NEWS 2013

The AOIP Mirror

Announcements, Accolades and
Achievements of AOIP Members


Members of the AOIP, current and alumni, continue to be recognized for their leadership and outstanding achievement in their professional careers. Their contributions to vision science and dedication to ophthalmology are evident in the awards and accolades listed below. Congratulations AOIP members!

Faculty Updates

The Medical College of Wisconsin received a grant of $110,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Dale K. Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology.

Joseph Carroll, PhD, and the AOIP received a $100,000 grant from the Catherine and Walter Lindsay Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to further develop the vision research program.

Debbie Costakos, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, and Joseph Carroll, PhD, received a grant from the Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation totaling $300,000 for the Eye Institute.

Dennis Han, MD, published an article on the application of Lean to clinical care at the Eye Institute.  How a manufacturing process transformed healthcare delivery Medical Economics.

Judy E. Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, advanced her academic career by achieving tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She also received recognition by Dr. Greg Skuta, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Secretary for Clinical Education (and AAO President-Elect), for her valuable contributions to the educational mission of the AAO.  On July 1, 2013, Dr. Kim began a new appointment to the editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology.  In addition, Dr. Kim and the Eye Institute retinal research team recently received a $100,000 estate gift which will be split between diabetic retinopathy research and retinal research.  Estate gift from former patient funds diabetic retinopathy, other vision research at MCW.  

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, received an academic promotion to Associate Professor July 1st, 2013. In addition Dr. Stepien was elected to the MCW Women’s Faculty Council. This is great recognition of her engagement in MCW governance and a good reflection on the Ophthalmology Department and the AOIP.

Resident, Fellow and Student Updates

Jonathan Skarie, MD, AOIP member and current Department of Ophthalmology resident, was selected as Chief Resident for 2013-2014. Dr. Skarie was also selected to receive The Jessica S. Lin Award for Clinical Excellence by a Resident Physician. Dr. Skarie is AOIP's first physician to receive the award. This award is presented by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) to a resident physician in recognition of outstanding contributions to patient care. The award was established in memory of Jessica S. Lin, MD, a Neurosurgery resident at MCW from July 2007 until her accidental death in February 2010. Dr. Lin was highly regarded by all who knew her for her exceptional grace, warmth, intelligence, dedication and integrity.

AOIP welcomed four summer students this May. Kathleen Bazan and Gwen Musial, (SPUR students) and Ben Liu and Evan Cumpston (medical students).  They participate in the Medical College of Wisconsin's summer student programming (SPUR), providing them with a well rounded research experience at MCW.

Drew Scoles, University of Rochester and AOIP MD/PhD student, was invited to attend the National MD/PhD Student Conference in Keystone, Colorado. The 28th annual conference has long been a venue for physician scientist students to network with students, mentors and program directors from around the country. As a representative of AOIP, Drew presented his work on dark-field imaging of the retinal pigment epithelium.

Melissa Wilk, AOIP PhD student, was accepted into the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory summer vision course in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. The program offers its students an intensive two week course in visual circuits, perception, and behavior. In addition, Melissa was able to present her work on retinal and cortical structure in albinism to fellow vision scientists from across the globe.

Alumni Updates

Adam Dubis, PhD, recent MCW graduate, is featured in the Carthage College news discussing his new role at University College London.  Alumnus takes faculty position at renowned London university.

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