Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Southern California
Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, is the Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell and Neurobiology, Director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, and Co-Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute. He is the co-inventor of the world’s first FDA approved retinal prosthesis (Argus II), which restores functional sight to those with complete retinal blindness. He has more than 100 patent/patent applications and more than 200 peer reviewed publications. He is a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Medicine. He was named 2005 “Inventor of the Year” by R&D magazine, top 1% of ophthalmologists in U.S. News & World Report, and recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Technology and Innovation—the nation’s highest award for technological achievement.