Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Fall 2017 Newsletter
7th Residency Announcement

Exciting Residency Announcement!

ACGME approves seventh resident complement; first increase in over 30 years!

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds and Case Studies

Check out our weekly presentations



Ophthalmic Technician Education Program



USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases


Current Fellows

Fellows 2017 – 2018

Mica Bergman

Mica Bergman, MD, PhD (Vanderbilt University) – Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgery
Mica Bergman, MD, PhD, received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her MD and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University. She completed her internship in general surgery at Vanderbilt prior to joining the USC Roski Eye Institute in 2013, when she began her ophthalmology residency. Bergman’s PhD research focused on transcriptional regulatory mechanisms governing brain development. Her current research efforts are on describing anatomical relationships and optimizing surgical approaches in the periorbital region. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, rollerblading, skiing and the flying trapeze.

Thomas Chia

Thomas Chia, MD (Thomas Jefferson University ) – Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
Thomas Chia, MD, began medical school at International Medical University in Malaysia. There, he was awarded the Dr. Saidi Hashim Memorial Gold Medal Award for the top student and was selected to transfer to the US to complete medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. Chia completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at University of Washington. He believes in patient advocacy and increasing accessibility to eye care, organizing vision-screening events such as the Latina Health Fair in Seattle. He has a special interest in ocular surface disease and complex cataract surgery. In his free time, he enjoys fishkeeping and playing the guitar.

Brian Do

Brian Do, MD (Rutgers University) – Vitreoretinal
Brian Do, MD, is a clinical instructor of ophthalmology and vitreoretinal fellow at USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. Do completed his BS in civil and environmental engineering at Cornell University and his MD at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School of Rutgers University , where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Do completed an internal medicine internship at New York Presbyterian. He completed his ophthalmology residency and one year of fellowship training in uveitis and ocular immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai in New York, with an additional year of training at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Do was recognized by the Institute for Medical Education at Mount Sinai with the House Staff Excellence in Teaching Award. His academic interests include uveitis, particularly infectious and non-infectious posterior uveitis, the use of multi-modal fundus imaging in patients with uveitis, and complex retinal detachment surgery. Outside of ophthalmology, some of his interests include rock climbing, photography, snowboarding, and cooking with close friends and family.

Timothy FoxTimothy Fox, MD (New York Medical College) – Glaucoma
Timothy Fox, MD, graduated summa cum laude with a BA in premedical sciences from University of Dayton. He earned his MD at New York Medical College, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Fox completed his internal medicine internship at Lenox Hill Hospital where he was ”Intern of the Year”, and then completed his ophthalmology residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. While an undergraduate, he worked extensively in retina and lens regeneration. During residency, Fox conducted several studies examining the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and eye disorders. Outside of ophthalmology, he enjoys cooking, playing piano and French horn, painting and graphic design.

Aditi Jani, MD (University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine) – Medical Retina
Aditi Jani, MD, earned her medical degree at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, followed by a preliminary medicine internship at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois. During medical school, she served as director of public relations at the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic. Jani completed her ophthalmology residency at Albany Medical College, New York. Her research interests include the effect of topical loteprednol on intraocular pressure after selective laser trabeculoplasty for open-angle glaucoma, and the correlation of atopy to central serous chorioretinopathy patients without corticosteroids. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys traveling, playing guitar, running, hiking, tennis and skiing.

Ramsuda NaralaRamsudha Narala, MD (Saint Louis University School of Medicine) – Vitreoretinal
Ramsudha Narala, MD, received her MD at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently completed an ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit. Her research focuses on imaging, particularly optical coherence tomography (OCT), and utilizing newer technologies including OCT angiography and adaptive optics. Aside from research, Narala is interested in international ophthalmology volunteer work with various organizations such as serving as a residency advocacy ambassador for ophthalmology in Washington D.C. Following fellowship, Narala plans to be involved in the education and training of residents and fellows. She enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, reading, trying different cuisines, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Rima PatelRima Patel, MD (Chicago Medical School – Rosalind Franklin University) – Medical Retina
Rima Patel, MD, graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona in 2009, earning a BS in physiology. She received her MD in 2013 from the Chicago Medical School – Rosalind Franklin University. Patel then completed an ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. Patel has a strong interest in volunteering and global health. During her residency, she performed pterygium and cataract surgeries in Guatemala through a mission trip, and prior to that she participated in medical camps in India. Her research interests in residency included investigating the effects of cocaine use on intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, the effects of obesity and weight loss on eyelid laxity, and the association of polymorphisms of vascular endothelial growth factor in age-related macular degeneration. Outside of work, Patel enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, yoga, hiking and exploring Los Angeles.

Robert Raut, MDRobert Raut, MD (Laval University) – Vitreoretinal
Robert Raut, MD, earned his MD from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. He completed his ophthalmology residency and a medical retina fellowship at the University of Montreal. Following six years of practice in upstate New York, he resumed training as a surgical vitreo-retinal fellow to offer patients a wider set of treatment options. Once completed, he will join colleagues in the retina service at the University of Vermont. Complex surgeries, challenging diseases such as uveitis and interacting with patients are great sources of satisfaction for Raut. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys hiking, skiing, road trips and spending time with family and friends.

Nisha ShahNisha Shah, MD (University of Miami School of Medicine) – Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
Nisha Shah, MD, graduated from the accelerated BS/MD program, the Honors Program in Medicine, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, with a major in biology. During medical school, she served as editor-in-chief of the student-run Medical International Baccalaureate research magazine. Grant awards from the Melanoma Research Foundation and Fight for Sight enabled Shah to complete a research fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. There, she explored the role of anti-VEGF in patients that developed radiation retinopathy following treatment for uveal melanoma. Shah completed her internal medicine internship and ophthalmology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. Shah’s current academic interest is the role of hormones on the cornea’s structural integrity. Her research led to the publication of several book chapters and peer-reviewed journals including Ophthalmology and Journal of Refractive Surgery, as well as presentations at various national conferences. She enjoys traveling and has participated in medical mission trips to Nicaragua and India. Shah’s hobbies include tennis, running and Indian dance choreography.

Reema SyedReema Syed, MBBS (Aga Khan University) – Vitreoretinal
Reema Syed, MBBS, earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Following medical school, she went to University of California, San Francisco to research the use of adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy to study photoreceptors in inherited retinal degenerations. Syed pursued her residency training in ophthalmology at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. Her research interests include novel retinal imaging and retinal structure-function correlation. Her clinical interests include posterior uveitis and complex retinal detachment repair. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Brian ToyBrian Toy, MD (University of California, San Francisco) – Vitreoretinal
Brian Toy, MD, is a vitreoretinal fellow and clinical instructor at the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in bioengineering, received an MD with distinction from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He completed an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a major county healthcare system in the Bay Area, and then completed an ophthalmology residency at Stanford University. Toy’s professional interests include retinal imaging, telemedicine and safety net care, particularly as applied to diabetic retinopathy. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

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