Sheila P. Sanders, MD

Director, Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship Program
Vice Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
Senior Ambulatory Director, University of Kentucky Healthcare

Sheila Sanders, MD, obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude. She attended medical school and completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, then her glaucoma fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has been a member of the UK faculty for 27 years. Dr. Sanders is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is a Top Doctor, a two-time recipient of the departmental teaching award, and is known for her consistently high patient satisfaction scores.

Daniel B. Moore, MD

Associate Professor
Program Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program
Assistant Dean of Program Evaluation, Graduate Medical Education

Daniel B. Moore, MD, obtained his undergraduate degree in biology, summa cum laude, from DePauw University. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and attended the University of Washington for an internship in medicine and residency in ophthalmology in Seattle. Dr. Moore went on to complete a fellowship in glaucoma at Duke University. He has been with the department of ophthalmology faculty at the University of Kentucky since the fall of 2013 and assumed the role of residency program director in August 2016. Dr. Moore is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He recently received the department Best Teacher award for the second time.

Elham Ghahari, MD

Assistant Professor

Elham Ghahari, MD, will be joining the UK Glaucoma Service in the fall of 2022. She completed medical school and ophthalmology residency training at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Her first glaucoma fellowship was completed at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, followed by additional cornea and glaucoma research. She recently completed a second glaucoma fellowship at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, California. Dr. Ghahari’s clinical focus is on the medical and surgical management of adult and childhood glaucoma. She is actively engaged in clinical research and has presented nationally and internationally. She has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. She is an active reviewer for many top tier journals.

Dr. Ghahari’s research interests include the development of personalized glaucoma treatment regimens and the role of novel glaucoma imaging in detecting and monitoring disease progression, especially at advanced stages of the disease.

John Franklin, MD

Assistant Professor
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Service

John Franklin, MD, is a native of Western Kentucky. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Louisville, where he also earned his medical degree and completed residency training in ophthalmology. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Franklin has a special interest in treating pediatric glaucoma, and for the past several years has been the only pediatric ophthalmologist in the state to treat this condition.

Ryan Smith, MD

Community Glaucoma Specialist and Volunteer Faculty

Ryan Smith, MD, was the UK Glaucoma Fellow 2017 – 2018 and is now in private practice at Eye Consultants of Kentucky. Dr. Smith graduated from Centre College with a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology. He earned academic All-Conference honors as a second baseman on the Centre baseball team. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Smith enjoys welcoming our residents and fellows along for additional clinic and OR experiences outside of the University setting.