News and Announcements

Rabb Retina Study Club

Rabb Retina Study Club

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Loyola University, Chicago Water Tower Campus

Lewis Tower, 13th floor, Beane Hall

820 N. Michigan Avenue (enter on Pearson St. side)

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Clinical Research Studies Needing Ophthalmology Involvement

Over the last few years, there has been increasing demand for Ophthalmology involvement in clinical trials.  Many protocols now require initial and sometimes on-going monitoring for ophthalmic complications.  For example, certain antibody-drug conjugates currently in trials at UCM have an almost 100% rate of corneal complications, and require specialized ophthalmic care. At present, many study protocols simply say “eye exam” or something comparably vague and do not adequately detail the required exams and testing.

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Management of Age-related Macular Degeneration: Where Are We? How Can We Improve?


Judy E. Kim, MD Professor of Ophthalmology Medical College of Wisconsin

March 6, 2019

4:00 PM Reception to follow in the Solarium.

Quadrangle Club

1155 E 57th Street Chicago IL 60637

Main Dining Room

RSVP to Nicole Mazzone

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Rabb Retina Study Club

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

University of Chicago Booth School of Business Gleacher Center 450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive 6th Floor, Room 600 Chicago, IL 60611

For location and parking information, click here.                                                 

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Five Pathologies Best Diagnosed with OCTA

Ophthalmology Management 2019

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“Diabetic Eye Disease 2019”

Presented by: Seenu M. Hariprasad, M.D.

Shui-Chin Lee Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science Chief, Vitreoretinal Service Director, Clinical Research Director, Fellowship in the Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, Macula, and Vitreous The University of Chicago

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Welcome to the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (OVS) Resident and Fellow Alumni Newsletter

Dear OVS resident and fellow alumni, We hope this note finds you well! Welcome to our quarterly newsletter to keep us all connected with the happenings in the Department and to hear your stories from around the globe. It was a pleasure seeing many of you during the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Thanks to those who were able to join us at the Chicago Yacht Club for a meet and greet. At the end of November we welcomed 38 candidates who

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Looking for links between the gut microbiome and eye disease

Over the past decade, researchers studying the human microbiome—the vast collection of bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in our bodies—have discovered its many effects on health. Since much of our microbiome is concentrated in the digestive system, most of the attention so far has focused on its contribution to conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or the onset of food allergies.

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Challenging Diabetic TRD Repair, RT Today

Challenging Diabetic TRD Repair

A test of precision, patience, and fortitude for the vitreoretinal surgeon.

Asadolah Movahedan, MD; Sidney Schechet, MD; and Dimitra Skondra MD, PhD

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OVS at the 2018 AAO Meeting in Chicago

Are you attending the 2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting this month here in Chicago?  Look for our University of Chicago Ophthalmologists!

Saturday, October 27

9:10AM - 10:48AM: Dr. Kathryn Colby, Presenter

Session COR03: “Section II: Concerning Keratoplasty—Stripping Away the Layers of Mystery”

9:44AM: “Descemet Stripping Only (DSO) - Can We Do Without a Graft?”

McCormick Place, GRAND BALLROOM S100AB

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The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

ARVO members participate in reception and advocacy activities in Washington D.C.

ARVO members shared their research with members of Congress and their staff at the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Emerging Vision Scientist Congressional Reception on September 27. The 21 researchers, all whom have completed their degree but have yet to receive their first R01 from the NIH, spoke about the importance of government funding to their careers.  

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EyeWorld journal club

As technology has advanced, the goal of cataract surgery has evolved from restoration of vision to visual enhancement. Many patients expect spectacle independence after cataract surgery, and it has become increasingly important to have reliable and predictable postoperative refractive outcomes. Despite prior advancements, minimizing prediction error remains a major concern.

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Featured Faculty Fridays: Steven Quan, OD

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OVS at the 2017 AAO Meeting in New Orleans

Are you attending the 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting this month in New Orleans?  Look for our University of Chicago ophthalmologists!

Saturday, November 11 11:06am-11:16am: Dr. Kathryn Colby, Invited SpeakerPediatric KPro: A Promise Unfulfilled Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Theater C 2:05pm-2:10pm: Dr. Chris Albanis, Lecturer State Society President Elect Forum - Resources and Colleagues to Call Upon

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Chair Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD talks about Descemet's Stripping and DMEK in latest issue of EyeWorld

Chair Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD is featured in the "Research Highlight" section of EyeWorld Magazine this month.  She discusses Descemet's stripping procedure and the DMEK procedure for patients diagnosed with Fuchs' dystrophy.  

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How to Safely Watch the Solar Eclipse, featuring Asim Farooq, MD

Posted by Ashley Heher in Spotlight

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GRAND OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT: University of Chicago Medicine Ophthalmology at Streeterville Practice Set to Open on August 1

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago is excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new location at 900 North Michigan Avenue. Located in the Bloomingdale’s building in the heart of downtown Chicago, our expansion includes discounted parking validation in the building and easy access to public transportation such as the CTA Red Line and CTA buses.

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Featured Faculty Fridays: Rutvi Doshi, OD, FAAO

Rutvi Doshi, OD, FAAO, knew that she wanted study optometry after she was fitted for glasses at the age of seven.  “I can still recall putting on that first pair and how the world immediately came into focus,” she remembers.  “I was able to see the leaves on trees for the first time.  At that moment, I realized the importance of vision correction and I wanted to restore that clarity in vision for others.” 

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Featured Faculty Fridays: Dimitra Skondra, MD, PhD

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OVS Chair Dr. Kathryn Colby on WGN News: Using the Eye’s Own Healing Power to Stop Fuchs' Dystrophy

Chair Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, was featured on a news segment last night on Chicago's WGN News, where she spoke about her innovative technique to help patients with Fuchs' Dystrophy -- without having to perform a corneal transplant.

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Featured Faculty Fridays: Susan Ksiazek, MD

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Rotations, Consults, and the Patient-Physician Relationship: 5 Questions with Nandita Anand, PGY-2

Nandita Anand, now half-way through her first year as an OVS resident, gives insight into her first eight months in residency and what being an ophthalmology resident looks like here at the University of Chicago.

1. How has your first several months of residency been?

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Returning to his Midwest roots, Sidney Schechet, MD will join the UChicago family starting July 2017

After completing his residency at the University of Maryland, Sidney Schechet, MD, will be joining our team as the second Snyder Family Fellow in the Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, Macula, and Vitreous.  Originally from Detroit, Sid and his wife are excited to be moving to Chicago, where, along with his fellowship, he is looking forward to enjoying some of his favorite spare-time activities: “family, family, pizza, and family!”

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Employee Spotlight: Raquel Salazar PA-C

We spoke with our physician assistant, Raquel Salazar PA-C, to learn how physician assistants contribute to the field of ophthalmology and important lessons she has learned throughout her career.

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UChicago receives $2.4 million grant to build implants that could help restore vision

The University of Chicago Medicine has been awarded a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a system of wireless brain implants that might restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight.

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Residency Class of 2021

The Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, is pleased to announce our stellar incoming residents for the class of 2021.  The three future ophthalmologists come with impressive accomplishments, high recommendations from mentors, and a clear passion for learning.

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Featured Faculty Fridays: Varun Malhotra, MD

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science is excited about our newest recruit, glaucoma specialist Varun Malhotra, MD.  Dr. Malhotra has been interested in medicine since he was a child, watching his physician mother practice.  “In college, I explored other options and fields to make sure my interest was genuine,” he explains.  “My heart and my mind always came back to medicine.”

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Positive Early Results in Fuchs’ with Descemet’s Stripping

Chair Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, is featured in EyeWorld News in "Positive Early Results in Fuchs’ with Descemet’s Stripping."

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The University of Chicago’s Department of Ophthalmology is now Offering a Newly FDA-Approved Treatment to Stop Progressive Vision Loss in Patients Diagnosed with Keratoconus

We are now accepting patients who may be candidates for a newly FDA-approved outpatient procedure known as “corneal cross-linking.” Widely available in Europe and Canada for years, corneal cross-linking received FDA-approval in the United States in April of this year. 

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Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy (FED)

Fuchs endothelial dystrophy is a hereditary eye disease that was first described by Professor Ernst Fuchs more than 100 years ago. FED is a progressive degeneration of the endothelium, the innermost layer of the cornea.

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