At-Large Candidate: Christopher Sales, MD

christopher sales, md, mph

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
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Candidate Bio

Christopher S. Sales, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine and will be relocating to the U of Iowa in August 2020. Dr. Sales specializes in corneal transplant surgery, laser vision correction, advanced technology cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, and corneal and external disease. Dr. Sales studied International Relations at Brown University as an undergraduate, where he received a fellowship for his work with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. After working in healthcare policy at Columbia University, he studied medicine and public health at Tufts University, where he completed an additional year of ophthalmic epidemiologic research. After serving as an intern at Harvard University, he completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University, where he received the Resident Consultant of the Year Award, twice. Dr. Sales completed his training in corneal transplant surgery, reconstructive surgery, and laser vision correction under Mark Terry and Mike Straiko, at the Devers Eye Institute and Lt Col Matthew Caldwell at the US Military’s Joint Warfighter Refractive Center.

Candidate Statement

Vote for me if you are looking for the honest albeit sometimes naive perspectives of a 38-year-old Midwestern transplant from NY, who is just 5 years into clinical practice, has a public health background yet also believes in the promise of technological innovation, and who values the not-for-profit enterprise of eye banking but has ‘grown-up’ in the rapid period of change and competition that has befallen the field over the past 5 years – which for better and worse – has shaped his perspective into one that views the next 2 years, especially in the post COVID-19 era, as being pivotal, if not defining, for how his generation perceives the EBAA’s relevance to corneal surgeons and patients in such changeable times. To be sure, I have much to learn about eye banking and corneal transplant surgery, and I’ve only just begun that journey. But – and perhaps this is one of my generation’s many faults – I think my perspective might help the Board strategically chart the EBAA’s course for an impactful, sustainable future.

Prior Service
  • Member, Accreditation Board (2017-current)
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