Leadership

CHRISTOPHER RAPUANO, MD
Chair, Executive Committee
Christopher Rapuano, originally from Northern New Jersey, joined the Cornea Service at Wills after his fellowship in 1991. He was instrumental in reintroducing refractive surgery to Wills at that time. Dr. Rapuano is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, with a special interest in refractive surgery. He feels that cornea specialists are particularly skilled at performing LASIK, which essentially involves reshaping the cornea. Chris lives with his wife, Sara, and their four children in the Philadelphia suburbs.
JOANNA FISHER, MD
Vice Chair, Executive Committee

A Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Joanna Fisher has been in practice since 1986 specializing in general comprehensive ophthalmology.Her areas of expertise include anterior segment surgery, cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery and has completed a mini fellowship in basic and advanced LASIK surgery. As a member of the Wills Eye Hospital faculty and teaching staff, Dr. Fisher continues to instruct residents and enjoys training future eye surgeons. Dr. Fisher is an active member of the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Americam Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the recent president of the Intercounty Ophthalmic Society. Chosen by her Wills Eye colleagues, Dr. Fisher carries the distinctive honor of being voted one of Philadelphia’s Top Doctors.
ROBERT BEHAR, MD
Immediate Past Chair, Executive Committee
Bob Behar is an Attending Surgeon on the Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service at the Wills Eye Institute. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine and is currently Chief of Ophthalmology at Northeastern Hospital, a Temple University affiliated hospital. Following a medical internship at Crozer Chester Medical Center, he served his Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye Hospital where he was selected Chief Resident in his senior year.

Bob is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition, he has been President of Greater Philadelphia Eye Care Centers of Excellence, an Independent Physician Association (IPA); Chairman of the Board of Eye Physicians Management Corporation, a management services organization (MSO); President of the Ophthalmic Club, an educational organization serving the needs of ophthalmologists in the greater Philadelphia area; and President of the Wills Eye Society, the alumni society for Wills Eye Institute graduates. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and the Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society. He has served and continues to serve on numerous hospital committees, including fifteen years on the prestigious Resident Selection Committee at Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Behar is an active member of the teaching staff at Wills Eye, participating in the clinical and surgical education of the Residents. He has served every year as a panel member of the Cataract/Retina section in the “Complicated Cataract Cases: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach Symposium,” held annually at Wills Eye Hospital since 1998.

Dr. Behar is fluent in Spanish and is available to see patients at the Allegheny Avenue, Willingboro, and Roosevelt Boulevard offices as well as at Wills Eye Hospital.

CARL REGILLO, MD, FACS
President

Carl Regillo is the Director of the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine Dr. Carl Regillo was a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Northeastern University, College of Pharmacy, where he was the class Valedictorian. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School on a full military scholarship. He performed his internship in internal medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and both his ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He was appointed the Co-Chief Resident and awarded a Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship during his postgraduate training.
After training, he was commissioned a Major in the United States Air Force and stationed four years as a vitreoretinal surgeon at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. There he was Co-Director of the Ophthalmology Department’s Retina Service, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, and recipient of a Naval Commendation medal and the Ophthalmology Department’s annual teaching award.
In 1998, he returned to Philadelphia to join Mid Atlantic Retina and the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital.Carl is currently the Director of the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, and Principle Investigator of several major international clinical trials investigating new forms of treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and a variety of other retinal conditions.
He is the founder and former Director of the Wills Eye Clinical Retina Research Unit, prior Chairman of the Wills Eye Institutional Review Board and prior Chairman of the American Academy’s Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Retina Section committee. He is the former Wills Retina Fellowship Program Director. He was named one of the “150 Top Innovators in Retina” by Ocular Surgery News. He also has been listed multiple times through the years as a retina “Top Doctor” in the Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Life, Mainline Today and South Jersey Magazine.
MARK PYFER, MD
Vice President

Mark Pyfer specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. His current research focus concerns advanced techniques for maximizing quality of vision after surgery, including wavefront aberration measurement and correction using the excimer laser and minimal-aberration intraocular lens implants. He has also published and presented work in outcomes of combined cataract and glaucoma surgery, ocular blood flow measurement and visual results including contrast sensitivity after LASIK and cataract surgery. Dr. Pyfer serves as an advisor to medical students interested in ophthalmology and is actively involved in teaching cataract and refractive surgical techniques to ophthalmologists-in-training at Wills Eye Hospital.
JONATHAN MYERS, MD
Secretary-Treasurer

Jon Myers earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1992, served as Co-Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, and was a Glaucoma Fellow at the Duke University Eye Center in 1997. He received the James S. Shipman Award for the best scientific presentation at the Wills Conference in 1996. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Myers is Assistant Attending Surgeon on the Glaucoma Service at Wills Eye Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College. A respected lecturer on glaucoma diagnosis and management, Dr. Myers has also published extensively in that field. Dr. Myers has a private practice in Philadelphia at Wills Eye Hospital, in addition to being a staff member of Delaware Ophthalmology Consultants.