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Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Huang, Alex A. Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer 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 Uveitis

Residency

Justin Arnett, MD

Justin Arnett, MD

2020-2023
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Justin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology from Harvard University. He has contributed to multiple projects related to medical device development, including exploring the surgical practices and applications of Brain-Computer Interfaces, and studying optical nanoparticles as biologic therapeutics.

He received a master’s degree in Translational Medicine at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, where he assisted a startup company in passing its medical device through FDA regulations. Within ophthalmology, he completed a study demonstrating the reduction of exudative activity in age-related macular degeneration following post-injection endophthalmitis. Justin completed his medicine internship at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey, where he started a program to provide clinical outreach to the families of COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

Interests include: Playing the guitar, playing and watching ice hockey, cooking, running, weightlifting, hiking, and video games.

Medi Eslani, MD

Medi Eslani, MD

2020-2023
Tehran School of Medical Sciences

Medi graduated medical school in Tehran with honors then spent his internship as a transitional year at OPTI West/Hemet Valley Medical Center Program in California where he was selected as the most outstanding transitional year intern.

He has published 50 translational and clinical papers in the most prestigious journals mostly focused on stem cell therapy for cornea and ocular surface reconstruction. He received several awards and honors including the best posters at ARVO, AAO and ASCRS and the prestigious NIH/NEI K12 clinician-scientist development program award.

Interests include professional photography, camping, hiking and cooking.

Jenny Hu, MD

Jenny Hu, MD

2020-2023
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Duke University and completed her internship at UC San Francisco in Fresno, California. She has been a research assistant at the City of Hope National Cancer Center, Duke University School of Medicine, and the Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego. At Shiley, she assisted in the design of a clinical study on the cornea and helped characterize ocular neural crest stem cells derived from human iPSCs.

In her undergraduate career, she investigated the effects of microRNA on glioblastoma stem cells and the protective effects of DNA2 on telomeres in promoting gene stability. During medical school, Jenny obtained a Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Clinical Research where she developed an interest in health services research, specifically in cost-effectiveness analysis and Markov modeling, for which she received an NIH TL1 Clinical Research Training Award. She is passionate about providing more cost-effective care to her patients and making vision healthcare more accessible to all.

Interests include yoga, indoor cycling, aerial silks, cooking, digital art, and writing webnovels.

Maya Yamane, MD

Maya Yamane, MD

2020-2023
Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Maya received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Columbia University.  She completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of Hawai’i where she was awarded preliminary medicine resident of the year. Her research has included visual field analysis in neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic medical education, polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy, and drug delivery systems using nanocoating.

She has been an active participant in community outreach including a free clinic in New York City and non-profit organizations in Bhutan and Cape Town, South Africa. As an elected member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, she is dedicated to providing compassionate patient care of the highest quality.

In her free time, Maya enjoys hiking, cooking, and hula and Tahitian dance.

Rafaella Cleto Penteado, MD

Rafaella Cleto Penteado, MD

2021-2024
Medical School Federal University of Pananá, Curitiba, Brazil

Rafaella received her Medical Degree from Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, and completed a General Surgery internship at UCSF East Bay in Oakland, California. Her research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography vessel density in glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects, and new methods to diagnose, treat and predict progression of glaucoma. During her Glaucoma Research Fellowship, Rafaella helped design and coordinate clinical trials at the UC San Diego Hamilton Glaucoma Center, and her efforts have resulted in authorship on 28 peer reviewed publications. Besides having presented at major ophthalmology meetings, she also has been invited to serve as a reviewer for peer reviewed manuscripts in leading ophthalmology and vision science journals. Rafaella is passionate about her research and dedicated to excellence.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring different cuisines, hiking, going to the beach and caring for her house plants.

Helena Gali, MD

Helena Gali, MD

2021-2024
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Helena received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Yale University and attended medical school at UC San Diego School of Medicine. During medical school, she performed research examining the role of electronic medical records in the delivery of care to ophthalmology patients as well as novel uses of anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Helena then completed her preliminary medicine internship at UC San Diego.

Her continued research interests include examining ways to optimize delivery of care to ophthalmology patients from a systems perspective.

Outside interests include open-water ocean swimming, triathlon, paddle boarding, and cooking.

Andrew C. H. Lin, MD

Andrew C. H. Lin, MD

2021-2024
Medical School: New York University

Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at New York University. During his time in New York, he also pursued a master’s degree in biomedical informatics, with a focus on the application of image-based learning. He then completed his preliminary medicine internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. His current research interest includes the use of computer learning on forecasting ophthalmic disease progression and subsequently, prevention and/or treatment. 

He is particularly invested in providing care to underserved populations through community outreach, patient education, and volunteerism. 

Interests include basketball, kite-surfing, cooking, photography, and calligraphy.

George Villatoro, MD

George Villatoro, MD

2021-2024
Medical School: UCSD

George received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and his medical degree from UC San Diego. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego. His previous research has included investigation of the effects of mydriatic agents on retinal vasculature using optical coherence tomography angiography, for which he received a research fellowship through the Clinical and Translational Research Institute TL1 Grant. He is passionate about building long-lasting solutions to address challenges in access to eye care for underserved populations and has worked on projects aimed at integrating telemedicine into the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic to improve diabetic retinopathy screening.

In his free time, he likes to work on his car and truck, cook, play sports, and lift weights.

Jimmy S. Chen, MD

Jimmy S. Chen, MD

2022-2025
Oregon Health & Science University

Jimmy received his undergraduate degrees in computer science and music from Emory University and his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. During medical school, he completed a research year in ophthalmic informatics funded by the Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Fellowship. He then completed his internship in internal medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Jimmy’s current research interests focus on the use of technology, including artificial intelligence, and informatics to improve the delivery of equitable and accessible healthcare for all patients. He is also passionate about community service, particularly in underserved populations.

Interests include: hiking, swimming, tennis, snorkeling, playing the violin/piano, and chess

Michael Saheb Kashaf, MD, MSc

Michael Saheb Kashaf, MD, MSc

2022-2025
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Michael received his bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained a Master's in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He received his Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at UC Irvine. His research interests in ophthalmology have spanned patient recovery following ophthalmic surgery, application of optical coherence tomography to the study of the biomechanics of the optic nerve head, the epidemiology of trachoma prevalence and progression and field trials of a novel method for trachoma surveillance in Chamwino, Tanzania.

Interests include: travel, hiking, skiing, chess and tennis.

Rebecca Lian, MD

Rebecca Lian, MD

2022-2025
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from The University of California Berkeley. She then received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed her intern year in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Her research interests are varied and have included: the effects of anti-inflammatory eye drops on corneal epithelium, models of patient experiences during surgery, as well as imaging and treatment of polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.

Rebecca’s interests include board games, dessert making, and hiking.

Alexander Svoronos, MD, PhD

Alexander Svoronos, MD, PhD

2022-2025
Yale University

Alex graduated with honors from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to earn both an MD and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University. Afterward, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island. His PhD research focused on developing and investigating the mechanisms behind a novel tumor-targeted drug delivery system. He also combined computational modeling with laboratory experiments to elucidate why certain microRNAs are oncogenic in some cancers but tumor-suppressive in others.  For his work, he was awarded a prestigious NIH/NCI F30 National Research Service Award Fellowship, and his research culminated in multiple publications in leading academic journals. Within ophthalmology, he has performed research investigating mechanisms governing intraocular VEGF production and transport using mathematical models.



Interests include: astronomy, physics, space exploration, aviation, hiking/backpacking, spending time with his dog, and yoyo. He published an academic paper in which he conceived of and analyzed the physics behind the “Star Tug”, a hypothetical far-future technology that can be used to move entire stars. 

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