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Top-caliber research projects.

Application Information



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 Publications

Oatts JT, Robbins JA, de Alba Campomanes AG. The effect of enucleation on orbital growth in patients with retinoblastoma. J AAPOS. 2017 Aug;21(4):309-312.

Lowry EA, Hennein L, Han Y. Comparison of Surgical Outcome After Ahmed Valve Implantation for Patients With and Without Fluocinolone Intravitreal Implant (Retisert). J Glaucoma. 2017 Jul;26(7):684.

Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Bever GJ, Vagefi MR, de Alba Campomanes AG, Cooke DL, Dowd CF, Kersten RC. Normalization of Congenital Venous Stasis Retinopathy Following Sclerotherapy of a Macrocystic Lymphatic Malformation. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul 25.

Hsia YC, Moghimi S, Coh P, Chen R, Masis M, Lin SC. Anterior segment parameters as predictors of intraocular pressure reduction after phacoemulsification in eyes with open-angle glaucoma. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 Jul;43(7):879-885.

Brodie FL, Ramirez DA, Pandian S, Woo K, Balakrishna A, De Juan E, Choo H, Grubbs RH. Novel positioning sensor with real-time feedback for improved postoperative positioning: pilot study in control subjects. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 May 19;11:939-944.

Ali FS, Stein JD, Blachley TS, Ackley S, Stewart JM. Incidence of and Risk Factors for Developing Idiopathic Macular Hole Among a Diverse Group of Patients Throughout the United States. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr 1;135(4):299-305.

Oatts JT, Keenan JD, Mannis T, Lietman TM, Rose-Nussbaumer J. Multimodal Assessment of Corneal Thinning Using Optical Coherence Tomography, Scheimpflug Imaging, Pachymetry, and Slit-Lamp Examination. Cornea. 2017 Apr;36(4):425-430.

Hsia YC, Lee JH, Cui QN, Stewart JM, Naseri A, Porco T, Stamper RL, Han Y. Early Reoperation Rate, Complication, and Outcomes in Resident-performed Glaucoma Surgery. J Glaucoma. 2017 Feb;26(2):87-92.

Moussa K, Bloomer MM, Schwartz DM, Pan CK, Toy BC, Crawford JB, Afshar AR. POLYPOIDAL CHOROIDAL VASCULOPATHY: A CLINICOPATHOLOGIC STUDY. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Winter;11 Suppl 1:S128-S131.

Bever G, Brodie F, Hwang DG. Corneal Injury from Pre-surgical Chlorhexidine Skin Preparation. World Neurosurg. 2016 Sep 16. pii: S1878-8750(16)30861-0.

Cui QN, Hsia YC, Lin SC, Stamper RL, Rose-Nussbaumer J, Mehta N, Porco TC, Naseri A, Han Y. Effect of mitomycin c and 5-flurouracil adjuvant therapy on the outcomes of Ahmed glaucoma valve implantation. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Lowry EA, Hou J, Hennein L, Chang RT, Lin S, Keenan J, Wang SK, Ianchulev S, Pasquale LR, Han Y. Comparison of Peristat Online Perimetry with the Humphrey Perimetry in a Clinic-Based Setting. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2016 Jul 19;5(4):4.

De la Huerta I, Seider MI, Hetts SW, Damato BE. Delayed Cerebral Infarction Following Intra-arterial Chemotherapy for Retinoblastoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 1;134(6):712-4.

Ali FS, Alsberge JB, Vagefi MR. Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma Presenting With Bilateral Compressive Optic Neuropathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 9;134(6):e155494.

Oatts JT, Hull S, Michaelides M, Arno G, Webster AR, Moore AT. Novel heterozygous mutation in YAP1 in a family with isolated ocular colobomas. Ophthalmic Genet. 2016 Jun 7:1-3. [Epub ahead of print]

Lowry EA, de Alba Campomanes AG. Cost-effectiveness of School-Based Eye Examinations in Preschoolers Referred for Follow-up From Visual Screening. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 1;134(6):658-64.

Sun CQ, Prajna NV, Krishnan T, Rajaraman R, Srinivasan M, Raghavan A, O’Brien KS, McLeod SD, Acharya NR, Rose-Nussbaumer J; Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial Group. Effect of pretreatment with antifungal agents on clinical outcomes in fungal keratitis. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2016 Jun 21.

Brodie FL, Woo KY, Balakrishna A, Choo H, Grubbs RH. Validation of sensor for postoperative positioning with intraocular gas. Clin Ophthalmol. 2016 May 25;10:955-60.

Lowry EA, Greninger DA, Porco TC, Naseri A, Stamper RL, Han Y. A Comparison of Resident-performed Argon and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty in Patients With Open-angle Glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2016 Mar;25(3):e157-61

Kuo DS, Ou Y, Jeng BH, Bhisitkul R, Stewart JM, Duncan JL, Han Y. Correlation of Serial Scleral and Corneal Pneumatonometry. Ophthalmology. 2015 Sep;122(9):1771-6.

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

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

Koo EBet 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 SAet 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 DAet 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 ARet al. Predictors of matching in an ophthalmology residency program. Ophthalmology. 2013;120:865-70.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Resident Day Projects 2017

Greg Bever, MD
Outcomes in Primary Vitreoretinal Lymphoma

Julius Oatts, MD
The Effect of Enucleation on Orbital Growth in Patients with Retinoblastoma

Cathy Sun, MD
Biomarkers and Predictors of Recurrence in Clinic-Performed Pterygium Surgery

Michelle Peng, MD
RNA Expression in Human Vitreous

Joey Hsia, MD
Clinical Outcomes of Micropulse Transscleral Diode Laser Cyclophotocoagulation:
One-Year Results

Kareem Moussa, MD
Continuous and Micropulse Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation: A Study of Adult
and Pediatric Cadaver Eyes

Frank Brodie, MD, MBA
Novel Device to Assist in Post-Operative Positioning with Intra-ocular Gas

Kristin Hirabayashi, MD
Acute Invasive Fungal Rhino-Orbital Sinusitis: The UCSF Experience

Joe Alsberge, MD
Tele-ophthalmology for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening at San Francisco General Hospital

Gene Lowry, MD
Outcomes in Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration when Neovascular
Activity Uncertain: Observational Study



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