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Top-caliber research projects.

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1401209746There are many research opportunities for our residents both in San Francisco, as well as abroad. All second and third year residents are expected to present the results of a faculty-mentored research project at an annual meeting (see recent research project examples below). The Department of Ophthalmology has more than 40,000 square feet of space devoted to research laboratories. Our microsurgical laboratory, equipped in a virtually identical manner to an operating room suite, is available and is used for training of residents in microsurgical techniques. There are over 20 funded basic, clinical and global health research grants in the department and an NEI core grant. Total federal funding for vision science in the institution is one of the largest in the United States. Through our close affiliation with the Francis I. Proctor Foundation, our residents can also partake in prevention of blindness programs in Asia and Africa.

Resident Day Projects 2016

Julius Oatts, MD
Multimodal Assessment of Corneal Thinning Using Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography,
Scheimpflug Imaging, and Ultrasound Pachymetry Compared to Clinical Measurement

Joey Hsia, MD
Anterior Segment Parameters as Predictors of Intraocular Pressure Reduction After
Phacoemulsification in Eyes with Open Angle Glaucoma.

Sarah Deparis, MD
Clinical and Histologic Outcomes of Hypertrophic Scar Modulation with Intralesional 5-
Fluorouracil or Triamcinolone Acetonide Using a Rat Model

Ferhina Ali, MD, MPH
The Role of Estrogen in Incident Vitreoretinal Disease

Greg Bever, MD
Myopic Correction Using Wavefront-Guided Versus Wavefront-Optimized Ablation

Christopher Aderman, MD
Dichoptic Virtual Reality Therapy for Amblyopia in Adults

Irina De La Huerta, MD, PhD
Retinal Remodeling Following Photoreceptor Loss

Kareem Moussa, MD
Difference in Intraocular Pressure Following Involuntary Switch from Bimatoprost 0.03% to Bimato
prost 0.01% in Glaucoma Patients

Joe Alsberge, MD
Incidence of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in fellow eyes of HIV-Infected Patients with Unilateral CMV
retinitis treated with Intravitreal Ganciclovir Injections

Maanasa Indaram, MD
Penetrating Keratoplasty in Ethiopia: Indications and Outcomes


Resident Day Projects 2015

Irina De la Huerta, MD, PhD
Correlation of Cone Photoreceptor Density with Outer and Inner Segment Thickness in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa and in Healthy Subjects

Euna Koo, MD
Incidence of Amblyogenic Risk Factors in the Premature Population

Sarah Deparis, MD
Validation of the Liverpool Uveal Melanoma Prognosticator Online for Predicting Survival of Patients with Choroidal Melanoma

Ferhina Ali, MD, MPH
Smartphone Photography for Population-Based Screening of Corneal Ulcers

Sundeep Kasi, MD
The Formation and Effect of Posterior Vitreous Detachment During the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema with Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Treatment

Qi Cui, MD, PhD
Is There an Association Between Normal Tension Glaucoma and Mild Congenitive Dysfunction?

Debbie Kuo, MD
Determining the Pathogenic Mutation in a Family with Hereditary Congenital Cataracts and Glaucoma

Christopher Aderman, MD
Dichoptic Virtual Reality Therapy for Amblyopia in Adults

Shilpa Desai, MD
Fellow Eye Comparisons in the SEVEN-UP Study

Maanasa Indaram, MD
The Effect of Plateau Iris Configuration on Effective Lens Position and Intraocular Lens Power Calculations


Resident Publications

Not only do our residents perform phenomenal research, many of their studies lead to publications in well-respected ophthalmic journals. These publications help garner competitive fellowships and support future careers endeavors. Below is a short sampling of these:

Desai SJet al. Vertical diplopia and ptosis from removal of the orbital roof in pterional craniotomy. Ophthalmology. 2015;122:631-8.

Gorovoy IR, et al. Same-Day Versus Next-Day Repair of Fovea-Threatening Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments. Semin Ophthalmol. 2015;21:1-7.

Koo EB, et al. Effect of glaucoma tube shunt parameters on cornea endothelial cells in patients with Ahmed valve implants. Cornea. 2015;34:37-41.

Layer N, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Antifungal Additives in Optisol-GS Corneal Storage Medium. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132:832-7.

Kuo DSet al. Allelic heterogeneity contributes to variability in ocular dysgenesis, myopathy and brain malformations caused by Col4a1 and Col4a2 mutations. Hum Mol Genet. 2014;23:1709-22.

Menda SA, et al. Return to the operating room after resident-performed cataract surgery. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132:223-4.

Lin CC, Chen A, et al. Scleral intraocular pressure measurement in cadaver eyes pre- and postkeratoprosthesis implantation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014;55:2244-50.

Greninger DA, et al. Resident-performed selective laser trabeculoplasty in patients with open-angle glaucoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132:403-8.

Greene JB, et al. Oral azithromycin for the treatment of meibomitis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132:121-2.

Loh AR, et al. Predictors of matching in an ophthalmology residency program. Ophthalmology. 2013;120:865-70.

Seider MI, et al. Cost comparison of scleral buckle versus vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment repair. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013;156:661-6.

Baynham JT, et al. Antibacterial effect of human milk for common causes of paediatric conjunctivitis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013;97:377-9.

McClintic SM, et al. Improvement in corneal scarring following bacterial keratitis. Eye. 2013;27:443-6.

Martel JN, et al. Infliximab and adalimumab for uveitis. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2012;20:18-26.

Dalmon C, et al. The clinical differentiation of bacterial and fungal keratitis: a photographic survey. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012;53:1787-91.

Ruggiero J, et al. Rabbit models for continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis instruction. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012;38:1266-70.