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



Residents 2020 – 2021

Third-Year Residents

Charles DeBoer

Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD

Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD, attended Occidental College and the California Institute of Technology majoring in 3/2 Physics and Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he joined a startup incubator before working with Dr. Mark Humayun at the USC Roski Eye Institute developing vitreoretinal instrumentation. He graduated AOA from Keck School of Medicine and completed his PhD from Caltech with a thesis titled Biomimetic Accommodating Intraocular Lens. After graduation, DeBoer was the Chief Technology Officer of a biotech startup before entering residency. His research interests include restoring accommodation through novel intraocular lens design and improved surgical instrumentation. He has contributed to two book chapters, has twelve publications and holds twelve issued patents related to vitreoretinal surgery and accommodating lens design. Outside of residency, he is married with two fur babies: a sweet rescue pit bull named Buttercup and her sassy rescue black cat sister, Cupcakes. He also enjoys tending a productive organic backyard garden.

Bill Gange

Bill Gange, MD

Bill Gange, MD, a San Diego native, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, where he earned a degree in Geophysics. He then pursued his MD at Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. During his time in medical school, his research topics included ocular complications following acoustic neuroma resection, the ocular microbiome, and novel treatments for retinal ischemia. Gange’s work at Loyola earned him the Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Stamm Ophthalmology Award, granted to one medical student for excellence in the field of Ophthalmology. Following medical school, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at West Suburban Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, watching football, scuba diving, and spending time outside in the California sun.

Hong-Uyen Hua

Hong-Uyen Hua, MD

Hong-Uyen Hua, MD, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in biochemistry and a minor in classics at the University of Miami, where she was awarded the Isaac B. Singer full-tuition scholarship. She was president of the multicultural and international student organization, promoting diversity and cultural education. For her student service and leadership, Hua was tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society—the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. A die-hard double ‘Cane, she completed her MD at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she served as Student Government Executive President and spearheaded the LCME re-accreditation student committee. At Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, she pursued research in phospholipidomics of alkali-exposed corneal tissue and surgical management and etiology of pediatric macular holes. For fun, Hua loves to cook, explore ethnic cuisines, and adventure, whether it be through sailing, hiking, or traveling.

Nicole Koulisis

Nicole Koulisis, MD

Nicole Koulisis, MD, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Spanish, after graduating Valedictorian of her high school. She completed her medical training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, and her Transitional Year at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She has published 14 peer-reviewed manuscripts in esteemed journals including Nature, AJO, and IOVS. Koulisis has presented her research at prestigious meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, on topics such as advanced imaging modalities for early disease detection. She has an interest in global health, interned with the CDC, and twice led a clean water health initiative in the Amazon. She enjoys playing tennis, scuba diving, playing Greek musical instruments, and exploring the world with friends and family and has completed a pilgrimage by foot to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Diana Lee

Diana Lee, MD

Diana Lee, MD, completed her undergraduate studies in International Development at UCLA. During her time as a research fellow in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch at the NIH/NCI, she studied T-cell reconstitution in stem cell therapies. She maintained a global focus as she earned her medical degree from Georgetown University, where many of her projects were focused on health care access of orphanages in Asia. Lee completed her internship in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA, where she developed and implemented protocols to improve access to eye care. Most recently, she completed an Ophthalmic Pathology fellowship at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Her research interests are diverse and include: cataract surgery, dry eye, thyroid eye disease, retinoblastoma and diabetic retinopathy. Lee enjoys giving back to the community, and is an active volunteer with the Lions Club and APAMSA. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, indoor cycling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Jonathan Lu

Jonathan Lu, MD

Jonathan Lu, MD, is from the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Stanford University, and then his medical degree from the University of California Davis, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. In medical school his research interests focused on optimizing radiation treatment of ocular melanoma. Lu completed his internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he also conducted research on national outcomes in retinoblastoma enucleations. Jonathan is now a first-year resident in ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute. In his free time, he enjoys street and portrait photography, flying drones, cooking, and traveling.

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Maggie Runner, MD

Maggie Runner, MD, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from the University of Georgia, majoring in biological sciences. She received distinction in research for her work with Aniridia Foundation International, conducting the largest genetic sequencing and mutational analysis for patients with aniridia. She received her MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine, where she worked in the Robert Gross neuro-engineering lab to develop a novel gene therapy approach to regenerate the optic nerve after injury. Runner’s work has led to multiple publications and podium presentations at national meetings, including AAO and ARVO. She has received grant support and scholarship awards from various organizations including the NIH and NEI and was the first from her institution to receive the medical student research fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Runner completed her internship in internal medicine at Emory University and is excited to begin her ophthalmology residency at USC. In her free time, she enjoys water sports, running, and spending time outdoors with her friends, family, and dog.

Second-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.

First-Year Residents

Samantha Ayoub

Samantha Ayoub, MD, PhD

Samantha Ayoub was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. She worked for a year in clinic research at the Manhattan VA hospital, before attending NYU Grossman School of Medicine. At NYU, she developed a passion for ophthalmology, completing clinical research in retinal imaging and glaucoma surgery. She has presented at national conferences and is co-author on several publications. In her free time, she enjoys spending time cooking, going to museums and restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.

For more information about the residency and fellowship programs at the USC Roski Eye Institute, please contact Program Coordinator Ty Christopher by email Tyaisha.christopher@med.usc.edu or by calling (323) 409-5233.

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