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


Meet Our Team!

Dr. J. Martin Heur, alongside Drs. Charles Flowers and Brandon Wong, oversee an exceptional and unique group of residents and fellows. Meet these wonderful physicians and surgeons who are poised to become the academic and clinical thought leaders of tomorrow.

To learn more about the team at the USC Roski Eye Institute, view our ophthalmology faculty. For more information on how our team is making advancements in the field of ophthalmology, check out our USC Roski Eye Institute Annual Report and newsletters.

To see our residents and fellows in action, visit the USC Roski Eye Institute Residents and Fellows Facebook page.

J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD

Professor and Interim Chair of Ophthalmology
Charles C. Manger III, M.D. Chair in Corneal Laser Surgery

J. MARTIN HEUR, MD, PHD, received MD and PhD degrees from the Physician Scientist Training Program at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he was awarded an NIH Medical Scientist Training Program fellowship. He completed residency training at Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease and Refractive Surgery at The USC Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Heur’s research is supported by grants from the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness, and was previously supported by Baxter Foundation, Fight for Sight, and Knight Templar Eye Foundation.

Dr. Heur’s research focuses on investigation of molecular mechanisms of corneal endothelial wound healing utilizing zebrafish and corneal endothelial cell lines as model systems.


Vivek Patel Los Angeles Eye Doctor

Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director, Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship
Ophthalmology Residency Program Director

CHARLES W. FLOWERS JR., MD, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship Director at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Charles W. Flowers Jr., MD, received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1985 and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1989. During his time as a medical student he was honored as a national medical fellowship scholar. Following his ophthalmology residency training at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine in Los Angeles, California, he completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship in the USC Department of Ophthalmology where he was the recipient of the Award of Excellence in Resident Training. Dr. Flowers has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top eye surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council for his expertise in cornea and refractive surgery.

Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on identifying best practices for deploying teleophthalmology to screen for diabetic retinopathy in urban medically underserved communities. In addition, he conducts investigations on the use of Anterior Segment OCT as a tool for refractive surgery screening and Posterior Segment OCT of the optic nerve as a tool for assessing post concussion syndrome. In addition, Dr. Flowers is involved in identifying best practices for sports visual enhancement.


Brandon Wong, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Associate Residency Program Director

BRANDON WONG, MD, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of arts in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. He received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and then completed an internship year in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Sunset Medical Center. Dr. Wong completed his residency training at the LAC+USC Roski Eye Institute, where he served as chief resident and was awarded Resident Teacher of the Year his senior year. He then completed a fellowship in glaucoma under the direction of Dr. Robert Weinreb at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute and Hamilton Glaucoma Center.

Dr. Wong has a wide variety of clinical research interests. His current glaucoma research focuses on the role of corneal hysteresis and its relationship to changes in the anterior lamina cribrosa in patients with glaucoma.


Malvin Anders Pasadena Ophthalmologist

Malvin D. Anders, MD

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (Voluntary)

MALVIN D. ANDERS, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and Chief of Ophthalmology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at Keck School of Medicine of USC. After completing an ophthalmology internship at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, he received his ophthalmology residency training at Los Angeles County + Martin Luther King Hospital. He then did a fellowship in Glaucoma at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York under the direction of Dr. Steven Podos.

Dr. Anders has been involved in resident education since returning as faculty to Los Angeles County + Martin Luther King Hospital following his fellowship. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching particularly in the areas of cataract and glaucoma surgery. He served as residency Program Director for several years at Martin Luther King Hospital prior to returning to LAC+USC to join the full-time faculty in 2008. Dr. Anders is an integral member of the clinical faculty and oversees many of the administrative and operational duties for the ophthalmology service at the County Hospital.

Dr. Anders is married to Bernadette DeMesme-Anders and has two adult daughters, Rani and Courtney. His interests outside of medicine include gardening, golf, and Formula One racing.


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