Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
June 22, 2017 | The Investiture of Amani A. Fawzi, MD, as the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor
In June of 2017, Amani A. Fawzi, MD, was formally named as the Cyrus Tang and Lee Jampol Professor of Ophthalmolgy at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Fawzi is a vitreoretinal surgeon and clinician-scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology. She divides her time between her clinical/surgical practice and her NIH-Funded research at Northwestern University.
At Northwestern University, Fawzi runs an active NIH-funded translational research laboratory. Her lab studies animal models of ischemic retinopathies and her clinical research focuses on novel functional retinal imaging approaches including OCT angiography, visible-light OCT and hyperspectral imaging. Recognized for her imaging research, Fawzi serves on the Editorial Boards of Scientific Reports (Nature) and the journal Retina as well as serving on several NIH study sections. She has authored/coauthored over 140 peer-reviewed articles, has delivered several named Lectureships and has been elected as member of the Retina and Macula Societies. She has received the Honor Award of the American Society of Retina Specialist and the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. READ MORE HERE.
- Investiture of Debra A. Goldstein, MD08.23.2017
April 5, 2017 | The Investiture of Debra A. Goldstein, MD, as the Magerstadt Professor of Ophthalmology
The Feinberg School of Medicine, like many other medical schools, honors outstanding faculty members by appointing them to named professorships. These professorships are established with an endowment, and the generated interest helps support the faculty member's research or educational activities. In April of 2017 Debra A. Goldstein, MD, was awarded the prestigious Magerstadt Professorship in Ophthalmology.
Debra A. Goldstein, MD, received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she subsequently completed an ophthalmology residency. She then pursued a fellowship in uveitis and ocular immunology at McGill followed by a second fellowship in uveitis at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Goldstein has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and has lectured widely all over the world. She has done extensive investigator initiated and multicenter research. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the AAO Secretariat Award for special contributions to the Academy, as well as an AOA clinical teaching award. She was twice awarded the Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher in Ophthalmology when she was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Goldstein is currently a Magerstadt Professor of Ophthalmology as well as the Director of the Uveitis Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
- Vision Researcher and Collaborator in the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern Receives Prestigious Eversight Award08.19.2017
Eversight announces grant award for Northwestern University researcher
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks, has awarded a $15,000 Eye and Vision Research Grant to Northwestern University’s Han Peng, Ph.D.
Dr. Peng was among nine recipients who received grants from Eversight for projects that aligned with the organization’s mission to restore sight and prevent blindness. The awards were determined by an independent review panel composed of distinguished scientists, ophthalmologists and health services researchers.
Dr. Peng, a research assistant professor in the department of dermatology at Feinberg School of Medicine, is investigating a possible approach for improving the treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), a problem that is often not recognized and treated in its early stages and may lead to corneal ulceration, scarring, chronic pain and vision loss.
LSCD occurs because of the loss of limbal epithelial stem cells, but Dr. Peng’s research hypothesizes that an enzyme his team has identified, factor inhibiting hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (FIH-1), may preserve more stem cells. The establishment of stem-cell enriched cultures has the potential to significantly improve the outcome of corneal transplantation for patients with LSCD.
The Eye and Vision Research Grant program has awarded more than $3.5 million since 1980 to stimulate new and pioneering research. Several of these grant projects have led to larger studies and financial support from the National Institutes of Health.
“There’s a real void when it comes to funding the initial investigative work that can launch new and groundbreaking discoveries,” said Dr. Gregory Grossman, Eversight Director of Research. “But Eversight is committed to supporting research that may potentially lead to innovative therapies and treatments.”
The Eversight Center for Eye and Vision Research is one of the only eye bank-led programs focused on providing scientists with innovative resources they need to find new cures and treatments for blinding eye conditions. For more information, visit eversightvision.org/research.
Hang Peng, PhD, receiving a grant award from Eversight.
- Solar Eclipse Safety - AAO08.16.2017
The solar eclipse will take place Monday August 21, and will be partially visible for those in the Chicago area. Watching the eclipse without proper eye protection can damage your eyesight. See the information below from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for information on how to safely enjoy the event.
AAO - Solar Eclipse Safety
- Seventh Annual Phacoemulsification Training Course for Residents08.04.2017
Northwestern University’s Seventh Annual Phacoemulsification Training Course for Residents was held on August 4th & 5th at the Prentice Women's Hospital, 3rd Floor Conference Center. Course Director, Surendra Basti, MD presided over this year’s sessions with the assistance of Associate Course Directors Mary-Ann Mathias, MD and Stephen Watson, MD. This year’s course included both didactic and wet lab training designed to suit the educational needs of first, second and third year ophthalmology residents. Both sessions saw record attendance from residency programs from across the Midwest. This year’s course welcomed Emory University School of Medicine’s Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD. A special thank you to all course faculty and staff for another successful year!\
- Dr. Bryar Elected President of AAOOP03.01.2017
Paul Bryar, MD was elected President of the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists (AAOOP). Bryar will serve as President through 2018. The American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists is a professional association of medical doctors who practice, teach and or engage in research in ocular oncology and/or ophthalmic pathology. The membership of the AAOOP includes board-certified academic ophthalmologists and pathologists as well as individuals certified in both specialties. All are qualified by additional sub-specialty fellowship training in ophthalmic pathology and/or ocular oncology. Most AAOOP members are academicians who practice and teach at eye hospitals or large university hospitals affiliated with medical schools that train physicians to be ophthalmologists. Most AAOOP members are medical school faculty members and many hold full professorial rank.
“Hao F. Zhang, Ph.D. and colleagues in biomedical engineering and ophthalmology develop “micro-ring” (a transparent device that could fit into a contact lens) that can facilitate detection of blood flow and metabolic rate in the retina.” Read MORE HERE.
- Bahram Rahmani MD, MPH makes “Chicago’s Top” List12.19.2016
Northwestern’s own Bahram Rahmani, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Lurie Children’s, makes Chicago Magazine’s list of “Chicago’s Top Cancer Doctors” for Ophthalmology. Out of thousands, 385 physicians are chosen by their peers as the best cancer doctors in the six-county area. Click here to see the list.
- Vision Seminar Series - Cynthia A. Toth, MD10.20.2016
Cynthia A. Toth, MD lectured on "Image-guided Retinal Surgery" at Northwestern's Vision Seminar Series, a special collaboration between the Department of Ophthalmology, Feinberg School of Medicine and the Department of Bionedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering. Toth is the Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Duke Eye Center.
Cynthia A. Toth, MD
- Vision Seminar Series - Maureen Neitz, PhD10.20.2016
Maureen Neitz, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Washington Medicine, lectured at Northwestern's Vision Seminar Series, a special collaboration between the Department of Ophthalmology, Feinberg School of Medicine and the Department of Bionedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering. Neitz presented on "Lessons Learned in Gene Therapy for Color Blindness in Primates."
- Rukhsana Mirza, MD - 2016 Faculty Awards & Honors Recipient10.18.2016
Rukhsana Mirza, MD, named an honoree at Northwestern University's 29th Annual Faculty Recognition Dinner, on October 18, 2016, in light of her awards for excellence in medical student education from both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of Univeristy Professors of Ophthalmology. Mirza is pictured below alongisde her spouse, Naved Siddique (left) and Sir Fraser Stoddart, the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. To read more about the 2016 Faculty Awards and Honors click HERE.
L to R: Naved Siddique, Sir Fraser Stoddart, Rukhsana Mirza, MD
- 2016 AAO Northwestern University Alumni Reception10.16.2016
The Department of Ophthalmology hosted the 2016 AAO Northwestern University Alumni Reception on Sunday, October 16th at the NEW Ophthalmology Clinic located in the Lavin Pavilion, 259 E. Erie, 15th Flr., Chicago, IL 60611.
- Special Grand Rounds Visiting Professor Dan S. Gombos, MD09.14.2016
Dan S. Gombos, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Ocular Oncology at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center visits Northwestern. Gombos was a visiting professor at Northwestern medicine and delivered an outstanding lecture on "Top Five Successes and Failures in Ocular Oncology: Where Do We Go From Here?" Gombos entertained and enlightened residents, fellows and faculty on his observations over the last 20 years about the successes and challenges that still remain an ocular oncology. Gombos visited with ophthalmology faculty and medical center oncology leaders to share his expertise.
- 2016 Phacoemulsification Training Course for Residents09.10.2016
Northwestern University’s 2016 Phacoemulsification Training Course for Residents was held September 9th & 10th in Feinberg’s Pritzker Auditorium. Course Director, Surendra Basti, MD and Associate Course Director, Carol H. Schmidt, MD presided over this year’s sessions which included both didactic as well as wet-lab training designed to suit the needs of residents from all three years of training. Course faculty included surgeons from many Chicago-area residency programs and both sessions saw an attendance of over sixty students from programs across the city. This year’s course welcomed Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chair of Education and Director of the residency program at the Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shahzad Mian, MD as the featured speaker.
Surendra Basti, MD, Carol H. Schmidt, MD
Shahzad Mian, MD assisting a student
Stephen Watson, MD assisting a student
- Lee M. Jampol, MD Wins Crystal Apple Award08.10.2016At the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) in San Francisco, California, the Young Physicians Section (YPS) chose Lee M. Jampol, MD, Louis Feinberg Professor of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, as the winner of the Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship. Congratulations Dr. Jampol!
- Lee M. Jampol, MD, talks Zika virus on The Opening Bell 720 WGN Radio07.05.2016
Lee M. Jampol, MD, talks about the specifics of Zika virus on The Opening Bell 720 WGN Radio. Listen to Jampol speak at 20:20 min. Click HERE.
- Discovery and Circuit Mechanisms of a Retinal Ganglion Cell with Non-canonical Receptive Field Structure06.27.2016
As a member of the Greg Schwartz, MD, lab, Adam Mani, PhD, was presented with an award of grant funding from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Mani received notice of the $65,000.00 Career-Starter Research Grant award in March, 2016, titled Discovery and Circuit Mechanisms of a Retinal Ganglion Cell with Non-canonical Receptive Field Structure. Mani was personally presented with the funds by Knights Templar members William Jackson Jones DDS., KTEF Trustee, John D. Jones, PhD, Kt. Templar, and Rev. Thomas M. Jones, Kt. Templar. This award will cover Mani’s salary and support to cover some experimental expenses.
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., is committed to support research that can help launch the careers of clinical and basic researchers focused on the prevention and cure of potentially blinding diseases in infants and children. Grants supported by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., are awarded to impact the care of infants, children, and adults. Clinical and basic research is supported on conditions that may be potentially preventable or correctable such as amblyopia, cataract, glaucoma, optic nerve hypoplasia, nystagmus, retinopathy of prematurity, and hereditary diseases that occur at birth or within early childhood, such as retinoblastoma.
- 32nd Annual Northwestern Vision Research Day06.24.2016
The Department of Ophthalmology welcomes the Robert Miller Memorial Lecturer, Richard A. Lewis, MD to its 32nd Annual Northwestern Vision Research Day. Headed up by the department’s Vice Chairman, Angelo P. Tanna, MD, this year’s Research Day showcased a broad spectrum of ophthalmology and vision research taking place throughout the Northwestern community. Highlights of the day included talks from Northwestern researchers, poster presentations and the Robert Miller Memorial Lecture guest speaker, Richard A. Lewis, MD.
Angelo P. Tanna, MD; Nicholas J. Volpe, MD
Angelo P. Tanna, MD; Richard A. Lewis, MD
L to R: Leslie Neems, MD; Anne Langguth, MD; Jeffrey Ma, MD; Gary S. Lissner, MD; Caroline Minkus, MD
Northwestern Medicine scientists and collaborators discovered that mutations in the TEK gene lead to primary congenital glaucoma, validating previous findings in mice and suggesting a target for future therapies.
Nicholas Volpe, MD, chair of Ophthalmology and George and Edwina Tarry Professor of Ophthalmology, was recently accepted into the American Ophthalmological Society.
- Congratulations to all our Graduates!05.23.2016
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine commencement took place on May 23, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of Navy Pier. This was the first class graduating under the new integrated curriculum that was implemented in 2012. Tarry Professor and Department Chair, Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, and Associate Professor in Ophthalmology and Medical Student Program Director, Rukhsana Mirza, MD, processed with other Feinberg faculty in commencement. Mirza participated in the development of the new curriculum as co-module leader for the Head & Neck unit as well as the Ophthalmology clerkship Director. Two future Northwestern Ophthalmology residents graduated: Michael Mbagwu, MD, and Lauren Nicosia, MD. Also graduating was Joseph Simonett, MD, recipient of the 2016 Lee M. Jampol, MD, Award recognizing excellence clinically and in vision science research. Simonett will be attending the Casey Eye Institute in Oregon for his residency. Finally, Eduardo Bustamente, who will be attending University of South Florida for his ophthalmology residency received his MD degree at commencement. Congratulations to all our graduates!
L to R: Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, Lauren Nicosia, MD & Rukhsana Mirza, MD
L to R: Rukhsana Mirza, MD, Joseph Simonett, MD & Nicholas J. Volpe, MD
Michael Mbagwu, MB & Rukhsana
- 1st Annual Midwest Imaging Conference04.23.2016
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, Northwestern University Department of Ophthalmology hosted the 1st Annual Midwest Imaging Conference. Retina Specialists throughout the Midwest were invited to this interactive meeting. All were encouraged to present a case and share their insights with the group. The meeting was organized by Alice T. Lyon, MD, Director of Vitreoretinal Service, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Lee M. Jampol, MD, Louis Feinberg Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and Jose S. Pulido, MD, Mayo Clinic, with the mission of bringing Midwest Retina Specialists together to learn from one another and provide an opportunity to network. Among the presenters were Wendy M. Smith, MD, Mayo Clinic, Mark J. Daily, MD, Wheaton Eye Clinic, Dennis P. Han, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Kirk H. Packo, MD, Rush University, Dara Koozekanani, MD, University of Minnesota, Pauline T. Merrill, MD, Rush University, William J. Wirostko, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Rukhsana Mirza, MD, Northwestern University, Mike Andreoli, MD, College of Medicine at Chicago, Michael Choi, MD, Mayo Clinic, Dimitra Skondra, MD, Northwestern University, Ria, Desai, MD, Northwestern University, Komal Joshi, MD, Northwestern University, Philipp Roberts, MD, Saba Alniemi, MD, and Peter Nesper, BA, Northwestern University.
- 2016 James & Bessie Pappas Endowed Lecture04.14.2016
On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the Department of Ophthalmology was honored to host the 2nd Annual James and Bessie Pappas Endowed Lecture at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion. The lecture entitled, “My Journey in the Field of Visual Prosthetics: From a Eureka Moment to FDA Testing,” was provided by visiting professor Joseph F. Rizzo, MD. Dr. Rizzo is the David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology, and has served as Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Harvard Medical School since 2006. He is based at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) in Boston and he serves as Director of the fellowship training program in neuro-ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, presented Dr. Rizzo with the Jim and Bessie Pappas Lecture Distinguished Visiting Professor award, along with an Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs baseball jersey in good fun.
This annual event is made possible through the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. James and Bessie Pappas, friends and advocates of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Through the Pappas’ visionary gift, we are able to bring leading researchers to Northwestern, providing invaluable opportunities to share the latest discoveries and ideas that serve to advance scientific knowledge, medical education, and patient care. The support of individuals like James and Bessie Pappas is vital to both the continued advancement of cutting-edge insight into the causes of ophthalmic diseases, as well as the development of new treatments for the most devastating diseases of the eye. We thank the Pappas family for their commitment, leadership, and friendship. Their foresight and philanthropy will have a dramatic impact in furthering vision health for generations to come.
Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, presents Jospeh F. Rizzo, MD with an Anthnoy Rizzo Chicago Cubs baseball jersey in good fun.
Nicholas J. Volpe, MD, presents Joseph F. Rizzo, MD, with the Jim & Bessie Pappas Lecture Distinguished Professor Award.