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Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Viviana Barquet, MD

Viviana Barquet, MD

Glaucoma Fellow

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 and surgically heavy and am fascinated by how careful observation of the eyes can lead to an understanding of the ongoing pathologic processes in the rest of the body. I chose Glaucoma because of the intricate surgeries, innovations in research, lifelong doctor-patient relationships, and because I wanted to be part of the solution for healthcare discrepancies among underserved patients with glaucoma.

Why did you choose WashU?
I chose Wash U because it provides excellent surgical training in both glaucoma and anterior segment, has vast clinical pathology, and values their fellows and ensures they are supported during their training.

Favorite memory of your residency?
Working with underserved patient populations in my program and living in Chicago.

Do you have any hobbies?
Tennis, travelling, exploring beaches with friends, and being a foodie.

How did you survive during quarantine?
During quarantine I started cooking and baking, doing reformer pilates, and playing tennis.

What excites you most about starting your fellowship at WashU?
I’m very excited to challenge myself surgically and clinically and get to know my co-fellows and the residents.

What do you look forward to about living in St. Louis?
I’m looking forward to exploring Forest Park with my dog Mila and new restaurants.