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. […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Kevin La, OD

Where are you from? Seattle, WA Where did you attend Optometry School? University of California, Berkeley Favorite memory of Optometry School? My favorite memory from optometry school would have to be the annual class Tahoe trips Favorite memory between optometry school and starting residency? I got the chance to travel to Asia with some friends […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Aaditya Shah, MD

Where are you from? Munster, Indiana Where did you attend Medical School? Indiana University School of Medicine Where did you complete your residency? Here at WashU! Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I chose Ophthalmology because it is a unique field that allows you to medically and surgically help patients in one of […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Sowmya Yennam, MD

Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA Where did you attend Medical School? Baylor College of Medicine Favorite memory of Medical School? Exploring all of Houston’s coffee shops with classmates who have become lifelong friends Favorite memory of your intern residency year? Attending the medicine and ophthalmology holiday parties with the best group of co-residents! Why […]

ASRS 2023

Congratulations to Aaditya Shah, MD (retina fellow), Georgia Wilke, MD, PhD (PGY-4), Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA (PGY-3) (pictured), Dr. Kumar Rao, Dr. Rajendra Apte, Dr. Rithwick Rajagopal, Dr. Kisha Piggott, and colleagues on their research presentations at the 2023 American Society of Retinal Specialists Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle!

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Eli Pratte, MD

Where are you from?Farmington, MO Where did you attend Medical School?University of Missouri – Columbia Favorite memory of Medical School?Getting to share Match Day with my family! Favorite memory of your intern residency year?Other than the birth of my first child, becoming such close friends with my ophthalmology co-residents! Why did you choose Ophthalmology?It is […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Glory Mgboji, MD

Where are you from? Baltimore, Maryland Where did you attend Medical School? Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Favorite memory of Medical School? I have two! 1. Directing and singing in our “Second Look” welcome video for prospective students! It was such a fun way to connect with my extremely talented class and give incoming […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Nathaniel Blecher, MD

Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA Where did you attend Medical School? University of Pittsburgh SOM Where did you complete your residency? Washington University in St. Louis Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but no body told me I had to choose a specialty […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Viviana Barquet, MD

Viviana Barquet

Where are you from?San Juan, Puerto Rico Where did you attend Medical School?Univeridad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico Where did you complete your residency?John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, IL Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty?I chose Ophthalmology because it I love having a specialty that is both clinically […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Catherine Gilbert, MD

Where are you from?Seattle, WA Where did you attend Medical School?Tulane University School of Medicine Favorite memory of Medical School?During my research year I was able work on many projects at the same time, some in person and some virtually. One of my projects required me to travel around the country with my best friend […]

Welcome Incoming Residents & Fellows 2023

We are proud to welcome new Residents, Fellows, & Chief of Ophthalmic Trauma to our ranks as they embark on their medical career. We look forward to working with all of you throughout your training. Chief of Ophthalmic Trauma Residents PGY-2 Optometry Resident Fellows

2023 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

Clinical Fellowship Graduates Cornea, External Disease, & Refractive Surgery Karina Somohano, MD Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon, Florida Vision Institute, West Palm Beach, FL Jessica Yang Walia, MDAssistant Professor, Washington University and John Cochran Veterans Affairs Hospital, St. Louis, MO Anterior Segment & Glaucoma Surgery Brent Bruck, MD, MA Glaucoma Specialist, Midwest Eye Care, Omaha, […]

First Annual Residents VS Faculty Flag Football Game

Saturday | 06.17.2023 | 10 AM – 2 PM Tower Grove Park Soccer Field #5 Faculty Players AttendingsAugustine HongJames LiuArsham SheybaniRobi MaamariWes GreenMike Stock FellowsMatt SantosRoss Kennamer-ChapmanParth ShahHuy NguyenAriana LevinDoug Snyder Resident Players Incoming PGY1Steven ObiefunaJohn WilsonRaj Mahal PGY1Catherine GilbertEli Pratte PGY2Natalia Morales PGY3Yi-Hsien YehMatt ElittAmritha Kanakamedala PGY4Rachael LyerlaNate BlecherAaditya Shah

American Glaucoma Society: 2023 Bernard Schwartz Memorial Award Recipient!

Congratulations! Sharon Sabapathypillai, MD, MS, First-Year Resident, DOVS has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Bernard Schwarz Memorial Award by the American Glaucoma Society for her abstract entitled “Evaluating At-Risk Driving Behaviors Using In-Car Telemetry in Older Drivers with Varying Glaucoma Severity“. This prestigious honor from the American Glaucoma Society includes: The Bernard […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Kalla Gervasio, MD

Where are you from? Washington Crossing, PA Where did you attend Medical School? Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  Where did you complete your residency? Wills Eye Hospital  Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I chose ophthalmology because I loved the combination of medicine and surgery within the specialty. I am passionate […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Ariana Levin, MD

Where are you from? Connecticut Where did you attend Medical School? Weill Cornell Medicine Where did you complete your residency? University of Utah Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I chose ophthalmology and then glaucoma because my patients and I have an opportunity together to change the course of the disease before, during, […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Mary-Grace Reeves, MD

Where are you from? Pensacola, Florida Where did you attend Medical School? Stanford University Favorite memory of Medical School? Surgical skills training with my mentors, spending time in the operating room, and seeing pediatric ophthalmology patients in the children’s hospital and clinic. Favorite memory of your intern residency year? Everything from our early exposure to […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Gregory Bligard, MD

Where are you from? I was born and grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and went to college at the University of Iowa. Where did you attend Medical School? Washington University in St. Louis Favorite memory of Medical School? Directing the annual Medical School Musical. Favorite memory of your intern residency year? Putting down my […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Jessica Yang Walia, MD

Where are you from? Arcadia, California Where did you attend Medical School? University of Illinois Where did you complete your residency? University of Florida Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I picked ophthalmology because it is an incredibly gratifying field. Vision is such an important part of a person’s quality of life. It […]

Residents & Fellows in Spotlight: Sharon Sabapathypillai, MD, MS

Where are you from? Cape Girardeau, MO Where did you attend Medical School? University of Missouri-Kansas City Favorite memory of Medical School? Coffee shop study sessions with friends Favorite memory of your intern residency year? The delicious lunches provided during our inpatient rotations Why did you choose Ophthalmology? Ophthalmology was the only specialty that gave […]

Residents & Fellows in the Spotlight: Matthew Santos, MD

Matt Santos completed his residency in Ophthalmology at WashU this year and I am absolutely delighted that he will be serving as the Chief of Ophthalmic Trauma for the 2022-2023 academic year. I am not alone in this sentiment- our faculty, staff, his colleagues and junior residents have all been overwhelmingly supportive, and for good […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: C. Maxwell Medert, MD

What are your future plans? I will be joining the University of Chicago and act as a Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment specialists. Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? Ophthalmology offers a unique opportunity to help people see and live better.  Connecting with patients in the clinic and treating them surgically in the […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Jessica Liu, MD

What are your future plans? Part-time Glaucoma Faculty at Truhlsen Eye Institute, University of Nebraska, and private practice with my father at Omaha Eye Institute. Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I chose ophthalmology because preserving vision gives our patients the opportunity to remain productive members of society and providers for their families […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Tina Xia, MD

What are your future plans? Glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital next year. Why did you choose Ophthalmology/WashU? The kindness and closeness of everyone, residents, faculty and staff. I felt it my first time at WashU, which was for residency interviews four years ago. I left that day knowing that this program cares about its […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Matthew Santos, MD

What are your future plans? Sticking around as the Chief of Ophthalmic Trauma for 2022-2023 Why did you choose Ophthalmology/WashU? My interview at WashU was my first ever trip to St. Louis. Having no prior connection to the city or university, what drew me to the program was the people and the tremendous opportunities for […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Spencer Fuller, MD

What are your future plans? Vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah for the next two years. After that I’m not 100% sure, but it’s going to be a great adventure! Why did you choose Ophthalmology/WashU? My wife and I knew leaving San Diego after medical school for residency […]

Congratulations Mary-Grace Reeves!

ARVO Travel Grant Recipient Mary-Grace Reeves, MD, MBA, incoming DOVS resident on being awarded an ARVO Travel Grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation for her oral presentation in the Health Policy and Health Economics Category. on “State-level differences in duties permitted to be performed by medical assistants in delivery of eye care.“ The presentation […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Tricia Fernandez, MD

Where are you from? Detroit, Michagan Where did you attend Medical School? Wayne State University Where did you complete your residency? Indiana University Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? Ophthalmology is a great combination of medicine, surgery, physics, and technology. It’s absolutely fascinating and offers many opportunities to make clear and immediate improvements […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Yi-Hsien (Renee)Yeh, MD

Where are you from? Taipei, Taiwan Where did you attend Medical School? Texas A & M Favorite memory of Medical School? All the new things, friends, mentors, and opportunities that came along while being a medical student; including graduating on Zoom and the virtual party after the ceremony. Favorite memory of your intern residency year? […]

Incoming Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Charles “Max” Medert, MD

Where are you from? Cincinnati, OH Where did you attend Medical School? Emory University School of Medicine Where did you complete your residency? Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I selected Ophthalmology because I can establish bonds with my patients in the clinic and be a part of microsurgical […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Jessica Liu, MD

Where are you from? Omaha, NE Where Where did you attend Medical School? St. Louis University Where did you complete your residency? St. Louis University Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I chose ophthalmology after working with an eye surgeon in a Tibetan province of China for 7 weeks when I was 20 […]

Incoming Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Thiago Moulin, MD

Where are you from? Juiz de Fora, Brazil Where did you attend Medical School? University of Sao Paulo Favorite memory of Medical School? This is hard as there were many, many special occasions. I would say probably this trip to the mountains with my friends. Favorite memory of your intern residency year? Doing my first […]

Incoming Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Julianne Matthews, MD

Where are you from? Youngstown, OH Where did you attend Medical School? Northeast Ohio Medical University Where did you complete your residency? The Ohio State University Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I am a third generation Ophthalmologist, so Ophthalmology was as easy as breathing! I love cornea because you can profoundly impact […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Ansuya Deosaran, MD

Where are you from? Fort Lauderdale, Florida Where did you attend Medical School? University of Florida Where did you complete your residency? Louisiana State University-New Orleans Why did you choose Ophthalmology and your specialty? I had a corneal ulcer as a teen and that changed my life’s trajectory! With the return of my vision, I […]

Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Amritha Kanakamedala, MD

Where are you from? Memphis, Tennessee Where did you attend Medical School? Baylor College of Medicine Favorite memory of Medical School? My favorite memory of medical school was attending our 12 days celebration, which is a Baylor tradition where students perform shows and create funny videos. The whole school gathers to watch, and it’s a […]

Incoming Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Matthew “Matt” Elitt, MD

Where are you you from? St. Louis Where did you attend Medical School? Case Western Reserve University Favorite memory of Medical School Participating in the spin out of multiple new therapies for myelin disorders, including multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, and leukodystrophies. Favorite memory of your intern residency year? Getting to know my co-interns and quickly […]

Third Year Residents match with their fellowships!

Congratulations! Third Year residents, Karen Hong, Hayley James, Janani Sigaravelu, Hui Zhao and Jennifer Enright matched with their fellowships this week! Karen Hong, MD, MPhil–Glaucoma–Mass Eye and Ear Hayley James, MD– Surgical Retina-University of Kentucky Janani Singaravelu, MD –Ocular Oncology-Cleveland Clinic Hui Zhao, MD -Cornea–UCSF Jennifer Enright, MD, PhD– Chief of Ophthalmic Trauma–Washington University in […]