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 OR drew me to Ophthalmology and I’m happy I made this choice. Glaucoma, in particular, is about establishing long-term bonds and the field has expanded significantly in the past decade.
Why did you choose WashU?
WashU Glaucoma is a one-of-a-kind program. The diversity of experience is unparalleled in the United States and I am thankful to have trained here.
What is your favorite memory of your fellowship?
There are so many great memories. Wednesday OR’s with Dr. Sheybani are probably my highlight.
Favorite thing about living in St. Louis?
The people in St. Louis and WashU are so kind and it was fun to reconnect with my Midwest roots.
How did you survive quarantine?
I played Animal Crossing and started reading again.
What did you learn in your fellowship that impacted you the most?
I learned how to better foster the doctor-patient relationship and work as a team to solve Glaucoma issues.
How did you deal with the stress of your fellowship?
My family helped a great deal. Overall, fellowship was a great experience so my stress level was pretty low.
Favorite teacher or mentor and why?
Dr. Sheybani. His moral compass, surgical prowess, and insights have inspired me and I plan to model my career off of his as best as I can.
What advice do you have for incoming fellows?
You’ll do great! Welcome to the WashU family.