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Growing genetics program
Debra Owens, Anastasios Costarides and Eldon Geisert

From left clockwise: Jiong Yan, Sheryl Menacker, Phoebe Lenhart, Jason Peragallo, Scott Lambert, Nieraj Jain, Michael Iuvone, Jeff Boatright, Eldon Geisert, John Nickerson, Suma Shankar and Nancy Newman.

Growing Genetics Program

The Emory Eye Genetics Program provides personalized, precision medical information to patients with inherited eye diseases. Patients routinely travel to Emory from throughout the Southeast and beyond to obtain comprehensive care for these rare and complex inherited ocular conditions.

“Medicine is seeing great advances in the management of inherited eye disease,” says retina specialist Nieraj Jain. “Emory is leading the way by providing ‘state-of-the-art’ clinical services including the retinal prosthesis (Argus II) program, comprehensive genetics evaluations, clinical trials and premier genetic testing options including next-generation sequencing panels.”

The program brings a core faculty team to focus on inherited ocular diseases. The use of genomic medicine will help to guide new therapies and treatment options for those affected. The Emory Eye Center as a regional resource is well positioned to become national leader in driving innovation in the field.

Genetics faculty include clinicians Jiong Yan and Nieraj Jain in the retina service, together with geneticist Suma Shankar of Emory’s Human Genetics program and Emory Eye’s pediatric and retina services. A growing pediatric program also contributes their expertise and includes clinicians Scott Lambert, Amy Hutchinson (ophthalmology pathology fellow ’92-93; res. ’93-96), Phoebe Lenhart (’05 M; res. ’05-08; pediatric fellow ’09) , Sheryl Menacker, Jason Peragallo (neuro-ophthalmology fellowship ’13) and Natalie Weil (pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellow ’15).

Suma Shankar, Nieraj Jain and Jiong Yan

Suma Shankar, Nieraj Jain and Jiong Yan head the Genetics Program.

A growing pediatric program also contributes their expertise and includes clinicians Scott Lambert, Amy Hutchinson (ophthalmology pathology fellow ’92-93; res. ’93-96), Phoebe Lenhart (’05 M; res. ’05-08; pediatric fellow ’09) , Sheryl Menacker, Jason Peragallo (neuro-ophthalmology fellowship ’13) and Natalie Weil (pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellow ’15).

Neuro-ophthalmologists Nancy Newman and Peragallo add their particular skills for those issues of a neurologic basis. These sub-specialty clinicians, together with the Center's translational scientists — Mike Iuvone, John Nickerson, Jeff Boatright, and Eldon Geisert — form a strong team focused on the genetic aspects of eye diseases.

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