Science in Focus: Art Beyond the Microscope

We are thrilled to announce Science in Focus: Art Beyond the Microscope, a science as art competition! We invite all vision science researchers to participate in this unique competition, where science and art intersect to reveal the beauty within scientific research. Purpose and Goals Our goal is to celebrate the beauty of science and engage […]

Eyes on Nutrition: Key Foods that Support Your Vision

Did you know that what you eat can significantly impact your eye health? A diet rich in essential nutrients like vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids can lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and other eye conditions. While research is still ongoing about the role of […]

DOVS Pride 2024

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) at Washington University in St. Louis proudly celebrated its inaugural DOVS Pride Breakfast, followed by participation in the 2024 Grand Pride Parade. This event was a vibrant testament to our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and support for the LGBTQ+ community within our department and the broader St. […]

Sean McCracken honored with 2024 NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award

Sean McCracken

Sean McCracken, a Neuroscience PhD candidate in the William’s Lab, has been selected as an award recipient for the 2024 NIH Outstanding Scholars in Neuroscience Award Program (OSNAP). This prestigious honor recognizes Sean’s exceptional research and scientific training, highlighting him as a rising star in the neuroscience community. About the OSNAP Award The Outstanding Scholars […]

Welcome Yunshuo “Caroline” Tang, MD, PhD

We are pleased to welcome Yunshuo “Caroline” Tang, MD, PhD, to our team of Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty. Dr. Tang recently completed her neuro-ophthalmology fellowship with us, and we are excited to add her to our team of expert physicians. Dr. Tang completed her MD and PhD degrees at the University of California, San Francisco, where she […]

Class of 2024 Graduation & Awards Ceremony

Graduation 2024

We recently celebrated the graduation of our outstanding ophthalmology residents and fellows. It was a joyous occasion filled with pride, achievements, and a look back at the hard work and dedication shown by our graduates. A special thanks to all the faculty, staff, and families who supported our graduates throughout their journey. Your dedication and […]

Celebrate Safely: Firework Safety Tips

As we approach the 4th of July, many of us are excited to celebrate with family, friends, and fireworks. While fireworks are a thrilling part of the festivities, they can pose serious risks to our eyes. At Washington University Ophthalmology, we want to ensure your celebrations are not only fun but safe. Here are some […]

In Remembrance of Anjali Bhorade, MD

05/07/1973 – 06/12/2024 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Anjali Bhorade, a distinguished ophthalmologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her contributions to the field of ophthalmology and her compassionate care for her patients have left an indelible mark on the medical community. Education & Experience […]

Repurposed drug may help stabilize vision in rare disease (Links to an external site)

Ophthalmologist Rajendra S. Apte, MD, PhD, (right), of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, examines patient Patricia Collins (left) while medical student Wilson Wang observes. Collins is a participant in a clinical trial that tests the safety and efficacy of an FDA-approved drug in stabilizing vision in patients with RVCL-S, a rare genetic […]

2nd Annual Winston Fellow Competition Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of Washington University John F. Hardesty, MD Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) 2nd Annual Winston Fellow Competition. This event showcased DOVS students and postdocs presenting their cutting-edge research, competing for the esteemed Winston Fellow Awards in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. About the Winston Fellow Awards The […]

Revolutionizing Eye Care: WashU Ophthalmology Now Offering Corneal Cross-Linking for Adults (Links to an external site)

Corneal Cross-linking for Adults

Washington University Ophthalmologists now offer outpatient corneal collagen crosslinking therapy for adults. Corneal collagen cross-linking is an innovative treatment for keratoconus and certain corneal ectatic disorders. Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge, leading to vision distortion and impairment. Collagen cross-linking, or CXL, offers hope to individuals affected […]

2nd Annual Faculty VS Residents Flag Football Game

2024 Flag Football Game

What a game! The 2nd Annual DOVS Faculty vs. Residents Flag Football Game was a blast, and this year, the Faculty took home the win! A big shout out to all our incredible players who brought their A-game to the field. Your hard work and sportsmanship made this event unforgettable. And let’s not forget the […]

Congrats, Matt Elitt, MD, PhD!

Matt Elitt and Paul Tesar

Congratulations to WashU Ophthalmology Resident, Matt Elitt, MD, PhD and Case Western Reserve’s Tesar Lab colleagues, on the advancement of ION356 to a phase I human clinical trial. Dr. Elitt’s doctoral research published in Nature demonstrated a novel method to pharmacologically target the pathology of Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), representing the first potential treatment option for patients and […]

Celebrating Remarkable Careers and Well-Earned Retirements!


Join us in honoring the legacies of Dr. Andrew Huang and Dr. Anthony J. Lubniewski, whose contributions will continue to inspire and guide us for generations to come. Cheers to their extraordinary careers and the profound impact they have had on our institution and the field of ophthalmology. Congratulations Dr. Huang! After an incredible journey […]

Resident Breakfast with the Chair

Breakfast with the Chair 2024

The residents enjoyed a wonderful Breakfast With The Chair on Tuesday, March 26, 2024! Dr. Margolis offered valuable guidance for their professional journeys. From navigating the intricacies of clinical practice to charting a successful career path. His expertise extended to scientific research, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in driving innovation forward. A valuable experience that […]

Announcing New Directorships

Liu Sieck Directorships

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of two esteemed physicians to directorship positions within Washington University Ophthalmology. These appointments mark a significant step forward in our commitment to excellence in medical education and surgical training. Meet Our New Directors: James Liu, MD – Director of Surgical Training & Skills Lab Dr. Liu brings a […]

Call for Abstracts: Winston Fellow Award

Larval zebrafish head in pax6-DF4:mCFP transgenic line. Image credit: Takeshi Yoshimatsu

Apply Now for the Winston Fellow Award for Postdoctoral Fellows The Winston Fellow Award Program recognizes outstanding contributions to vision science. The ITVS Pathway overcomes boundaries between disciplines to develop a unique set of basic science, translational and professional skills that will position students to produce transformative breakthroughs in vision science. Students enrolled in the […]

Protecting Your Eyes During the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Witnessing a solar […]

Spotlight on Erin Sieck, MD

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Erin Sieck, MD a Washington University Glaucoma Specialist. Her journey in medicine has been marked by dedication and a commitment to advancing surgical outcomes for her patients. Education Inspiration and Career Calling Driven by a passion for making […]