Vanguard Ophthalmology Society

Excellence in Ophthalmology

Promoting excellence and advancement of ophthalmology through a collaboration of future leaders in our field

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Jai G. Parekh MD, MBA


1031 McBride Avenue, Ste. D-106
Woodland Park, NJ 07424
Phone: 973-785-2050


  • Undergrad: Boston University Early-Selection to Medical School Program
  • Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Boston University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Awards and Honors

Chosen for the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery (Co-Founder & Member)

The ACOS, formed in 2011, brings together leading ophthalmologists and innovators of healthcare technologies in order to advance vision care and improve patients’ quality of life.

Chosen for The Vanguard Ophthalmology Society (Co-Founder & Member)

The Vanguard Ophthalmology Society (VOS) was formed on September 1, 2009, to recognize and unite future thought leaders in ophthalmologic subspecialties related to the anterior segment.

Chosen for the CEDARS ALLIANCE Group (Co-Founder & Member)

The CEDARS Alliance (Cornea, External Diseases, & Refractive Surgery) was formed in 2011 to bring together leaders in cornea and refractive surgery.

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Academic Scholarship

OKAP Score in 95% Percentile            

Magna Cum Laude Graduate

Golden Key National Honor Society        

Dean’s List Appointments

Boston University’s Early Selection-Medical School Program (MMEDIC)    

Commonwealth Scholar


Society Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

The New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology (NJAO)

The Cornea Society

The Vanguard Ophthalmic Society (VOS)

The American College of Ophthalmic Surgery (ACOS)


Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)




12/12     Parekh, JG et al. “The Best of 2012:  Picks for the Year’s Best Research & Technology in Ophthalmology,” Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today: 69-75.

12/12    Upke, F, Youlios S, Parekh B, Parekh, JG. “Traveler's Contact Lens Associated Keratitis (TCLAK): Establishing Preventive and Treatment Guidelines To Close A Gap in Ophthalmic Care” Abstract ARVO 2013, Seattle, WA.

11/12    Parekh, JG. “Retrospective Safety Surveillance Study of the Use of Besifloxacin Ophthalmic Suspension, 0.6% in Lasik and Cataract Surgery” POSTER & PRESENTATION at the 3rd Biennial Scientific Meeting of the Asia Cornea Society

11/12    Parekh, JG. “Innovative Antibiotic Selection & Emerging Resistance,” CME Program. Mumbai, India. (B&L: India)

11/12    Parekh, JG. “Innovative Antibiotic Selection & Emerging Resistance,” CME Program. New Delhi, India. (B&L: India)

11/12    Holland E, Parekh JG, McDonald M, Sheppard J. “Trends in Endophthalmitis,” CME Program. AAO Chicago, IL, 2012.

11/15/12    “NSAIDS: Bromfenac’s Role in Cataract Surgery,” Austin Ophthalmic Society Meeting

11/12    “The Role of AmbioGrafts in Pterygium & Ocular Surface,” IOP Booth, AAO 2012.

10/12    Parekh, JG et al. “Safety of Besifloxacin 0.6% in cataract surgery patients.” J of Cataract & Refract. Surg 2012; 27:8.

10/12    Parekh, JG & Milner, M. Frontier Canadian Symposia: Dry Eyes (Allergan:Vancouver)

    06/12            McDonald M, Parekh, JG. “Topical Antibiotic Selection…Emerging Resistance,”

CME Program.  White Plains, NY.

    06/12            Asbell P, Parekh, JG. “Topical Antibiotic Selection…Emerging Resistance,” CME
            Program.  Arlington, VA.
    05/12            Parekh, JG. Ocular Surface Reconstruction In-Office. Advanced Ocular Care, 5/2012.
    05/12            Parekh, JG & Milner, M. Frontier Canadian Symposia: Dry Eyes (Allergan: Toronto)
    04/12            EyeTube Interview on “Latest Advances in Ophthalmology”
    04/12            “Safety of besifloxacin ophthalmic suspension 0.6% in cataract surgery patients” Poster
    04/12            “Fundamentals of Anterior Segment Reconstruction” Course Co-Director, ASCRS
    04/12            “Zirgan Gel and Herpes Simplex Keratitis,” Ophthalmology Web, ASCRS
    04/12            “The Role of Ambio5 in Ocular Surface Reconstruction,” IOP Booth, ASCRS
    04/12            Quoted in B&L Surgical Press Release, “Capsule-Guard I/A Handpiece.”
    03/12            Parekh, JG. Ocular & Nasal Allergy: The Overlap & Opportunity. Cataract &                     Refractive Surgery Today, March 2012.   
    02/12            “The Business of Ophthalmology,” B&L Medical Affairs Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
    02/12            “The Role of The Customer,” B&L National Sales Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
    02/12            “Ocular Surface Reconstruction,” Brown University Ophthalmology Program, RI
    02/12            Parekh P, Parekh JG. “The Cost of Buying into a Practice.” VOS Annual Mtg, Florida.
    01/12            “Novel Anti-Inflammatories & Anti-Infectives,” Tampa Ophthalmology Society Mtg.
    12/11            “Excellence in Anti-Infectives,” West Palm Beach Ophthalmology Society Meeting
    12/11            “Excellence in Anti-Infectives,” Palo Alto Ophthalmology Society Meeting
    10/11            Parekh, JG. Tissue Treats Graft Failure. Ophthalmology Times, October15, 2011.
    09/11            “Excellence in Anti-Infectives,” Washington DC Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
    08/11            “Ocular Surface Disease Rehabilitation” (Allergan Pharm.)
            Presented at the Taiwanese Society of Ophthalmology Meeting (Taipei, Taiwan)

06/11    Parekh JG, Pearls for a Quicker Cataract Extraction. Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today Annual Complications Issue, June 2011.

06/11    “Pharmaceutical and Accomodative IOL Options for Your Cataract Patients,” presented at Kiawah Eye 2011 Annual Meeting.

05/11    “Excellence in Anti-Infective Therapy,” presented at the New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, 5/12/11.

05/11    Parekh JG. Pepose J, Sheppard J. Cases Support Treatment For Ocular Herpes. Ophthalmology Management, May 2011.

04/11    Parekh JG. Combating HSV Epithelial Keratitis with Local Therapy. Advanced Ocular Care, April 2011.


04/11    Parekh JG. Evaluating Clinical Perceptions of a New Medication for Ocular Itch Associated with Allergic Conjunctivitis: Results of the Bepreve® (bepotastine besilate ophthalmic solution) 1.5% 1st Experience Field Survey.  Touch Briefings, US Ophthalmic Review, 2011;4(1):69-72 

03/11    Quoted in SLT: The Next “Refractive Surgeon’s Laser”?, OphthalmologyWeb

02/11    JG Parekh1, DR Hardten2, M Milner3, N Shamie4, DE White5 and M Schiewe6.  “A Retrospective Study to Assess the Process of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Surface Diseases.” Accepted for Poster Presentation, ARVO & ASCRS 2011

12/10    “Zirgan & Its Role in Herpes Simplex Keratitis”—Featured on EYETUBE.NET

10/10    Moderator & Presenter, “The Role of Zirgan in Treating Herpes Simplex Keratitis”—AAO Booth Presentation, Chicago, Illinois

09/10 - present    Author, “Herpes Simplex Keratitis Web Forum”

11/10 - present    Speaker, “An Overview of Bromfenac—A Daily NSAID”  Webinar Series

10/10    “Ocular Surface Diseases,” NJ Allergy Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Mtg

04/10    Director & Speaker of Mini-Fellowship Course and Wet-lab:  Modern Pterygium Surgery (held at the Bergen-Passaic Surgical Center, NJ, and Sponsored by IOP)

03/10    Parekh JG. Considerations in the Treatment of Ocular Inflammation:  IV. Superficial Punctate Keratitis.  Refractive Eyecare, March 2010; Volume 14, Number 3.

02/10    Parekh JG. Topical Corticosteroid Valuable Option in Allergic Conjunctivitis Care.  Ophthalmology Times, February 2010.    

01/10    Featured in Bepotastine 1.5% Testimonial & Poster, Refractive EyeCare

01/10     Founder & Author, “The Research Triangle” Section, St. Joseph’s Medical Center

01/10    “Besifloxacin: A Novel FQ,” Washington Ophthalmic Society Meeting

12/09    “Newer Modalities in Ocular Allergy,” Long Island Ophthalmic Society Meeting

10/09    “Update in External Diseases, Cataract & Refractive Surgery” (Allergan Pharm.)

    Presented at the Ophthalmic Societies of New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, INDIA

10/09    Chairman of First “Ocular Surface Diseases Symposium” at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Indian College of Allergy, Asthma, & Applied Immunology (Chandigarh, India)    

01/09    Chandaram R, Flowe K, Parekh JG, Stoyer S. “Price Transparency in Pharmaceuticals: How Wal-Mart’s Disruptive Innovation Effects Strategic Considerations in a Pharmaceutical Giant.”  Submitted for publication.

9/08    “Loteprednol & Ocular Inflammation”  (Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals)

    Presented at the Chinese Society of Ophthalmology (Shanghai & Beijing, China)

    12/07            “Novel Approaches to Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome & Dry Eye Disease”
            Presented at the Jaipur Society of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (Jaipur, India)
    12/07            “Advances in Cataract & Refractive Surgery”

Panel Discussant at Mumbai Ophthalmology Meeting (Allergan: Mumbai, India)    

10/07    Parekh JG, Ritterband D. Brave New World: A Surgeon’s Primer. Rev of Ophthalmology 2007;XIV-No.10: 66-70.    

    6/07            “The Role of NSAIDs in Cataract Surgery:  Bromfenac”

Presented at Annual Meeting, Delaware Ophthalmological Society

1/03 - present        Ophthalmology Lecturer, St. Joseph’s Medical Center Medical Residency Program

8/01            Parekh JG, Raviv T, Speaker MG. Grossly False Applanation Tonometry Associated

with Interface Fluid in Susceptible LASIK Patients, J of Cataract & Refract. Surg 2001; 27:8.

10/03        “Advances in Treatment of Recurrent Corneal Erosions”

            Presented at the Chandigarh Society of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (Punjab, India)

10/01        “Expert Management of LASIK Striae”

            Presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Mtg. (New Orleans,LA)

10/00    “Sutured Flaps for Post-LASIK Late Striae”

    Presented at the International Society of Refractive Surgery Annual Mtg. (Dallas, TX)

9/00    “Refractive Surgery,” NY Ophthalmological Society Annual Meeting    

6/98 - 6/00    Assistant Editor & Contributor Anterior Segment Disease--A Diagnostic Atlas

(by S.A. Boruchoff, M.D.; 2001—Butterworth/Heinemann. *Winner of American Medical Writer’s Association—2001 Medical Book Award)    

    5/99            “Pterygium: Synopsis & Management” - Boston Medical Center Grand Rounds

10/96        “Getting into a Residency...Nuts & Bolts!” - APAMSA Conference, Harvard University