News and Announcements

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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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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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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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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