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 […]

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 […]

35th Annual Ophthalmology Spring Update

On Saturday, April 20, 2024, ophthalmologists and eye care professionals converged for the eagerly awaited 35th Annual Ophthalmology Spring Update. Here, participants delved into the most recent advancements, research findings, and discussions that are shaping the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Cecilia Lee, was the 33rd Annual Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient and delivered a captivating presentation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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