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


Mashal Akhter, MD (Northeast Ohio Medical University) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Mashal Akhter, MD, received her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society. She completed an ophthalmology residency at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit. Her research and clinical interests include ocular inflammatory disease and complex retinal detachment repair. Following fellowship, Akhter would like to be involved with resident and fellow education. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, running, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Christine Bokman

Christine Bokman, MD (University of California, Los Angeles) – Oculoplastics
Christine L. Bokman, MD, graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in public and international affairs. She received her M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she completed specialty studies in genetics and human genomics and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society. She completed internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and her residency in ophthalmology at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute, a top five training program in ophthalmology. Currently, she is completing her final year of fellowship in oculofacial plastic surgery through the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) at USC. Her research and clinical interests are in minimally invasive ptosis treatments and 3D-printed implants in orbital and facial reconstruction. In her spare time, Dr. Bokman enjoys downhill skiing, rollerblading, and volunteering.


Andres Gonzalez, MD (University of Florida) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Andres Gonzalez, MD, received his medical degree and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. During medical school, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society along with the Arnold P Gold Humanism Honor Society. While in residency, he was awarded the Outstanding Resident Educator Award from the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars and was also voted the Resident of the Year by his peers. His research interests include fluorescein angiography findings in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), macular holes, and cost analysis of ROP treatment. Andres enjoys playing intramural sports such as volleyball and basketball. He enjoys to travel, hike, camp, and spend time with his family and friends. This is his first time living on the West Coast and he looks forward to enjoying the beautiful weather!

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.

David KayDavid Kay, MD (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) – Glaucoma
David Kay, MD, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2014. After completing his internship in 2015 through the Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program, he went on to perform his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Health San Antonio. While in residency he was selected by his peers to serve as chief resident during his senior year. He also conducted research investigating neovascular glaucoma in South Texas, for which he received multiple awards including the Barry Uhr, MD Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology at the Texas Ophthalmology Association 2018 Annual Meeting. After completing his residency in 2018, he went on to practice in his home state of Arizona for two years as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. Outside of ophthalmology he enjoys exercise, playing piano, salsa dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Peter LamPeter Lam, MD (Louisiana State University in Shreveport) – Cornea
Peter Lam, MD, received his B.S summa cum laude in Biology from University of Houston, and his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. After a transitional year at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he completed his clinical training in ophthalmology at LSU Shreveport.He was part of the Diversity Initiatives Committee at ARVO and congressional advocacy with AAO. Research interests include dry eyes, keratoectasia, and keratorefractive surgery. His hobbies and interests include playing intramural sports, supporting hometown Houston Rockets and Texans, swimming, hooping, biking, lion dancing, trying new cuisine, and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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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