Systems Engineering at the Intersection of Technology and Technique

Steve Charles, MD
ASCRS Innovators General Session
Monday, April 16
10 – 11:30 a.m.

Charles D. Kelman, MD, Innovator’s Lecture

Each year, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) honors an individual whose innovative ideas have benefited ophthalmologists and their patients. The lecture and medal were established in 1985. Lecturers include some of the world’s most prominent pioneers in ophthalmic surgery. In 2002, ASCRS renamed the Innovator’s Lecture the Charles D. Kelman Innovator’s Lecture in recognition of Dr. Kelman’s life-long contributions and innovations.


Steve Charles, MD has developed many of the techniques and devices used by vitreoretinal surgeons worldwide. He has performed over 36,000 vitreoretinal surgeries, lectured in 50 countries and operated in 25, delivered 17 named lectures, and well over 1000 speaking trips. He authored a leading textbook in the field which is now in the 5th edition and in 6 languages and authored over 174 articles in the medical literature and over 50 book chapters. He is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and International College of Surgeons and a member of the Retina Society, Macular Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American-European College of Ophthalmic Surgery, Euro-Lam, and the Dowling Society. He is on the Board of Governors of the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research He is on the editorial board of Retina and a reviewer for Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology. He has received the Wacker Medal from the Club Jules Gonin, the first Founders Medal from the Vitreous Society, was inducted into the University of Miami School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Hall of Fame, and was named by Ocular Surgery News as one of the top ten innovators in the past 25 years. He is consistently listed in Best Doctors in America and Becker’s Top 34 Ophthalmologists in America. He is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee.

After four years in engineering school, he completed medical school at the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine. He did research all four medical school years at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. After a medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami he completed a residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute followed by a two year Clinical Associate appointment at the National Eye Institute (NIH); focused on vitreoretinal surgery, angiogenesis research and medical device engineering.

Past Charles D. Kelman Lecturers

  • Reay H. Brown MD, 2017
  • Graham D. Barrett, FRANZCO, 2016
  • Shigeru Kinoshita, MD, PhD, 2015
  • Warren E. Hill, MD, 2014
  • Richard Mackool, MD, 2013
  • Douglas D. Koch, MD, 2012
  • Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, 2011
  • Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD, 2010
  • Robert H. Osher, MD, 2009
  • Theo Seiler, MD, PhD, 2008
  • Okihiro Nishi, MD, 2007
  • Kensaku Miyake, MD, 2006
  • Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, 2005
  • John Marshall, PhD, 2004
  • Ioannis G. Pallikaris, MD, 2003
  • David J. Apple, MD, 2002
  • Gholam A. Peyman, MD, 2001
  • Stephen D. Klyce, PhD, 2000
  • David J. McIntyre, MD, 1999