpatient clinical work. In her spare time, she is an avid fiction reader, enjoys knitting, baking, and theme parks. 

Lucy Kehinde, PhD, OD

Dr. Lucy Kehinde attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned her B.S. in Integrative Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2005. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Vision Sciences in 2009 and O.D. Degree in 2013 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in Birmingham, AL. Following the professional program, she completed a Primary Care residency with an emphasis in cornea and contact lens in 2014 at Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, IN.

Dr. Kehinde is now a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist in Houston, TX. After working in private and commercial practice settings, she joined the faculty at University of Houston College of Optometry as Assistant Clinical Professor in 2015, where she serves as a clinical procedures laboratory instructor and attending in the University Eye Institute Family Practice Service, specialty Dry Eye, and Cornea & Contact Lens Service.  Her research activities include clinical trials for contact lenses and pharmaceutical drugs for ocular surface disease.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. 

Sharona Washington, MBA

At less than two weeks old, Sharona’s vision journey began as she underwent her first major ophthalmological surgery. Sharona has embraced this journey with courage and her vision issues have never stopped her from doing and succeeding in everything she wanted to do. Her outlook on life is “I am not a label, I am whoever I want to be”. She is more dedicated now than ever to the fight to help prevent blindness. Her path has led her to become heavily invested in Graduate Medical Education, where she is able to help cultivate the next generation of physicians.

Nancy Webb, MD

Dr. Webb is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  She went to medical school and completed her residency in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at the school and was a full-time faculty member for one year before joining Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She has practiced at Kelsey-Seybold since 1980, serving as Department Chief from 1981 to 2019.  Dr. Webb currently serves as Associate Chief. She has practiced general Ophthalmology with a special interest in oculoplastics and cataract surgery.

Dr. Webb has served on The Lighthouse of Houston Board of Directors for 20 years, including two years as Board Chairman. She's currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. Since 1997, her involvement with Benevolent Missions International has taken her on mission trips to provide medical and surgical eye care for residents in Bolivia, El Salvador, Belize and Fiji. She is currently president of the board of BMI.

In addition, she is on the board of the Kelsey- Research Foundation. She was honored by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center with the Community Service Award in 2019.  Dr. Webb's hobbies include traveling, needlepoint and piano. She loves her granddaughters,who she tries to see as often as possible, and walking her pet Schnauzer.

Moderator

Misha Syed, MD, MEHP

Dr. Syed is a Professor of Ophthalmology and a glaucoma specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, taking care of patients in Galveston and surrounding communities including Friendswood and League City.  Dr. Syed has been practicing since 2006 at UTMB, after completing her fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of Texas-Houston.  She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and a residency in Ophthalmology at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Besides patient care at UTMB, Dr. Syed is heavily involved in the education of residents as the Residency Program Director.  She also serves on several national committees and advisory boards for residency education, including the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).