Fellows 2019 – 2020
Walid Abdallah, MD, PhD (Zagazig Faculty of Medicine- Egypt) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Walid F. Abdallah, MD, PhD, was born in Egypt and earned his medical degree (MBBCh) from Zagazig University. Thereafter, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Zagazig University in 2004, followed by a Doctorate degree in Ophthalmology in 2011. Additionally, he earned the FRCS in ophthalmology from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow, UK in 2011. Dr. Abdallah has noted experience in ophthalmic research including 5 years at the USC ophthalmic labs specializing in retina and glaucoma. He has produced more than 10 original papers in prestigious ophthalmology journals, 7 posters, an oral presentation at the ARVO, 2 patents, and was awarded the Clinician-Scientist ALCON/ARVO Award for 2015 for a research in corneal wound healing. Dr. Abdallah finished his residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center and is highly encouraged by the tremendous teaching opportunities available through the RCA/USC Fellowship Program and is looking forward to improving and developing new surgical skills in the field of medical and surgical retina.
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.
Justin Dredge, MD (SUNY – Stony Brook School of Medicine) – Glaucoma
Justin Dredge, MD, received his medical degree from SUNY-Stony Brook in 2015. At Stony Brook he was a student member of the Admissions Committee, co-President of the Ophthalmology Interest Group, and was student leader of the eyeglasses and cataract surgical committee to the “A Promise to Peru” medical mission. After medical school he completed his ophthalmology residency at Loma Linda University. There, he was selected to participate in the Advocacy Ambassador program through the American Academy of Ophthalmology at the Mid-Year Forum in Washington D.C. His research interests during residency included work in glaucoma and external diseases, and he completed a quality improvement project to improve quality and efficiency of ophthalmology consults. Outside of ophthalmology he plays the violin and guitar and enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.
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!
Eric Hamill, MD (Baylor College of Medicine) – Oculoplastic Surgery
Eric Hamill, MD, earned his Bachelor Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. He attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, for medical school. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine. He is now a second-year Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellow at the University of Southern California.
Sagar Patel, MD (UT Southwestern) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Sagar Patel, MD, earned his BS in Human Biology from UT Austin. During medical school, he participated in various outreach trips to Guatemala, Panama and Haiti. Patel then performed his ophthalmology residency at UT Southwestern. His research interests include investigating the effect of Ozurdex on treatment of central retinal vein occlusions, endophthalmitis in pediatric patients, and retinal nerve fiber layer analysis in myopic patients. When he’s not working, Patel enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, skiing and reading.
Kristina Voss, MD (University of Arizona) – Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
Kristina Voss, MD, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a degree in Chemistry. She conducted Honors research on the photochemistry of the visual system and was recognized as the top student in the physical sciences. She competed all 4 years as a Division I NCAA scholarship gymnast. She received Auburn University’s highest award for athletics, the Leah Rawls Atkins Award, and was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was also named the SEC Community Service Leader of the Year. Her volunteer work included work with Unite For Sight in Ghana and this experience cultivated her interest in Ophthalmology. She then received her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Arizona. During residency, she received an Academic Merit Award and served as Chief resident. Her research has included development of retinal oximetry and work in quality improvement. Outside of work, she enjoys working out, hiking, sporting events, music, traveling, and Southern California beaches.
Siwei Zhou, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) – Neuro-Ophthalmology
Siwei Zhou, MD, earned her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She continued her training in Pittsburgh through the transitional year internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During residency, she served as Class Representative, Wet Lab Coordinator, and Social Chair. Zhou has varied research interests, including acupuncture for age-related macular degeneration and dry eye, management of thyroid eye disease, and complications after upper blepharoplasty. She plans to incorporate neuro-ophthalmology and oculofacial plastic surgery in her future practice. Outside of work, Zhou enjoys hip hop dance, yoga, photography, and aromatherapy.
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