WAEPS Board of Trustees


Rebecca Dale, MD

Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD
Immediate Past President

Janet Chieh, MD

Jacqueline Wong, MD


Kristi Bailey, MD
Stephanie Cramer, MD
Courtney Francis, MD
Devin Harrison, MD
Hubert Pham, MD
Matthew Weed, MD


Committee Chairs/ Liaisons

Michael B. Brush, MD
AAO Councilor

Janet Chieh, MD
Chair, Young Ophthalmologists Section

Brian E. Bowe, MD
WSMA Liaison

K. David Epley, MD
Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington Eye Foundation

Jacqueline Wong, MD
Chair, Membership

John Boden, MD
Military Liaison

Michael L. Gilbert, MD
Chair, Coding Seminar
Chair, Reimbursement/Payer Relations

Paul Griggs, MD
Chair, Annual Meeting

Rachel Reinhardt, MD
Chair, Practice Management Seminar

James Stroh, MD
Chair, Public Education

Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD
Univ. of Washington Liaison

Yewlin Chee, MD
Chair, Monthly Scientific Meeting Series

Aaron Weingeist, MD
Chair, Government Relations
Chair, Physicians EyePAC
President, Washington Eye Foundation

James Stroh, MD
Chair, Public Education 


2019 WAEPS Slate

Janet J. Chieh MD
Janet J. Chieh MD is a board-certified vitreoretinal surgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center since 2009. She attended MIT for her undergraduate degree in Chemistry. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at Duke University and subsequently a 2 year surgical retina fellowship at Tuft Medical Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. She is an active member of ASRS, AAO and ARVO. Dr. Chieh has been a trustee on the WAEPS board for the past three years and has been nominated for another three-year term.  She chairs the WAEPS Young Ophthalmologists Section. 

Courtney Francis, MD
Dr. Francis was born and raised in and around Sacramento, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University followed by her medical degree at the University of Rochester. After completion of her internship in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Eye Institute.

Dr. Francis joined the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology in 2010 and is currently an associate professor of Ophthalmology and Neurological Surgery. Dr. Francis is a clinician educator whose primary clinical interest is neuro-ophthalmology. She also cares for adult patients with strabismus.

Dr. Francis has served as the director of medical student education in the UW Department of Ophthalmology since 2012. She has worked to improve exposure to ophthalmology across all four years of the undergraduate medical school curriculum.

Dr. Francis is active in several organizations including AAO and NANOS, and serves on multiple committees within those organizations. She regularly presents lectures and instruction courses at the annual AAO meeting. She is currently completing the AAO Leadership Development Program as a NANOS representative.

Dr. Francis lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two sons. In her free time, Dr. Francis enjoys baking, running and biking in addition to exploring the northwest with her family and two dogs.

Hubert Pham, MD

Dr. Hubert Pham, of Eye Physicians Northwest, was born in Pennsylvania, but spent the first decade of his life living in Mexico and Zimbabwe. He returned to the United States when he was ten years old and subsequently lived across the United States.  He graduated with Honors from Cornell University where he studied Biomedical Engineering, completed a Masters in Physiology at Georgetown University, and stayed on at Georgetown for medical school. He graduated from Georgetown School of Medicine with Honors and continued his training at Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center.  Owing to his clinical, scholastic and research achievements, he has won several awards and has presented his research nationally and internationally. Dr. Pham has served as a WAEPS trustee since fall 2015 when he was appointed by the board in 2015 to fill a vacant trustee position.