Who we are

The St John Ophthalmic Association (SOA, Ltd)

Founded 2015


Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, CBE, KStJ, FRCR, DL

Vice Patron

Dr Michael Dan, CM, OOnt, LLD, PhD (Hon)


Medical Committee

Chair: Mr David H Verity, MD, MA, FRCOphth

Digital Director: Miss Sri Gore, MD FRCOphth

Academic Editor: Dr Kailun Jiang, MD

Academic Coordinator: Miss Priscilla Mathewson, MA FRCOphth


Chair of the Board of Directors: Mr Guy Morton

SOA – Middle East

Chair: Dr Iyad Habil, MD

Research Chair: Dr Ala’a Talbishi, MD

Allied Health Chair: Dr Ahmad Ma’ali, PhD


SOA – Asia Pacific

Chair: Prof Nitin Verma, MD

Hon Sec: Prof Sunny Shen

(1) Australia: Prof Nitin Verma, MD

(2) New Zealand: Mr Richard Hart, MD (Chair). Miss Catherine McMurray, MD (Hon Sec)

(3) Singapore: Prof Sunny Shen, MD, FRCOphth

(4) Hong Kong: Prof Hunter Yuen, MD

SOA – Europe

Chair: Mr David H Verity, MD, MA, FRCOphth

Hon Sec: Miss Alison Davis, MD FRCOphth

Hon Treasurer: Mr Daniele Lorenzano, FRCOphth


SOA – Americas


Chair: Mr David Pyott, CBE

Hon Sec: Dr Charles Mosteller, MD

Hon Treasurer: Dr Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, MEd


Chair: Dr Michelle Khan, MD


SOA – Africa

Chair: Dr Grant Ladner, MD

Hon Sec.: Mr George Woods, MBA, HonRSCM, CStJ

SOA Advisory roles

Mr Jim Terzian (USA)
Advisor, USA
SOA Technology & Communications

Miss Anouk Borg, MD FRCS (SN) (UK)
Chair, Digital Marketing

Revd Canon Nicholas Porter (USA)
Historical & Cultural Adviser

Mr John Bender (Switzerland)
Adviser, Alliance Orders of St John