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Faculty Photo - Cowden, John W., MD

John Cowden, MD

Roy E. Mason and Elizabeth Patee Mason Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology

  • Medical School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Residency: Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC
  • Additional Study: Fellowship in cornea and external ocular diseases,University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, 1971
Faculty Photo - Davis, Geetha, MD

Geetha Davis, MD

Assistant Professor

  • College: University of Akron, 2003
  • Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, 2007
  • Internship: Preliminary Internal Medicine - University of Missouri - Columbia
  • Outside Interests: running, basketball, movies, travel
Faculty Photo - DeRose, Christopher, OD

Christopher DeRose, OD

Clinical Instructor

  • State University of New York at Buffalo - Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering
  • Illinois College of Optometry - Chicago, IL - Doctor of Optometry
Faculty Photo - Gamble, Jeffrey M., OD

Jeffrey Gamble, OD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Optometry/Contact Lens

  • Missouri State University - Bachelor of Science
  • Northeastern State University College of Optometry - Doctor of Optometry
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Dean Hainsworth, MD

George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology, Retina/Vitreous

  • Medical School: University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Residency: University of Kentucky
  • Additional Study: Fellowship in vitreo-retina, Duke University Eye Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, 1991

Jeffrey Leipholtz, OD


  • Optometry School: University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry

Kathy J. Lentz, MD, FACS

Clinical Instructor

  • College/Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Internship: Internal Medicine – St. Luke’s Hospital Kansas City
  • Outside Interests: MIZZOU sports; plein air painting; art history; travel

Melissa Liepins, OD

Clinical Instructor

  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Optometry School: Illinois College of Optometry
Faculty Photo - Liu, Don, MD

Don Liu, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery

  • Medical School: State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Residency: Erie County Medical Center
  • Additional Study: University of Massachusetts, MS Physics, PhD Candidater
  • Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1981
Faculty Photo - Missoi, Tara, MD

Tara Missoi, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology

  • Medical School: University of Nebraska School of Medicine
  • Residency: Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri
  • Additional Training: Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Washington University at St. Louis
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Marcos Reyes, MD

Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Residency: University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio
  • Additional Training: Fellowship, Glaucoma – Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology
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Dan Schoenleber, MD

Interim Residency Program Director

Faculty Photo - Wills, Theodore E., MD

Theodore Wills, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, General Ophthalmology

  • Medical School: University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Residency: University of Oregon, Portland
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, 1965

Research Faculty


Martin Katz, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Director Campus Electron Microscopy Core Facility

  • B.S.: Marquette University (1974)
  • PhD: Biology (Biochemistry), University of California, Santa Cruz (1981)
  • Postdoctoral: National Eye Institute, Nation Institutes of Health
Faculty Photo - Mohan, Rajiv R., PhD

Rajiv Mohan, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

  • B.Sc.: Lucknow University, India. Chemistry, Zoology and Botany
  • M. Sc.: Lucknow University, India. Synthetic Organic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Ph. D.: Lucknow University, India. Medicinal Chemistry
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Lixing Reneker, PhD

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Biochemistry

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Eye Development), Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Research Associate (Apolipoprotein Transgenic Models), Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry), Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Master of Science (Biochemistry), Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology), Department of Biology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Faculty Photo - Sharma, Krishna K., MSc, PhD

Krishna Sharma, MSc, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Research

  • BS: University of Mysore, India. Biology/Chemistry
  • MS: University of Mysore, India. Biochemistry
  • PhD: University of Mysore, India. Biochemistry

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