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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
Aimee received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She then received her Medical Degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Her research has focused on the relationship between sleep disorders and eye disease including diabetic retinopathy, floppy eyelid syndrome, and non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.
Interests include: Aerial yoga, surfing, going to the beach, and hiking
Liane graduated summa cum laude with college honors and highest departmental honors from UCLA where she majored in Neuroscience and minored in Public Health. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, where she served as the Executive Director of the Harvard Medical Student Review. Active in research, Liane was awarded the Dean's Prize in college for her work in long-term hippocampal synaptic plasticity and was elected to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program for two consecutive years. During medical school, she conducted clinical research in cerebrovascular disease – investigating a chronic care model to reduce secondary stroke risk in medically underserved populations and predictors of therapeutic warfarin anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients, earning her a Junior Investigator Award from the American Heart/Stroke Association. Within ophthalmology, she has studied the association of timing of vitrectomy with visual outcome in endophthalmitis and use of smartphone fundoscopy in preclinical medical education.
Interests include: boxing and barre fitness.
Lingling received her bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing China. She came to the US and earned her PhD in Molecular Cancer Biology at Duke University, North Carolina and MD at Washington University School of Medicine in St, Louis, Missouri. She completed her intern year at Massachusetts General Hospital in Preliminary Medicine program before moving to San Diego. Her research involved signaling pathways in oncogenesis and targeted therapy, mouse models of lung cancer, cancer stem cells and cell of origins in different subtype of lung cancers.
Interests include: Painting, photography, gardening, cooking, traveling and enjoying national parks
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Los Angeles then earned his medical degree from UC Irvine. His internship was completed at Santa Cara Valley Medical Center in Internal Medicine. His research involved visual field analysis in glaucomatous optic neuropathy, glaucoma surgical outcomes and risk factors, and determinants of diabetic eye examination guideline compliance.
Interests include: basketball, surfing, snowboarding, Go-game
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