Scientific Advisory Board

The Optomed Scientific Advisory Board has been established to help advance and promote evidence-based eye screening globally. The Scientific Advisory Board members are introduced below.

The Board consists of international experts in ophthalmology, specialized in diabetic retinopathy screening and artificial intelligence (AI) and they will provide support in clinical validation of Optomed products and increase awareness of handheld fundus cameras and AI-solutions worldwide.

Daniel Ting

• Consultant, Surgical Retina, Singapore National Eye Center • Clinical Lead, AI in Ophthalmology, Singapore Eye Research Institute • Assistant Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore • Professor, Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Dr Daniel Ting is the consultant vitreo-retinal surgeon in the Singapore National Eye Center, Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology with Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore, and Clinical Lead for artificial intelligence (AI) in ophthalmology at Singapore Eye Research Institute. He is also the visiting Full Professor in Ophthalmology at the AI and data science center in Zhongshan Ophthalmic Eye Center, Sun Yat-sen University, China, the 2017-2018 US-ASEAN J. W. Fulbright Scholar to Johns Hopkins University, the founding member of the American Academy Ophthalmology (AAO) AI Taskforce committee and serves in several editorial boards, including Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Retina, British of Journal of Ophthalmology and Asia-pacific Journal of Ophthalmology.

To date, he has published >180 papers/book chapters/conference abstracts, including 30 AI articles in JAMA, NEJM, Nature Medicine, Nature Digital Medicine, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Lancet Digital Health, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, Ophthalmology and etc. At the global AI ophthalmology setting, Daniel led 2 major AI review articles with most experts (e.g. Google AI Health) in the field, summarizing the state-of-art AI technologies, the key technical and clinical aspects, the unmet needs, and future directions in AI ophthalmology. He has patented 2 deep learning systems, one of which has received approval from the Singapore Health Service Authority (HSA), and the European CE Mark. Furthermore, he also co-founded a spin-off company (EyRIS Pte Ltd (URL: https://www.eyris.io/), and the deep learning system is now clinically deployed in >20 optometry practices.

Dr Ting has won several awards, including the ARVO Bert Glaser Award for Innovative Research in Retina (2020), USA Macula Society Evangelos Gragoudas Award (2019), Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Young Ophthalmologist’s Award (2018), the Asia-Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society (APTOS) Young Innovator Award (2017), SingHealth Distinguished Young Researcher Award (2018), and Singapore General Hospital Young Investigator Award (2017). Academically, he maintained the 1st ranking nationally in the US-based exam, Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program-International (OKAPI), for 3 consecutive years from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious UK FRCOphth McCartney Prize, an award given to the world’s highest score in Ophthalmic Pathology. He is also the inaugural SNEC Richard Fan Gold Medal Award winner in 2014. Throughout his residency years, he has won a total of 9 SingHealth RISE Awards, including the Outstanding Chief Resident Award and Young Inspiring Resident Award. He also graduated as the valedictorian of the entire graduating cohort of 86 residents in 2016. In December 2019, he was also rated as one of the 4 thought leaders by the top eye magazine in London, The Ophthalmologist, in the deep learning fields for ophthalmology (URL: https://theophthalmologist.com/subspecialties/ophthalmic-frontiers-ai)

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Nina Hautala

• Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Oulu • Chief Physician in the Department of Ophthalmology in Oulu University Hospital • Specialised in medical retina, diabetic retinopathy, screening programs for DR and AMD • President of the Finnish Association of Ophthalmology • Vice Chairman of the Board of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim Oulu • Member of the Board of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim • Member of the Doctoral Committee of the Finnish Diabetes Association • Member of the Working Group for Current Care Guideline for DR by Finnish Medical Society Duodecim • Member of Optomed’s Clinical Advisory Board

Nina Hautala is Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oulu and Chief Physician in the Department of Ophthalmology in Oulu University Hospital. She also has a degree in Administration in Health Care. She has specialised in medical retina, diabetic retinopathy, screening programs for diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration. She is responsible for organizing screening, treatment and follow-up of diabetic retinopathy in Oulu University Hospital as well as in EyeMo (eye mobility unit for screening of diabetic retinopathy). She is responsible for both undergraduate and postgraduate training in Ophthalmology in Northern Finland.

Currently, she is the President of the Finnish Association of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman of the Board of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim Oulu, Member of the Board of Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, Member of the Doctoral Committee of the Finnish Diabetes Association, and Member of the Working Group for Current Care Guideline for Diabetic Retinopathy by Finnish Medical Society Duodecim.

She leads several research groups according to her main areas of clinical and scientific interest: diabetic retinopathy, screening of diabetic retinopathy, image analysis, artificial intelligence (AI) in diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, medical retina, uveitis, and ocular inflammatory diseases. She is a supervisor of several post-doctoral scientists, PhD studies, and medical students for advanced diploma.

The developments in screening and timely treatment of diabetic retinopathy during the recent years in Oulu University Hospital were noticed by the Quality Award of the Finnish Medical Association. Professor Hautala has research grants from several research foundations and institutions.

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Robert Chang, MD

• Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stanford University Medical Center • Member, Bio-X • Medical Director, Stanford Employer Based Optometry, (2016- present) • Glaucoma Fellowship Co-Director, Stanford Ophthalmology, (2009- present)

Professor Chang is a medical innovator at Stanford University since 2009. He divides his time among state-of-the-art clinical eye care, clinical validation of new technologies in medicine, and teaching ophthalmology and healthcare innovation locally and globally. He focuses on minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and presbyopia-correcting cataract surgery.  In addition, he emphasizes precision medicine and digital health and currently leads a glaucoma deep learning collaboration.

He is the co-inventor of the first universal smartphone adapter, the FDA-cleared PAXOS scope to take pictures of the front and back of the eye. He also co-founded a venture-backed smart device company, AVA, and advises multiple startups in addition to large biopharma and medical device corporations. Currently, he is Vice President of the Asia Pacific Tele- Ophthalmology Society (APTOS).

Dr. Chang received his MD from the combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a research and clinical glaucoma fellowship at the renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He has published over 55 peer-reviewed papers, delivered more than 100 invited national and international lectures, been awarded many grants, and holds multiple patents.

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Tunde Peto

• MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Queens University Hospital, Belfast • Consultant Ophthalmologist in Medical Retina • Clinical Lead of the Northern Irish Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Screening Programme

Tunde Peto is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at QUB, Clinical Lead of the Northern Irish Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Screening Programme, and a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Medical Retina. Her membership of international organisations includes Vice President of the European Association for the Study of Diabetic Eye Complications (EASDec), Board member of EU-EYE and ECV, and member of the Global Burden of Disease Eye Epidemiology Group. She is the founding member of the European Eye Epidemiology group that brought 27 epidemiological studies together in order to build collaboration and build further research platforms in Europe. She specialises in chronic blinding diseases, ophthalmic image analysis, epidemiology, and statistics and is internationally renowned for setting up and managing diabetic retinopathy screening and training programmes, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund (DR Section).  As Head of the Belfast Ophthalmic Reading Centre and Director of The Central Administrative Research Facility (CARF), a unique facility coordinating the grading of ophthalmic images collected for clinical research studies, Professor Peto has expertise in overseeing a wide range of studies, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and population-based studies, training graders to use a variety of imaging platforms and interpreting the images. Professor Peto has participated in numerous studies overseeing budgets of up to £2 million. Projects have been financed through a wide range of funders including MRC Newtown, NIHR, NIH, Wellcome Trust, British Council and other charities for projects such as UK Biobank, Clarity, VICI, Meira, LEAVO and REACH-DR. Professor Peto was recently named among the UK’s most influential researchers who study diabetes complications.

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Dan Milea

• MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology, DUKE-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore • Head of the Visual Neuroscience Group, at the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore
• Senior Consultant in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).

Professor Dan MILEA, MD, PhD is a clinician-scientist, currently Head of the Visual Neuroscience Group at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and a Senior Consultant in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).  He is  Professor of Ophthalmology at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Angers University (France) and Affiliate Professor at the Copenhagen University, (Denmark).

He has completed his medical education and a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. He has a PhD in Neuroscience, conferred by the Collège de France and the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris.

As a practicing clinician-scientist in Neuro-ophthalmology, he has strong research interests in applied Artificial Intelligence methods to Neuro-Ophthalmology, among other research areas in Visual Neuroscience. For these purposes, he was awarded several competitive multimillion research grants in Europe and in Singapore. Author of several industrial patents, he has also written or contributed to several textbooks and book chapters in ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology. He has been an invited speaker at more than 200 national and international meetings in ophthalmology.

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