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Gareth                         Lema

Gareth M. Lema MD, PhD

Department of Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology


Education and Training:
  • MD, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine (2007)
  • PhD, Biophysics, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine (2007)
  • BA, English, College of the Holy Cross, with Honors, Magna Cum Laude (1999)
  • Assistant Professor, Ross Eye Institute, University at Buffalo, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Clinical Fellow, Ophthalmology, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester (2011–2013)
  • Resident, Ophthalmology, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine (2008–2011)
Awards and Honors:
  • University at Buffalo Medical Alumni Association Deans Award (2007)
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society (2006)
  • City of Buffalo Civic Empowerment Award (2006)
  • Dean’s Letter of Commendation (2001)
  • Gilbert D. Moore Fellowship (1999)
  • Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society (1998)
  • National Cancer Institute Summer Fellowship (1997)

Research Centers:
  • Ira G. Ross Eye Institute Research Center
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • June 2005–June 2006
    AAMC Caring for Communities Grant Program: Providing Care to Buffalo’s East Side Community.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2005–December 2005
    AMA R.E.A.C.H. Grant: Promoting Safe Sexual Practices on Buffalo’s East Side.
    American Medical Association
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2015
    Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.Net) Protocol AA: . Ongoing.
    DRCR Jaeb
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 2014
    Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.Net) Protocol V: Treatment for center involving diabetic macular edema in eyes with very good visual acuity study. Ongoing.
    DRCR Jaeb
    Role: Co-Investigator

Professional Memberships:
  • American Journal of Physiology; Reviewer, 2015 (2015)
  • Retina; Reviewer, 2014-2015 (2014–2015)
  • International College of Ophthalmology Fellowship – Medical Retina; Host Faculty, 3 month fellowship (April 7 – July 17, 2014) Taught principles of medical retina practice to a Nigerian Fellow (Waheed Ibrahim Ademola) (2014)
  • Current Pharmaceutical Design; Reviewer, 2014 (2014–2015)
  • 12th Annual Retina Fellows’ Forum (2013)
  • AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-year Forum; Resident Advocate. Washington, DC; (2010)
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
  • New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) – Board Member, WNY Region
  • Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (PBK)
See all (3 more)
  • "Prognostic Indicators of Visual Acuity After Open Globe Injury." Buffalo Ophthalmology Symposium., Buffalo Ophthalmology Society (2015)
  • "Contract Negotiations Panel: Views From Both Sides of the Table (Buying In, Reimbursement Schedule, Revenue Sharing)" Young Ophthalmologist Seminar, New York State Ophthalmology Society (2015)
  • "Age-Related Macular Degeneration." West Seneca Lions Club Dinner, Lions Club (2015)
  • "Choroidal Neovascularization: When is it not AMD? WNY" WNY Society of Optometrists Monthly Meeting, Society of Optometrists (2014)

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Contact Information

1176 Main Street
Ross Eye Institute
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: 716-881-7900
Fax: 716-887-2990

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