Doheny Image Reading Center
Dr. Michael Ip has been the Medical Director of the Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC) since 2016. Previously, Dr. Ip was a co-director of the University of Wisconsin Fundus Photograph Reading Center since 1999. Since joining DIRC, Dr. Ip has been involved with the design, endpoint selection, image analysis and data interpretation for a large number of ophthalmic clinical trials. Dr. Ip’s areas of clinical and research expertise include diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion.
SriniVas R. Sadda
Emeritus Medical Director
Dr. Vas Sadda is an internationally renowned expert on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Sadda founded the Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC). His research interests include advanced retinal and ocular imaging technologies, image processing algorithms, image analysis and grading, retinal electrophysiology, retinal stem cell transplantation, artificial vision devices and the application of artificial intelligence technology to the interpretation of ophthalmic images.
Dr. Phillip Le is a clinician and researcher with specialized training in bioengineering and genetics. Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of retinal disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited macular diseases, among others. In his research at DIRC, Dr. Le uses advanced imaging technology to view, measure, and analyze structures of the eye that are affected by retinal disease. He also studies the impact of experimental therapies on retinal disorders.
Dr. Le’s affinity for ophthalmology is a natural outcome of his training in genetics and advanced technologies. At DIRC, he and his colleagues are making new discoveries to further our understanding of eye disease in support of healthy vision.
Dr. Vikas Chopra is committed to help his patients with glaucoma maintain their eyesight. Dr. Chopra is a dynamic leader in the field. His passion, as a clinician and a scientist, is guiding national research to improve the detection of glaucoma. Dr. Chopra is principal investigator for studies involving the use of high-speed, high-resolution, anterior segment imaging at DIRC
Dr. Chopra is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves with the American Board of Ophthalmology to ensure satisfactory training of ophthalmologists. He is a board member of the Research Study Club of Los Angeles and is recognized by his peers as a Pasadena Magazine Top Doc and a “Southern California Super Doctor”*.
*”Super Doctors” identifies top doctors as selected by their peers and the independent research of MSP Communications. “Super Doctors” is published online and also in print as a special advertising section in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines.
Daniel Katz received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in Claremont, California. Daniel has more than 20 years’ experience related to organizational and business development with a focus on business process re-engineering and restructuring.
Katie Aguilar received her Bachelor of Science in business administration and human resources certification from University of Phoenix, Pasadena, California. Katie joined DIRC in 2009 as the department was a still in a “startup” phase and has played an integral part in the growth and development of all aspects of the reading center from study design of the clinical trials to technology project such as ARCOS. Katie has over 15 years of experience in operations and business management.