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  • Top-Tier Rankings in 2019!

    This year we ranked #3 for NIH awards to Departments of Ophthalmology nationwide. We also continued to be ranked in the top 10 Departments of Ophthalmology nationwide by the 2019 US News and World Report.   Awardees of NIH Grants Seventeen vision scientists in the Department of Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation currently serve as principal […]

    Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Luca Della Santina

    Q Why are the tiny connections between retinal nerve cells so important? A They are the main way neurons communicate information to the brain. In neurodegenerative diseases, synapses fail before the cells die, making them strong candidates for early treatment. Q You’ve developed novel tools to identify retinal synapses. How so? A The human retina […]

    Big Data, Big Future

    From left: Drs. Lietman, Nair, Deiner, Porco, Acharya, and Stewart UCSF vision scientists use the mountain of digitized information called “big data” to advance sight for all. Technological innovations have converged to create big data. UCSF’s vision scientists now routinely use massive, diverse, and searchable datasets to help answer vital research questions more quickly and […]

    Welcome New Faculty: Dr. Melissa Neuwelt

    Q Why did you choose to join the UCSF faculty? A My esteem for the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology has always been high. I respect the work of the department in caring for patients as well as advancing the field. My time here during medical school is really what inspired me to become an ophthalmologist. […]

  • Low Vision Clinic Opens

    Photo caption: For her low vision eye exam, patient Anh Bui wears trial frames.   The new UCSF Low Vision Clinic on the Parnassus campus helps patients make the most of compromised sight. UCSF Ophthalmology provides stateof-the-art care for eye patients with the most challenging conditions. Yet many diseases continue to degrade vision despite the […]

    UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Vision Research at ARVO 2019

    Each year our graduate students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and faculty present a wide range of vision research projects at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. We are proud that this year UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor will present over 50 research talks or posters, representing the work of over […]

    Hope Rising

    A new building rises from the ground— and hope rises with it. The UCSF Center for Vision at Mission Bay and increased research funding are bringing together an extraordinary team advancing sight for all. Friends of That Man May See and the University of California, San Francisco, have raised nearly $170 million for the Future […]

    Young Scientists Honored

    Featured photo caption, above: Swanand Koli, PhD, received recognition from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation for his study of genetic factors in the development of nearsightedness. Marty Cusing (left) and Gregg Hall presented the award.   Seventeen doctoral and postdoctoral fellows labor at the heart of UCSF Ophthalmology’s research enterprise. Unseen by patients, these young […]

  • East Bay Vision Care

    UCSF Ophthalmology comes to the East Bay Just two days after Joey Hsia, MD, prescribed new eye drops, 82-year-old Marcia Davison turned to a friend. “I have big news: I can read again.”   Double Teaming Marcia had arrived at UCSF seeking help with complications from a previous glaucoma surgery. Her UCSF specialists have worked […]

    Serving the City’s Homeless

    A volunteer-run clinic helps shelter residents keep their sight. ”Whether crossing the street or trying to avoid trouble, poor vision intensifies the vulnerability of an already vulnerable population,” says ophthalmology resident Lauren Hennein, MD. When Dr. Hennein floated the idea for a shelter-based vision clinic two years ago, Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH, became […]

    UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation at “AAO 2018 Annual Meeting”

    UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation Faculty attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Chicago, from Saturday October 27th to Tuesday October 30th.“AAO 2018”.  Faculty presentations and contributions for the event are listed below and available as downloadable pdf here. The Francis I. Proctor Foundation, the Department of Ophthalmology, the Frederick C. Cordes Eye […]

    There Is Only One…Residents Class of 2020!

    This year’s new residents held concurrent internships in UCSF General Surgery over the past year, working with a range of surgical specialists and building a tight-knit cohort. Residents pictured from left to right: 1. Neel Dave Pasricha, MD MD: Duke University College: Johns Hopkins University, BA Birthplace: New Delhi, India 2 Jonathan Li, MD MD: […]

  • Dr. Ying Han: Better Solutions for Glaucoma

    I’m grateful for all Dr. Han does to preserve my sight,” says Barbara Smeltzer, a patient who recently underwent surgery to reduce abnormal pressure in her eyes. This keeps optic nerve cells from dying. Barbara is one of an estimated eight million people living with glaucoma, making it the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. […]

    Department of Ophthalmology: Rewards of Research Day

      Research Day 2017 brought smiles, awards, and rich dialogue among ophthalmology department faculty, postdoctoral scientists, clinical fellows, and residents. Competing research posters, filled with bright images and precise notations, lined the halls outside the laboratories at the Koret Vision Center, where participants learned about one another’s work. The David and Joyce Copenhagen Prize is […]

    In Memoriam: Jorge A. Alvarado

    Jorge A. Alvarado, MD, long served grateful patients as a glaucoma specialist. “Jorge was one of the most brilliant and creative minds in glaucoma,” says Department Chair Stephen D. McLeod, MD. “He was also one of ophthalmology’s most influential structural biologists.” Born in Costa Rica, Dr. Alvarado came to the United States, without knowing English, […]

    Improving Vision Care in China

    UCSF ophthalmologists are improving quality of care for vision patients by teaching and consulting at vision clinics across China. It isn’t every day that ophthalmologists see their names dancing across a Jumbotron. This bold welcome met two UCSF clinician scientists last fall at the equivalent of a county hospital in Changchun, China. Vitreoretinal specialist Jay […]

  • Hearst Fellowship Advances Care

    Dr. Olubayo Kolawole may be the first ophthalmologist in Nigeria to specialize in inherited retinal degenerations (IRD). “With expertise gained at UCSF, I can help Nigerians born with these historically untreatable blinding conditions,” he says. When Dr. Kolawole discovered the work of Jacque Duncan, MD, a recognized leader in IRD, he applied for and won […]

    The Proctor Foundation Saving Sight and Lives

    Committed to reducing blindness worldwide, UCSF’s Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology has worked in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. A major investigation led by the Proctor Foundation is rocking the public health firmament. “The study shows we can prevent young children in sub-Saharan Africa from dying with a simple intervention,” says Jeremy Keenan, […]

    UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Vision Research at ARVO 2018

    Each year our graduate students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, research staff and faculty present a wide range of vision research projects at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. We are proud that this year UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor presented over 50 research talks or posters, representing the work of over 25 […]

    Dr. Oluwatobi Idowu – George and Rosalie Hearst Fellow

    Of course I researched the best oculoplastic surgeons for my advanced training,” says Dr. Oluwatobi Idowu (“Tobi” to his U.S. colleagues). He was rewarded with the prestigious, one-year George and Rosalie Hearst Fellowship. “My West African nation of Nigeria is home to 170 million people and 10 oculoplastics specialists,” says Dr. Idowu. His public service in rural communities lacking sightsaving medical care moved him deeply. “It is not […]

  • Teams Transform Lives – Vision Breakthroughs – Eugene de Juan Jr., MD

    Renowned retina specialist and surgeon Eugene de Juan Jr., MD, holds more than 100 patents. Three of his novel surgical devices are now used worldwide, and more are on the way. His entrepreneurship is highly collaborative, bringing together teams of vision scientists, investors, bio-engineers, and device fabricators to transform the lives of patients facing sight loss. “Dr. de Juan envisions […]

    New Endowed Professorship Awarded – Michele Bloomer, MD

    Michele Bloomer, MD, has been honored as first holder of a new endowed professorship – the Michael J. Hogan, MD, and Andrew Yau Chair in Ophthalmic Pathology at UCSF. Philanthropists Andrew and Cecilia Yau of Bangkok were joined in funding the chair by UCSF Ophthalmology faculty and residency program alumni. Dr. Michael Hogan was a pioneer in eye pathology, distinguished chair of […]

    Honoring Retina Pioneer

    Matt LaVail’s groundbreaking work in understanding retinal degenerations and strategies that might slow disease progression continue to shape the field that he pioneered,” says ophthalmology department chair Stephen D. McLeod, MD. Matt LaVail, PhD, joined the UCSF faculty in 1976. He authored more than 190 research publications and edited 17 books on inherited and environmentally induced retinal degenerations. “Matt’s […]

    UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation at “AAO 2017 Annual Meeting”

    Join the UCSF Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation Faculty from November 11th to 14th at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in New Orleans “AAO 2017”. Faculty presentations and contributions for this year’s annual event are listed below or available as downloadable pdf here. The Department of Ophthalmology, the Francis I. Proctor Foundation, That Man […]