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



Ophthalmic Technician Education Program



USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases


Current Fellows

Fellows 2018 – 2019

Sarina Amin

Sarina Amin, MD (University of Central Florida) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Sarina Amin, MD, completed her medical degree at the University of Central Florida and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national medical honor society. During medical school, she became interested in pursuing an ophthalmology career after shadowing ophthalmologists performing meticulous ocular surgeries, studying the intricacies of eye anatomy and diseases, and performing research on the role of telemedicine in global ophthalmology. During her residency, Amin also served as the Director of the UF Eye Outreach Equal Access Clinic and coordinated monthly eye exam screenings for uninsured patients. She was inducted into the national Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society and was awarded the Outstanding Resident Educator Award from the University of Florida Society of Teaching Scholars. She recently completed a clinical study on the optimal timing of surgical intervention for patients with submacular hemorrhage in neovascular AMD. In her spare time, Amin enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as traveling to different parts of the world to experience different cuisines and cultures.

Brandon DeCaluwe

Brandon DeCaluwe, MD (Wayne State University) – Cornea, External Diseases & Refractive Surgery
Brandon DeCaluwe, MD, graduated with highest distinction from the University of Michigan with a degree in neuroscience and attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. While in medical school, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute. While in residency, DeCaluwe was selected to participate in the Advocacy Ambassador program through the American Academy of Ophthalmology to advocate for the field of ophthalmology in Washington D.C. at the Mid-Year Forum. His research interests during residency included ocular surface disease and cornea transplant. Outside of ophthalmology, he enjoys playing tennis, running, paddle boarding, and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Dhar

Lauren Dhar, MD (University of of Oklahoma) – Glaucoma
Lauren Dhar, MD, attended the University of Oklahoma for her undergraduate degree where she studied Psychology and French. She graduated with Special Distinction and joined the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dhar moved to upstate New York for residency where she completed her transitional year at St. Joseph’s Hospital and ophthalmology residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She enjoys cooking and reading short stories and essays, especially the works of Malcolm Gladwell and David Sedaris. Her enjoyment of short stories spurred an interest in writing and she recently won a local storytelling contest. This is her first time to live on the West Coast and she looks forward to exploring California with her husband, Shumon, who is completing his Laryngology fellowship at UC Davis in Sacramento.

Ramsuda NaralaRamsudha Narala, MD (Saint Louis University School of Medicine) – Vitreoretinal
Ramsudha Narala, MD, received her MD at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and subsequently completed an ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit. Her research focuses on imaging, particularly optical coherence tomography (OCT), and utilizing newer technologies including OCT angiography and adaptive optics. Aside from research, Narala is interested in international ophthalmology volunteer work with various organizations such as serving as a residency advocacy ambassador for ophthalmology in Washington D.C. Following fellowship, Narala plans to be involved in the education and training of residents and fellows. She enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, reading, trying different cuisines, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Annie NguyenAnnie Nguyen, MD (Harvard University) – Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery
Annie Nguyen, MD, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors Program at California State University Fullerton, and then earned her medical degree from Harvard University. She performed an ophthalmology residency at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Nguyen’s research focuses on the outcomes following secondary IOL and DSAEK, femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, and resident education. She plans to have a career in academia and be involved in the education and training of residents and fellows. Outside of work, Nguyen enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and baking, arts and crafts, and playing volleyball. She is very happy to be back home in Southern California where she was born and raised.

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.

Leslie PfeifferLeslie Pfeiffer, MD (University of Texas at Houston) – Oculoplastic Surgery
Leslie Pfeiffer, MD, received her undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Duke University. She completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the award for Outstanding Student in Ophthalmology. Pfeiffer completed a transitional year internship in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Health Foundation. She then returned to the University of Texas for ophthalmology residency, where she was awarded Outstanding Resident in Ophthalmology and Best Research Presentation by a Resident during her third year. She won the 2014 EyeWiki Residents and Fellows in Training Contest for the best submission in the Oculoplastics/Orbit category. Pfeiffer has authored over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts on a variety of topics ranging from orbital oncology to trauma and has presented her research at ARVO, ASCRS, ASOPRS, and NANOS. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, biking, traveling, Duke basketball, and wine tasting.

Reema SyedReema Syed, MBBS (Aga Khan University) – Vitreoretinal Surgery
Reema Syed, MBBS, earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Following medical school, she went to University of California, San Francisco to research the use of adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy to study photoreceptors in inherited retinal degenerations. Syed pursued her residency training in ophthalmology at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. Her research interests include novel retinal imaging and retinal structure-function correlation. Her clinical interests include posterior uveitis and complex retinal detachment repair. When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Salina Teja Salina Teja, MD (University of Calgary) – Neuro-Ophthalmology
Salina Teja, MD, obtained her BS from McGill University and graduated with great distinction. She earned her MD at University of Calgary and then performed her ophthalmology residency at University of British Columbia. While she continues to pursue her academic interest in undergraduate and residency training curricula, Teja’s ophthalmology interests have allowed her to take on projects in big data, collaborate with setting up a corneal transplant registry, and experiment with newer technologies like OCT angiography. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing beach volleyball, reading on a patio, and cooking.

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