The Power List 2017
Adult and Pediatric Retina Surgeon, Duke Eye Center, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA
Vajzovic is a member of the Duke Pediatric Retina and Optic Nerve Center with specific expertise and interest in advanced pediatric retinal surgery, and the director of the Duke Center for Artificial and Regenerative Vision where she implants the Argus II “bionic eye” and restores vision to individuals with total blindness. She has a great enthusiasm for teaching the next generation of retinal surgeons and organizes and directs several national and international courses such as Advances in Pediatric Retina Course and the Duke Fellows’ Advanced Vitreoretinal Surgery Course. With interests in retinal implants and stem cell technology, Vajzovic’s scientific contributions focus on histopathology of various ocular tissues and the development of neurosensory retina in healthy and diseased eyes. Vajzovic has received numerous honors and awards for excellence in clinical care and ophthalmology research, including the Retina Society Fellowship Research Award, the Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship Award, the Society of Heed Fellows Award, and the ASRS Honor Award. Married with two children, her favorite activity is spending time with her family, but she also enjoys downhill skiing, having qualified for an Olympic racing team during her childhood years in Bosnia and Herzegovina.