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Dr. Jayne  Weiss

Dr. Jayne Weiss

Chairman, Dept. Ophthalmology, LSU School of Medicine

Dr. Weiss is a native of NYC, New York.  She graduated from State University of Buffalo summa cum laude with a 4.0 average and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Mt. Sinai Medical School in 1979 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.  She completed her residency training in ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine in 1983 followed by a fellowship in ocular pathology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston and a fellowship in cornea and external eye diseases at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Weiss was Visiting Professor at Tri Service General Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan in 1985 and Fulbright Professor at Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine in Harare Zimbabwe in 1986.  She subsequently served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Massachusetts Medical Center from 1986 to 1995.  She joined Kresge Eye Institute, the Department of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University in 1995 and left in 2011 as Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Director of Refractive Surgery. She is Professor and Chair of the LSU Department of Ophthalmology, Herbert E Kaufman MD endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, Professor of Pathology and Pharmacology and Director of LSU Eye Center at LSUHSC in New Orleans.

Dr. Weiss’ principal clinical and research interests are corneal and external diseases, refractive surgery, and corneal dystrophies.  Her interest in Schnyder’s dystrophy spans 18 years during which time she has studied the clinical findings, visual prognosis and discovered the causative gene for this disease. 

Dr. Weiss was Chair of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Sciences Courses (13 books) ,Chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinic Sciences Course on Refractive Surgery and edited its first book on Refractive Surgery and Scientific Program Director of the Eye Bank Association of America. She was Acting Chair for the April 2008 FDA meeting on LASIK.

She has been a member of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Course on Cornea and External Eye Diseases, member of NIH Visual Sciences Study Section, Eye Bank Association Research Committee, Preferred Practice Plan for Cornea and External Eye Diseases and the Eye Bank Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, member of the Board of Directors of the Cornea Society and member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America.  

Dr. Weiss has received the Service Advisory Award from the FDA and two Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She presently is Chair of the International Committee for Classification of the Corneal Dystrophies, consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel, a member of the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Institutes of Health and Associate Editor of the journal Cornea. She has authored 90 articles and chapters.