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



USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases


Current Fellows

Fellows 2020 – 2021

Linden Doss, MD (New York Medical College) – Oculoplastics
Linden Doss graduated from the selective College of Creative Studies, within his hometown University of California, Santa Barbara, with an Honors degree in Biology. He was there recognized with a Dean’s fellowship for research on the genetics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration. At 19 years old, he began medical school at Loma Linda University and spent a year serving in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia; where his passion for health systems modernization was kindled. He has published research in a variety of journals such as Cornea and the Archives of Plastic Surgery and has presented at meetings such as the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he won best in show for his research. He is pursuing translational research in partnership with USC’s Viterbi Machine learning lab and has developed several devices and technologies to better analyze post-surgical outcomes and ensure surgeon safety. In his free time, Dr. Doss enjoys kitesurfing, playing with his dogs, crafting vegan recipes with his family and exploring new surf breaks.

Andy HanYong (Andy) Han, MD (University of Southern California) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Yong (Andy) Han, MD, received his BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from Yale School of Medicine. He completed hisinternship at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD. and recently completed his residency at the USC Roski Eye Institute/LAC+USC Medical Center. His research interests include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and uveitis. Research experience includes a postdoctoral research fellowship at Wilmer Eye Institute and some projects he has been working on with Dr. Brian Toy regarding telemedicine and diabetic retinopathy, as well as VKH and posterior uveitic conditions. My hobbies and interests outside of work include spending time with friends, exploring the city, reading and writing, poker, and politics.

Ekjyot Gill, MD (SUNY Downstate Medical Center) – Cornea
Ekjyot (Joey) Gill graduated from Northwestern University, where he received honors degrees in both Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Earth and Planetary Sciences. He then joined Americorps and taught English to fifth-grade students in California, an experience which inspired a deep appreciation for teaching. He received his MD from University of Maryland, where he facilitated a high-school level introductory course to medicine, taught MCAT courses, offered private tutoring to his peers, served as Vice President of the student council, and received his class medical educator award. He went on to complete a surgical intern year at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and residency at State University New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. As Chief Resident, he gave Ophthalmic Optics lectures to junior residents and contributed a chapter on pediatric retinal pathology to an emergency room guide, currently in production. He enjoys spending quality time with family and friends over good food, board games, and stand-up comedy. He has thoroughly embraced his new California lifestyle by taking up swimming and hiking, and will be the first to blame should a guacamole shortage develop.

Douglas MatsunagaDouglas Matsunaga, MD (Wills Eye Hospital) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Douglas Matsunaga, MD, was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and went to undergrad at UC Berkeley for college. Afterwards, he completed medical school at USC and then pursued residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital. Throughout his medical training he pursued research projects in a number of areas ranging from melanoma immunotherapy early on to novel neuroprotective factors in AMD and advanced retinal imaging later. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, diving, and going to the beach. At home, he enjoys running and staying fit, reading a good book, and cooking.

Nicole Koulisis, MD (USC) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Nicole Koulisis, MD, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Spanish, after graduating Valedictorian of her high school. She completed her medical training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and her Transitional Year at William Beaumont Hospital. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts in distinguished journals including Nature, Ophthalmology, AJO, and IOVS. Dr. Koulisis has received the prestigious Heed Fellowship, and has presented her research at esteemed meetings including Retina Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology on varied topics, including autologous retinal transplantation, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, and ocular trauma. She has an interest in translational research, novel imaging modalities including hyperspectral imaging, and developing new therapies, surgical instruments, and devices to improve patients’ vision and function. She enjoys playing tennis, scuba diving, playing Greek musical instruments, and exploring the world with family and friends. She has completed a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Chang Sup Lee, MD (West Virginia University) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Chang Sup Lee, MD received a B.A. with Distinction in Biology from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar. He earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at the West Virginia University. His research interests include retinal detachment repair and ocular inflammation. Dr. Lee has conducted various research projects throughout his medical training, and he was recognized with the best research award during his senior year of residency. He has published numerous scientific articles for peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at national conferences, including AAO, ASRS, and ARVO. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, golfing, outdoor photography, and cooking Korean dishes.

Van Nguyen, MD (University of Missouri) – Glaucoma
Van Nguyen, MD received his BS in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University (LSU) and his MD from LSU of School of Medicine (New Orleans). After a preliminary year in internal medicine at University of California (Irvine), he completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Missouri (Columbia). His research interests include micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and tele-ophthalmology. His hobbies and interests include rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, traveling and trying out different cuisines, calisthenics, escape rooms, and aerial cinematography.

Cameron Pole Cameron Pole, MD (University of California, Los Angeles) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Cameron Pole, MD, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He interned at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center and completed residency at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute. His research experience and interests include optical coherence tomography imaging, including cystoid macular edema and epiretinal proliferations; artificial intelligence and deep learning models for retinal imaging analysis; and laboratory work with animal models of toxicity from drugs of abuse, and work on neuronal cell culture models of determination and intracellular transport. In addition, music has been a big part of his life since an early age. He competed competitively in classical piano throughout his childhood, enjoys acoustic and electric guitar for leisure, and listens to a wide variety of music from classical to electronic dance music. His other hobbies include weight lifting, electronics and technology and video games.

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