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Zelia M. Correa, M.D., PH.D., Joins Bascom Palmer

ZELIA M. CORREA, M.D., PH.D., one of the country’s leading experts in the field of ocular oncology, has joined Bascom Palmer as pending professor of ophthalmology and co-director of the ocular oncology service. Recognized throughout the world for her expertise in ocular oncology, Correa specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye tumors such as ocular melanoma, retinoblastoma, ocular metastasis, and choroidal hemangioma.

Correa most recently served as the Tom Clancy Endowed Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She previously served as professor of ophthalmology and Mary Knight Asbury Chair of Ophthalmic Pathology & Ocular Oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Correa’s research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to distinguish benign from malignant ocular tumors based on imaging characteristics.

A native of Brazil, Correa received a medical degree from the Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília. She received a doctorate in philosophy at the Federal University of São Paulo and completed four fellowships: in vitreo-retinal surgery at the Hospital do Olho Rio Preto; in ocular oncology and in ophthalmic pathology at Wills Eye Hospital; and in experimental ophthalmic pathology at McGill University.

Her academic career includes more than 150 peer-reviewed original scientific publications, book chapters and abstracts. She currently serves as a member of the editorial boards of the journals JAMA Ophthalmology and Translational Vision Science & Technology, and is the ocular oncology section editor for EyeNet magazine.

Correa plays a leadership role in the education of ophthalmologists both in the U.S. and internationally. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has awarded her a Secretariat Award, named her a “Guest of Honor” and presented her with the Special Recognition Award for Leadership. She has also received the International Ophthalmologist Education Award. She is available for consultation on ocular oncology, intraocular tumors, retinoblastoma, and ocular melanoma for adults and children.

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