2018 Spring Convention Speakers


Jill Autry, O.D., R.Ph.

Dr. Autry received her pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She practiced in critical and surgical care before returning for her optometry degree at the University of Houston.  Following graduation, she performed a residency in ocular disease and surgical co-management at the Eye Center of Texas ophthalmology center where she is a partner today.  Dr. Autry lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of pharmaceutical and ocular disease topics and has authored numerous articles for both optometric and pharmaceutical journals. 

Saturday Courses: Top Ten Pathology PitfallsPrescribing for the Pregnant PatientThe Pain and Drama… of Trauma

Marc Bloomenstein, O.D.

Dr. Marc R. Bloomenstein is a 1990 graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Biology.  He received his optometric degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1994.  After graduation Dr. Bloomenstein finished a residency in secondary ophthalmic care at the Barnet Dulaney Eye Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He received his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry in December 1998 and is a founding member of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology (OCRT), serving as President from 2009-2011. Currently Dr. Bloomenstein is the Director of Optometric Services at the Schwartz Laser Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and President of MRB Eye Consultants. Dr. Bloomenstein is on the editorial board of Primary Care of Optometry News, Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Advanced Ocular Care, Optometric Management and a frequent contributor to various optometric journals. Dr. Bloomenstein currently serves as the Chairman of the AOA Continuing Education Committee and served on the board of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), as well as a founding member of the Optometric Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Society (OCCRS). Dr. Bloomenstein has served as the President of the Arizona Optometric Association, Legislation Chair and President of the Board of the Arizona Optometric Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bloomenstein has delivered over 500 invited lectures worldwide and serves as a consultant to numerous industry-leading pharmaceutical, biomedical and information technology companies.

Friday Courses: Corneal Dystrophies/Degenerations: What Every OD Should KnowOff-Label is Still Not Off-LimitsChallenging Cases from Front to BackHouse OD Case Reports and Video Grand Rounds

Jeff Miller, O.D.

Jeff Miller, O.D., F.A.A.O. is a Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. He is the director of the NSUOCO Glaucoma Clinic as well as the Clinical Education Coordinator.  Dr Miller teaches Clinical Microbiology and Immunology; Glaucoma and Uveitis; and Differential Diagnosis of Ocular Disease. He has lectured in the U.S. and Canada on topics such as glaucoma, retinal imaging, and ocular nutrition.

Sunday Courses: Glaucoma Deep Thoughts, My Top Ten Nutrition QuestionsOCT Ahoy-Righting the Diagnosis of Glaucoma and Retinal Disease 


 John Chancellor, MD

Dr. Chancellor was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007, graduating Suma Cum Laude. At graduation, he earned the Academic Excellence Award as the valedictorian of the Psychology department. He then received his Masters of Science degree at UMass in Neuroscience and Behavior. Dr. Chancellor received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in June 2016. He completed his PGY-1 year of Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in June 2017. He is currently a PGY-2 resident in the department of ophthalmology at Jones Eye Institute.



 Hannah Holtorf, OD, FAAO

Dr. Holtorf is originally from Overland Park, Kansas and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Kansas. She then pursued her optometry career in Memphis and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry. She completed her residency in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at Pacific University College of Optometry in Portland, Oregon. During her residency she was exposed to complex binocular vision cases involving diplopia which served as a platform to obtain her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She is currently practicing at Arkansas Children's Hospital and is an investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. 






Christopher Lee, MD

Christopher I. Lee, M.D. is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology and the Director of Glaucoma Services for the Department of Ophthalmology at the Jones Eye Institute.  Dr. Lee is a native of College Station, Texas.  He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he was a part of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society.  He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  He subsequently underwent additional training by completing a fellowship in Glaucoma at UT-Southwestern.   He is a member of the American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  His clinical interests include medical and surgical treatment of Glaucoma including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, and comprehensive Ophthalmology. 


Paul Phillips, MD

Paul H Phillips, M.D. is a Professor that specializes in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology.  He sees children and adult patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Eye Clinic.  He is also  the Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dr. Phillips, a native of New York, graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School (SUNY).  He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida Eye Center in Gainesville.  Dr. Phillips was in private practice in Connecticut for two years before completing two fellowships – the first in neuro-ophthalmology at Emory University Eye Center in Atlanta, Georgia and the second in pediatric ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. An active researcher and educator, Dr. Phillips has published in 54 ophthalmology journals and he has presented at numerous international, national and regional meetings.



 Ahmed  Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., FRCOphth

 Ahmed Sallam is a retina specialist and is the Director of the Uveitis and a Vitreoretinal Specialist at UAMS. He trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital in the UK and Prior to relocation to US, Dr. Sallam was a specialist in England, UK for 6 years. Dr. Sallam is the clinical research lead, the director of surgical simulation and the residency program associate director at UAMS.






 Sami Uwaydat, MD

 Dr. Uwaydat is the Director of the Vitreoretinal Services and the Medical Director of the Leland and Betty Tollett Retinal and Ocular Genetics Center at the Jones Eye Institute.  Dr. Uwaydat is also an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the UAMS College of Medicine.  Dr. Uwaydat is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Raymond and Mary Morris Residency Research Award and the Martha Wood Bentley Chair in Ophthalmology.  He completed his residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Jones Eye Institute. He has also completed two retina fellowships in his extensive training.  Dr. Uwaydat’s clinical interests include repair of retinal detachments, surgical repair of traumatic eye injuries, treatment of age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, and diagnosis and treatment of retinal infections. He also has special interest in inherited retinal diseases, with an emphasis on applying the most advanced treatment modalities available.


 David B. Warner, MD

 David B. Warner, M.D., is an associate professor and director of the cornea service of the Department of Ophthalmology, in the UAMS College of Medicine. He sees patients at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. His special interests include corneal transplants, refractive surgery, cataract surgery and external diseases of the eye. Dr. Warner received a M.D. with Distinction in Research from the Saint Louis  University, and he completed a transitional year in Internal Medicine from Forest Park Hospital, also in St. Louis. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Jones Eye Institute, where he received an academic achievement award and a resident teaching award. Dr. Warner completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Warner is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Arkansas Medical Society. He has presented at both local and national meetings and serves on the Accreditation Board of the Eye Banking Association of America. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Arkansas Lions Eye Bank and Laboratory.


Christopher T. Westfall, MD, FACS

  •  Interim Dean, College of Medicine
  • Pat Walker Professor and Chair
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Director, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
  • Director, Surgical Services Service Line

 Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., FACS, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Director of the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, and Director of the Surgical Services Service Line, began serving as Interim Dean of the College of Medicine in February 2018. Dr. Westfall received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University. He completed a residency in general surgery at Keesler Medical Center, was certified by the American Board of Surgery and awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He went on to complete a residency in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center and a two-year fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Westfall served as Department Chair and Residency Program Director in Ophthalmology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center. He retired, as Chief Consultant in Ophthalmology to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General at the rank of Colonel.  Dr. Westfall joined the UAMS faculty in 1997 and served in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as Chair in 2009. These included Vice Chairman and Medical Practice Leader; Chief of the Oculoplastics Surgical Services at UAMS Medical Center, John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH); Chief of Service at ACH; and Chairman and Medical Director of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program in the UAMS College of Health Professions. He served as UAMS Chief of Medical Staff in 2014-2016. He was invested in 2008 as the inaugural holder of the Pat Walker Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.