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Scientific Advisory Board

Doug Gould Ph.D.

Dr. Gould is a Professor, Vice-Chair for Research and the Denise B. Evans Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology at University of California, San Francisco. He earned a PhD in Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and performed postdoctoral studies at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. In 2005 and 2006 Dr. Gould published manuscripts in Science and The New England Journal of Medicine, reporting the discovery of COL4A1 mutations in individuals with porencephaly and small vessel disease. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Gould has dedicated his career to defining and understanding the multi-system disorder caused by COL4A1 and COL4A2 mutations. He directs a team of researchers whose goal is to discover and develop disease modifying interventions.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Shiffrar

Medical Advisory Board

Faruk Orge, MD

Dr. Faruk H. Örge MD, FAAO, FAAP, is the William R. and Margaret E. Althans Chair and Professor in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at CWRU and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, one of the few pediatric hospitals ranked by US News and World Report. After completing a two-year research fellowship, internship, residency, and a clinical fellowship at Indiana University, Dr. Örge returned to his native country, Turkey, to join the faculty at Yeditepe University. He has been at RBCH since 2007.

Dr. Örge is widely recognized for his clinical expertise and is listed in the Best Doctors of America (since 2009), Top Doctors (since 2011), and Who’s Who (2014). Dr. Örge has served on and lead many committees (Online, Public Education, Program committees) of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and has joined the AAPOS Board of Directors in 2018 as a Director at Large. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and serves as the AAPOS liaison to the ABO. He is currently the Fellowship Program Director and the UH EI Residency Associate Director. His innovations in teaching include work with ORBIS/Cyber-sight, AAPOS, and the AAO, with interests in telemedicine, live webinars (first to produce national and international sessions in the field of ophthalmology), online journal clubs, and unique learning tools such as an interactive strabismus and retinoscopy simulators. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the AAO’s newly formed KTEF Pediatric Ophthalmology Education Center (the largest online educational source in the world for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, it has been visited more than 1 million times from more than 200 countries since its inception in 2015). 

Dr. Örge’s research interests comprise almost all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology (ocular imaging, drug release, ROP, glaucoma, microsurgery, cataract, genetic conditions, eyelid trauma, consultation, sedation, strabismus, nystagmus, amblyopia, etc.) funded by NIH/NEI, KTEF Research Grant, UH TVSF Grant, CWRU Coulter Grant, Bernadet Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Rainbow research awards, CWRU PFI Funding, Ohio Amblyope Registry, UH Innovation day, pharmaceutical/device companies (Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, Novartis, Ophthec). He holds a patent for a novel glaucoma device and also filed several patents on drug delivery, eye imaging, wound healing, and other therapeutic technologies. 

Dr. Örge graduated from the University Hospitals and a separate Rainbow B&C Hospital Leadership Development Program in 2012 and 2018 and was a member of the AAO Leadership Development Program 2015 class. He currently serves as the Vice President of the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council, the international supra-organization that has representatives from more than 80 countries. Through this council he is helping to align international educational efforts, and align efforts and focus on various pediatric eye disease worldwide.

Dr. Carly Wilbur is a pediatrician with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, and earned her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She returned to her hometown of Cleveland to complete her internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic and joined University Hospitals as an attending physician and clinical instructor in 2003. Dr. Wilbur works in Shaker Heights and Solon, Ohio, caring for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. One patient in particular inspired Dr. Wilbur to pursue further COL4A1 engagement in the hopes of helping other families thrive despite the odds as this little girl has.

Medical Advisory Board

Carly Wilbur, MD.

Medical Advisory Board

Suzanne Debrosse, MD

Legal Advisory Board

Howard Morris, Esq.