Hearst Fellow Dina Tadros, MD, PhD, is contributing to the worldwide effort to prevent blindness.
Dr. Tadros loves superheroes, and she is a hero to young patients and their families. Her superpower is helping children see by repairing damage from ocular trauma and replacing clouded lenses with clear ones. She provides surgical treatment of infant cataracts caused by trauma or recessive genes.
Quest for Clearer Insight
As the 2019 George and Rosalie Hearst Fellow in Ophthalmology, Dr. Tadros learns about leading-edge technologies and pediatric applications of the latest vision research. Dr. Tadros relates, “I love this research and how well it relates to my day-to-day practice.”
Alejandra de Alba Campomanes, MD, MPH, and Anthony Moore,MD, FMedSci, mentor Dr. Tadros. With their guidance, she refines her clinical skills and conducts genetic research on potentially blinding eye disorders and ocular trauma.
Combating Vision Loss
Dr. de Alba and the Hearst fellow investigate how frequently children wear their glasses, and how to best determine the optimal corrective power of artificial lenses for very young cataract patients.
Alongside Dr. Moore, Dr. Tadros uses advanced genetic testing to diagnose pediatric patients. “The tests can link eye disorders with unidentified congenital defects, helping patients and families access timely treatment,” she says.
Changing Patients’ Lives
“We can often treat an eye condition with surgery and make a huge impact on someone’s life very quickly,” says Dr. Tadros. After her fellowship, Dr. Tadros will return to her faculty position at Tanta University, Egypt, prepared to train others.