Special one-day UofL Pediatrics Eye Clinic open Saturday, Dec. 8 Download PDF
Dr. Rahul Bhola & Chris Thompson —The eight signs your child may need glasses on WDRB TV.
UofL researcher wins grant from Research to Prevent Blindness. Download PDF
Dr. Schaal represents Swim Kentucky at U.S. Masters. Download PDF
Dr. McCall appointed to the Neurotransporters, Receptors and Calcium Signaling Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review. Download PDF
Fight for Sight awards research grant to Dr. Patrick Scott. Download PDF
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Seven department faculty members have been recognized as Best Doctors in America, an honor conferred by their national peers, who view them as being among the top three to five percent of physicians in their specialties.
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Chief Resident Lana Rifkin, M.D., received the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) President's Award at the department’s Fall Meeting in September, 2011. Dr. Rifkin is the first recipient of the KAEPS President's Award. She was presented with the award for her outstanding work during the legislative session, representing Kentucky ophthalmologists in Washington, DC with the Kentucky members of Congress, and her work with the Kentucky Medical Association’s MD ID program, for which she was selected as a spokesperson www.mdidky.com
Dr. Rifkin was also selected as a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Dangers of Decorative Contact Lenses campaign www.geteyesmart.com
Special thanks to Surgical Acuity for providing a set of HiRes Class 2 loupes to our residency training program. These loupes are providing enhanced visual acuity and ergonomic support to our residents in the operating room and we are sincerely thankful to the company.
Third-year resident Jaafar El Annan, M.D., was selected to attend the sixth annual Heed Foundation Residents Retreat, held in September, 2011. Dr. El Annan was one of 22 residents selected from 59 nominated by their department chairs or residency program directors. The retreat’s goal is to promote careers in academic ophthalmology. It was attended not only by the selected residents but also by 22 faculty members from academic departments of ophthalmology across the United States. Sessions focused on topics such as the transitions from residency or fellowship to an academic position, obstacles encountered and the challenges and rewards of an academic career. “It was an honor to be selected to attend this prestigious program,” El Annan said. “The experience was extremely valuable and really helped me to shape my goals for a career in academic medicine.”
On Thursday, February 9, research associate Daxin Tang lost his six year battle with cancer. Daxin worked in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences for many years, and was beloved by many. His daughter, Helen, said, “Please let the department know that my father loved his work, and the people with whom he worked. We want to thank everyone for their help throughout the years. After dad's brain surgery back in August, he always mentioned to me that when he was able, he wanted to visit [his colleagues] at work. But he never got better.”
Daxin is in our hearts and thoughts, and will be missed.
Henry Kaplan, M.D., Evans Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, has been selected as one of the 2012 People to Watch in the health care business in Greater Louisville. The distinction was conferred by Business First, Louisville’s source for local business news. The publication is seeking to acknowledge and thank the “movers and shakers” who make the health care industry in Louisville so dynamic, because health care businesses play a vital role in the area’s economy.
First-year resident Jeremy Clark was selected by the fourth-year University of Louisville medical students to receive an Excellence in Clinical Education Award. The winners are chosen because of the positive contribution they made to the students during their third-year clinical rotations. Dr. Clark is one of 14 total residents to receive the distinction.The awards were recently announced during the Fall Honors Convocation.
For decades, University of Louisville Ophthalmology has been at the forefront of research, clinical care, and the education of the next generation of leaders in the field. We are one of the only multi-specialty ophthalmologic care centers in the region offering enrollment in clinical trials and the latest treatment options for diseases and conditions including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, strabismus, low vision, dry eye syndrome and many others. Our LASIK and refractive surgery program is one of the most comprehensive in the region.
With a continued commitment to innovation and the invaluable assistance of the Lions of Kentucky, we are poised for exciting breakthroughs to match those we’ve already made. From the development of a leading glaucoma medication that preserved the vision of millions for over 20 years, to our current groundbreaking research in stem cell treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, the University of Louisville continues to have a true impact on the field of ophthalmology.