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 […]

Medical Student Wilson Wang and Resident Maggie Xing Publish Key Article on Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy in JAMA Ophthalmology

Medical student Wilson Wang and resident physician Maggie Xing, MD, have made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology with their recent publication in JAMA Ophthalmology “Interventions for Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy,” co-authored with renowned expert Raj Apte, MD, PhD. Their article provides a comprehensive clinical synopsis and educational review of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), a serious complication […]

Exploring Retinal Biomarkers in Huntington Disease: A Groundbreaking Study

Optovue OCTA image of macula with superficial retinal capillary plexus overlay.

In a significant leap forward for neurodegenerative disease research, Retina fellow Aaditya Shah, MD has published an excellent study titled, “Dark Adaptometry and Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Huntington Disease.” This pioneering research is among the first to indicate that retinal biomarkers may be present in patients with Huntington Disease (HD), offering a potentially transformative […]

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 […]

WashU Ophthalmology at ARVO 2024

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is at the forefront of advancing global research aimed at unraveling the complexities of the visual system and combatting its disorders. From May 5th to May 9th, visionaries and experts congregated in Seattle, Washington, for the ARVO 2024 Annual Meeting, a pivotal event showcasing the latest […]

Advancing Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Care: Insights from the 49th Annual AAPOS Meeting

The field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus continues to evolve, driven by dedicated professionals committed to enhancing the quality of eye care for children and adults alike. One prominent organization at the forefront of these efforts is the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). With a mission centered on advancing care, supporting education, […]

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 […]

Natalia Morales, MD and Phillip Custer, MD, FACS Present at the Annual Cogan Society Meeting

In April, Natalia Morales, MD, our talented second-year resident, presented at the Cogan Ophthalmology Historical Society Annual Meeting held at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Natalia’s research on the history of trachoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, formed the basis of her thought-provoking talk titled “The Influence of Trachoma on the Establishment of […]

Dr. Mary-Grace Reeves: Making an Impact at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Congressional Advocacy Day

Dr. Mary Grace Reeves, an esteemed Washington University Ophthalmology Resident, recently had the remarkable opportunity of being chosen as an Advocacy Ambassador for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2024 Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum. This prestigious position, sponsored by Women In Ophthalmology, MoSEPS, and the department, allowed Dr. Reeves to represent her colleagues and advocate […]

Charles Pfeifer Wins the Prestigious 2024 Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Award

We are thrilled to announce Charles Pfeifer as the distinguished recipient of the highly acclaimed 2024 Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Award. This honor is bestowed upon a graduating student who has exhibited exceptional accomplishments in the field of Pharmacology. Founded in 1991 by Ms. Sima Needleman in tribute to her husband’s unwavering dedication to scholarship […]

Joseph Lin, PhD Places 2nd in Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging 3MT Competition

Joseph Lin, PhD represented the ApteLab and the John F. Hardesty, MD Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the highly competitive 2024 Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging 3MT Competition. This remarkable accomplishment highlights Joseph’s dedication to his research and his exceptional ability to communicate complex concepts efficiently. The Mark S. Wrighton Research […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Amritha Kanakamedala, MD

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Amritha Kanakamedala, MD a Washington University Ophthalmology Resident. As a passionate and dedicated ophthalmologist, Dr. Kanakamedala’s journey is an inspiring testament to the impact women physicians make in the world of medicine. Education Inspiration and Career Calling Dr. […]

Spotlight on Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

As we celebrate National Women Physicians Day, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the remarkable Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA, a Washington University Ophthalmology Resident. Her journey in medicine has been marked by dedication and a commitment to supporting and mentoring those in the early stages of their medical training. Education Inspiration and Career […]

Congratulations Viviana Barquet, MD!

Viviana Barquet

Viviana Barquet, MD selected for The TGF (sponsored by Patricia Hill) / RPB Fellowship in Glaucoma In a collaboration, The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) have joined forces to champion diversity and innovation in the field of glaucoma research. This strategic partnership has selected Viviana Barquet, MD, as one of the […]

Isabella Gomes Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowship!

In the ever-evolving realm of medical research, breakthroughs often emerge from the synergy of passion, intellect, and mentorship. One such promising endeavor is underway in the Chen and Rajagopal Labs, where Isabella Gomes is set to embark on a groundbreaking journey! Gomes, the recent recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness/Janssen Medical Student Eye Research […]

2023 VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Research Award Recipient!

Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA

In a momentous stride towards advancing our understanding of macular and retinal diseases, Dr. Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA, has recently been honored as a recipient of the prestigious 2023 VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Research Award. This recognition not only underscores her dedication to the field but also highlights the significance of her groundbreaking work in the […]

Unveiling the Silent Threat: Diabetic Retinopathy

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, a dedicated time to focus on the importance of eye health in individuals living with diabetes. As a silent and potentially blinding complication, diabetic eye diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy, demand attention. Parth Shah, DO, Retina Fellow 2022-2024, sheds light on this progressive eye disease caused by diabetes. […]