• Alan B. Richards, M.D.

• John D. Hinrichsen, M.D.

• Amy E. Coburn, O.D.

 

 

 

 

Alan B. Richards, M.D.
Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

 

Education:

1967-1969 Rice University, Houston, TX
 
1969-1971   Southern Methodist University, B.A. in Social Science and Pre-Med. Dallas, TX
 
1971-1973   Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, LA
 
1973-1975   University of Texas Medical Center, M.D., Dallas, TX
 
Internship
1975-1976
  Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
 
Residency
1976-1979
  Ophthalmology: Combined Program
Foundation Hospital and University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, AL
 
Fellowship
1979-1980
  Pediatric Ophthalmology: Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Training under:
• Joseph C. Calhoun, MD
• Robinson D. Harley, MD (Editor, textbook Pediatric Ophthalmology)
• Donelson R. Manley, MD
 
 
Professional Experience:
May 2003-Present:
Highland Clinic, APMC
Pediatric Ophthalmology
1400 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 103
Shreveport, LA

Academic Appointment:

July 1980 - Present
LSU Health Sciences Center
Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Ophthalmology
1541 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103

July 1980 – April 2003
Private Practice Part-Time Academic/Teaching Position
Shreveport, LA

  • American Board of Ophthalmology, 1981
  • Louisiana State Medical License #5012R
  • President and Founder, Shreveport Sees Russia, (Creation 2010)
  • President and Founder, Eye Samaritans International, (Creation 2012)
  • Member, International Association for the Prevention of Blindness
  • Chairman, Louisiana State Vision Advisory Committee, Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Past-Member, Socioeconomic Committee, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Past-Member, Vision Screening Committee, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Member, Children’s Eye Foundation
  • Member, Louisiana Medical Society
  • Member, Caddo Parish Medical Society
Honors & Awards:
  • Developed the School Vision Screening Guidelines for State of Louisiana, 1981
  • Honor Award Recipient, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2009
  • President’s Honor Roll, Rice University, 1967-69

Shreveport Sees Russia and Eye Samaritans International Sponsored Projects:

Russian Federation:

Sponsored Makarov Vsevolod, MD, Neonatologist/Anesthesiologist from Ural State Children's Hospital, Ekaterinburg, Russia to attend the 2nd Edition Transport High Risk Infants Modern Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 1-3, 2016

Organized and Participating in the Regional Meeting on Retinopathy of Prematurity in Ekaterinburg, Russia, June 23-25, 2016

Sponsored two Russian neonatologists from Moscow to attend the 1st Congress of Joint Neonatal Societies (JNS), Budapest, Hungary, September 16-20, 2015

Conducted the Siberia Regional Seminar on Neonatology and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), Barnaul, Russia, June 2014

Conducted the National Seminar on Retinopathy of Prematurity, The Helmholtz Moscow Research Institute for Eye Diseases, Moscow, Russia, April 2013

Sponsored Ekaterina Denisova, MD, Ophthalmologist from Helmholtz Microsurgery Institute in Moscow, to attend a one-month observership in pediatric vitreoretinal surgery with Michael Trese, MD, and his colleagues in Royal Oaks, Michigan, October 2013

Created, in conjunction with International Association for the Prevention of Blindness in London, the National Guidelines regarding the target group and timing of examination of premature infants to detect ROP which were implemented by the Minister of Health in Moscow, Russia 2013

Helped Director Irina Astasheva, MD establish The Training Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of ROP at Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia, September 2013

Sponsored Irina Astasheva, MD, from Russian State Medical University in Moscow and Katya Fedchuk, MD, Ukrainian Medical Center of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Microsurgery, National Pediatric Specialized Hospital "Ohmatdyt", Kyiv, Ukraine to spend two weeks training with Subhadra Jalali, MD, at the L.V. Prasad Institute, Hyderabad, India, October 2013

Provided funding for Professor Ludmilla Katargina, MD, Chairman of Helmholtz Microsurgery Institute, and two colleagues, to attend the 3rd World ROP Congress in Shanghai, China, October 14-16, 2012

Conducted the National Seminar on ROP, Moscow, Russia, October 2012

Conducted Pediatric Ophthalmologists/Planning for National Seminars, Moscow, Russia, December 2009

Personally oversaw the two-week training of Irina Astasheva, MD, Russian State Medical University, and a colleague, in the examination of high-risk preterm infants in three neonatal intensive care units (LSU Health Sciences Center, Willis-Knighton Medical Center and Christus Schumpert Medical Center), Shreveport, LA, Spring 2009

Travelled with a group of ophthalmologists from LSU Health Sciences Center to make initial contacts with the pediatric ophthalmologists in Moscow, September 2008

Delivered presentation to ophthalmologists on the Current Diagnosis and Treatment of ROP, combined with Intensive Training of Pediatric Ophthalmologists in Techniques of Laser Treatment of ROP, Helmholtz Microsurgery Institute, Moscow, Russia, September 2008

Sponsored Clare Gilbert, MD, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Graham Quinn, MD, Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to speak at National ROP Seminar at Helmholtz Microsurgery Institute, Moscow, Russia, September 2008

Eastern Europe/Black Sea Countries:

Developed guidelines for Organization of Pediatric Ophthalmology clinics throughout Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia, September 2015

Trained pediatric ophthalmologists in basic ophthalmological examination techniques in infants and children, Yerevan, Armenia, September 2015

Sponsored and helped organize a regional ROP Seminar in Budapest, Hungary which was attended by 21 ophthalmologists, 18 neonatologists and 10 NICU nurses from Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine, June 13-14, 2014

Provided travel expenses for international ROP expert Graham Quinn, MD, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to speak at a regional ROP seminar which also attended by representatives from five Eastern European countries), Tbilisi, Georgia, May 24-26, 2013

Provided funding for Katya Fedchuk, MD, and another colleague from Kiev, Ukraine, to attend the European Strabismological Society Meeting, Milan, Italy, September 2012

Assessed Ukraine’s need for future training and equipment, Kiev and Odessa, Ukraine, May 2012

First American pediatric ophthalmologist to make and establish a working relationship with pediatric ophthalmologists in Ukraine, May 2012

Donations of Ophthalmology Equipment:

  • Yerevan, Armenia 2015 - Equipment for eye clinics
  • Moldova 2013 - Indirect ophthalmoscope and Equipment to examine infants in NICUs
  • Kiev, Ukraine, 2010 - Indirect laser
  • Moscow, Russia 2008-2012 - Equipment to examine infants in NICUs
     

Clinical Research Experience:

  • Dipivalyl Epinephrine in Glaucoma, 1978-79
  • Intraocular Lens Implants in Children, 1981-85
Publications:
  • “Socioeconomic Resources for Members of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus,” AAPOS Website, May 2005
  • “Ptosis in Children,” Schumpert Medical Quarterly;” Volume 8, No. 2, February 1990
  • "Recent Developments in Pediatric Ophthalmology." Schumpert Medical Journal, 1985.
  • “Pseudotumor of the Orbit and Retroperitoneal Fibrosis,” Archives of Ophthalmology, September 1980
Presentations:
  • Authored with Anne Floyd, MD from LSU Health Sciences Center and Graham Quinn MD from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia a presentation to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2017. The title of the presentation, given by Dr. Floyd, was "Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity in Infants Weighing Less than 500 grams at Birth."
  • Presented 20 minute lecture on "Neonatal Infections" as part of a workshop at the annual meeting of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology in Nashville, Tennessee in April, 2017.
  • "Neuromyelitis Optica: Sudden Visual Loss", Joe's Meeting, Wills Eye Hospital, Nov. 4, 2016
  • “Treatment of retinopathy of prematurity in small children” with Anne Floyd, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA June 11, 2016
  • “Congenital Cataracts” with Drew Thomas, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA June 11, 2016
  • “Uveitis in Children” with Karen Small, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA June 11, 2016
  • “Short series on the efficacy of OCT in the diagnosis of optic nerve disease in patients presenting with sudden visual loss” with Jennifer T. Pan, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA June 11, 2016
  • “Long term visual outcomes of patients treated with laser for retinopathy of prematurity” with Amar J. Patel, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA June 11, 2016
  • “Aggressive Posterior Retinopathy,” Case Presentation at the International Meeting: Current Trends in ROP Management and Research 2016 Bethesda, MD, May 14, 2016
  • “Episodic Visual Loss: A Myriad of Possibilities,” Annual Wills Eye Hospital Alumni Meeting, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, October 29, 2015
  • “Intravitreal Avastin for Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Review” with Drew Thomas, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 6, 2015
  • “Laser Pointer Maculopathy” with Marcy Landry, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 6, 2015
  • “Neonatal Endogenous Endophthalmitis: Two Cases and a Review of Literature” with Jeremy Cefalu, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 6, 2015
  • “Retinovascular Complications in Two Cases of Familial Miller-Dieker 17p13.3 Deletion with Rubinstein-Taybi 16p13.3 Duplication” with Omar Shoukfeh, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 6, 2015
  • “Inferior Rectus Weakness: Intraoperative Traction Testing for Muscle Weakness,” Annual Wills Eye Hospital Alumni Meeting, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, November 14, 2014
  • “Can A Rectus Muscle Be Too Tight to Recess Properly?” Annual Wills Eye Hospital Alumni Meeting, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, October 3, 2013
  • “Laser Pointer Maculopathy", with Marcy Landry, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 6, 2015
  • “Review of Retinoblastoma,” Filatov Institute National Eye Meeting, Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy, Odessa, Ukraine, May 2012
  • “What to Do When Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Services Are Not Available: Clinic Low Vision Rehabilitation for a Busy Pediatric Ophthalmologist, “ American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2010
  • “Influence of Sildenafil on the Progression of Retinopathy of Prematurity” with Kristin Berlin Madonia, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 5, 2010
  • “Levator Resection with Tarsal Resection in Patients with Poor Levator Function” with Laura L. Mendiola, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 5, 2010
  • “See Ya Later, Alligator,” Pediatric Symposium, Monroe Civic Center Arena, Monroe, LA, April 9, 2010
  • "Important Retinal and Optic Nerve Disorders", Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia, December 2009
  • “Retinopathy of Prematurity: LSU NICU Experiences” with Adrianne Dela Paz, MD (PGY-4), LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 2009
  • “Steady State Oxygen Versus Reduced Oxygen Saturation to Prevent ROP” with Natalia Potapova, MD (PGY-4), LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 2009
  • “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Practice,” American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2009
  • “Astigmatism in Children,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 2, 2008
  • “Treatable Causes of Retinitis Pigmentosa” with Arthur Kavanaugh, M.D., LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 7, 2008
  • “Doctor, Why Are You Operating on My Good Eye? “ Poster, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Keystone, CO, March 2006
  • “Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction: Comparing the Efficacy of Three Surgical Techniques in 12- to 24-Month-Old Children” with Ashley Sipes, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 2000
  • “Legislating Preschool Vision Screening,” National Meeting of The National Association of Vision Professionals, New Orleans, LA, July 2005
  • “A Proposal to Change Vision Screening Guidelines,” American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Orlando, FL, March 2005
  • “Degree of Myopia in Retinitis of Prematurity Status Post Laser Treatment” with Wally Nawas, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, 2002
  • “Incidence of Learning Disabilities in Patients Treated for Retinitis of Prematurity” with Christopher Shelby, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 2002
  • “Late Recurrent Torsional Diplopia after the Harada Ito Procedure” with John Hinrichsen, MD, LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 2003
  • “Infantile Glaucoma Secondary to Topical Steroids,” Poster, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 2002
  • “Update on Pediatric Ophthalmology,” Pediatric Spring Review-III,” LSU Health Science Center, Shreveport, LA, June 9, 2001.
  • “Unilateral Recession for Early Onset Exotropia,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, June 1999
  • “Current Techniques of Vision Screening,” National Meeting of the National Association of Vision Screeners, New Orleans, LA 1999
  • “Early Surgery for Intermittent Exotropia,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 1995
  • “Treatment of Strabismus with Oculinum,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 1995
  • “Review of Oculinum Injections for Treatment of Strabismus,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 1994
  • “Current Treatment of Nystagmus,” LSU Alumni Day, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, May 1993

 

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