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Elliott Sohn

The Power List 2017


Elliott Sohn

Associate Professor and Director of the Surgical and Medical Retina Fellowships at the University of Iowa, IA, USA


Sohn serves ARVO as Chair of the Retina (RE) section of the Annual Meeting Program Committee; the AAO as subcommittee reviewer (retina-vitreous) for the Annual Meeting Program Committee and a member of the Committee on Aging; and the American Board of Ophthalmology as an oral examiner and item writing committee member. He has written or co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and five book chapters, and recently served as Associate Book Editor for the AAO Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery, 3rd edition. He is on the editorial board of Scientific Reports, has been voted one of the ‘Best Doctors in America’ and is a member of the Macula Society, Retina Society, American Society of Retina Specialists, European Society of Retina Specialists, and Vail Vitrectomy.

Sohn is active in basic and translational research and is developing surgical tools, performing human clinical trials, and completing preclinical gene and autologous stem cell studies in pigs to treat inherited retinal degenerations. He is the PI of the NIH R01 grant ‘Choroidal Disease Mechanisms in AMD.’


One nominator said: “Sohn is a vitreoretinal surgeon, young researcher and active leader with enormous potential. His recent work suggests that retinal diabetic neuropathy causes progressive damage to the nerve cells in the retina before any signs of damage to retinal blood vessels, which opens a new paradigm for the study and treatment of diabetic eye disease. Sohn is also a great clinician, educator, and an all-round nice guy.”


Part of the Power List 2017

Top 50 rising stars

Thanks to the demographics of the developed world, the future of eyecare looks like it will be one of limited resources and rising patient burden.

So who will lead ophthalmology over the next few decades and shape its future? To find out, we asked you, our readers, to vote for ophthalmology’s Top 50 rising stars… and here they are.

Welcome to the 2017 Power List.

In 2018, The Ophthalmologist will be recognising the Top 100 pioneers and game-changers in the field of ophthalmology.

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