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ABOUT: Leadership

Since 2007, the Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program has been supported by NIH/NEI and led by course directors Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier and Dr. Eydie Miller-Ellis. 

Rabb-Venable Leadership Mildred Olivier-
Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD, BS

Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier is Assistant Dean for Diversity, Global Health Chair for Chicago Medical School and Professor of Ophthalmology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Her academic work includes clinical instruction of medical students and residents in glaucoma. She is the founder and CEO of the Midwest Glaucoma Center, PC. Dr. Olivier is a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Past President of Women in Ophthalmology. She serves on the Diversity Issues Committee at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). She previously served on the Advisory Council of the National Eye Institute and is an AAO delegate to the American Medical Association. 


Dr. Olivier has published in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored books and book chapters. She has been conducting regular medical missions to Haiti since 1993. Dr. Olivier is frequently called upon to speak on glaucoma, healthcare disparities, and global health at national and international medical conferences.

Application Submission Deadline:
March 31, 2023


Notification of Program Finalists:
May 30, 2023


NMA Annual Convention:

July 28-31, 2023

Rabb-Venable Leadership Eydie Miller-Ell
Eydie G. Miller-Ellis, MD

Dr. Eydie Miller-Ellis is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Scheie Eye Institute, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Miller-Ellis maintains a busy clinical practice in glaucoma and has lectured nationally and internationally on glaucoma diagnosis and management. She has excelled in the area of resident education, especially surgical training, and received the 2011 Surgical Teaching Award at the Scheie Eye Institute. Her research interests include risk factors for the development and progression of glaucoma, pharmacological and surgical treatment of glaucoma, and diagnostic techniques. She has reviewed articles for the Archives of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, and Retina. 


Dr. Miller-Ellis has served on the board of the American Glaucoma Society and Women in Ophthalmology, and was on the Scientific Committee for Prevent Blindness America. In 2014, she was named a Master Clinician at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is the current president of the Joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).


Calling all Rabb-Venable judges and mentors! Help guide emerging ophthalmologists.


The next generation of Black, Latinx, and Native American eye care specialists need you! Create a lasting impact on the lives of medical students by serving as a judge or mentor.
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