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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Ophthalmic Technician Education Program



USC Ophthalmology Researchers Find More
Effective Treatments For Blinding Eye Diseases



Residents 2019 – 2020

Third-Year Residents

Jennifer Danesh

Jennifer Danesh, MD

Jennifer Danesh, MD, a Los Angeles native, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from UCLA with a BS in psychobiology and a minor in biomedical research. She then pursued her MD at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and received the UCLA Roslyn Holt Swartz Scholarship, given to students pursuing a career in ophthalmology. As a student, she conducted research in ophthalmology and focused on corneal diseases, pediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastics. Her work led to multiple publications and presentations at conferences. She completed a year of training in internal medicine at Kaiser Los Angeles and is enthusiastic to be a first-year resident at the USC Roski Eye Institute. Outside of residency, she enjoys hiking, traveling, being by the beach and spending quality time with family and friends.

Andy Han

Andy Han, MD

Andy Han, MD, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English then completed his MD at Yale School of Medicine. During medical school, he conducted research on vision recovery following open globe injuries and surgical outcomes for rhegmatogenous retinal detachments under Director of the Yale Retina Service Ron Adelman, MD. Han then took a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute under Peter Campochiaro, MD, director of Retinal Cell and Molecular Laboratory, where he worked on clinical trials evaluating the role of pro-permeability factors in diabetic macular edema and the efficacy of frequent administration of topical steroids for cystoid macular edema. He then completed his internship year at Medstar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, before beginning his first year of ophthalmology residency at USC Roski Eye Institute. His hobbies and interests include reading, writing, politics and hiking.

Tiffany Ho

Tiffany Ho, MD

Tiffany Ho, MD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, majoring in biological sciences. She developed an interest in international health and became involved in various service and research projects in Nicaragua, Switzerland and Mexico. Before medical school, Ho received a post-graduate Lombard Public Service Fellowship to conduct research on the delivery of pediatric cardiac services and to assist village doctor training in Yunnan Province, China. She completed her MD at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with highest distinction. Her current research interests include integrating real-time telemedicine in to ophthalmology practice and various other pediatric ophthalmology topics. She completed her pediatric internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, international travel, playing ultimate Frisbee and exploring new restaurants in Los Angeles.

Hadi Kaakour

Hadi Kaakour, MD, MS

Hadi Kaakour, MD, MS, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was in the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences and received his BA in biochemistry and an MS in chemistry in four years. During medical school at the University of Miami, Kaakour performed anterior segment research with Professor Sonia Yoo, MD, at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He presented his work internationally while serving as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Miami Dade College and student government executive president. Kaakour completed his internship at Mount Auburn Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. A filmmaker and producer, Kaakour has won more than $36,000 to bring his visions to life, most recently creating a series of medical ethics trigger films. He enjoys molecular gastronomy, calligraphy and stand-up comedy.

Ravi Shah

Ravi Shah, MD

Ravi Shah, MD, graduated magna cum laude in 2011 from Rice University in Houston with a double major in cognitive science and managerial studies. He then did clinical research on drug dependence and stimulant addiction at Baylor College of Medicine, where he matriculated for medical school the following year. Shah graduated Junior Alpha Omega Alpha with high honors in 2016 as an aspiring ophthalmologist. He performed his internal medicine internship at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles before being selected for the USC Roski Eye Institute ophthalmology residency program. Shah has written various articles for the neuro-ophthalmology subsection of an encyclopedia as well as a first-author publication in American Journal of Ophthalmology about iris-fixated posterior chamber intraocular lenses in children. His other research interests include refractive outcomes in monovision and toric intraocular lens alignment prediction. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, trying new foods with his wife, and playing board games with friends.

Megan Shan

Meghan Shan, MD, PhD

Meghan Shan, MD, PhD, was raised on three different continents before settling in Canada, where she was a regionally ranked pianist and a national gold medalist in the Fermat Mathematics Competition. Shan graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. She then trained as a MD/PhD in the joint Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her PhD work was mentored by Sangeeta Bhatia, MD, PhD, director, Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, and included high-throughput tools development, drug discovery, liver regeneration and stem cell biology. Their work led to multiple patents as well as publications in sister journals of Nature and Cell. Shan’s love of teaching has been recognized with multiple teaching awards. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new experiences, playing music and growing plants, including indoor watermelons.

Youning Zhang

Youning Zhang, MD

Youning Zhang, MD, graduated from UC Davis with a major in biochemistry and molecular cellular biology with highest honors. She then completed her medical school training at Keck School of Medicine of USC with Distinction in Research. Zhang is interested in the areas of cornea and retina. During medical school, she worked with Amir Kashani, MD, PhD, at the USC Roski Eye Institute, on projects that evaluated the posterior vitreous status among patients with retinal vein occlusion. Zhang also worked with ophthalmologist Neda Shamie, MD, and USC urologist Siamak Daneshmand, MD, on an interdisciplinary project that assessed urologists’ awareness of intraoperative floppy iris syndrome during cataract surgeries caused by alpha blockers commonly prescribed for benign prostatic hypertrophy. She enjoys traveling the world, trying out new restaurants, going to the gym and staying fit and all beach activities.

Second-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.

William 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.

Maggie Runner, MD

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.

First-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 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.

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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