Surgical Training and Innovation Leadership

Douglas Wisner, M.D.
Attending Surgeon, Wills Eye Hospital
Co-Director, Surgical Training Program
Assistant Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Wisner, a cataract/anterior segment surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, joined the clinical faculty in 2012 following completion of his Wills Eye residency, during which he served as chief resident in his final year. Dr. Wisner has maintained an interest in surgical education since medical school, publishing on the topic and teaching surgical technique to residents and surgeons in the U.S. and abroad on surgical missions. He has served on the Wills Resident Selection Committee and was instrumental in developing the Wills International Resident Experience and Wills Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellowship.

He is a member of the Editorial Board for eyewiki.com, the most used online ophthalmology reference worldwide, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Since 2012, he has taught various Wills residents’ microsurgical courses, served as a surgical mentor as attending surgeon for the residents’ complex cataract and anterior segment surgery cases.

Robert S. Bailey, Jr., M.D.
Director, Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service, Wills Eye Hospital
Co-Director, Surgical Training Program
Clinical Associate Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Bailey specializes in cataract and complex anterior segment surgery and plays a leadership role in the surgical training program at Wills. He organized and has served as a faculty member on microsurgery and cataract surgery courses for the Wills residents for more than 30 years. He developed the surgical mentorship program for Wills residents which began over twenty years ago and continues to this day.

He has served as the attending surgeon for resident cases in cataract and complex anterior segment surgery for over thirty years. His numerous publications, presentations and lectures to residents and surgeons at local and national meetings focus on cataract surgery techniques.

Tara Uhler, M.D.
Director of Resident Education, Wills Eye Residency Program at Jefferson
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Following her residency and fellowships at Wills Eye Hospital, Dr. Uhler was appointed the Associate Director of Resident Education in 2002, and promoted to Director of Resident Education in 2004. In that role she has achieved national recognition for her contributions in academic medicine, particularly for her excellence in the GME and residency training spheres. During her tenure she has transformed the Wills residency training program introducing a simulated human eye learning model for teaching direct ophthalmoscopy; incorporating innovative assessments, competency-based ACGME evaluations and learning portfolios; and initiating an effective peer-to-peer and faculty-resident mentorship program.

Dr. Uhler is Wills Eye Hospital's representative to the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, where she has headed key committees and task forces making substantive contributions to the field of residency education.