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Rarely will you find a value as great as an OWL membership! By becoming a member you establish yourself as committed to "Advancing Diversity in Leadership" and in standing as a leader for today's world. You'll also be affiliated with the best and brightest in Ophthalmology. Take a look here at some of our Champion members!



Get Involved

Developing leaders is OWL's mission and our specialty!  Get terrific experience and benefit from the best-of-the-best networking in Ophthalmology when you get involved in OWL:

  • Attend an Event
  • Submit an article for our magazine
  • Step into leadership – join an OWL Committee
  • Offer to help with a "one-time" job at one of OWL's fabulous events
  • Connect with us on social media to stay up-to-date with OWL

Support OWL

OWL is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning any financial contribution is 100% tax-deductible.  OWL focuses the investment of members’ dues on programs and events that will benefit members (our admin costs are low compared to other nonprofits).

Your company can align with OWL's mission by having a presence at our events and benefit from exposure on our social mediachannels and in our member communications.  Organizations and companies that want to be involved at the highest level can enroll their associates as virtual members, receive educational programs and get sponsorship exposure by becoming an OWL Partner.


Owl Awards

The OWL Awards are given annually at OWL's Signature Event during AAO.  The finalists are distinguished and respected - always an impressive group!

Nominations for the OWL Awards open in the Summer.  A Nominations Committee selects the finalists and then OWL members cast their votes in the Fall.

Contact Us for information on nominating a colleague as a ‘Rising Star’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Visionary’ in Ophthalmology.


Upcoming Programs

WIO & OWL Reception at Hawaiian Eye
1.20.20 | 4PM
1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI
NorCal Connect
3.3.20 | 5:30PM
50 W San Fernando
San Jose, CA
SoCal Connect
3.3.20 | 5:30PM
850 Health Sciences Rd
Irvine, CA
TX Chapter Launch
3.24.20 | 5:30PM
1600 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX
OWL at ASCRS Networking Event
5.16.20 | 4PM
Boston, MA
OWL at ASCRS Signature Event
5.17.20 | 5:30PM
Boston, MA

Featured Champion Members

Patricia Kitchen

Chief Operations Officer, Ocular Therapeutix

Patricia Kitchen brings nearly 25 years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical experience, including roles managing global operations and manufacturing relating to complex product development, technology transfer, supply chain management, and process-scale up and validation. Prior to joining Ocular, Patricia held a number of senior management positions at Mundipharma, including Global Director of Technical Operations (ex-U.S.) where she was responsible for leading the transformation of manufacturing operations, supply chain, technical services, and other technical development teams across Mundipharma’s global markets and manufacturing suppliers. Prior to her work at Mundipharma, Patricia occupied executive roles in operations and manufacturing at Teva Pharmaceuticals and Actavis, Inc. (formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals). 

Patricia was an adjunct Professor in Biotechnology and currently participates on several FDA Development Taskforces focused on Patient Drug Development, Biotechnology Development, and Transdermal Product Development. She holds degrees from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

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Jai G. Parekh

VP & Chief Medical Officer, Eye Care Allergan Plc

Jai G. Parekh, MD, MBA is a board-certified anterior segment surgeon in the NJ/NY area. Jai Parekh was recruited in 2015 to join Allergan plc in the capacity of Vice-President, Eye Care and Global Head/Medical Affairs and headed up Dermatology Global Head/Medical Affairs. Currently, Jai Parekh is the Chief Medical Officer of Allergan Eye Care. In addition, he still maintains a part-time boutique practice, focusing on cornea, cataract and glaucoma at the newly named EyeCare Consultants of NJ, a 45-year old comprehensive ophthalmology practice in Northern NJ, as well as Chief of Cornea & External Diseases & Medical Director of the Research Institute at St. Joseph’s HealthCare System. He is founder of the Center for Ocular Surface Excellence of New Jersey (COSE-NJ). Dr. Parekh is also an active Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mt. Sinai, NY, and on the Cornea Service at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai where he did his fellowship.

He completed medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine Early Acceptance Program and remained in Boston to fully train in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology where he was Chief Resident in both specialties.

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