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Residents 2016 – 2017

Third-Year Residents


Jiun Do

Jiun L. Do, MD, PhD

Jiun L. Do graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained a combined MD/PhD degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, San Diego. His thesis work with Mark H. Tuszynski, MD, PhD, at UCSD investigated interventions to promote neuronal regeneration following spinal cord injury. Jiun’s research demonstrated in an in vivo model of spinal cord injury that neuronal overexpression of the embryonically regulated transcription factor SnoN overcame inhibitory effects of TGF-β1 overexpression following spinal cord injury and facilitated axonal regeneration. He is currently a third-year ophthalmology resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute.


Stavros Moysidis

Stavros Moysidis, MD

Stavros Moysidis graduated Valedictorian and completed his undergraduate degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida, with minors in Classical Studies and Philosophy. He studied medicine at the University of Miami, where he worked on cutting-edge translational research in nanotherapeutics in the laboratory of Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD. The team used functionalized magnetic nanoparticles to study signaling endosome localization in retinal ganglion cells and manipulate growth cone motility and axon growth. They also delivered magnetic nanoparticles to cultured human corneal endothelial cells and could then guide these donor cells with high efficiency to a desired target, without compromising cell survival, identity, or function. This work culminated in a publication in PNAS and a technology patent. A third-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Stavros is enthusiastic about working on collaborative, translational projects with applications in patient care. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing Greek folklore instruments, including the lyra of Pontos and the lyra and laouto of Crete.


Billy Pan

Billy Pan, MD, Co-Chief

Billy Pan is a lifelong Trojan, having obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Southern California. During medical school, Billy was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, and awarded the Order of Areté, the highest honor accorded to graduate students of USC. He spent a dedicated year conducting basic science and clinical research funded through the Research to Prevent Blindness medical student fellowship. His broad research interests encompassed the pathophysiology of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and evaluation of surgical outcomes after repeat retinal membrane peels. Outside of work, Billy enjoys traveling, leisure reading, and novice financial counseling.


Kelly Rue

Kelly Rue, MD

Kelly Rue earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She then obtained her MD degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC where she researched various topics in neuro-ophthalmology and cornea. A third-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Kelly is excited to train with her colleagues and harness the power of fusion discovered in their first refraction course. She enjoys visiting national parks, playing tennis, and spelunking.


Grace Shih

Grace Shih, MD

Grace Shih, a National Science Foundation REU Fellowship recipient, graduated cum laude from Duke University, majoring in biological sciences. She completed her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she received the J. Donald M. Gass Award for academic excellence and her research on nanoparticles as an intraocular drug delivery system. While a medical student, she was accepted as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar and spent a year at the National Eye Institute investigating the genetics of eye development and the results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). Shih has a strong interest in international health and has volunteered with numerous medical teams around the world. She intends to pursue epidemiologic research with traditionally underserved populations, particularly the Alaskan Native community.


Philip Storey

Philip Storey, MD, MPH, Co-Chief

Philip Storey graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University, then received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Australia where he earned a Masters of Public Health with Merit at the University of Sydney. Philip is passionate to serve, leading multiple service trips to Latin America during college and tutoring local high school students during medical school. Philip studied Spanish in Argentina, French in Senegal, and Mandarin in China before attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a Retina Research Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital and is now a third-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute. He has authored or co-authored five book chapters and more than a dozen articles in journals, including Ophthalmology, Investigative
Ophthalmology & Visual Science
, and Ophthalmic Epidemiology. He serves as a peer-reviewer for the journal Retina. Philip is an avid endurance athlete, regularly competing in Ironman triathlons and marathons. He also greatly enjoys concocting homemade ice cream, raising Golden Retrievers, and flying on a trapeze.


Second-Year Residents


Walid Abdallah

Walid F. Abdallah, MD, PhD

Walid F. Abdallah was born in Egypt and earned hs medical degree (MBBCh) from Zagazig University, where he completed his ophthalmology residency in 2004, followed by his Doctorate degree in Ophthalmology in 2011. He earned the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) in Ophthalmology from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow, United Kingdom in 2011. He worked in ophthalmic research at the USC ophthalmic labs for three years with special interest in retina and glaucoma. Walid authored more than 10 original papers in prestigious ophthalmology journals, in addition to creating 6 posters, and delivering an oral presentation at the ARVO. He was awarded the Clinician-Scientist ALCON/ARVO Award for 2015 for research in corneal wound healing. Being highly encouraged by the tremendous teaching opportunities available at such a highly prestigious Ophthalmology Program as the USC Roski Eye Institute, he is very interested to improve and develop new surgical skills. His special interests include medical and surgical retina. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and playing video games.


On-Tat Lee

On-Tat Lee, MD

On-Tat Lee was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to San Francisco as a child. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, then completed his medical training at UC Davis. Between college and medical school, On-Tat conducted basic science research at UC San Francisco as a research associate, focusing on the effects of advanced glycation end-product accumulation on the mechanics and permeability in the eye. He has authored or co-authored over 10 articles and has been published in Investigative
Ophthalmology & Visual Science
, Current Eye Research, and Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Most recently, On-Tat completed an Internal Medicine internship at UCSF Fresno and is now a second-year ophthalmology resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute. Outside of work and research, he enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring all the cultural diversity that Los Angeles has to offer with his wife and newborn son.


Natasha Naik

Natasha Naik, MD

Natasha Naik was raised in Cupertino, California. She first came to USC on a tuition scholarship as part of its Baccalaureate/MD program. She developed computational models of intraocular drug delivery in the mammalian eye with Dr. D’Argenio and worked summers at Agilent Technologies to develop a glycan separation assay on microfluidic chips. She developed medical outreach programs in Honduras and Argentina and studied Spanish Art History in Madrid. She was awarded the Renaissance Scholarship, the Emma Bovard Award, and the Archimedes Circle Award for academic excellence. She graduated summa cum laude from USC in 2010 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Spanish, as valedictorian of the Engineering School and University salutatorian. She then attended Stanford Medical School, completing a Scholarly Concentration in Bioengineering. She worked with Dr. Palanker to develop a subretinal prosthesis for AMD and retinitis pigmentosa. She was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship finalist and received a Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine award. She graduated in 2014 and completed an internship in General Surgery at Stanford Hospital. She is absolutely thrilled to be back at USC as a second-year resident in ophthalmology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing, and playing music.


Ananth Sastry

Ananth Sastry, MD

Ananth Sastry joined the University of Miami’s combined, seven-year BS-MD program as an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar, which provides a full tuition scholarship. Early on during his time at UM, Ananth began conducting research on differential protein expression in corneal endothelial cells at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Laboratory of Molecular Ophthalmology & Neuroscience. His work led him to become a fellowship and grant recipient from Fight for Sight, a non-profit dedicated to funding vision research. His other research efforts led him to both author and co-author several clinical research articles published in journals such as Craniofacial
, Glaucoma, and World Neurosurgery. Outside of classes and research, Ananth sang bass for the school’s acappella group, “Doctor’s Note,” and participated in medical app development Hackathons. In addition, he spent his free time volunteering both locally at Miami’s Lighthouse for the Blind, and internationally at the Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in India. Most recently, he completed a General Surgery internship at Huntington Hospital, and is now a second-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, playing the piano, and discussing existential philosophy.


Brandon Wong

Brandon Wong, MD

Brandon James Wong graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Business. He continued his education at USC, earning his medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine. During his time in medical school, he conducted research in retina and published on various topics including hydroxychloroquine retinopathy, syphilitic uveitis, and Doppler OCT of retinal blood flow in diabetics. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles and is excited to be back at USC as a second-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute. In his free time, Brandon enjoys running, hiking/backpacking, and novice cycling.


Arman Zaman

Arman Zaman, MD

Arman Zaman graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and Economics. He received his MD from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he studied the use of scanning laser confocal microscopy to identify limbal epithelial stem cells under Sophie X. Deng, MD, PhD. Most recently, he investigated refractive outcomes in patients with multifocal intraocular lens implants using various lens power formulas with D. Rex Hamilton, MD at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He completed his internship at the UCI Medical Center and is currently a second-year ophthalmology resident at USC Roski Eye Institute. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, playing tennis and basketball, and trying ethnic cuisine of all kinds.


First-Year Residents


Christine Greer

Christine Greer, MD, MS

Christine Greer, MD, MS, completed her BA degree at University of Southern California in neuroscience. She earned a master’s in human nutrition at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). In medical school, she committed herself to service work in the local Miami community and abroad, participating in health, nutrition education and medical care to the underserved. She was honored as the Class of 2015 Unsung Hero for her “quiet, consistent and unselfish use of unique skills, time and effort to further the mission of UMMSM.” Her research interests focus on nutrition interventions for neurological and ophthalmic diseases. While an undergrad, she was recruited to the USC Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams (Division I) and received multiple awards for athletic and academic achievements. She is an animal lover and avid runner, placing in the top 50 at the Miami Half-Marathon 2015.


Arezu Haghighi

Arezu Haghighi, MD

Arezu Haghighi, MD, a native of Arlington, Texas, graduated with a BS in bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley, and then received her MD degree from University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, Global Health Pathway. She has a long-standing interest in global health; as a medical student at UCSF, she discovered her passion for international ophthalmology research through work at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation. She spent a month at Aravind Eye Hospital in South India studying the susceptibility of native Acanthamoeba strains to antimicrobial agents in the treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis. She recently worked with the Proctor Foundation, UC Berkeley, and University Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to study the utility of a smartphone-based imaging device in the diagnosis of glaucoma. Her career in academic ophthalmology focuses on global clinical research. She enjoys traveling in Europe, Southeast Asia, Asia and the Middle East and is a triathlete.


Ramon Lee

Ramon Lee, MD

Ramon Lee, MD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University, receiving a BA degree in neuroscience with a Homewood Arts Certificate in photography. He continued his research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for one year, focusing on the role of carbon dioxide fluctuations in the survival of infants requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Lee then attended Harvard Medical School where his research included assessing the use of smartphone photography for post-operative cataract care in Thailand, evaluating long-term outcomes of Boston Keratoprosthesis Type II implantation and studying a novel, automated parameter measuring anatomical optic nerve head damage with SD-OCT. His work at Harvard received the John and Gretchen Bullock Ophthalmology Award, granted to one student for demonstrated excellence in the specialty of ophthalmology. Lee completed his internship at MacNeal Hospital in his hometown of Chicago. In his free time, Lee enjoys photography, reading, trying new restaurants, and is an avid basketball fan.


Debarshi Mustafi

Debarshi Mustafi, MD, PhD

Debarshi Mustafi, MD, PhD, graduated from University of Chicago with honors in chemistry, then earned his MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. He completed a medicine preliminary year internship at University Hospitals-Case Medical Center. Mustafi completed his PhD thesis in the laboratory of Krzysztof Palczewski, PhD, and received a doctoral excellence award for his dissertation, which focused on understanding the genetic signatures of the retina in health and disease. During his PhD tenure, Mustafi was a co-author on 13 publications, eight of which he was first author. He has been recognized with national awards from the Retina Research Foundation, the Gordon Research Conference on Genomics and the Microscopy Society of America. He enjoys running, golfing and the California sunshine.


Luv Patel

Luv Patel, MD

Luv Patel, MD, attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Vagelos Scholar and received his BA degree in biochemistry and a master’s in chemistry. He received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. While a medical student, Patel was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow and dedicated a year to oncology research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, developing a high-throughput screen to identify targeted chemotherapies to mitochondrial proteins. After his third year of medical school, Patel decided his clinical passion was ophthalmology. His current research interests include using high-throughput assays to develop new therapies for ophthalmological diseases. Outside of the clinic and lab, Patel enjoys a wide variety of water sports and reading science-fiction books.


Nadim Rayess

Nadim Rayess, MD

Nadim Rayess, MD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, majoring in biological sciences. He received his MD from the American University of Beirut and completed a retina research fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. His publication evaluating three-year treatment outcomes for patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration using a treat and extend regimen was the most downloaded article in the American Journal of Ophthalmology over a span of 90 days in 2015. Rayess was also awarded a $10,000 Wills Eye Innovation grant to develop an ophthalmology-based search engine that generates a prioritized differential diagnosis following the input of objective examination findings. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing tennis and hiking.

For more information about the residency and fellowship programs at the USC Roski Eye Institute, please contact Program Coordinator Ty Christopher by email Tyaisha.christopher@med.usc.edu or by calling (323) 409-5233.

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