Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) was formed to assist
the CRSQA Board of Trustees in the initial development of standards
of surgical outcomes required to meet and maintain CRSQA certification.
The committee stands to refine these standards as required by new
technology and challenges.
Barrie Soloway, MD Chairperson
Daniel Durrie, MD Member
Glenn Hagele Member
Randy McDonald Member
Jack Melton, OD Member
||Barrie Soloway, MD
New York, New York
Dr. Barrie Soloway is the Principal investigator for Lasik and
SRP and Director of the Autonomous Laser Vision Center of Excellence
at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is one of the most experienced
and successful vision correction doctors in the New York area. He
has been performing refractive surgery since 1984 and first used
the excimer laser in 1990. He has performed over five thousand Lasik
As director of the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's
Autonomous Laser Vision Center of Excellence, and director of microkeratome
training in New York for Moria USA he has trained over one hundred
doctors from throughout the world in all forms of Vision Correction
and the Lasik procedure. Dr. Soloway received extensive training
in excimer laser and Lasik Vision Correction in the United States
during the clinical trials for myopia (nearsighted, shortsighted
vision)and in Canada where the procedure was first approved. He
is the Principal investigator for hyperopic Lasik and SRP (surgical
reversal of presbyopia) FDA monitored clinical trials as well as
studies to re-calibrate glaucoma imaging studies for patients after
Lasik, and dry eye studies on Lasik patients at the New York Eye
and Ear Infirmary's Vision Correction Center. Dr. Soloway has published
and lectured extensively on vision correction surgery with many
groups such as The International Society of Refractive Surgeons,
American College of Eye Surgeons, and the American Society of Cataract
and Refractive Surgery. He frequently lectures on vision correction
to patient and professional groups. His training far exceeds FDA
Dr. Soloway has also been selected by Visx, the leading excimer
laser company as one of the top doctors in the United States in
1998 and 1999. In fact, when doctors, opthalmologists, optometrists,
laser technicians and laser center staff have Lasik, they choose
Dr. Soloway as their doctor!
Dr. Soloway's success rates are among the highest of all Lasik
doctors. He is regularly listed as one of the "Best Doctors in New
York" in Book and Magazine polls of doctors and patients.
Dr. Soloway received his bachelor's degree with honors from New
York University and his Doctorate of Medicine from Pennsylvania
State University Medical School. He served an internship in medicine
at the Long Island College Hospital and completed his ophthalmology
residency at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He spent an additional
year of training there in the surgical repair of ocular trauma.
He has been in private practice in New York helping people see
better without glasses since 1986.
||Daniel Durrie, MD, FACS
Kansas City, Missouri
Dr. Daniel S. Durrie is the leader of the refractive surgery
team for Hunkeler Eye Centers. With over 20 years experience in
refractive and corneal surgery, he has been a pioneer in procedures
to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Dr. Durrie has participated in initial phases of numerous clinical
studies in refractive surgery and has performed more than 20,000
refractive surgery procedures. He was the first ophthalmic doctor
in the United States to use the holmium laser procedure to correct
Dr. Durrie continues to be heavily involved in research. He has
served as a medical monitor for several excimer laser studies and
continues to review refractive surgical techniques and analyze clinical
study data. Dr. Durrie has served as principal investigator since
1993 for KeraVision's Intacs implant study and has treated more
patients with this device than any other doctor in the world. In
addition to his research involvement, Dr. Durrie trains doctors
from around the world on new surgical techniques. He is a member
of the Refractive Surgery Interest Group Executive Board of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology, is Secretary of the International
Society of Refractive Surgery, has served on the Board of Directors
of American Board of Eye Surgery, and is a member of the Medical
Education Group Advisory Board.
Many of Dr. Durrie's scientific articles and papers have appeared
in professional medical publications. He serves on the editorial
board for Ocular Surgery News, The Journal of Corneal
and Refractive Surgery, Review of Ophthalmology, and
Refractive Eyecare for Ophthalmologists. Dr. Durrie has
also given hundreds of presentations for professional organizations
around the world.
In October of 1996, Dr. Durrie was honored by Ophthalmology
Times as one of the top 10 refractive surgeons in the nation.
He was also one of nine Kansas City physicians to be included on
the list of Best Doctors of America.
Dr. Durrie received his medical doctorate and completed his residency
at the University of Nebraska. He also completed a fellowship at
the Filkins Eye Clinic in Omaha. Active in the medical community,
Dr. Durrie is a board-certified ophthalmologist and member of the
American Board of Ophthalmology. He serves as an associate clinical
professor and director of refractive surgery services at the University
of Kansas Medical Center
Randy McDonald is a 23-year veteran of the ophthalmic industry
with senior level corporate experience in sales, marketing, and
operations including financing. His product knowledge base includes
ophthalmic, contact and intraocular lenses, as well as capital equipment
and refractive surgery.
McDonald is the founder and President of Magnum Marketing, an
ophthalmic business development and consultative services company.
Magnum Marketing specializes in working with 21st Century technologies
developed for refractive surgery and with entrepreneurial ophthalmologists,
optometrists and Ph.D.s who have developed innovative products or
technology and are in need of a commercial platform for further
product development, clinical research, financing and distribution.
Prior to Magnum Marketing, McDonald served as Executive Vice
President of D.A.C. Vision (Dallas, TX) the largest U.S. manufacturer
of consumable products and supplies for ophthalmic lens fabrication,
and also the largest manufacturer of contact lens and intraocular
lens manufacturing equipment.
Previous to D.A.C., McDonald was co-founder and the first Operations
Officer of Innotech, Inc., now a Johnson & Johnson Company (Roanoke,
VA) and the leading producer of In-Office-Lens-Fabrication equipment
and supplies. In addition, be helped co-found and served as Vice
President Sales and Marketing for Vision Sciences, Inc., (Monrovia,
CA) which was the first commercial In-Office-Lens Fabrication Company.
McDonald has also held a variety of sales and marketing positions
with Bausch & Lomb, Dow Corning Ophthalmics and Hydrocurve Soft
Lenses, Inc. (now a part of Wesley Jessen Vision Care). McDonald
has published various articles and spoken at a variety of ophthalmic
venues. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University.
||Jack Melton, OD, FAAO
Dr. Melton is the founder and CEO of the LExES (Laser Excimer
Eye Surgery) Panel of Doctors and the senior partner of Omni Eye
and Laser Center, Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the former director of
Contact Lens Services at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute and was
the former CEO of Total Ophthalmic Professional Network (TOP Network).
Dr. Melton is licensed in both anterior and refractive laser
surgery and was the first optometrist in the United States to purchase
his own Excimer laser. Dr. Melton is past president of the Heart
of America Contact Lens Society, the Oklahoma Optometric Association,
Central Oklahoma Optometric Association. He is member of the American
Academy of Optometry and former board member of Contact Lens and
Anterior Segment Society and the Contact Lens Section of the American
Dr. Melton is the co-author of the textbook Rx for Success
and is the former editor of both Making Contact and the
AOA Practice Enhancement Program. He is a co-founder of the AOA
Contact Lens Section, the RGP Institute, and the Contact Lens and
Anterior Segment Society.
Dr. Melton is the innovator the NEO-7 Hyperradii Design Oxygen
Permeable Contact Lens.
Dr. Melton has lectured at over 100 meetings worldwide and was
picked in 1989, 1990, and 1991 as 20/20 Magazine's "Best and Brightest."
In 1996, he was chosen a the Heart of America Contact Lens Society's
"Optometrist of the Year."
Glenn Hagele is the founder and Executive Director of the Council
for Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance (details).
As an independent consultant since 1982 with Creative Marketing
Design (CMD), Mr. Hagele has participated in several different facets
of the healthcare industry. Mr. Hagele was responsible for the start-up
of a managed services organization (MSO) in Detroit and a specialist
independent practitioner association (IPA) in Sacramento. The Sacramento
IPA required the recruitment of over 700 medical and allied healthcare
professionals for a statewide vision services provider panel. As
Chief Operating Officer of the IPA Mr. Hagele negotiated capitated
reimbursement agreements with several of the nation's largest health
maintenance organizations (HMO).
From 1993 through 1995 Mr. Hagele was the Director of Provider
Contracting for Healthdent of California, Inc. In this position
Mr. Hagele was responsible for all allied health provider agreements
within a dental HMO. Mr. Hagele recruited the appropriate providers
at specific geographic locations and accommodated all regulatory
agency concerns. Mr. Hagele completed development an integrated
relational database software program to track Healthdent's provider
panel needs during his tenure at Healthdent. Mr. Hagele was Project
Manager of the team that created an analysis of provider reimbursement
and developed a new pricing structure for Healthdent's seven beneficiary
plans based upon utilization trends.
With CMD's own Senior VisionCare program, Mr. Hagele created
a profitable preferred provider organization (PPO) active in 19
states from 1986 through 1995. Senior VisionCare allowed the waiver
of Medicare deductible and copayment. This product required creative
and detailed analysis of federal Medicare regulations. Senior VisionCare
withstood the scrutiny of the Inspector General of the Department
of Health and Human Services without a single negative evaluation.
Mr. Hagele is active in several arts organizations in his community
and is an adjunct instructor of computer sciences at MTI College
of Business and Technology, an accredited vocational college. Mr.
Hagele also teaches furniture design and construction, specializing
in the Arts & Crafts period of design.
News articles and testimony where Glenn Hagele represents Lasik
USAEyes USAToday, 25 April 2008, "Federal panel seeks clearer warnings on Lasik eye surgery",
9 May 2007
USAEyes RedOrbit, "LasikPlus
'Lifetime Warranty' Raises Patient Advocacy and Wall Street Concerns",
9 May 2007
USAEyes Durham NC News & Observer, 6 May 2007
USAEyes PRInside, 4 May 2007
USAEyes US News & World Report, "Lasik, The Eyes
Have It", 25 February 2007
USAEyes Cornell Daily Sun, "From Four Eyes To Two",
24 January 2007
USAEyes Moorpark Acorn, "Eye surgeon uses alternatives
to Lasik", 7 January 2007
USAEyes Washington Post, "Maturity Becomes Lasik",
5 December 2006
USAEyes National Public Radio (NPR), "Your Questions
on Lasik Eye Surgery"
USAEyes MedCompare, August 2006
USAEyes Oprah! magazine, "10 Minutes, Perfect Vision,
USAEyes LaserEyeSurgeryBlog, June 2006
USAEyes EarthTimes, 9 May 2007
USAEyes Sacramento Business Journal, "What could
go wrong? Lasik@Home Hoax", 14 April 2006
USAEyes MedCompare, April 2006
USAEyes LasikSurgeryBlog, 13 December 2005
USAEyes Lexdon, 12 December 2005
"Lasik Patient Advocacy Website
Exceeds 3 Million", 5 July 2005
USAEyes NewsDay, "Implantable Lens is a New Vision
Correction Option", 2 November 2004
USAEyes testimony to FDA regarding 6 February
USAEyes testimony to FDA regarding Visian ICL, 5 February
USAEyes St Petersburg Times, "New outlook for older
eyes", 13 January 2004
USAEyes Wall Street Journal, "New Wave of Eye Surgery",
6 January 2004
USAEyes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wavefront expands
treatment", 4 August 2003
USAEyes EyeWorld, "Do patients think 'MD' is enough?",
USAEyes SmartMoney "10 Things Your Eye Doctor Won't
Tell You", 2003
USAEyes Ophthalmology Times, "Getting a clearer
vision of the refractive marketplace", 1 September 2002
USAEyes Ophthalmology Management, "Targeting With
Precision", March 2002
USAEyes Seattle Times, "Lasik and the risks: Lawsuits
shed light on dangers", 10 February 2002
USAEyes Ocular Surgery News, "AAO meeting takes
a close look at refractive surgery as it matures", 15 December 2001
USAEyes Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, 11 May 2001
USAEyes New York Times, "Bankruptcy Leaves Eye Patients
in the Lurch", 17 April 2001
Glenn Hagele Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking clearly
at LASIK", 12 February 2001
USAEyes Cincinnati City Beat, August 2000
USAEyes The Report Newsmagazine, "It's not for everyone:
laser eye surgery is no quick fix and not suitable for all that
want it", August 2000.
USAEyes Colorado Springs Gazette, "LASER WARS/ Focus
on reality when pondering eye surgery", 2 May 2000
USAEyes Review of Ophthalmology, "Patients and the
Web", December 1999