Prof. Penny Asbell, MD

Prof. Penny Asbell, MD, FACS, MBA, FARVO, is a Key Opinion Leader in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. As a principal investigator in countless clinical studies sponsored by the National Institute of Health's National Eye Institute and by industry sponsors, Dr. Asbell has participated in the development of pharmaceuticals that have included pivotal treatments for ocular conditions including dry eyes. She is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and is Director of the Cornea Service and Cornea Clinical and Research Fellowships at the Mount Sinai Hospital.  She established Mount Sinai's Lowenstein Foundation Sjogren's Center to provide multi-specialty care for patients with dry eyes and associated systemic problems and founded the Ocular Inflammatory Biomarker Laboratory at Mount Sinai that is actively seeking validated biomarkers for ocular surface disease. Dr. Asbell has authored and co-authored hundreds of articles, authored 25 book chapters, and has presented over 200 lectures and courses. In addition, she has been extensively interviewed by the New York Times, CBS News, Good Morning America, Bloomberg News, CNN, and many other nationally broadcasted events.

Dr. Joseph Tauber, MD

Dr. Tauber has been a principal investigator in over 125 research studies of high-risk corneal transplantation, inflammation and allergic eye diseases, corneal infectious diseases and numerous studies related to DES. Dr. Tauber has written five book chapters and over 60 articles in ophthalmology medical journals. He has been awarded the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award and the National Eye Institute Individual NRSA Award. Dr. Tauber received his doctorate from Harvard Medical School, his training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and in ophthalmology at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has served as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Kansas University School of Medicine and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Tauber specializes in anterior segment surgery, corneal transplantation, the treatment of corneal and external diseases and laser vision correction procedures. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Tauber is the Founder of Tauber Eye Center in Kansas City, Missouri.