UTHealth Expert List

Ophthalmology

Lauren Blieden, M.D.,

Lauren  Blieden, M.D.
  • Assistant professor in the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
  • Member of the medical staff of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, as well as the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
  • Fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Lauren Blieden, M.D, specializes in eye and vision care and can address a variety of vision problems. She has a special interest in glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Blieden completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. She has a special interest in glaucoma in adults and children.  Blieden speaks fluent Spanish and has done interviews with leading Spanish language television stations.


 

Robert Feldman, M.D.,

Robert  Feldman, M.D.
  • Professor and chairman of the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
  • Director of the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
  • Medical staff member at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
  • Fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Robert Feldman, M.D., specializes in the care of glaucoma, a leading cause of irreversible blindness. He has extensive experience in glaucoma surgical development. He is one of a few ophthalmologists whose expertise includes the medical and surgical treatment of congenital and pediatric glaucoma. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 journal articles, abstracts and books chapters related to glaucoma research.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Glaucoma Society.


 

Gene Kim, M.D.,

Gene  Kim, M.D.
  • Assistant professor in the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
  • Member of the medical staff of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, as well as the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Gene Kim, M.D., specializes in the diagnosis and care of problems associated with the cornea and ocular surface. He specializes in biologic and artificial corneal transplantations and has research interests in confocal microscopy for corneal infections. He see patients with general and trauma related ophthalmic problems in addition to cornea specific issues such as: ocular surface cancers, corneal infections, dry eye, and surgical vision correction. Kim performs refractive and corneal surgery as well as cataract surgery.


 

Karina Richani, M.D.,

Karina Richani, M.D.

  • Assistant professor in the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
  • Member of the medical staff of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, as well as the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic.
  • Certified with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Karina Richani, M.D., specializes in reconstructive, cosmetic eyelid and facial surgery, as well as tear duct surgery and orbital surgery. She utilizes the most advanced techniques and latest technology available such as endoscopic lacrimal surgery or endoscopic forehead lift. She graduated from medical school at “La Universidad del Zulia” in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She speaks fluent Spanish and has done media interviews.