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Andreas C. Dracopoulos and Daniel Finkelstein M.D. Rising Professorship in Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Established in 2023 by Andreas C. Dracopoulos in honor of Daniel Finkelstein, M.D.

ANDREAS C. DRACOPOULOS is the co-president and director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an international philanthropic organization established in 1996 by his great-uncle, the late Stavros Niarchos.

Mr. Dracopoulos is a trustee of the Rockefeller University and the Johns Hopkins University, where he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is a member of the Board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Mr. Dracopoulos is also a member of the Board of the Dalton School in NYC. In addition, he is an honorary trustee of the New York Public Library (NYPL), where he served as a trustee from 2003 to 2010. In 2012, the NYPL honored him for his contributions to the library’s educational programs. In 2015, the Child Mind Institute honored him for his commitment to supporting children’s mental health during their Child Mind Institute Child Advocacy Award Dinner.

In 2016, Andreas Dracopoulos was awarded the rank of the Officer of the Legion of Honor of the Republic of France. In 2012, the Greek state awarded him with the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix.

In 2015, Mr. Dracopoulos was honored during the 100th anniversary celebration of The National Herald for his contributions towards supporting Greek education, and he received the Person of the Year award from the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Dracopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He resides in New York City.

Held by Jefferson Doyle

JEFFERSON DOYLE, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S., specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and genetic eye diseases. His focus is on pediatric and juvenile forms of cataracts, glaucoma, anterior segment dysgenesis, and ectopia lentis. His genetics interests include Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders, complex inherited forms of strabismus in both children and adults (e.g. CFEOM, Duane syndrome), and pediatric retinal dystrophies.

Dr. Doyle has published extensively on a number of genetic disorders over the past decade, holds several patents for novel therapeutic approaches to treat them, and has given many national and international talks about them. Dr. Doyle’s main research focus is understanding the genetic causes and molecular mechanisms driving genetic diseases and utilizing that knowledge to develop new therapeutic strategies for them.

Over the past decade, he has played a significant role in advancing our understanding of Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders. His work and that of collaborators has led to the discovery of the genetic causes of Shprintzen-Goldberg syndrome and Loeys-Dietz like syndrome. His work has also led to a much better understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving Marfan syndrome, and he holds two patents for novel therapeutic strategies to treat it.

Part of his current work focuses on the identification of genes that protect people from developing a number of genetic disorders and leveraging that knowledge to develop new therapies for those diseases. He also has an interest in pediatric myopia and has ongoing pre-clinical studies seeking to understand the mechanisms that may drive it and the development of novel therapeutic strategies to treat it.