Tony Succar

Assistant Professor (Teaching Track)

Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences

Tony Succar, PhD, MScMed(OphthSc), is passionate about applying his regulatory and clinical research experience to teaching regulatory science for drugs, biologics, medical devices, and combination products, as well as clinical trial optimization to the next generation of regulatory specialists and clinical trialists. Dr. Succar earned his Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from The University of Sydney, Australia, in the development of a bionic eye for people living with blindness and severe vision impairment. His research involved designing a clinical trial investigating bioelectrical stimulation parameters within the visual system, through a combination of frequency, pulse durations and amplitude of currents for eliciting the perception of phosphenes – a form of artificial vision. Participants who perceived phosphenes as a result of the bioelectric stimulation were ideal candidates for the implantation of the bionic eye. He was subsequently awarded The University of Sydney Postgraduate Scholarship in Vision and Eye Health Research, where he completed his PhD in medical education with the development of a Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic (VOC) on which medical students can sharpen their clinical reasoning skills by formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan on virtual patients with simulated eye conditions. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was designed and conducted to evaluate its educational effectiveness versus traditional instruction, and he was honored to receive the Best Oral Presentation in Educational Research at the Annual Nepean Scientific Day for this research, as well as receiving the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA) Conference Grant. At the University of Sydney, Dr. Succar served as a Clinical Associate Lecturer and was later promoted to Clinical Senior Lecturer. Driven by his passion to help people with incurable blindness, he travelled to the United States to pursue his clinical and translational research endeavors with the invention of a virtual vision rehabilitation program for restoring functional 3D vision for people living with age-related macular degeneration and central vision loss. This software based medical device resulted in his first patent awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Following this, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate at the University of Southern California, Keck Medicine of USC, where he investigated structure-function correlations of retinal diseases and pre-screened potential candidates for a novel retinal stem cell therapy clinical trial. Prior to joining USC,  Dr. Succar was Principal Instructor in the Regulatory Affairs programs at Northeastern University and a Clinical Research Project Manager at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, where he was involved in conducting multiple national and international, industry and investigator initiated clinical trials greater than minimal risk. He continues to mentor students in the Harvard Ophthalmology URM Mentorship Program. He has disseminated his research widely at national and international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Medical Teacher, Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Eye, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, and Survey of Ophthalmology, as well authoring chapters in academic textbooks: (1) Digital Teaching, Learning and Assessment, (2) In Their Own Words: What Scholars and Teachers Want You to Know About Why and How to Apply the Science of Learning in Your Academic Setting, and (3) Strategies for Fostering Inclusive Classrooms in Higher Education: International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Succar was a recent recipient of the Best of Journal of Academic Ophthalmology (JAO), awarded to the best 3 research articles published each year, and was invited to receive this award and present his research at the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) Conference in San Diego, 2023.

 

 

 

 

  • Education

    University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine of USC

    Postdoctoral Fellowship

    University of Sydney Medical School

    Ph.D.

    University of Sydney Medical School

    Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)

    University of Sydney, School of Education

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education)

  • Patents

    Succar, T. et al. Method and Device for Improving Functional Stereopsis in Individuals with Central Vision Loss

    US10857060 | 2020

    This patent was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the invention of a virtual vision rehabilitation program for restoring functional 3D vision in people with macular degeneration.