Awards & Honors – USC Roski Eye Institute Faculty Receive Top Accolades

Congratulations to Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, for receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest award for technology achievement. Bestowed by President Barack Obama, the award recognizes Humayun for his lifelong dedication to bridging medical science and engineering to restore sight. He holds more than 100 issued patents and patent applications, most in the area of bioimplants for ophthalmology, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering. Humayun’s Argus II is the only FDA- approved retinal prosthesis that allows people with certain blinding diseases to regain sight.

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics
Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD, co-director of the USC Roski Eye Institute and director of the USC Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics

“I am very honored to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Medical breakthroughs come after long periods of research and development and I am grateful to have been and continue to be surrounded by very talented individuals.”

Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD

USC Roski Eye Institute Director Rohit Varma presents formal recognition of named chair to Charles Manger III
USC Roski Eye Institute Director Rohit Varma presents formal recognition of named chair to Charles Manger III

On February 20, the USC Roski Eye Institute faculty gathered at the California Club to honor Dr. and Mrs. Charles C. Manger III for their generous support. The Mangers gave a gift to create the Charles C. Manger Chair in Corneal Laser Surgery. Jonathan Song, MD, MBA, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology was installed as the chair holder.

Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, and USC Roski Eye Institute Director Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, delivered the opening remarks to welcome and thank the Mangers for their generosity. Dr. Manger spoke about the importance of his family and friends and also about his long family history at the University of Southern California.

Congratulations to USC Roski Eye Institute Director Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, for being elected president of the clinical chairs of the Keck School of medicine, a critical position that also serves as president of USC care medical Group.

“The role of the USC Care president is critical to achieving a high caliber, thriving physician practice within the Keck Medical Center of USC,” said Thomas E. Jackiewicz, MPH, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “As president, Dr. Varma will coalesce the achievements of our practice into the greater USC academic and research communities, and collaborate with leadership across the health care enterprise.”

Thomas E. Jackiwicz (right) welcomes Rohit Varma as USC Care President.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research

(Left to Right) Jack Whalen, PhD, with Deputy Director of NEI Belinda Seto, PhD and RPB President Brian F. Hofland, Phd at AEVR
(Left to Right) Jack Whalen, PhD, with Deputy Director of NEI Belinda Seto, PhD and RPB President Brian F. Hofland, Phd at AEVR

USC Roski Eye Institute faculty Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD, and John Whalen, PhD, were selected to represent USC at the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research 2015. They met with officials on Capitol Hill to discuss USC’s current advances in vision research.

 Jack Whalen, PhD, Amir Kashani, MD, PhD, and other AEVR awardees with Mr. Rick Patrick, Healthcare Legislative Staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein
Jack Whalen, PhD, Amir Kashani, MD, PhD, and other AEVR awardees with Mr. Rick Patrick, Healthcare Legislative Staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein

 Best Doctors in America® 2015-2016

We are proud to announce that four of our doctors have been selected as Best Doctors in America. The Best Doctor distinction recognizes approximately 5% of U.S. doctors from whom other doctors would seek care.

Super Doctors

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Five of the USC Roski Eye Institute physicians were honored this year as Super Doctor Rising stars 2016. Congratulations
to our fellow colleagues for
this recognition! Super Doctors recognizes outstanding physicians in their subspe- cialties based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

Andrew Moshfeghi, MD, MBA Receives Best Paper Award from ASRS

The Special Projects Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2015 selected the best papers from various subspecialty meetings. Moshfeghi’s paper “The Impact of Cataract Surgery on Patients with Diabetic Macular Edema Receiving Ranibizumab” was selected from the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Grace Richter, MD, MPH, Receives Maps Award

Richter was selected by the American Glaucoma Society to receive a Mentoring for the Advancement of Physician Scientists (MAPS) award of $10,000.The MAPS award is given to clinicians at early stages of their academic careers to facilitate their glaucoma research interests.

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