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    Revisiting the Anderson Family's Legacy of Purpose

    Paul Anderson, Jr. meets with the most recent Anderson Fellow

    Anderson, Beck and Kim

    A recent visit to the Emory Eye Center by Paul Anderson, Jr. provided an ideal opportunity to reflect on the importance of legacy. Anderson's, and Emory Eye Center's.

    For the better part of a century, the Anderson family has provided a deeply inspiring standard for the Emory Eye Center to emulate, said Allen Beck, chair of the department of Ophthalmology. Earl Wills Anderson was principled, intentional, and undeterred by the hurdles that often hamper greatness. We are grateful for his commitment to the Yonsei University Department of Ophthalmology and for creating this lasting connection to the Emory Eye Center.

    A cursory glance at the Anderson Family history explains this high praise. And then some.

    Earl Wills Anderson (Paul's grandfather) was an Emory College valedictorian, a trained doctor of ophthalmology, and a Methodist minister who traveled to Korea as a medical missionary in 1914. The Jug Tavern, Georgia native went on to found one of Korea's first ophthalmology departments at Yonsei University. He remained at the helm of that department for more than four decades, raising his family along the way.

    My grandparents were just country people from Georgia who set sail to what, at that time felt like the ends of the Earth. And it may sound like it was just a grand adventure, but I'd say it was a sense of purpose that motivated my grandfather to go to Korea. He felt called to provide medical care to those in need, said Anderson, during his visit to the Emory Eye Center.

    The next generation, Paul H. Anderson, Sr., '38C, '40L, was born and raised in Korea, where that sense of purpose was everywhere around him. A lawyer by profession, he honored his father's legacy by establishing the Anderson Fellowship at Emory Eye Center in 1987. That endowment has since allowed 10 Yonsei medical students to study ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center. The first of those Emory-trained fellows, Eung Kowon (E.K.) Kim, MD. PhD, went on to become chair of the ophthalmology department at Yonsei University.

    Which brings us back to the current scion of that legacy Paul Anderson, Jr.

    Now retired from his own law practice, Paul Anderson Jr. remains inspired by the legacy laid down by his father and grandfather. As soon as COVID restrictions allowed, he asked to meet with the current Anderson Fellow, Dr. Seong-eun 'Robert' Kim , who is doing basic scientific research with EEC faculty John Nickerson. On a recent visit, the three spent an afternoon reviewing the status of gene therapy research that Kim launched under the auspices of the Anderson Fellowship.

    I am a physician in my country, but I think physicians should know how to do basic research so they can teach others and further the discipline said Kim.

    Paul Anderson, Jr., paused to listen to these words, as though they were an answer to a question he no longer needed to ask.

    This Fellowship is not about me, he said. It's about my family's commitment to Emory, the legacy of helping others, and the value of research.

    Paul Anderson, Jr. is a 1975 graduate of the Emory Law School.


    AAO to offer new online global ophthalmology course

    Emory Eye Center faculty Dr. Jacquelyn O'Banion heglped develop the course.

    A new online course offered through the American Academy of Ophthalmology is answering the growing demand for practical and philosophical wisdom in the field of global ophthalmology. The 10-part course, entitled Academic Global Ophthalmology, is free and now available to all AAO members.

    Sometimes, even well-intentioned efforts to do global health outreach in other countries falls into the rut of being a 'fly-in, fly-out mission' explains Emory Eye Center clinician Jacquelyn O'Banion, one of nine ophthalmologists who spent two years building the course.

    We can do better. By sharing best practices and foundational knowledge in public health, we can give learners the tools to be impactful as visiting physicians.

    The 'fly-in, fly--out' scenario that O'Banion mentioned occurs when a group of well-funded (usually Western) physicians fly into a less-resourced country, perform surgeries on local people, and then leave. If they have failed to work with the local physicians and health systems during their visit, these doctors can bring more disruption than aid.

    Patients develop the idea that the outside physicians are better, or more qualified, so they don't connect with their local physicians for routine or follow-up care after the visiting doctors leavesaid O'Banion. This is one of the problems we address in the course.

    O'Banion knows firsthand of what she speaks. As the director of Emory Eye Center's Global Ophthalmology (GO-E) program, she has traveled the world to deliver physician education and patient care for the better part of a decade. The Texas native has worked in Peru, Eswatini, China, Ethiopia, and Honduras, to name a few of her missions. Working closely with her colleagues in these countries, she has learned to identify culturally appropriate, sustainable approaches to healthcare delivery and medical education

    Other ophthalmologists who collaborated on this course include Grace Sun, MD, Ashlie A. Bernhisel, MD, R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MBA, Brent Finklea, MD, eter MacIntosh, MD, Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, Robert Swan, MD, and Richmond Woodward, MD.



    $300K grant from Research to Prevent Blindness comes to Emory Eye Center

    EEC was one of six centers to receive the prestigious grant

    The Emory Eye Center and Department of Ophthalmology are pleased to announce the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has recognized its Research Division with an unrestricted, four-year, $300,000 Challenge grant.

    The Eye Center received one of just six Challenge grants that were awarded by RPB in 2022. The funds will allow Department Chair Dr. Allen Beck to strengthen the school's commitment to ground-breaking translational research. Under the terms of the grant, Emory Eye Center will receive $75K a year to support its research mission, including research salaries, new equipment, lab supplies, data analysis, and the ongoing exploration of new research agendas. Those funds will be matched with a $75K grant from the Emory School of Medicine.

    More than anything else, the RPB Challenge grant gives us the freedom to do good science. The job of a truly committed eye research team is to produce findings that result in improved vision for our patients, said Beck, the F. Phinizy Calhoun, Sr. Chair of Ophthalmology.

    The 2022 RPB Challenge grant - and the many that came before it - have given our researchers the chance to take smart risks when the science calls for them. Over the years, that flexibility has put our research teams in the position to collaborate with other cutting-edge investigators when the time is right. It is one of the most important investments we can make for our patients, our physicians, and the future of vision health.

    Over the course of 30+ years, the Emory Eye Center has received more than $3M in RPB Challenge grants - funds have allowed EEC to continually attract top-notch research talent and to build and maintain state-of-the-art facilities.

    The 2022 Challenge grant will propel EEC's overall research efforts in a variety of areas, including diseases that impact the retina/macula, ocular oncology, infectious diseases, and glaucoma/optic neuropathies. Research Director Dr. John Nickerson said some funds will support a series of mini-research proposals – pilot projects that will expand basic science and launch new avenues for long-term research. He plans to solicit proposals beginning September 1.

    These grants encourage our post-docs, grad students, and research faculty to forge stronger links between the basic and translational studies in the laboratory and our mission to improve vision health, he said. They are enough to test some key hypotheses, to keep our team agile in their pursuit of new breakthroughs.

    Since its founding, RPB has channeled more than $397M into eye research nation-wide. This investment links RPB with nearly every major breakthrough in vision research for more than 60 years.


    Recently published article explores the impact of COVID-19 on ocular health

    A recently published article in NIH's National Library of Medicine is giving a clearer picture of how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated disparities in health status and in access to health care for many historically underserved groups. The study also points out that large public hospitals like Grady Hospital could provide much-needed insight on how tese minority communities are impacted by the unique ocular manifestations of COVID-19 infection.

    The analysis, COVID-19 Related Health Disparities in Ophthalmology with a Retrospective Analysis at a Large Academic Public Hospital was co-authored by second-year Emory medical student Grace Chung, (first author), Grady Hospital optometrist Dr. Christie M. Person, and Emory Eye Center clinicians Susan Primo, OD and Jacquelyn O'Banion, MD.

    It's important to perform health disparity research to advance better eye health for marginalized populations and people of color -people who are already facing persistent barriers and poorer health outcomes, explained Primo.

    COVID is just one example of how disproportionate rates and effects in certain communities can be worsened if not addressed. We are honored to contribute to the ophthalmic literature from our patient base at Grady.

    Read the entire article online now or see the August 2022 print edition of the Advances in Ophthalmology and Optometry Journal


    Now this is the right way to celebrate our graduating residents and fellows!

    Emory Eye Center brings back the Residents Weekend tradition for the class of 2022

    Residents with Beck, Jones, Yancey

    It was two days that were put on hold for three years.

    But for many who participated in the Department of Ophthalmology's 2022 Residents and Fellows Weekend, it was worth the wait. In previous years, the decades-old graduation tradition brought together proteges and preceptors for two days of laughter, celebration, and reflection. Scaled down or canceled for three years because of COVID, the revival of the revival of the traditional Residents & Fellows Weekend was greeted with a mixture of joy and relief.

    This is one of the main reasons I love my job, said Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology Dr. Allen Beck, himself a graduate of the Emory School of Medicine, the Emory Ophthalmology Residency program, and the Emory Eye Center's glaucoma fellowship program.

    It's this weekend, when we launch the careers of so many promising ophthalmologists - colleagues who literally represent the future of vision health in our region and the world. My only hope, really, is that we continue to connect, to learn from one another. I'm as happy as they are that they have finished their studies here. But now I want them to remember to come back.

    residents and fellows on the golf course

    Is 'Mulligan' an Emory Eye Center graduate?

    The weekend commenced with an 18-hole golf outing at the Stone Mountain Golf Club. Blue skies and gassed-up carts launched gleeful teams of optimistic residents, fellows, and faculty at 7:30 am. By 2 pm, all teams had returned from the par-71 course -- still smiling, but no longer harboring fantasies of a second careers as golf pros. For the record, the First-Year Residents team bested the bunch with a score of 7 over par, while department chair Allen Beck, MD, took home bragging rights for putting closest to the pin.

    Exploring the science behind the patient care

    On June 4, a half-day research session gave residents and fellows the opportunity to explore and showcase their commitment to the science behind clinical practice. Each of the six graduating residents and 13 graduating fellows prepared a 10-minute presentation grounded in their own clinical and academic interests. Retired ophthalmologist and Emory alumnus Liev Tackle, MD helped evaluate and choose first and second-place presentations, which were:

    Residents:

    •Dr. Albert Liao's paper When Splits Go Wrong: Surgical Outcomes of Progressive Retinoschisis-related Retinal Detachments: A 17-year Survey from a Large Academic Center, received top recognition in the category of graduating resident. (Preceptor: Jiong Yan, MD)

    • Dr. Mark Morel, Jr, MD, took home second place for Early Corneal Neurotization Outcomes at Emory Eye Center. (Preceptor: Soroosh Behshad, MD)

    Fellows

    Dr. Matt Boyko received top honor for Retinal & Optic Nerve MRI Diffusion-Weigh ted Imaging Hyperintensity in Acute Non-arteritic Central Retinal Artery Occlusion. (Preceptors: Nancy J. Newman, MD, and Valerie Biousse, MD)

    •Dr. David Levine received second place for Vitamin A Deficiency Retinopathy (Preceptor: Nieraj Jain, MD)

    The research session was concluded with the Henry F. Edelhauser Lecture in Translational Research, entitled, The Genetics of Ocular Disease. It was given by Dr. Joan O'Brien, the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Scheie Eye Institute.

    Dr. Wojno receiving his award

    Celebrating the grit and brilliance of our colleagues

    Before they took their final leave, the graduating residents and fellows were guests of honor at a festive Graduation Banquet, held Saturday, June 4. From the podium, residency director Dr. Jeremy Jones made it clear that the current crop of newly minted ophthalmologists was like no other.

    To say they were thrown a curveball in their medical training is an understatement, he said.

    Not only have they had to master an ever-increasing amount of information, knowledge, and surgical techniques; they have had to do so in the midst of a global pandemic. Many of our graduating fellows were asked to serve in their programs' ICUs or emergency rooms with little information on how to keep themselves safe from a virus we knew so little about. I'd like to give them all a round of applause because in spite of all of this they came in extraordinarily well prepared and competent. All of us on faculty know and understand the importance the fellows play in the training here at Emory. They are our first line supervisors and teachers of our residents and for that all of us are grateful.

    The residents returned Jones's praise with their own slate of awards that spoke volumes about the culture of mutual admiration.

    • The 2021-22 Thomas M. Aaberg , Sr. Clinical Teaching Award was given to Yousuf Khalifa MD, In special recognition of your dedication to resident education, excellence in patient care, and outstanding teaching expertise. You are a role model to us all.

    • The Multiple Hats Award went to Jeremy Jones, MD, the director of resident education, For always knowing when to be our leader, teacher, therapist, and friend. We cannot thank you enough for the past 4 years.

    • The Alliance Award was given to Homaira Ayesha Hossain, M.D. For helping unite Uveitis and Rheumatology clinics at Grady, one EPIC message at a time.

    • The Marathon Award went to Joshua Barnett, MD, because You may not be able to run a marathon, but you can definitely operate for 26.2 hours straight in the Grady 4K3 OR.

    • The Scheduling Wizard Award went to Blaine Cribbs, MD, For always knowing exactly which retina patients need Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday follow-up appointments at the VA.

    • The You Look Beautiful Award went to Ted Wojno, MD, For demonstrating the skillful dance that is required when counseling post-op patients.

    Check out the Flickr slideshow of the Graduation Banquet.


    Writing the Book on Ocular Telehalth

    Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists April Maa, MD, and Alexa Lu, MD collaborate on new guide for providers

    April Maa and Alexa Lu

    Physicians seeking to increase access to eye care have a new tool to help them. The recently published Ocular Telehealth: A Practical Guide is a compendium of best practices and emerging trends in ocular telehealth that have been tested, reviewed, and revised by working ophthalmologists and optometrists for the better part of a decade.

    Chief among those experts is the book's editor, Emory University ophthalmologist Dr. April Maa, whose Technology-based Eye Care Service (TECS) program in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 7 based at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System is the busiest in the VA enterprise.

    We've been practicing in this space [telehealth] for years, so we were excited last year when Elsevier [Publishing} approached us about putting this book together, said Maa, who solicited and edited contributions from more than two dozen practitioners, including her Emory colleague, Dr. Xiaoqin Alexa Lu (also an ophthalmologist).

    The work we've already done – setting up new billing strategies, monitoring patients, investigating technology – will make it easier for other providers to start a telehealth practice. They can use this book to get started.

    Defining ocular telehealth

    Telehealth is a term that describes a wide array of approaches (and technologies) that allow some portion of a patient's health care to be processed or delivered remotely. Ocular telehealth has been finding its way into mainstream vision care for years.

    For instance, depending on the complexity of the eye condition, patients might find themselves alternating between in-person examinations and video-assisted wellness checks with their physician. In between, they may visit a satellite site to have a technician perform specific eye diagnostic tests, such as Humphrey visual fields. The results of that test can be electronically transmitted to the physician who can, on their own schedule, analyze them and determine next steps. Those next steps might include an in-person visit or a Zoom call.

    A common thread, throughout, is the use of technology – in particular, telecommunications - to remove geographic distance from the equation. For ophthalmologists like Maa and Lu, whose practices cater to far-flung rural populations, that's a huge help. But they are not alone.

    Previously, ocular telehealth was typically reserved for rural or underserved populations, writes Robert Morris,< OD, in chapter 1 of Ocular Telehealth.

    During this pandemic, everyone became remote and underserved, making telehealth mainstream.

    Getting beyond the School of Hard Knocks

    Ocular Telehealth: A Practical Guide analyzes the field from multiple angles, both practical and philosophical. There are chapters devoted to remote patient monitoring, the legal and ethical considerations of setting up an ocular telehealth practice, and billing/coding issues. A good deal of the book focuses on best practices for a broad spectrum of eye conditions. Each chapter author did extensive literature reviews to back their findings, but they also derived valuable data from what Maa and Lu sometimes refer to as the school of hard knocks.

    Experience can really tell us a lot. The VA system has a lot of physicians who've been incorporating telehealth into their practices for a while. They wrote a lot of this book. They've experienced and gotten beyond a lot of the barriers and challenges - experiences others don't need to repeat, explains Maa.

    One thing all telehealth practitioners need to do is accurately assess their technology needs. Sufficient bandwidth for data-hungry diagnostic instruments, uber-secure data storage, and efficient transmission channels are just the beginning of this challenge. Each vision subspecialty has its own array of telehealth tools and instruments that need to be assessed and carefully coordinated to make the entire system work. The book's authors shared their experiences doing just that.

    The anterior segment of the eye can be difficult, says Lu, a cornea specialist. To get a good exam, you need better magnification, something more than a 2D photograph. You need a modality that will give you the ability to do 3D interpretations.

    In her own research, Lu discovered that drone slit lamps offer a promising solution. Physicians can use these instruments to conduct an examination of a patient miles away, at a satellite clinic near home. Any time travel is reduced, access is improved.

    You get the magnification you need and you get that videography that allows you to better understand what you are seeing, she said.

    Change is in the air

    Both Maa and Lu are excited about the future of ocular telehealth. They've already seen it expand access to traditionally underserved populations, particularly in rural areas of the country, including Georgia. Last year, the VA enterprise conducted more than 21,000 patient visits remotely using TECS. And, even though Maa and Lu do not bill Medicare for their VA-based telehealth services, both are encouraged by the fact the Medicare granted a waiver during the pandemic that allowed telehealth billing.

    We hope it will continue after the pandemic, says Maa. We’re advocating for it.

    Meanwhile,Lu is personally and professionally invested in expanding access to telehealth. She heads up the national training curriculum for TECS readers and manages the VISN 7 TECS teaching rotation for non-eye and eye providers. She devoted an entire chapter to this subject in the book because she strongly believes in teaching others to become future eye telehealth practitioners.

    And we know that this is just volume 1, adds Maa. Once physicians read this book and have their own experiences, we know they'll come up with new ideas for implementing telehealth. That will be in volume 2. We can't wait to see what they teach us.

    Eventually, both physicians foresee a time when more patients can comfortably alternate between in-person and telehealth exams. More tests can be run by technicians at satellite sites, with the results being evaluated by physicians miles away.

    But at the end of the day, neither Maa nor Lu is suggesting a one-size-fits-all approach to ocular health care.

    You need to select the right patients for telehealth, says Maa. If you try to force it on a person who is not comfortable with it or who really needs to be seen in-person, you will not get compliance. Quality of care may suffer. Our most important skill will always be our ability to judge our patients’ needs and then meet them where they are.



    Emory Eye Center faculty shine at AAPOS Annual Meeting

    Three physicians recognized with "Best in Show" for research poster


    Emory Eye Center pediatric fellow Dr. Daniel Nelson was recognized with a Best in Show award for his poster, Unilateral or Sequential Treatment of Eyes with Bevacizumab for Retinopathy of Prematurity at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), held March 23-27 in Scottsdale Arizona.

    Nelson presented the work, which was co-authored with his mentors, Dr. Baker Hubbard and Pediatric Division director, Dr. Amy Hutchinson.

    Joining them at the national gathering was a full complement of Emory Eye Center faculty, including Department chair, Allen Beck, MD, Phoebe Lenhart, MD, Jason Peragallo, MD, and Carolina Adams, MD.

    Another familiar face, Dr. Rebecca Neustein, presented her research, The Ahmed Glaucoma Drainage Device: Long-Term Clinical Outcomes in the Pediatric Population. Neustein, a former Emory ophthalmology resident, is currently completing a glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital and will join the EEC faculty later this year.

    Nelson presented the poster, which was a review of patients who were treated unilaterally or had their eyes treated sequentially for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disorder caused by abnormal blood vessels in the retina of a premature infant. Nelson had reviewed 10 years’ worth of ROP cases, focusing on instances where initially, only one eye met criteria for ROP treatment.

    Most ROP cases are symmetric, so we end up treating both eyes by injecting intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) on the same day. However, in some cases, ROP presents asymmetrically,” said Nelson.

    This is happening more frequently since IVB has become the preferred approach to treatment in many cases, supplanting laser treatment, which required general anesthesia. In this study, we wanted to look at how many instances we initially treated only one eye, and then see the natural history of the other untreated eye.

    What we found, out of the 22 cases with one eye treated initially, was that 11 eventually required bevacizumab in the other eye. These findings do not support a strong systemic effect of IVB. But for those persistently asymmetric cases, it's a good treatment strategy to reduce systemic absorption of bevacizumab.

    Another interesting outcome of the study found that unilaterally treated eyes demonstrated no significant difference in refractive error relative to the untreated eye.

    The team concluded that additional study is needed since the number of patients studied was relatively few.

    Doctors Lenhart and Peragallo presented and analyzed cases with their colleagues at the Difficult Problems: Non-Strabismus workshop, which Lenhart moderated.

    As practicing physicians, we gain invaluable insight into our own work when we are able to frankly discuss the clinical reasoning behind diagnosis and management, said Lenhart, who currently serves as the vice chair of the AAPOS Professional Education committee.

    Analyzing tough cases with other pediatric ophthalmologists and strabismus experts is incentive to attend a workshop like this.

    Attendees of the What's New and Important in Pediatric Ophthalmology workshop received something of a literature review that included interpretations of the top pediatric ophthalmology papers published in more than 27 high-impact journals. The collection was assembled by the AAPOS Professional Education committee.

    Our goal is to provide our colleagues with the newest high-quality information regarding patient care and treatment modalities for children and adults with strabismus, explained Adams, who ran the workshop. We produced a comprehensive review along with a shorter version that features the top 10 percent of articles presented at the AAPOS annual meeting.

    Peragallo, Lenhart, Beck,Neustein, Hutchinson

    Working Together. Drs. Jason Peragallo, Phoebe Lenhart, Allen Beck, Rebecca Neustein, and Amy Hutchinson were among the many pediatric ophthalmologists who gathered at the AAPOS Annual Meeting in Arizona March 23-27



    Now is the time to help Emory Eye Center

    collage of patient images

    March 30 & 31 your donation to the Eye Center Research fund will be doubled


    On March 30 and March 31, all donations to the Emory Eye Center Research fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. That's right: your $25 donation will become a $50 gift to support our breakthrough vision research.

    Visit the Emory Eye Center Research Fund page now to do your part!

    Whether it's preventive healthcare or treatment of a serious eye trauma, the Emory Eye Center is committed to your long-term vision health. Over the next 24 hours, you can help Emory Eye Center strengthen that commitment by supporting the our designated Emory Eye Center Research Fund. Whether it's $5 or $500, it will support the kind of probing research that has made Emory's Department of Ophthalmology one of the top research hubs in the vision care.

    Emory Day of Giving is a 36-hour online giving event celebrating everything Emory - and that includes the Emory Eye Center and Department of Ophthalmology. Over the next few hours, you'll have a unique chance to support what inspires you. Find out more at The Emory Day of Giving to view the other leaderboards and browse the matches and challenges.


    The Department of Ophthalmology salutes Dr. Ghazala O'Keefe

    The longtime Emory Eye Center physician and professor recognized on National Doctor's Day

    The Emory Eye Center is excited to announce that Dr. Ghazala O'Keefe was singled out for special recognition by her peers on March 30, National Doctor's Day.

    O'Keefe is one of more than 100 physicians across the School of Medicine who were selected for the honor, which recognizes exemplary dedication to improving patient health and well-being through direct care, research, and inspirational education of future providers. The individual winners were chosen from among hundreds of nominations that were submitted to the SOM Recognition Committee this year.

    Colleagues called out O'Keefe for the knowledge, energy, and generosity she brings to her many roles - as a clinician, a mentor, and a thought leader.

    She is an outstanding clinician who receives high praise from patients for her empathic care, said Ophthalmology Department Chair Allen Beck.

    She is an excellent teacher and mentor and is a strong leader for her section.

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    From Ukraine to Atlanta: Finding a way home

    An Emory Eye Center staffer shares her experience helping her aunt escape the chaos in their homeland

    Natalia Lendel holding a sign welcoming her to the United States

    Editor's note: The Emory Eye Center staffer in this story was happy to share her experience, but asked us to omit her last name for privacy reasons. The photo, above, is of Natalia Lendel, when she arrived in Atlanta after fleeing the chaos that has overtaken her native Ukraine.


    Screaming sirens. Smoldering buildings. Soot-covered children.

    Nightly images of Ukraine's destruction have stunned many Americans into an awestruck silence. Yulia hasn't had that luxury. When the airspace over her native country was shutdown on February 23, her life went into overdrive.

    By day, she kept a laser focus on her newly acquired job, as an ophthalmological assistant at the Emory Eye Center. But that left another 16 hours for Yulia to focus on the other side of the world, where her aunt, Natalia Lendel, was trapped in the Ukraine.

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  • Vision2020 Link USA grant will support Global Ophthalmology in Ethiopia

    Three-year, $90,00 grant recently awarded to EEC outreach program


    patients and EEC physician in Ethiopia

    The Emory Eye Center's Global Ophthalmology program (GO-E) has recently received an important boost in its efforts to expand access to both vision health and to ophthalmological training in Ethiopia.

    A three-year, $90,000 grant, from Vision2020 LINK USA, will allow GO-E to continue training ophthalmology residents from Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University (AAU) while also bolstering much-needed screenings for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and diabetic retinopathy (DR).

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    Grossniklaus Research Group publishes uveal melanoma findings

    Early detection of metastatic UM linked to liver


    Research coming from Emory Eye Center's Hans Grossniklaus's group is opening a promising new avenue for detecting early-stage metastatic uveal melanoma in the liver.

    The group's findings, Non-invasive Detection and Complementary Diagnostic of Liver Metastases via Chemokine Receptor 4 Imaging appeared in the February 10 edition of the journal Cancer Gene Therapy.

    Their identification of a biomarker for liver metastases came out of the team's work with uveal melanoma (UM), an ophthalmic cancer that almost exclusively metastasizes in the liver. Researchers in this study observed elevated levels of the chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) in both the liver metastases from their UM patients, and in the liver metastases of UM murine models. This led them to use a CXCR4-specific MRI contrast agent to detect small liver metastases in a mouse model. The relative simplicity of this approach may eventually offer patients a valuable option for detection and treatment.

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    Match Day 2022: The future of ophthalmology is looking great

    Six outstanding med school grads to join Emory Ophthalmology in July


    Emory Eye Center Residents

    Emory Eye Center is proud to announce that six outstanding medical school graduates will be joining us in the fall to complete their residencies in ophthalmology. Announcement of the new class of residents was made February 8 - Match Day - by Jeremy K. Jones, the director of Emory School of Medicine's Residency Program in Ophthalmology. The six were selected from a field of almost 700 applicants.

    We couldn't be happier to recruit such an amazing and diverse incoming class, said Jones. They all come highly recommended with numerous publications, leadership roles, and life experiences that we have no doubt will make for a great addition to the Emory family. Thanks to everyone who helped us recruit such a great class, especially the one and only [EEC's Graduate Medical Education Residency program coordinator] Tracey Yancey.

    Matthew (Ryan) Claxton earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and his medical degree at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Pasley Gordon earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her medical degree at Augusta University. Brandon McKenzie earned his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and his medical degree at Howard University. Kafayat Oyemade earned her undergraduate degree at Spelman College and her medical degree at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. Kathryn Park earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her medical degree from the University of California School of Medicine at San Diego. Parth Vaidya earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and his medical degree at Virginia Tech's Carilion School of Medicine.



    Dobbs Foundation grant will boost Emory Eye Center outreach to underserved


    A two-year grant from the R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation will focus on closing the health care access gap that prevents un- and underinsured Georgians from getting follow-up vision care.

    Announcement of the $180,000 grant was made January 26, and applauded by Georgia Vision 2020, a statewide coalition of providers and advocates that includes Emory Eye Center and our outreach program, Global Ophthalmology (GO-Emory).

    The Dobbs Foundation funds will allow us to strengthen the referral network of providers who can give patients direct access to follow-up medical care once a vision problem has been detected, said Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist (and GO-E director) Jacquelyn O'Banion, MD, MSc.

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    Emory Eye Center to host 2022 Southeast Vitreoretinal Seminar in Atlanta


    Ending a two-year hiatus, the Emory Eye Center will once again sponsor the Annual Southeast Vitreoretinal (SEVR) Seminar at the JW Marriott Hotel March 25-26, 2022.

    As in previous years, the 34th Annual SEVR is expected to attract top retina specialists, uveitis specialists, retina fellows, ophthalmology residents, and medical students from throughout the southeast. Led by Emory faculty, Ghazala A. Datoo O'Keefe, MD and G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD, participants will dive into a wide range of topics, including retinal vascular disease, ocular tumors, uveitis, retinal degenerations, updates on the latest clinical trials, and management of complex vitreoretinal surgery.

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    Emory Eye Center faculty to publish findings on hemangiopericytoma

    A case report co-authored by Emory Eye Center's Hans Grossinklaus MD, Jill Wells MD, and Caroline Craven, MD is advancing understanding of conjunctival hemangiopericytoma, a rare but serious soft-tissue tumorous growth on the surface of the eye.

    The team's article, Isolated Hemangiopericytoma of the Conjunctiva has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. Two additional researchers, William Edwards and Joseph Ryan Turner, share authorship on the piece.

    The article shares findings from the treatment of a 54-year-old patient who had developed a small, firm, non-painful, non-mobile vascular mass on her eye. Treatment commenced after three weeks and included surgical excision of the mass. A one-year follow-up examination revealed no recurrence.



    Two Emory Eye Center faculty tapped for 2021 Morgan Distinguished Lecture

    As the Emory Eye Center closes out 2021, we are proud to announce that, for the first time in the University's history, two faculty (both from EEC!) were tapped to co-present the prestigious John F. Morgan Distinguished Faculty lecture. Nancy J. Newman, MD and Valérie Biousse, MD, shared the honor, one of the most coveted bestowed by the University.

    Newman and Biousse's talk, The Eye as a Window to the Brain: From Candlelight to Artificial Intelligence gave a fascinating history of their joint interest in reintroducing the ocular fundus examination - currently an infrequently performed practice conducted by non-ophthalmic physicians - into an effective tool of mainstream medicine.

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    Focus on Glaucoma Research: Andrew J. Feola, Ph.D.

    A team of researchers headed up by Emory Eye Center researcher, Andrew Feola Ph.D., is investigating a hormonal link to glaucoma that could open doors to more effective treatment and prevention options. Under the auspices of a 5-year, $1.25 million National Institutes of Health grant and a 5-year, $800,000 Veteran's Administration grant, Feola, an assistant professor in the Emory Medical School, is probing the connection between estrogen deficiencies and glaucoma - the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.

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