DoctorsGrace M. Richter, MD, MPH

Grace M. Richter, MD, MPH

Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Department: Ophthalmology

Clinical Specialty: Glaucoma

Treatment Expertise: Glaucoma, Glaucoma Surgery, Cataract Surgery, Complex Cataracts

Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Language: English, Spanish

Location: Los Angeles, Arcadia, and Pasadena

Biography and Education

Biography

Grace M. Richter, MD, MPH, graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in biochemistry and international studies. She then went to Columbia University for her Medical Degree, as well as her Masters in Public Health. After completing her ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California, she served as the assistant chief of service for ophthalmology at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship as the David Mays II Glaucoma Fellow at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute prior to returning to USC. Her research endeavors focus on ocular epidemiology and improving glaucoma diagnostics, and she has published and presented widely in these areas. Finally, Dr. Richter is passionate about international ophthalmology and enjoys volunteering her time to perform and teach manual small incision extracapsular cataract surgery in developing areas of the world.

Research Interests:

Dr. Richter has significant experience in ocular epidemiology and continues to work with Dr. Rohit Varma on his population-based eye studies such as the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. She is also interested in recent advancements in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and has written a comprehensive review on this topic. Dr. Richter is interested in glaucoma imaging techniques in order to improve our ability to diagnose glaucoma. Most recently, she is studying optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to characterize the optic nerve head in glaucoma, and is interested in using OCTA to characterize vascular risk factors for glaucoma. Finally, Dr. Richter is interested in studying the long-term effects of dietary habits on various eye diseases, including cataract, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

Education

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2009
  • MPH, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, 2009

Internship

  • Preliminary Internal Medicine, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Long Beach, California, 2010

Residency

  • University of Southern California, Department of Ophthalmology (LAC+ USC medical Center), Los Angeles, California, 2013

Fellowship

  • Glaucoma, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, 2015

Accomplishments

Professional society memberships

  • American Glaucoma Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology
  • Society of Heed Fellows

Awards

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant, Washington University, 2002
  • Robert C. Byrd Scholar, 2000-2003
  • Charles E. Thoele Scholarship, 2001-2003
  • Washington University Arts and Sciences Scholar, 2000-2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2004
  • NIH Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 2005
  • Louis and Rachel Rudin Scholar, Columbia University, 2005-2007
  • Wyman Merit Scholarship in Public Health, Columbia University, 2007-2008
  • ARVO National Eye Institute Travel Grant, 2009
  • Department of Ophthalmology, USC, Travel Grant, 2011
  • Department of Ophthalmology, USC, Research Travel Grant, 2012
  • Department of Ophthalmology, USC, Medical Knowledge Award, 2011, 2012
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow, 2014-2015

 

Publications

  1. Richter GM, Torres M, Choudhury F, Azen SP, Varma R. Risk factors for cortical, nuclear, posterior subcapsular, and mixed lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(3):547-54. Epub 2011/12/27. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2011.09.005. PubMed PMID: 22197433; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc3293944.
  2. Richter GM, Choudhury F, Torres M, Azen SP, Varma R. Risk factors for incident cortical, nuclear, posterior subcapsular, and mixed lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino eye study. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(10):2040-7. Epub 2012/07/10. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.05.001. PubMed PMID: 22771048; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc3464350.
  3. Varma R, Richter GM, Torres M, Foong AW, Choudhury F, Azen SP. Four-year incidence and progression of lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. American journal of ophthalmology. 2010;149(5):728-34.e1-2. Epub 2010/02/26. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2009.11.012. PubMed PMID: 20181327; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2867354.
  4. Chiang MF, Wang L, Kim D, Scott K, Richter G, Kane S, et al. Diagnostic performance of a telemedicine system for ophthalmology: advantages in accuracy and speed compared to standard care. AMIA Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium AMIA Symposium. 2010;2010:111-5. Epub 2011/02/25. PubMed PMID: 21346951; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc3041451.
  5. Richter GM, Williams SL, Starren J, Flynn JT, Chiang MF. Telemedicine for retinopathy of prematurity diagnosis: evaluation and challenges. Survey of ophthalmology. 2009;54(6):671-85. Epub 2009/08/12. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2009.02.020. PubMed PMID: 19665742; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2760626.
  6. Richter GM, Sun G, Lee TC, Chan RV, Flynn JT, Starren J, et al. Speed of telemedicine vs ophthalmoscopy for retinopathy of prematurity diagnosis. American journal of ophthalmology. 2009;148(1):136-42.e2. Epub 2009/04/21. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2009.02.002. PubMed PMID: 19376496; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2820880.
  7. Richter GM, Chung J, Azen SP, Varma R. Prevalence of visually significant cataract and factors associated with unmet need for cataract surgery: Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2009;116(12):2327-35. Epub 2009/10/10. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2009.05.040. PubMed PMID: 19815276; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc2787839.
  8. Gaut JP, Yeh GC, Tran HD, Byun J, Henderson JP, Richter GM, et al. Neutrophils employ the myeloperoxidase system to generate antimicrobial brominating and chlorinating oxidants during sepsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2001;98(21):11961-6. Epub 2001/10/11. doi: 10.1073/pnas.211190298. PubMed PMID: 11593004; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPmc59821.