NEWS 2014

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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


Joseph Carroll, PhD

  • Appointed to the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His term runs through Dec. 31, 2017. As an editorial board member, Dr. Carroll will edit manuscripts, choose reviewers, evaluate reviews, and make recommendations to the editor. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science is the official publication of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world.
  • Appointed to serve on the Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development and Clinical Science Research & Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board.
  • Endowed Chair position - appointment as the Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology
  • Named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2014 “40 Under 40” list of Milwaukee’s most promising young professionals
  • Four-year renewal of National Eye Institute R01 grant, “Assessing Photoreceptor Structure and Function in Normal and Diseased Retinae.”
  • Delivered the commencement address at UW-Green Bay undergraduate formal commencement exercises on May 17, 2014.
  • Served as the 2014 Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk research co-chair.
  • Honorary Professor, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK

Alfredo Dubra, PhD

  • Glaucoma Research Fund has renewed the Catalyst For a Cure 2 team for three more years. This is a $250,000 per year grant.
  • Voted member of the annual meeting planning committee ARVO, representing MOI
  • Honorary Lecturer, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK

Dennis Han, MD

  • Received the 2013 Doctors' Writing Award in the category of Operations and Efficiencies for the journal Medical Economics for his article on Lean efforts.
  • Published a new book, “Cataract Surgery and Retinal Disease: Optimizing Visual Outcome”
  • Publication of a letter, “Retinal Complications Associated With Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Macular Holes or Epiretinal Membranes in Eyes With Previous Retinal Detachment Repair,” in the November 2013 issue of JAMA Ophthalmology.
  • Publication of an editorial, “Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Anti-VEGF Therapy, and Ophthalmic Imaging: Is There a Best Practice?,” in the September 2013 issue of JAMA Ophthalmology.

Judy Kim, MD

Kim Stepien, MD

  • Elected to the MCW Women’s Faculty Council
  • Received Austin Roorda’s Picture of the Year Award for split-detector AOSLO imaging in Best Vitelliform Dystrophy

Scott Robison, OD

  • Achieved American Board Certified Medical Optometry status. There are only about 600 optometrists nationwide who have achieved this distinction.

Resident, Fellow and Student Updates

Mortada A.A. Abdelaal, MD, spent 6 months with the AOIP as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Moataz M. Razeen, MD, joined AOIP as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Ben Sajdak - matriculated into the Neuroscience Doctoral Program

AOIP welcomed seven summer medical students this May: Timothy Carll, Nicholas Cates, Oladipo Fagbemi, Edward Randerson, Matt Braza, Ryan Johnson, and Kyle Greiber.  They conducted a variety of ocular imaging projects.

Jonathan Young was awarded one of Fight for Sight’s 2014 Summer Student Fellowships.  Jon and Alf Dubra continued the work on refining the recently-developed split-detection imaging technique.


Alumni Updates

Jon Skarie, MD, began his Glaucoma Fellowship at UW-Madison in July 2014.


AOIP Group Honors and Achievements

AOIP members participated with friends and family as a part of the Eye Institute’s 140 person team at the 2014 Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk.

ARVO 2014 - 36 ARVO presentations with collaborators, 11 ARVO presentations by AOIP members

Adaptive optics technology featured in the August 2014 issue of M Magazine.

14 papers published so far in 2014.

37,635 web page views from over 20 different countries

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