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



Residents 2021 – 2022

Third-Year Residents

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark, MD, PhD

Andrew Clark, MD, PhD is a native Southern Californian. After graduating summa cum laude from Pepperdine University, he joined the USC-Caltech MD/PhD program he where completed his dual degrees. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Caltech where he conducted research designing nanoparticles to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier. He also worked on a clinical trial investigating a therapeutic nanoparticle in the treatment of gastric cancer. These projects led to two first-author publications in PNAS along with a patent in nanoparticle technology. Upon completion of his PhD, he turned his focus to ophthalmology where he conducted research into the effects of electronic display devices on retinal health. His current research interest includes developing novel treatment modalities and new drug delivery technologies for a variety of ocular diseases. Outside of work, he enjoys taking photos while traveling around the world with his wife and making music with his friends.

Joseph Juliano

Joseph Juliano, MD

Joseph Juliano, MD, a native of Arizona graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics at Arizona State University. At ASU, he was an Amgen scholar and was awarded Dean’s Medal at graduation. He went on to complete his medical school training at Keck School of Medicine of USC where he published multiple studies in mathematical modeling of tumor growth and earned the Distinction in Research Award. He finished his internal medicine preliminary year at Kaiser Sunset Los Angeles and is currently conducting ophthalmologic research in retina and corneal diseases. Outside of work he enjoys playing tennis, running, and cooking.

Daniel Park

Daniel Park, MD

Daniel Park, MD, completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh where he published research in IOVS involving trabecular meshwork engineering utilizing viral vectors. While in medical school, Park also co-led the Guerrilla Eye Service, a free, medical student-run mobile eye clinic, providing monthly comprehensive eye care for the underserved in Western Pennsylvania. Park has since completed his internal medicine internship at Northwell NS-LIJ Medical Center near his hometown in New York before beginning his ophthalmology residency at USC Roski Eye Institute. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors through golfing, and loves singing casually, especially at karaoke!

Alice Shen

Alice Shen, MD

Alice Shen, MD, a California native, graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Biology: Neuroscience and minor in Psychology. She then pursued her MD at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Clinical Neuroscience Training Program certificate. As a student, she committed herself to education and service work in the local community by serving as Medical Student Coordinator for the Educational Pipeline Program and as a student leader of Sight Savers. Her research in pediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastics has led to multiple publications and presentations at national conferences. She is excited to return to California and start her ophthalmology residency at USC. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, skiing, and growing as many plants as her apartment can hold.

Jonathan Lu

Cindi Yim, MD

Cindi Yim, MD, grew up in the Bay Area and Taipei, Taiwan. She majored in chemistry and materials science at Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. At Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was inducted into AOA, she developed a deep interest in global health, leading the student-run free ophthalmology clinic to serve the East Harlem community and organizing a surgical and teaching mission trip to Mongolia. She took a research year after MS3, winning a patient safety innovation grant to conduct research on health literacy and physician communication in surgical practices. She also studied trends in ophthalmology medical education and the epidemiology of orbital fractures using national databases in the USA and Taiwan. Outside of medicine, she has worked for an online media start-up, taught physical education, and run a pop-up poutine stand. She loves running, the great outdoors, trying new restaurants and recipes, reading, and writing.

Leonid Zukin

Leonid Zukin, MD

Leonid Zukin, MD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado (CU), majoring in integrative biology and earning the Outstanding Bachelor of Science award. While an undergraduate, he founded Cultural Health Bridge, an organization linking volunteer medical interpreters from his diverse college community with local refugee clinics. As a member of the combined BS-MD program, he matriculated to the CU School of Medicine. He was a board member of the Colorado Medical Society and focused heavily on vision research, receiving funding through the CU Vision Grant and the Lyda Ludeman ARCS scholarship. He researched novel mechanisms of attenuating post-cataract surgery fibrosis, augmenting ocular lens regeneration, and predicting vision outcomes after sinus surgery. This work led to first author publications in numerous journals, including IOVS, and podium presentations at esteemed conferences, including the National Eye Institute award to present at ARVO. He enjoys golf, cycling, and playing classical piano.

Second-Year Residents

Kyle Bolo

Kyle Bolo, MD

Kyle Bolo, MD, grew up on the East Coast. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Williams College and went on to a brief career as a technical engineer at Epic. Seeking a more personal connection with patients, he pursued a medical degree at Columbia University, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His research interests lie at the junction of data science, technology, and medicine with areas of investigation including the use of topology to uncover viral recombination in HIV and OCT/OCTA imaging to track glaucoma progression and surgical outcomes in macular hole repair. Having launched a bike share at Williams and worked as a mechanic, Kyle continues to be an avid cyclist. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, and exploring the culture of Los Angeles through food, architecture, and music, which remains meaningful to this former college radio DJ.

Xuan Cao, MD

Xuan Cao, MD, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University, graduating with distinction in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Biology. Xuan attended medical school at Drexel College of Medicine where he developed an interest in working with underserved communities locally and abroad. He completed his transitional year internship at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, followed by a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where his research focused on outcomes of treat and extend for ocular neovascular diseases. Xuan’s works are featured in journals such as JAMA Network Open. Xuan is excited to be living in LA and serving the local community. In his spare time, Xuan enjoys playing badminton, exploring nature, and spending time with his family and his dog Dizzy.

Rahul Iyengar

Rahul Iyengar, MD

Rahul Iyengar, MD, a native of Michigan, attended college at the University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. After spending a year co-founding and working at a healthcare data management company, he received a Roberts Scholarship to attend the University of Michigan Medical School, where he was inducted into the AOA. While in medical school, he interned at a healthcare venture capital firm and participated in multiple research studies that included utilizing imaging biomarkers for predicting diabetic retinopathy progression, exploring shared decision making in emergency departments, and evaluating novel eyecare delivery models implemented in Indonesia. He completed a Transitional Year internship at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, hiking, trying new restaurants with friends, and cheering on Manchester United and the Michigan Wolverines.

Eric Jung

Eric Jung, MD

Eric Jung, MD, spent his childhood years growing up in Ohio, France, and northern California. He attended college at UCLA, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in neuroscience. He then attended medical school at USC Keck School of Medicine, during which he spent a year as a Dean’s Research Scholar under the mentorship of Roski Eye faculty members Martin Heur, MD, PhD, investigating molecular mechanisms of corneal endothelium wound healing, and Vivek Patel, MD, investigating the neuroanatomical and functional effects of pathology in the retina and optic nerve. Eric’s work in basic science and clinical research has led to multiple publications in journals such as JBC and IOVS, conference presentations, as well as scholarship awards throughout medical school. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated medical school with Distinction in Research. In his free time, Eric enjoys snowboarding, playing blues and jazz guitar, crate digging for records, and eating Korean food.

Paul Lang

Paul Lang, MD

Paul Lang, MD, is a native of Southern California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at Keck School of Medicine of USC, graduating with Distinction in Research. As a Dean’s Research Scholar during medical school, he conducted research investigating outcomes of treatment in retinoblastoma as well as clinical response to various corneal crosslinking protocols for keratoconus patients. His work led to presentations at national conferences in addition to first author publications in journals such as AJO and Cornea. He then completed his internal medicine preliminary year at Huntington Hospital. Outside of work he enjoys basketball, cooking, and spending time with his dog.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, MD

Jennifer Lopez, MD, a Bay Area native, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA where she majored in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. She received her MD from NYU School of Medicine where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. During her medical school training, her research on evaluating the microbial profile of infectious keratitis and conjunctivitis led to multiple conference presentations. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, trying new restaurants, baking and traveling.

Sona Shah

Sona Shah, MD

Sona Shah, MD, a Bakersfield native, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, where she studied neuroscience and two-dimensional studies as a Trustee Scholar. For her student leadership and service, Shah was tapped into the Order of the Torch and Order of the Laurel & Palm. She then completed her MD at the Keck School of Medicine as a member of the joint interdisciplinary USC Health, Technology and Engineering program with the Viterbi School of Engineering, while serving as Class President for four years. Shah’s work in ocular oncology and corneal diseases has led to multiple presentations and publications, with her focus on the treatment and outcome of retinoblastoma tumors under the mentorship of Jesse L. Berry, MD. Sona also is an internationally selling mixed media artist passionate about sharing medical and cultural narratives via the visual arts, with works spanning as large as 6’x9’ in size and pieces that have hung in the Capitol Building in DC as well as local coffee shops. She has a special interest in utilizing medical illustration to demonstrate surgical techniques. She also enjoys fitness, fashion, music, and spending time with her baby nieces.

First-Year Residents

Shaunak Bakshi, MD

Shaunak Bakshi, MD, grew up on Long Island, New York. He graduated magna cum laude, with distinction in his major, from Yale College with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his intern year in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to medical school, he performed wet lab research in translational neuroscience at the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology (Yale School of Medicine, PI: Dr. Paul Lombroso) and the Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (The Rockefeller University, PI: Dr. Paul Greengard). While at Harvard, Shaunak spent a year as a research fellow in the Disruptive Technology Laboratory (Massachusetts Eye and Ear, PI: Dr. James Chodosh). His work resulted in several first-author journal publications and textbook chapters on the Boston Keratoprosthesis. He has also published on the topics of medical/surgical education, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Pursuing his interests at the intersection of medicine and technology, he co-founded MedVR, an initiative to seed innovation in medical augmented and virtual reality. He has also worked on projects applying haptic interfaces and augmented reality, and keeps up with the latest in digital health and biotech. In his free time, he enjoys following professional tennis, playing racket sports, watching sci-fi, and reading.

Austin Bohner, MD

Austin Bohner, MD, was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. Before medical school, Austin worked in ocular research at the John Moran Eye Center, focusing on the development of novel drug delivery modalities for neovascular macular degeneration and post-cataract extraction inflammation. He earned his medical degree at the University of Utah, receiving several awards for academic excellence. During medical school, his research on phacoemulsification optimization, keratoconus, and corneal surface diseases resulted in multiple journal publications and national conference presentations. Austin is an avid road cyclist and runner who also enjoys snow skiing, fly-fishing, hiking, camping, and playing with his furry pseudo-children Henry and River.

Ian Christensen, MD

Ian Christensen, MD, grew up overseas, mostly in China. He majored in Chinese language and literature at Brigham Young University, where he graduated from the Chinese Flagship Program, becoming proficient in Mandarin, Chinese in a professional setting. At the University of Utah School of Medicine, Ian led the student-run free ophthalmology clinic serving the homeless population in Salt Lake City and co-founded the Midvale Ophthalmology Outreach Clinic, designed to expand screening for retinal disease in Utah’s uninsured population. During medical school, Ian also conducted basic laboratory research investigating retinal ganglion cell function in a mouse model, publishing in Frontiers of Neuroscience and presenting his research at ARVO. In his free time, Ian can be found playing pickleball, hiking, relaxing at the beach, or reading.

Christopher Chung, MS, MD

Christopher Chung, MD, a Bay Area native, graduated summa cum laude from UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and a master’s degree in Biology, in which his thesis focused on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation in a mouse mode of rheumatoid arthritis. Prior to medical school, Christopher conducted basic science and translational research at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Center, during which time he published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the fields of ophthalmology, epigenetics, and cancer genomics in esteemed journals including Nature, Molecular Cell, and PNAS. He went on to complete his medical training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he published multiple manuscripts on the applications of OCTA in diabetic retinopathy and initiated a study at Lurie Children’s Hospital to explore tear biomarkers in the development of ROP. Christopher is thrilled to return to California and begin his ophthalmology residency at the USC Roski Eye Institute. In his free time, Christopher enjoys playing soccer, golf, volleyball, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Christopher Long, MD, MS

Christopher Long, MD, grew up in Sacramento, California before moving to Southern California to complete his bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at UCLA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UCLA College Honors Program and went on to receive his MD with Outstanding Academic Distinction from the UCSD School of Medicine. During medical school, he developed an interested in Business and Leadership in Medicine, adding a new elective to the curriculum. His research on the connection between vascular disease in the eye and underlying heart disease lead to multiple first author publications and conference presentations. He then completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Outside of work he enjoys mentoring undergraduate students interested in attending medical school. In his spare time, he also loves trying new restaurants, traveling, fitness, and cheering on the Sacramento Kings.

Alomi Parikh, MD, MBA

Alomi Parikh, MD, MBA, a native of New Jersey, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and certificates in global health & health policy as well as neuroscience. She received her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and elected to Gold Humanism Honor Society. In Philadelphia, she was committed to serving the local community as a coordinator for United Community Clinic. Her research in pediatric ophthalmology, focused on subconjunctival hemorrhage in children as well as on retinopathy of prematurity, led to multiple conference presentations. She was awarded the Byron S. Hurwitz Memorial Prize for outstanding student achievement and dedication to the field of ophthalmology. While at Penn, she also completed an MBA in health care management at the Wharton School. She then completed her transitional year internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, playing guitar, concerts, and coffee.

Abinaya Thenappan, MD

Abinaya Thenappan, MD, a Southern California native, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude in three years from Claremont McKenna College, where she majored in Science and Management and minored in biotechnology. After a one-year research fellowship at Columbia University studying novel diagnostic techniques for glaucoma under Drs. Donald Hood and Jeffrey Odel, she earned her MD from Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her continued research in glaucoma has since led to 13 abstracts and 10 peer-reviewed publications as well as several awards and presentations at national conferences. Abinaya also served as a faculty nominated member of the Columbia VP&S Junior Admissions Committee during her senior year. Upon graduation, Abinaya’s clinical acumen earned her the Behrens Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology, and her research earned her the VP&S Clinical Research Award. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, biking, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Simba.

For more information about the residency and fellowship programs at the USC Roski Eye Institute, please contact Academic Program Administrator Michelle Cox at michelle.cox@med.usc.edu.

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