The Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG)

The Vision Loss Expert Group is an international group of mainly Ophthalmologists and Optometrists with experience in ophthalmic epidemiology . While external to the World Health Organization, the group was convened to assist the Global Burden of Disease study with the goal of providing global technical leadership in the development and improvement of epidemiological estimates for blindness and vision impairment. This work has also assisted WHO in recent outputs on DALYs attributable to vision loss.

The VLEG is guided by a small group of ‘core’ members from the institutions listed below, with larger ad hoc working groups addressing specific issues.

Core members

Vision & Eye Research Unit, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim
L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA
African Vision Research Institute, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
NHMRC Centre for Clinical Eye Research, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney, Australia
Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia

PrefixFirst NameLast NameInstitution
ProfessorRupertBourneAnglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
MrPeterAcklandInternational Agency for Prevention of Blindness, London, UK
Dr.AriesArditiVisibility Metrics LLC, New York, USA
Dr.YanivBarkanaAssaf Harofe Medical Center, Zerifin, Israel
Dr.BanuBozkurtSelcuk University, Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey
DrTasaneeBraithwaiteMoorfields Eye Hospital, London
DrAlainBronService d'Ophtalmologie CHU Dijon, France
ProfessorDonaldBudenzUniversity of Miami, Miami, USA
Dr.FengCaiGreen-Valley Group, Freedom, California, USA
ProfessorRobertCassonUniversity of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Dr.UshaChakravarthyThe Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr.JaewanChoiHangil Eye Hospital, Incheon, South Korea
DrMaria VittoriaCicinelliSan Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy.
ProfessorNathanCongdonThe Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr.RezaDanaMassachussets Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Dr.RakhiDandonaGeorge Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia
ProfessorLalitDandonaInstitute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
DrAditiDasSt James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
Dr.IvaDekarisEye Clinic Svjetlost, Zagreb, Croatia
Dr.MonteDel Monte, MDUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Dr.jennydevaUniversiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Dept of Surgery (Ophthalmology)
Dr.LauraDreerUniversity of Alabama, Birmingham, USA
Dr.LeonEllweinNational Eye Institute, Bethesda, USA
Dr.MarcelaFrazierUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr.KevinFrickJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA
ProfessorDavidFriedmanJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA
DrJoaoFurtadoUniversity of São Paulo, São Paulo , Brazil
Dr.HuaGaoHenry Ford Medical Center, Dept of Ophthalmology, Michigan, USA
Dr.GusGazzardInstitute of Ophthalmology, London
Dr.RonnieGeorgeMedical Research Foundation, Chennai, India
Dr.StephenGichuhiUniversity of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr.VictorGonzalezValley Retina Institute, Texas, USA
Dr.BillyHammondUniversity of Georgia, Athens, USA
Dr.Mary ElizabethHartnettUniversity of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
DrMinguangHeUniversity of Melbourne, Melbourne, USA
Dr.JamesHejtmancikNational Eye Institute, Bethesda, USA
Dr.FlavioHiraiFederal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dr.JohnHuangYale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA
Mrs.AprilIngramAlberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Canada
ProfessorJonathanJavittJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA
ProfessorJostJonasDepartment of Ophthalmology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
Dr.CharlotteJoslinUniversity of Illinois, Chicago, USA
ProfessorJillKeeffeL V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
ProfessorJohnKempenUniversity of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA
ProfessorMoncefKhairallahUniversity Hospital Monastir,Tunisia
DrRohitKhannaL V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
Dr.JudyKimMedical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Dr.GeorgeLambrouNovartis, Basel, Switzerland
Dr.Van CharlesLansinghHelpMeSee, Inc. New York, USA
ProfessorPaoloLanzettaDepartment of Ophthalmology, University of Udine. Udine, Italy
Dr.JanetLeasherNova Southeastern University, Florida, USA
Dr.JenniferLimUniversity of Illinois, Urbana, USA
DrHansLIMBURGHealth Information Services, Grootebroek, Netherlands.
DrKawehMansouriClinique De Montchoisi, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr.AnuMathewRoyal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Dr.AlanMorseJewish Guild Healthcare, New York, USA
ProfessorBeatrizMunozWilmer Eye Institute John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Dr.DavidMuschUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
ProfessorKovinNaidooUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
ProfessorVinayNangiaSuraj Eye Institute, Nagpur, India
Mrs.MariaPalaiouMassachusetts Eye and Ear Institute, Boston, USA
Dr.Maurizio BattagliaParodiUniversity Vita Salute, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
Dr.Fernando YaacovPenaFundacion Vision, Asuncion, Paraguay
ProfessorKonradPesudovsNHMRC Centre for Clinical Eye Research, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
ProfessorTundePetoThe Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Dr.HarryQuigleyWilmer Eye Institute John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
Dr.MurugesanRajuUniversity of Missouri, Columbia, USA
ProfessorPradeepRamuluWilmer Eye Institute John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
DrSergeResnikoffBrien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney, Australia
Dr.DanaRezaSchepens Eye Research Inst./Mass Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Dr.AlanRobinJohns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
ProfessorLucaRossettiUniversity of Milan, Milan, Italy
DrJinanSaaddineNational Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA
Dr.MyaSandarSingapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
Dr.JanetSerleMt Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
Dr.TuengShenUniversity of Washington, Seattle, USA
Dr.RajeshShettyMayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA
Ms.PamelaSievingNational Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA
DrJuan CarlosSilvaPan-American Health Organization, Columbia
Dr.AlexSilvesterSt Paul's Eye Unit, Royal Liverpool University Hospital.Liverpool, UK
DrRita S.SitorusDepartment of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia
ProfessorDwightStambolianUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Dr.GretchenStevensWorld Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
ProfessorHughTaylorCentre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Dr.JaimeTejedorHospital Raman y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
ProfessorJamesTielschJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA
ProfessorMiltiadisTsilimbarisUniversity of Crete Medical School. Crete
ProfessorJanvan MeursThe Rotterdam Eye Hospital and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
professorRohitVarmaDepartment of Ophthalmology for Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
ProfessorGianniVirgiliDepartment of Ophthalmology, University of Florence, Italy
Dr.Ya XingWangCapital Medical University, Beijing, China
DrNing-LiWangEye Centre of Beijing Tongren Hospital, Beijing, China
ProfessorSheilaWestJohns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA
ProfessorPeterWiedemannLeipzig University, Leipzig, Germany
ProfessorTienWongUniversity of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Dr.RichardWormaldMoorfields Eye Hospital, London
DrYingfengZheng Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore