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Research and Publications


There 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.


“UCSF offers an exceptional standard of clinical training with unique opportunities and strong mentorship for residents interested in pursuing basic science or clinical research.”

Georgia Kamboj, MD, PhDGeorgia Kamboj, MD, PhDFirst Year Ophthalmology Resident


Recent Resident Publications:


Brodie FL, Seider M. Clinical Case Challenge: Subacute vision loss in a young, pregnant patient with proliferative diabetic retinopathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. June 2018.

Brodie FL, Bever GJ, Hwang DG. Performance of Bio-Occlusive Dressing as Barrier Protection from Pre-surgical Chlorhexidine Skin Preparation. Curr Eye Res. 2017 Nov 30: 1-4.

Liu Y, Shen Y, Ruan H, Brodie FL, Wong TT, Yang C, Wang L. Focusing light through highly scattering ex vivo human cataractous lenses by ultrasound-guided wavefront shaping. J Biomed Opt. 2018 Jan;23(1):1-4.

Ramirez DA, Brodie FL, Rose-Nussbaumer J, Ramanathan S. Anxiety in patients undergoing cataract surgery: a pre- and postoperative comparison. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017 Nov 10;11:1979-1986.

Zhu, M., Zheng, C., Wei, W., Everett, L., Ginsburg, D., Zhang, B.  Analysis of MCFD2- and LMAN1-deficient mice demonstrate distinct functions in-vivo.  Blood Adv. 2018 May 8;2(9):1014-1021.

Khoriaty, R., Vogel, N., Hoenerhoff, M., Zhu, G., Everett, L., Nelson, B., Durairaj H., McKnight , B., Zhang, B., Ernst, S., Ginsburg, D., Williams, J.  SEC23B is essential for pancreatic acinar cell function in adult mice. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 July 15;28(15):2146-2154.

Hirabayashi KE, Moore AT, Mendelsohn BA, Taft RJ, Chawla A, Perry D, Henry D, Slavotinek A. Congenital Sodium Diarrhea and Chorioretinal Coloboma with Optic Disc Coloboma in a Patient with Biallelic SPINT2 Mutations, including p.(Tyr163Cys). Am J of Med Genet A. 2018 Apr;176(4):997-1000. PubMed PMID 29575628.

Hirabayashi KE and Vagefi MR. Oral Pharmacotherapy for Benign Essential Blepharospasm. In: International Ophthalmology Clinics. 2018 Winter; 58(1):33-47.

Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Vagefi MR, Kersten RC. Invasive Aspergillosis Masquerading as a Lacrimal Sac Abscess. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2017 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28353473.

Hirabayashi KE, Kalin-Hajdu E, Brodie FL, Kersten RC, Russell MS, Vagefi MR. Retrobulbar Injection of Amphotericin B for Orbital Mucormycosis. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2017 Jul/Aug;33(4):e94-e97. PubMed PMID: 27768642.

Kang JM, Padmanabhan S, Schallhorn J, Parikh N, and Ramanathan S. Improved utilization of operating room time for trainee cataract surgery in the public hospital setting. JCRS. 2018 February 18; 44(2):186-189

Francis AW, Peng MY, Stewart JM. A peripapillary defect in a myopic woman. JAMA Oph.. 2017 Nov 16. Epub.

Peng MY, Cevallos V, McLeod S, Lietman T, Rose-Nussbaumer J. Bacterial keratitis: isolated organisms and antibiotic resistance patterns in San Francisco. Cornea. 2018 Jan;37(1):84-87.

Peng MY, Merbs SL, Grant MP, Mahoney NR. Orbital fracture repair outcomes with preformed titanium mesh implants and comparison to porous polyethylene coated titanium sheets. J Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. 2017 Feb; 45(2): 271-274.

Peng MY, Kersten RC. The Masquerade Syndrome. JAMA Oph. 2016 Dec 8. Epub.

Sun CQ, Prajna NV, Krishnan T, et al. Effect of pretreatment with antifungal agents on clinical outcomes in fungal keratitis. Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2016;44(9):763-7.

Sun CQ, Seider MI. Imaging Findings in Purtscher-Like Retinopathy Associated With Leukemia.Retina (Philadelphia, Pa) 2018; 38: e28-e9.

Kalin-Hajdu E, Wang Q, McLeod SD, Vagefi MR. Corneal Warpage due to Massage Following Eyelid Surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28930767


Residents' Day Research Projects:

Residents' Day Projects 2019

Lesley Everett, MD, PhD: Retinoblastoma treatment in the age of intra-vitreal and intra-arterial chemotherapy: the UCSF experience

J. Minjy Kang, MD, MA: Evaluation of the hypertensive phase in the Ahmed with Mitomycin-C Comparison (AMC) Trial

Frances Wu, MD: Correlation of vitreous, aqueous, and plasma cytokine levels in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Davin Ashraf, MD: Efficacy of care for the blind painful eye

Bethlehem Mekonnen, MD: Spectral- Domain Optical Coherence Tomography and Visual Outcomes in Pediatric Uveitic Macular Edema

Jonathan Li, MD: Longitudinal 19-year myopia progression among Singaporean children with high myopia

Quinn Wang, MD: The role of prophylactic topical antibiotic therapy in eyelid surgery

Michael Ryan, MD, MPH: Factors associated with increased cumulative dissipated energy in phacoemulsification surgery

Megan Law, MD: Does one size fit all? GoCheck Kids photoscreening for the detection of refractive amblyopia risk factors

Neel Pasricha, MD: Ocular surface potential difference measurements


Residents' Day Projects 2018

Frank Brodie, MD, MBA: Innovations in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Megan Law, MD: Virtual Reality Oculokinetic Perimetry Testing

Cathy Sun, MD: Micropulse Laser Trabeculoplasty versus Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for the Treatment of Open-Angle Glaucoma

Quinn Wang, MD: Incidence of CMV Retinitis and Consultation Patterns in a Tertiary Care Pediatric Hospital

Michelle Peng, MD: Efficacy of an Engineered Biopolymer Ocular Drug Device in vivo

Michael Ryan, MD, MPH: Mortality and Visual Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Carotid Revascularization for Ocular Ischemic Syndrome

Gene Lowry, MD: Use of Topical Intra-ocular Pressure Lowering Medications in the United States Population: Results from the NHANES Study 1999-2014

Minjy Kang, MD, MA: Anterior Segment Parameters in the Korean Population

Kristin Hirabayshi, MD: Corneal Transplant Survival in Uveitic Patients

Davin Ashraf, MD: Teaching Vision-Based Diagnosis


Residents' 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


Residents' 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 Bimatoprost 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


Residents' 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