UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Chao, Daniel L. Do, Jiun Ferrara, Napoleone Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Kikkawa, Don O. Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Lin, Jonathan H. Liu, Catherine Y. Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Robbins, Shira L. Savino, Peter J. Slight, Rigby Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease

Residency

Sally Baxter, M.D.

Sally Baxter, M.D.

Chief Resident
2015-2018
Perelman School of Medicine

Sally Baxter received undergraduate degrees in biology and physics from Duke University, where she was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and team captain and pole vaulter for the NCAA Division I Women's Track and Field Team. She then completed a Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine through the Marshall Scholarship Program, where she conducted research investigating the epidemiology of blindness in Belize. Her medical degree is from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and her internal medicine internship at UCSD. She is excited to be back in her hometown of San Diego for residency.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring beaches, parks, and all the beautiful sights of San Diego with her family.

Akintomide Apara, M.D., Ph.D (Tommy)

Akintomide Apara, M.D., Ph.D (Tommy)

2016-2019
University of Miami

Tommy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Duke University and his medical and philosophy degrees from the University of Miami where he also completed his transitional internship.  He studies involved neurons and diseases of the CNS. He wishes to engage in the discovery of new pathways leading to improved vision and in the implementation of those discoveries at the bedside.

Tommy’s outside interest include digital photography, watching Jeopardy trivia, playing African djembe drums, cooking Nigerian food, and playing pick-up basketball and soccer.

Rohan Verma, M.D.

Rohan Verma, M.D.

2016-2019
UC San Diego, School of Medicine

Rohan received his Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His Medical Degree from UC San Diego. He then completed his transitional internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. His goals involves integrating research and clinical services with community advocacy. He envisions continuing his endeavors during fellowship and beyond at academic health centers (AHC) whose social vision and culture of education, research, collaboration, continuous innovation, and care of the indigent mirror his ideals of study and career.

Rohan is interested in traveling, cooking, weightlifting and athletics (basketball, soccer and football)

Jeffrey Wang, M.D.

Jeffrey Wang, M.D.

2016-2019
University of Iowa

Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine. His Medical Degree from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He then completed his transitional internship at Kaiser-Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center in Preliminary Medicine.  In his undergraduate and medical studies, he pursued basic science research to understand disease mechanisms. With his programming knowledge, he studied precision lasers and how the minuscule implants have enabled the delicate, life-changing surgeries for patients. His goals involve clinical and basic science research for understanding disease mechanisms and to applying them to his clinical practice. His career goals involve academic medicine.

Jeff is interested in traveling, Piano and Computer Programming.

Zhiyong Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Zhiyong Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

2016-2019
Harbin Medical University, China/University of Rochester

Zhiyong received his Medical Degree at Harbin Medical University in China and his Philosophy degree at the University of Rochester. He spent his transitional internship at the UC San Diego in Preliminary Surgery. His public service activities involved glaucoma screening at the Free Health Fair, San Diego Vietnamese American Lions Club and Asian Pacific Health Foundation. He spent time as a research fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute where he received the Arnall Patz Research award for discovering molecular changes associated with retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma. His research was in exploring molecular pathways the influence how ganglion cells die in glaucoma. He was also a recipient of the Douglas H. Johnson Award of glaucoma research from BrightFocus Foundation. His career path is to become a clinician-scientist.

His interests are watching movies, spending time with family and friends and he is a championship Ping-Pong player.

Heather Chen, M.D.

Heather Chen, M.D.

2017-2020
UC San Diego, School of Medicine

Heather received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She spent her internship year at UC Riverside Community Hospital in Internal Medicine. She developed a microfluidic implant that serves as an intraocular drug delivery device for glaucoma patients. She performed the first meta-analysis that directly compares both visual acuity and refractive outcomes between conventional phacoemulsification and femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

Interests include dance, Zumba, yoga, oil and acrylic paintings, journalism, and mentoring.

Clara Men, M.D.

Clara Men, M.D.

2017-2020
Harvard University

Clara received her Bachelor's degree at Yale University then earned her Medical Degree at Harvard University. She spent her transitional year at Cambridge Health Alliance in internal medicine.  Her public service activities include Harvard student council Society representative and executive Board Secretary, Head Coordinator for the Residents advising medical students. Head coordinator for the Big Sib/Lil Sib Mentorship program. President of the Connecticut Hospice, president, treasurer and Volunteer for the Unite for sight. During her undergraduate work her research aimed at isolating variations causing rare Mendelian phenotypes of common diseases in the hopes of increasing understanding of the genetics of complex traits. In Medical School her interests stretched into gene therapy to treat diseases.

Outside interests are reading biographies, kickboxing, watching nature documentaries and staying active.

Christopher Toomey, M.D., Ph.D

Christopher Toomey, M.D., Ph.D

2017-2020
Duke University

Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree from the UC San Diego, School of Medicine then earned his M.D. and Ph.D from Duke University. His transitional internship was at the Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles in Surgery. Chris earned several research awards including “Best Research Presentation Award” First place at the Duke eye Center trainee day, “Bright Focus Travel Award”, “Duke Graduate School Travel Award”, “Julia Brown Research Award”, and “Amylin Pharmaceuticals Research Award”. Research work was on the influence of genetic alterations of the complement system on autoimmune disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Chris has 13 publications, 7 of which he is first author. His goal is the combine his clinical training with his research to enhance the clinical care of patients suffering from ocular disease and is determined to find a cure for ocular pathologies.

Hobbies include surfing, rock climbing, volleyball, basketball.

James Walsh, M.D., Ph.D (Jamie)

James Walsh, M.D., Ph.D (Jamie)

2017-2020
University of Virginia

Jamie earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. He then earned both MD and PhD from the University of Virginia. He spent his internship year at the University of Virginia in Internal Medicine. Jamie has earned several awards including; the Whitfield-Randolph Scholarship, and the John Jane Award fro neuroscience research. He has 18 publications, 7 of which he is first author. His public Service activities include being an Ad hoc reviewer for Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, and for the Journal of Immunology. He mentored undergraduates, and medical and research students. Research, included neurotransmission at the molecular level, the effects of the immune system on glaucoma and optic nerve trauma. His work demonstrated several mechanisms that the adaptive immune system uses to promote recovery from optic nerve injury and elucidated several targets on his pathway that could be utilized therapeutically.

Hobbies include; Ultimate Frisbee and Home improvement.

Allison Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Allison Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

2018-2021
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Allison has a diverse range of interests in healthcare. Through a Brown undergraduate concentration in Economics, she discovered an interest in health econometrics, a branch which utilized rigorous statistical methods to divulge human behavior in the consumption of health care and to evaluate ways to increase efficiency in health systems. She additionally pursued biostatistics, a discipline intersecting medicine and statistics, and channeled this interest into research which focused on understanding, measuring, and improving outcomes in patients with ocular disease, as well as the advancement of ophthalmic medical education.  Over the years, her collaboration with her research mentors has led to over 30 publications and over 25 presentations at regional and national meetings. She is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.  Allison hopes to continue to make discoveries that will advance medicine and improve the efficiency and delivery of healthcare. In her free time, Allison enjoys hiking, tennis, cello, live music, art, nature, and exploring new places.

Adeleh Yarmohammadi, M.D.

Adeleh Yarmohammadi, M.D.

2018-2021
Shahid Beheshti Medical University

Adeleh received her Medical Degree at Shahid Beheshti Medical University in Tehran and spent her internship year at UCLA in general surgery. She completed a research fellowship in ocular imaging at UC San Diego Hamilton Glaucoma Center where she investigated the role of blood flow in the pathogenesis of glaucoma using OCT-Angiography. Adeleh has published 19 papers, of which she is the first author on seven. She is an artist, a medical illustrator, and she aspires to become the “Frank Netter” of Ophthalmology. Her other interests include nutrition sciences, and she is passionate to promote healthy whole food plant-based eating to her patients and the society. Adeleh is excited to be back in San Diego for residency to serve the community, and play Badminton again with her teammates at UC San Diego Badminton team.

David Kuo, M.D.

David Kuo, M.D.

2018-2021
University of California, San Diego

David earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MD from the University of California, San Diego. He spent his internship year at Eisenhower Medical Center in Internal Medicine in Rancho Mirage, California. As an undergraduate, he collaborated on a flow-through high-throughput microfluidic platform combined with automated image analysis for systematic cytological screening of transitional cell carcinoma that won the Diagnostic Devices category of the NIH DEBUT Challenge. As a medical student, he spent a research year at the National Eye Institute where he trained a machine learning model to improve the differentiation of primary vitreoretinal lymphoma from non-infectious uveitis. His current research interests lie in the application of machine learning and statistical and causal inference to advance evidence-based medicine and improve the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmological diseases. In his free time, he enjoys exploring different ethnic cuisines, playing basketball, and hiking.

Kaileen Yeh, M.D.

Kaileen Yeh, M.D.

2018-2021
Medical University of South Carolina

Kaileen earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in biology with a concentration in molecular biology. She received her Medical Degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She spent her transitional year at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, CO. Her extracurricular activities in college included playing cello in Penn Chamber and serving on the board of Penn Taiwanese Society. In medical school, she served as President of her medical school's chapter of the American Medical Association and co-founded a service organization focused on improving patient experience and health through music, which included organizing and performing in benefit concerts. Her undergraduate research focused on understanding the protein pathway for cell division in budding yeast. In medical school, her research involved cancer immunotherapy and later focused on correlating pre-operative and intraoperative biometry in cataract surgery. Interests include hiking, yoga, cooking, music, and exploring cuisines in new cities.

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