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Celebrating 45 Years of Preserving, Protecting & Restoring Sight

Pictured (L to R): Awards received by Dr. Haller, Dr. Tsai, and Dr. McLeod.

On Saturday, June 12th, USC Roski Eye Institute faculty, alumni, and guests came together to celebrate the department’s latest innovations across all subspecialities of ophthalmology, hosted digitally on Zoom for the first time in the symposium’s history.

“This symposium has come to serve as a hallmark for our department and I know that this day will be one of knowledge sharing and growth for all of us,” said J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD, Interim Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, in his welcome remarks.

During the symposium, the USC Roski Eye Institute presented three awards:

  • Julia Haller, MD, received the 2021 Laureate Award for her groundbreaking research in retinal pharmacology, macular surgery, retinal venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, the repair of complicated retinal detachments, and health care disparities. The Laureate Award represents the highest honor bestowed on an individual in recognition of their academic achievements in the preservation, protection and restoration of vision.
  • Steven D. McLeod, MD, was recognized as a USC Roski Distinguished Lecturer and presented a lecture entitled, “DSAEK vs DMEK, Thinner or Thinnest?”
  • James Tsai, MD, MBA, received the Alumni Award in recognition of his dedicated service and commitment to excellence in resident and fellow education.

Highlighted topics included: Dry AMD; Gene Therapy for Blinding Retinal Diseases; Gene Therapy for AMD; Systemic Health and Dry Eye; an Approach to Evaluating a Swollen Optic Disc; Glaucoma Management; Qualitative and Quantitative OCTA Metrics in Glaucoma; Glaucoma Detention in Telemedicine; an Update on Diabetic Retinopathy; Minimizing Hydroxychloroquine Toxicity; the Role of Digital Health, Telemedicine, and AI in Ophthalmology; Choroidal Melanoma; Retinoblastoma Treatment; and the Intersections of Oculoplastic and Dry Eye.

This year’s speakers included several USC and CHLA ophthalmology faculty, including Hossein Ameri, MD, PhD; Jesse Berry, MD; David Boyer, MD; Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD; Andrew Moshfeghi, MD, MBA; Jonathan Kim, MD; Linda Lam, MD, MBA; Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD; Ramsudha Narala, MD; Annie Nguyen, MD; Grace Richter, MD, MPH; Brian Song, MD; Brian Toy, MD; Benjamin Xu, MD, PhD; Sandy Zhang-Nunes, MD.

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