Karolinne Maia Rocha M.D, PhD is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a subspecialist in Cataract, Cornea & Refractive Surgery. Dr. Rocha joined the faculty of Medical University of South Carolina, Storm Eye Institute in Charleston, South Carolina in 2014 she is currently the director of the Cornea & Refractive surgery division.
Dr. Rocha has received awards and distinctions for excellence in Ophthalmology including the International Society of Refractive Surgery Waring Memorial Award in 2016, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 2013, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award in 2012, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation Resident Excellence Award in 2012, and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Best Research Paper & Highest OKAP score Recognition Award. She recently has been recognized as a “Top Ophthalmologist and Leading Physician”, included in the Power List 2017, voted by thirty-six thousand readers of the international publication The Ophthalmologist.
Dr. Rocha is active in clinical research, having published over 140 scientific works including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, review articles and abstracts in society meetings. She serves on the program committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC). As a member of the executive subcommittee of the International Society of Refractive Surgery International Council, Dr. Rocha is active in teaching at national and international conferences. She has served as a course instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Laser Refractive Skills Transfer Course since 2009 and teaches courses on Corneal Collagen Crosslinking, Optics, Presbyopia and Corneal Topography. Dr. Rocha is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery (JRS) and the Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia (ABO).
Dr. Rocha received her medical degree from the State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil in 2002 followed by residency training in ophthalmology at Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), and was certified by the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology in 2005. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship and PhD thesis “Optical Aberrations in Pseudophakia and Cataract”, also at UNIFESP. She completed her second Ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rocha completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 where she worked intimately with adaptive optics technology. Dr. Rocha completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery at Emory University in 2010 where she played roles in the lead investigational studies on corneal collagen cross-linking and topography-guided laser ablation. Her research continues to focus on IOLs, aberrations, ectasia, and presbyopia.
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Charleston, SC 29425 USA
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Email – KarolinneMaia@Gmail.com