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Patients: (804) 828-9315
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Our faculty

The faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Ophthalmology works with patients and residents to provide excellent education and specialty eye care. The team is led by department chairman William H. Benson, M.D., and includes full- and part-time staff.

To contact any of our faculty, call the Nelson Clinic at (804) 828-9315, the Stony Point Surgery Center at (804) 323-0830 or email eye@mcvh-vcu.edu.

Anwar

Farihah Anwar, M.D.

Assistant professor

Locations: Nelson ClinicStony Point Surgery Center

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    Specialties

    • Glaucoma

    Education

    • Medical school – SUNY Stony Brook University, School of Medicine
    • Residency – North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
    • Fellowship – Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
 

Surbhi Bansal, M.D.

Assistant professor

Locations: Nelson ClinicStony Point Surgery Center

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    Specialties

    • Glaucoma and diseases of the anterior segment

    Education

    • Medical school – University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Residency – University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
    • Fellowship – Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
 

William H. Benson, M.D.

Ragnit and Walter J. Geeraets professor and chairman

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center

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    Specialties

    • Comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, cornea and external diseases, anterior segment

    Education

    • Medical school – West Virginia University School of Medicine
    • Residency – West Virginia University School of Medicine
    • Fellowship – University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
 

Vikram S. Brar, M.D.

Riffenburgh Professor and Program Director

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

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    Specialties

    • Vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery, uveitis

    Education

    • Medical school – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
    • Residency – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    • Fellowship – University of Florida College of Medicine
 
Couser

Natario L. Couser, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center

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    Specialties

    • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
    • Clinical Genetics

    Education

    • Medical school – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    • Master of Science in Biotechnology - Johns Hopkins University
    • Residency – Howard University College of Medicine
    • Fellowship - Emory University
    • Fellowship - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 

Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Professor and division head, Department of Neurology

Location: Ambulatory Care Center, Mayland Court

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    Specialty

    • Neuro-ophthalmology

    Education

    • Medical school – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
    • Residency – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    • Fellowship – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
 

Julia M. Fullerton, M.D.

Assistant clinical professor

Location: Nelson Clinic

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    Specialties

    • Comprehensive ophthalmology, diseases of the cornea and anterior segment

    Education

    • Medical school – Rush Medical School
    • Residency – Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Fellowship – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
 

Scott Haines, M.D.

Assistant clinical professor, Department of Neurology

Location: Ambulatory Care Center, Mayland Court

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    Specialty

    • Neuro-ophthalmology

    Education

    • Medical school – University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • Residency – Wake Forest University
    • Fellowship – University of Iowa
 

Christopher T. Leffler, M.D.

Assistant professor

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Fredericksburg

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    Specialties

    • Pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus

    Education

    • Medical school – Harvard Medical School
    • Residency – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
    • Fellowship – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
 

Muneera A. Mahmood, M.D.

Professor, chief of ophthalmology, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Location: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

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    Specialties

    • Comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, cornea and external diseases, anterior segment

    Education

    • Medical school – King Edward Medical College
    • Residency – Georgetown University Medical Center
    • Fellowship – Georgetown University Medical Center
 
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Linda S. Pinsky, O.D.

Doctor of Optometry

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point

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    Specialties

    • Certified Fitter: Essilor Jupiter Scleral Contact Lens
    • Certified Fitter: Paragon CRT for Orthokeratology
    • Certified Fitter: Synergeyes Contact Lenses including Synergeyes A, KC, Duette, ClearKone, and UltraHealth

    Education

    • Doctor of Optometry State University of New York, College of Optometry - New York, NY
    • B.A. Chemistry State University of New York @ Binghamton - Binghamton, NY
 

Dennis Pratt, M.D.

Assistant professor, Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Location: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

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    Specialties

    • Comprehensive ophthalmology and diseases of the anterior segment

    Education

    • Medical school – Uniformed Services University of Health Science/F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine
    • Residency – National Naval Medical Center
 
Richards

Nikisha Q. Richards, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center

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    Specialties

    • Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery including eyelids, tear ducts and orbit

    Education

    • Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
    • Residency: Howard University Hospital
    • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
 

Evan Silverstein, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Locations: Nelson Clinic, Stony Point Surgery Center, Fredericksburg

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    Specialties

    • Pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus

    Education

    • Medical school – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    • Residency – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    • Fellowship – Duke University Medical Center
 
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Qingguo Xu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Location:  School of Pharmacy - Department of Pharmaceutics

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    Specialties

    Education

    • Ph.D. - Materials Science:  University of Oxford
    • M.A. - Materials Science:  Tianjin University, China
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship:  Wilmer Eye Institue, Johns Hopkins University