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

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USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases


Oculo-Facial Plastics Fellowship

The USC Roski Eye Institute ASOPRS fellowship provides an excellent combination of University and private practice experience. The fellowship objectives include education of future oculo-facial plastic surgeons with state-of-the-art functional eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery and cutting-edge cosmetic facial surgery in order to create future leaders in our field. This training will allow the graduating fellow to acquire the skills to pursue an academic career or tertiary care private practice. All of the preceptors have well-balanced practices in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. In addition, subspecialty colleagues are available for additional training in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology.

usc-oculofacial-plastics-fellowThis even-year ASOPRS fellowship under Michael Burnstine will dovetail nicely with the odd-year fellowship under Steven Dresner, augmenting both fellowships with the resources of USC and it’s full-time faculty including Sandy Zhang-Nunes, Jessica Chang and Jonathan Kim. In the first year, the fellow would spend time at Eyesthetica and LA County (LAC) + USC Medical Center under the direct supervision of one of the preceptors. In the second year, the fellow would have continuity at LAC+USC Medical Center with continued direct supervision, and spend the remaining time at USC Roski Eye Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), or with Guy Massry.

The oculoplastic fellowship is the most comprehensive ASOPRS fellowship offered in the country – we’re exposed to functional and cosmetic oculofacial plastic surgery; eyelid, orbital, and facial surgery; open and endoscopic, state-of-the-art approaches; adult and pediatric oculoplastics; and multidisciplinary, combined cases with neurosurgery, ENT, general plastics, and dermatology.
-Christine Bokman, MD. Oculoplastics Fellow, Class of 2021

During the first year of fellowship, each fellow will be learning the bread and butter clinic evaluation and surgery techniques in Oculo-Facial Surgery. The fellow will see and manage patients at LAC + USC Medical Center under the guidance of the ASOPRS preceptors on a weekly basis. Here, the fellow will be actively involved in resident education. The remainder of the week will be spent with the preceptors from Eyesthetica,, growing their surgical skills and gaining competence in pre- and post-operative patient management. The fellow will begin outside rotations during their first year and will spend time with our local ocularist group learning impression fitting techniques and with Richard Bennett, MD, former President of Dermatology Surgery for Mohs surgery reconstruction techniques around the body, including flaps and grafts. The techniques learned have ready applications to the peri-orbital area and face. Other elective rotations include cosmetic dermatology and Facial Plastic Surgery.

During the second year, each fellow will continue to see diverse pathology by leading the LAC+USC Medical Center Oculo-Facial service one day per week with the ASOPRS preceptors. The fellow will continue to help train the USC Roski Eye Institute residents in the basic techniques of oculo-facial surgery at both LAC and the Keck Medical Center at USC and Martin Luther King Outpatient Surgery Center. The fellow will spend up to one day per week at Children’s Hospital – Los Angeles (CHLA) learning more pediatric oculoplastics and ocular oncology, will rotate 1-2 days a month with Guy Massry in his Beverly Hills practice focusing on aesthetic oculoplastic surgery, and balance their time at the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Roski Eye Institute on functional and aesthetic oculo-facial plastics, including laser skin resurfacing, broadband light, and other laser technology. Elective time with other subspecialists may also be arranged.

Oculo-Facial Plastics Fellowship Application and Interview Deadlines – TBD


Michael Burnstine, MD
Steven Dresner, MD
Sandy Zhang-Nunes, MD
Jessica Chang, MD
David Samimi, MD
Christopher Lo, MD
Guy Massry, MD

Linden Doss, MD

For more information please contact Malonie Bolanos or call (323)442-6785.

The oculoplastic surgery fellowship at USC is one of the best in the country. I don’t think there is another program that offers the same breadth of exposure to functional, pediatric, and cosmetic cases.
-Eric Hamill, MD. Alum of the Oculoplastic Fellowship Program, Class of 2020

Learn More About:

Cornea and External Disease Fellowship
Glaucoma Fellowship
Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement

Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, we are only able to see patients with urgent eye problems at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 323-442-6335.