Our Awardees & Their Accomplishments


Julius Oatts, MD

Assistant Professor

Current Year 3 Scholar Dr. Julius Oatts is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and pediatric glaucoma specialist who seeks to build a research program in advancing our understanding of the diagnostic accuracy of screening tests in under resourced settings. He is a John A Watson faculty scholar, ​and a recipient of the 2023 ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons International Service Grant. He is also part of UCSF’s K Scholars Program in the Clinical & Translational Science Institute.

Gerami Seitzman, MD


Incoming Year 3 Scholar Dr. Gerami Seitzman is Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Proctor Foundation and cornea and external disease specialist whose K12 project is titled, “ORBS (Ocular Rosacea microBiome Study.” Known as an outstanding clinician, teacher, and mentor, Dr. Seitzman seeks to develop the skills required for large scale RCT design, execution, and analysis.

Our Past Awardees & Their Accomplishments


Seth Blumberg, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Year 2 Scholar Seth Blumberg is a member of the Neglected Tropical Disease Modeling Consortium which is funded by the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation. He also serves as the lead investigator for UCSF’s MINDSCAPE grant which is a cooperative agreement with Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Modeling Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Network. As a clinician he was awarded special recognition for human kindness and dedication to patient care at St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco (2016), and Infectious Disease Fellow Teacher of the Year for New York University School of Medicine (2019).

Neel Pasricha, MD

Assistant Professor

Year 2 Scholar Dr. Neel Pasricha is a cornea specialist whose research focuses on ocular surface electrophysiology for dry eye disease. His interests involve utilizing innovative techniques to develop novel therapies for ocular surface diseases. In residency, he received the UCSF Hogan/Garcia Award for best resident research day presentation and was one of seven residents across UCSF to receive the UCSF Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education Award. In fellowship, he received a Heed Fellowship to pursue his cornea research interests at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and was awarded Bascom Palmer Fellow of the Year.

Tyson Kim, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Year 1 Scholar Tyson Kim's research program focuses on creating new methods for imaging into the living eye to study mechanisms of vascular development and disease. With support and mentorship from the UCSF-Proctor Clinician Vision K12 Scholars program, Tyson has garnered the BrightFocus Foundation New Investigator Award, the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, and the National Eye Institute K08 Clinician Scientist Development Award.

Cathy Sun, MD

Assistant Professor

Year 1 Scholar Dr. Cathy Sun’s research program focuses on leveraging data from electronic health records to improve our understanding of clinical outcomes in ophthalmology through retrospective studies and pragmatic randomized controlled trials that compare novel clinical interventions and quality improvement measures to usual care. She has received a Mentoring for the Advancement of Physician Scientists Award from the American Glaucoma Society, was selected to be the inaugural scholar on the UCSF-Proctor Clinician Vision Scholars K12 program, and subsequently received a NEI K23 Career Development Award.