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  • The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Hosts a Research Open House for Medical Students
    Friday, November 05, 2021

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Hosts a Research Open House for Medical Students

    On Thursday, November 4, members of the Eye Team gathered virtually with medical students and student researchers from UMass Chan Medical School and across the country for the Second Annual Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Research Open House.

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  • Eye Team Members Enjoy Day of Empowerment
    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Eye Team Members Enjoy Day of Empowerment

    Last week, members of the UMass Memorial Eye Center attended the Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference held by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce. UMass Memorial serves as one of the lead sponsors of this incredible, inspirational day, which feeds the hearts and souls of our women leaders, and encourages them to learn, develop and grow.

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  • Thanksgiving Comes Early at the Eye Center
    Monday, October 25, 2021

    Thanksgiving Comes Early at the Eye Center

    Each year, the team at UMass Memorial Eye Center gathers to thoughtfully fill dozens of mugs with delicious chocolates and handwritten notes of thanks from Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM, President of UMass Memorial Medical Group and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

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  • Ophthalmology Team Focuses on Culture of Inclusivity
    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    Ophthalmology Team Focuses on Culture of Inclusivity

    As one of the most diverse departments within the UMass Memorial Health system, the physicians and researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences have first-hand knowledge of the various gender, race, ethnic and age biases that exist in the workplace from both patients and peers alike.

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  • Residents Attend New England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) Conference
    Wednesday, October 06, 2021

    Residents Attend New England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) Conference

    The 785th New England Ophthalmic Society meeting (NEOS) presented an exciting opportunity for UMASS residents to learn more about our field of medicine and network with leaders of our profession.

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  • Hitting It Out of the Park
    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    Hitting It Out of the Park

    It was a perfect day for baseball in mid-September. The batter hesitantly approached the plate and gazed out into the open field. He looked the first pitch off -- common for rookies.

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  • The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Presents: Quality Conference
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Presents: Quality Conference

    On behalf of the Ophthalmology Residency Program, we will be having a Quality Conference related to Patient Safety on October 29th from 8 AM – 9 AM. Dr. Luna will be leading the session.

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  • Eye Team Welcomes Retina Surgeon, Dr. Jeng-Miller
    Wednesday, September 08, 2021

    Eye Team Welcomes Retina Surgeon, Dr. Jeng-Miller

    Karen Jeng-Miller, MD, MPH graduated from Princeton University with an AB in Chemistry and certificates in Engineering Biology, Materials Science and Engineering, and Spanish Language and Culture. She obtained an MPH in International Health at Boston University School of Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

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  • UMass Memorial physicians help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Worcester
    Thursday, September 02, 2021

    UMass Memorial physicians help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Worcester

    Six UMass Memorial Health employees worked on town houses on Harrison Street in Worcester with Habitat for Humanity. The group said they rely heavily on volunteers and this year they haven't had many due to the pandemic. Doctors helped pour concrete to make landing steps and also worked inside.

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  • Eye Team Forges Strong Relationship at Department Picnic
    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Eye Team Forges Strong Relationship at Department Picnic

    Dozens of Eye Team members from the UMass Memorial Eye Center and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMass Medical School gathered together for a team celebration Sunday, August 29 at Dean Park in Shrewsbury.

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  • Eye Team says Farewell and Thank-You to Dr. Khanna
    Monday, August 23, 2021

    Eye Team says Farewell and Thank-You to Dr. Khanna

    Friends, colleagues and members of leadership gathered to say farewell to well-respected tenured faculty member, scientist, Hemant Khanna, PhD, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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  • Welcome to the family, the Great Eight!
    Friday, August 13, 2021

    Welcome to the family, the Great Eight!

    This academic year, the UMass Eye Center has officially welcomed two residents for each year of their newly formed residency program, totaling eight residents. Our residents come from across the country and abroad, including Georgia, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Cairo, Egypt. 

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  • Retinal Vasculitis with Anti-VEGF treatment
    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Retinal Vasculitis with Anti-VEGF treatment

    Michelle Cheng shows that inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the retina can promote inflammation by increasing the expression of cell adehesion molecules that enhance extravasation of immune cells from the vasculature. In a paper published in Human Gene Therapy she shows that rAAV mediated expression of a VEGF drug causes retinal vasculitis.

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  • Gene Therapy of Cornea Neovascularization
    Sunday, July 11, 2021

    Gene Therapy of Cornea Neovascularization

    The lab of Haijiang Lin, MD, PhD, and Bo Tian, MD, PhD, from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, collaborated with Ganging Gao, PhD, and Phillip W. L. Tai, PhD, at Horae Gene Therapy Center to expand the development and application of gene therapy in a variety of ocular diseases, including glaucoma, cornea and retina diseases, etc.

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  • Works Shine at Residents’ Day Program
    Saturday, June 26, 2021

    Works Shine at Residents’ Day Program

    On June 25, residents and faculty joined together for the UMass Memorial Eye Center’s second Residents’ Day program, marking the end of the academic year.

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  • UMass Insight Summer 2021
    Saturday, June 26, 2021

    UMass Insight Summer 2021

    I am delighted to share with you our new UMass InSight newsletter, summer 2021 edition.

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  • Patient Experiences Lead to Changes in the Eye Center
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    Patient Experiences Lead to Changes in the Eye Center

    Listening to patients is important in providing the best care we can. Our Eye Center has been doing just that with excellent results.

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  • Eye Center Gains Input from All Stakeholders During Strategic Retreat
    Monday, June 21, 2021

    Eye Center Gains Input from All Stakeholders During Strategic Retreat

    In June, the team from UMass Memorial Eye Center held a half-day strategic retreat to discuss the future trajectory of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

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  • HK2-Mediated Aerobic Glycolysis in AMD
    Friday, June 11, 2021

    HK2-Mediated Aerobic Glycolysis in AMD

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a multifactorial disease of unclear etiology. We previously proposed that metabolic adaptations in photoreceptors (PRs) play a role in disease progression. Here we show that the metabolic changes we induced in photoreceptors to cause AMD to not require HK2-mediated aerobic glycolysis to cause AMD-like pathologies in mouse. The data suggest that changes in the glucose lactate exchange between the retinal-pigmented epithelium and the photoreceptors are not what causes AMD in humans.

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  • Dr. Tianxiao Huan has been awarded a grant by Worcester Foundation, 2021
    Tuesday, June 01, 2021

    Dr. Tianxiao Huan has been awarded a grant by Worcester Foundation, 2021

    A Pilot Proteomic Study to Identify New Therapeutic Targets of Age-related Macular Degeneration

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  • Dr. Claudio Punzo Awarded a Pilot Project Program Grant
    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Dr. Claudio Punzo Awarded a Pilot Project Program Grant

    Dr. Claudio Punzo awarded a Pilot Project Program grant from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science for his project on “Testing siRNA therapeutics for the treatment of Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)”. Age-related Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes for visual impairment in the elderly.

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  • Ophthalmology Department says Farewell as Samuel Leeman Moves on to Medical School
    Monday, May 17, 2021

    Ophthalmology Department says Farewell as Samuel Leeman Moves on to Medical School

    Samuel Leeman bids farewell this week after serving for 3 years with the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at UMASS Medical School.

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  • Residency Program Celebrates Successful Match
    Thursday, February 04, 2021

    Residency Program Celebrates Successful Match

    It’s a match! The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School welcomes two exceptional candidates to its Ophthalmology Residency Program.
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  • UMass Insight Winter 2021
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    UMass Insight Winter 2021

    My name is Brian Gibbs and I was recently recruited to serve as Vice President and Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for UMass Memorial Health Care.

     

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  • Eye Team Celebrates the end of 2020 with the first Virtual Eye Ball
    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Eye Team Celebrates the end of 2020 with the first Virtual Eye Ball

    Eye team celebrates the end of 2020 with the first Virtual Eye Ball. With over 100 participants from 58 households over 3 continents (America, Europe, and Africa).

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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr. Laura Moreno-Leon
    Monday, November 02, 2020

    Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dr. Laura Moreno-Leon

    Laura Moreno-Leon, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has won the prestigious Horae Gene Therapy Center Postdoctoral Research Fellowship award. This award will help Dr. Moreno-Leon continue her studies on understanding the molecular underpinnings of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a debilitating inherited blindness disorder due to the death of our light-sensing neurons called photoreceptors. 

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  • Exciting News for Dr. Bonaldi
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020

    Exciting News for Dr. Bonaldi

    We would like to congratulate Dr. Bonaldi for attaining her Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). To qualify for fellowship, individuals are evaluated against the highest standards of professional competence. The FAAO letters after one’s name signifies the doctor or researcher has met the rigorous qualifications for fellowship.

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  • Virtual Open House for Student Research Involvement
    Friday, October 09, 2020

    Virtual Open House for Student Research Involvement

    A virtual open house event was held for faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to meet students interested in helping with upcoming research projects. Attended by more than 20 students, including medical students at UMASS, several undergraduate students and even a couple talented high school students, both faculty and students were able to introduce themselves and mention a little bit about their research interests. 

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  • Blind Date Event Proves Eye Opening Experience for Caregivers
    Wednesday, September 02, 2020

    Blind Date Event Proves Eye Opening Experience for Caregivers

    Caregivers and researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UMass Memorial Health Care and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are dedicated to preserving and improving the vision of our community members.

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  • Ophthalmology Residency Program Now Accepting Applications
    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Ophthalmology Residency Program Now Accepting Applications

    The mission of the Ophthalmology Residency Program is to train diverse, innovative and problem-solving clinicians, educators, scholars and leaders in a supportive, scholarly and collegial environment. Our program prepares the next generation of ophthalmologists to value scholarship, compassion and the ethical practice of medicine.

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  • UMass Memorial Health Care and Israeli company to collaborate on new solution to prevent avoidable blindness
    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    UMass Memorial Health Care and Israeli company to collaborate on new solution to prevent avoidable blindness

    UMass Memorial Health Care has announced that it is partnering with a health company in Israel to co-develop a new paradigm designed to prevent avoidable blindness and save lives for high-risk patients.

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  • COVID-19 Safety Measures
    Thursday, July 02, 2020

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    Your health is our top priority — now and always. We’re enhancing our already high standards to ensure the safety of all our patients and caregivers. This video highlights the many safe care processes at the hospitals and community clinics of UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial Medical Group. Trust that you are safe with UMass Memorial.

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  • American Macular Degeneration Foundation donates $100K for Dr. Seddon’s research
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    American Macular Degeneration Foundation donates $100K for Dr. Seddon’s research

    Macular degeneration is degrading Chip Goehring’s eyesight, but it has not diminished his vision for supporting research that may one day help to cure the most common cause of blindness in people over the age of 60.

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  • Inaugural Virtual Ophthamology Conference: Ben-Gurion/UMass Collaboration
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Inaugural Virtual Ophthamology Conference: Ben-Gurion/UMass Collaboration

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Department of Ophthalmology, Soroka University Medical Center Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel held a virtual conference to discuss COVID-19 pandemic experiences in academic settings.

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  • Hemant Khanna awarded a grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness to study retinitis pigmentosa
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Hemant Khanna awarded a grant from Foundation Fighting Blindness to study retinitis pigmentosa

    The Individual Investigator Research Grant application of Dr. Hemant Khanna, Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UMass Medical School, has been selected for funding by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The funding decisions are made through a rigorous review process of the Executive Scientific Advisory Board Committee, which consists of the field’s leading researchers.

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  • Eye Center Embraces Community Change
    Friday, June 19, 2020

    Eye Center Embraces Community Change

    The year 2020 held significant meaning and high expectations for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. What started off as a joyous celebration of the Year of the Eye – with the completion of the first year of their residency program and anticipation of a new clinic location in Northborough – quickly shifted focus to all things COVID-19 and efforts to keep our community members and caregivers safe.

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  • Inaugural Virtual Residents’ Day Held June 12th
    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Inaugural Virtual Residents’ Day Held June 12th

    Ophthalmology Residency Program’s Inaugural Virtual Residents’ Day was held on the morning of June 12th, 2020. This event was originally going to take place at the Medical School where faculty, staff, and community members, could gather and highlight the past year of educational activities of our residents Dr. Saad Al-Kadhi and Dr. Soraiya Thura.

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  • UMass Insight Summer 2020
    Friday, June 12, 2020

    UMass Insight Summer 2020

    The UMass Memorial Board of Trustees and I commend you on the dedication and empathy you’ve shown to your patients and colleagues during this crisis. We know the daily sacrifices you’ve been making and couldn’t be prouder. The Eye Team rocks!

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  • Hemant Khanna appointed to NIH study section
    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    Hemant Khanna appointed to NIH study section

    Hemant Khanna, PhD Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UMass Medical School has been appointed to serve on the Diseases and Pathophysiology of the Visual System (DPVS) Study Section. Dr. Khanna’s term runs from July 2020 to June 2024.

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  • Eye Team Welcomes Katherine Ribeiro, BSc, MBA, as our New Eye Center Manager
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Eye Team Welcomes Katherine Ribeiro, BSc, MBA, as our New Eye Center Manager

    Ms. Ribeiro will be joining the Eye Team as a Manager of Ambulatory and Procedural Services at the Eye Center. She has a rich professional background including operations optimization in both auto factories and print-mail facilities, complex budgeting and financial analysis, almost ten years of medical office management in a multi-site practice and also experience in academic administration.

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  • Eye Center Pledges to Keep Patients and Employees Safe
    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Eye Center Pledges to Keep Patients and Employees Safe

    On May 18th 2020, Eye Center embarked on PHASE 1 operations while implementing new protocols to keep patients and employees safe during COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Altered photoreceptor metabolism in mouse causes late stage age-related macular degeneration-like pathologies
    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Altered photoreceptor metabolism in mouse causes late stage age-related macular degeneration-like pathologies

    The main cause for blindness in the elderly worldwide is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). What causes AMD remains unknown. The high metabolic demands of photoreceptors are thought to contribute to disease pathogenesis, yet whether photoreceptor metabolism differs in individuals with AMD has not been determined.

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  • Dr. Claudio Punzo receives BrightFocus Grant
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    Dr. Claudio Punzo receives BrightFocus Grant

    The BrightFocus Foundation awarded Dr. Claudio Punzo a grant for his research into understanding how smoking contributes to Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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  • Eye Team Shares Positivity and Tips for Self-Care During Times of Global Crisis
    Monday, April 06, 2020

    Eye Team Shares Positivity and Tips for Self-Care During Times of Global Crisis

    Eye Team continues to diligently see and take care of emergency patients in the Eye Center Hahnemann clinic. Elective patients are seen remotely using telehealth resources. During times of crisis, the team spirit remains high. Eye team created a video to share tips for self-care with the community. The video became popular on social media and was mentioned on the local TV news.

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  • Dr. Kassira joins the Eye Team at UMASS Memorial Medical Center
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020

    Dr. Kassira joins the Eye Team at UMASS Memorial Medical Center

    Firas Kassira, OD, graduated from George Mason University with a BS in biology and obtained his OD degree from the New England College of Optometry with clinical honors.

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  • Eye-Related Care During COVID-19
    Saturday, March 28, 2020

    Eye-Related Care During COVID-19

    Dear Patients,
    If you’re experiencing a non-emergency eye problem, don’t come directly to the Eye Center as we are currently not accepting walk in patients. Please call 508-334-0930 and ask to speak with the Eye Center on-call physician. We’ll assess your eye problem to determine if you need to come in for care, or if we can treat you using virtual medicine technology.

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  • Eye Team says Farewell to Darlene Bocash-Winn
    Wednesday, March 04, 2020

    Eye Team says Farewell to Darlene Bocash-Winn

    Darlene Bocash-Winn, Eye Center clinic manager completed 3 years of productive service at the Eye Center. Under her leadership, the Eye Team was named “Sweet 16”, three years in a row as one of the top functioning innovative team in the UMass Memorial Healthcare system. Eye Team won Innovators of the Year Award twice, in 2017 and in 2019.

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  • Eye Team Designs the Dream Eye Center
    Friday, February 21, 2020

    Eye Team Designs the Dream Eye Center

    Eye team members, front desk people, technicians, physicians, optometrists, researchers, marketing people, space design people, students, residents, administrators and patients came together to brainstorm and design the Dream Eye Center.

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  • Dr. Seddon Featured in Future Vision Award Video
    Wednesday, February 05, 2020

    Dr. Seddon Featured in Future Vision Award Video

  • Eye Team Embarks on Arbinger Journey
    Saturday, January 25, 2020

    Eye Team Embarks on Arbinger Journey

    The Arbinger Institute was founded in 1979 by Dr. C. Terry Warner, the scholar who solved the central problem at the heart of the human sciences: the problem of self-deception. That work revealed two distinct mindsets from which people and organizations operate—a self-focused inward mindset and an others-inclusive outward mindset—and the path to sustainably changing mindset and results. 

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  • Eye to Eye Conference Brings Together UMass Ophthalmologists and MCPHS Optometrists
    Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Eye to Eye Conference Brings Together UMass Ophthalmologists and MCPHS Optometrists

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School held the third Eye to Eye Conference in January 2020 at the Albert Sherman Research Building.

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  • Dr. Christopher Teng’s “Walk Through Glaucoma Park” Vision Seminar Captures the Audience
    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Dr. Christopher Teng’s “Walk Through Glaucoma Park” Vision Seminar Captures the Audience

    Christopher Teng MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University School of Medicine and the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship was our Vision Seminar’s first speaker in 2020.

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  • Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Named January 2020 Communicator of the Month
    Friday, January 17, 2020

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Named January 2020 Communicator of the Month

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was presented with the Communicator of the Month – Shout Out Award by the UMass Memorial Marketing and Communications Department for the month of January.

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  • Eye Center Team Wins the Innovators of the Year Award (Again!)
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    Eye Center Team Wins the Innovators of the Year Award (Again!)

    On December 18, 2019 the UMass Memorial senior leadership team announced the 2019 Innovators of the Year Award recipients. This award recognizes teams from across the health care system for their outstanding contributions in achieving True North goals by successfully implementing caregiver ideas.

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  • UMass Insight Winter 2020
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    UMass Insight Winter 2020

    Our patients, community and caregivers can all be very grateful for your commitments to excellence and exceptional teamwork that have resulted in many outstanding improvements over the last several years. You’re simply amazing!

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  • Grand Rounds Announcement
    Monday, December 09, 2019

    Grand Rounds Announcement

    The UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is proud to announce that starting January 10th, we will be hosting Grand Rounds from 7 AM - 8 AM at the Eye Center, 281 Lincoln St, Worcester, MA 01605.

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  • Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Winter Retreat Hosts Dr. Eric Dickson as Guest Speaker
    Sunday, December 08, 2019

    Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Winter Retreat Hosts Dr. Eric Dickson as Guest Speaker

    Clinicians, scientists, caregivers, administrators and learners gathered together to celebrate the holiday season at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.

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  • Dr. Lam Presents Three Unsung Heroes in Ophthalmology
    Friday, November 22, 2019

    Dr. Lam Presents Three Unsung Heroes in Ophthalmology

    Andrew Lam, M.D., is a retinal surgeon and award-winning author of three books: Saving Sight, an Amazon bestseller about his surgical career, Two Sons of China, a novel of WWII that won a Foreword Reviews' Book of Year Award in 2014, and his latest novel, Repentance, based on the history of the famed Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team of WWII.

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  • Something Special: Connecting at First-Ever Convention
    Friday, November 15, 2019

    Something Special: Connecting at First-Ever Convention

    On Monday, November 4, 2019, UMass Memorial Health Care held its first health care convention that brought together referring physicians and advanced practice providers from the community representing more than a dozen clinics and services.

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  • Dr. Johanna Seddon Honored as Guest Lecturer at Mount Sinai, New York
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Dr. Johanna Seddon Honored as Guest Lecturer at Mount Sinai, New York

    Dr. Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, presented the Joseph B. Walsh, MD, Memorial Retina Lecture at the Department of Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

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  • Eyes to the Past Exhibit Draws Large Crowd
    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Eyes to the Past Exhibit Draws Large Crowd

    Candy may have been involved, but the UMass Memorial Eye Center played no tricks when they treated visitors to their Eyes to the Past presentation at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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  • Eye Center Named as an Innovator of the Year Finalist for Third Consecutive Year
    Monday, October 28, 2019

    Eye Center Named as an Innovator of the Year Finalist for Third Consecutive Year

    They say “good things come in threes,” and that’s certainly the case with the UMass Memorial Eye Center’s Innovators of the Year history! For the third year in a row, the Eye Center has won a coveted spot as a member of the Innovators of the Year’s Sweet 16! 

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  • The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences holds Residency Interviews
    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences holds Residency Interviews

    The newly established residency program at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences attracted more than 400 applications. Top candidates were selected to interview. 

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  • Dr. Judy Kim Discusses Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology
    Friday, October 18, 2019

    Dr. Judy Kim Discusses Artificial Intelligence in Ophthalmology

    Judy E. Kim, MD is an internationally well-known vitreoretinal specialist and a Professor of Ophthalmology with tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kim was the honorable guest speaker of the October Vision Seminar and discussed the interesting topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in ophthalmology. 

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  • The Eye Team Showcases Innovations and Progress in Patient Care for 2019
    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    The Eye Team Showcases Innovations and Progress in Patient Care for 2019

    The Eye Team, headed by clinical photographer Katlyn Champagne, created an original video showing some of their original ideas in enhancing patients’ care in 2019. The UMass Memorial Eye Center idea board theme is: Star Wars.



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  • UMass Presence at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    UMass Presence at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. The AAO is a global community of 32,000 medical doctors, which protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.

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  • New Eye Simulator for UMass Ophthalmology Residents
    Tuesday, October 01, 2019

    New Eye Simulator for UMass Ophthalmology Residents

    The Ophthalmology Residency Program at UMass recently introduced a brand new, state-of-the-art surgical and medical simulator to the Department. After an orientation and training session in July, the Residents have now started to use the surgical simulators as often as weekly for clinical and surgical skills practice.

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  • Dr. Jennifer Lim Opens the New Academic Year’s Vision Seminar Series
    Friday, September 20, 2019

    Dr. Jennifer Lim Opens the New Academic Year’s Vision Seminar Series

    Jennifer Lim, MD, the Marion H. Schenk Chair Professor of Ophthalmology, and the director of the Retina Service, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, was the honorable first Vision Seminar guest for the new academic year. 

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  • UMass Medical School Licenses Gene Therapy Program Utilizing Mini-Gene Approach for Leber Congenital Amaurosis Type 10 to Iveric Bio
    Monday, September 16, 2019

    UMass Medical School Licenses Gene Therapy Program Utilizing Mini-Gene Approach for Leber Congenital Amaurosis Type 10 to Iveric Bio

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School has licensed the exclusive global rights to develop and commercialize novel adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy product candidates for the treatment of Leber Congenital Amaurosis type 10 (LCA10) to IVERIC bio, Inc. 

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  • Eye Center’s Families Get Together to Celebrate the End of Summer
    Sunday, September 08, 2019

    Eye Center’s Families Get Together to Celebrate the End of Summer

    Eye Team families got together on Sunday morning at Dean Park in Shrewsbury to celebrate the end of summer. Eye team members brought along their loved ones: spouses, children, significant others, and pets to share a fun memorable morning together. It was a terrific team-building event. 

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  • Residents Embark on First Wellness Walk with the Chair
    Saturday, September 07, 2019

    Residents Embark on First Wellness Walk with the Chair

    The Ophthalmology residency program at UMass was approved in April 2019 and the inaugural class of residents, Dr. Soraiya Thura and Dr. Saad Al-Kadhi started their residency training program in July 2019. 

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  • Dr. Shlomit Schaal Named to Board of Governors for UMass Memorial Medical Group
    Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal Named to Board of Governors for UMass Memorial Medical Group

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UMass Memorial Medical Center, was recently appointed as chair of the UMass Memorial Medical Group Board of Governors by the UMass Memorial Health Care Board of Trustees. 

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  • UMass Eye Center Welcomes Inaugural Class of Ophthalmology Residents
    Monday, July 01, 2019

    UMass Eye Center Welcomes Inaugural Class of Ophthalmology Residents

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is pleased to welcome inaugural class of ophthalmology residents. 

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  • Dr. Schaal Delivers Keynote Talk at Marshall University School of Medicine
    Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Dr. Schaal Delivers Keynote Talk at Marshall University School of Medicine

    Dr. Schaal was invited to give a keynote talk “An Eye on Leadership and Transformation” in an academic conference focused on professional development of women in medicine and science at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. 

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  • UMass Ophthalmology Trainees Presenting Their ARVO Original Research
    Sunday, June 23, 2019

    UMass Ophthalmology Trainees Presenting Their ARVO Original Research

    Several members of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UMASS Medical School participated in the ARVO 2019 annual meeting from April 28-May 3, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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  • Dr. Schaal Celebrating 3 Years at UMass
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Dr. Schaal Celebrating 3 Years at UMass

    We are always taught to look ahead, keep progressing, set goals and reach them. You all know that I personally love stretch goals, crazy dreams, steep challenges, and big future plans. But sometimes, it is also important and healthy to stop for a (short) while, and take a few moments to look back and reflect upon the path we walked upon together.

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  • Eye Team Participates in Multicultural Women’s Health Summit
    Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Eye Team Participates in Multicultural Women’s Health Summit

    The fourth annual Multicultural Women’s Health Summit took place on Saturday June 15th at the Albert Sherman Center. Members of the academic health science community who are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of women who live and work in Central Massachusetts presented talks focused on women’s health.

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  • The Eye Team Celebrates Sweet 16 Second Year in a Row
    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    The Eye Team Celebrates Sweet 16 Second Year in a Row

    The Eye Team celebrated being included in the Sweet 16 Finalists for the UMass Memorial Healthcare Innovators of the Year Award second year in a row.

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  • Dr. Omar Helmy’s Farewell, end of a chapter and start of a new one
    Friday, June 07, 2019

    Dr. Omar Helmy’s Farewell, end of a chapter and start of a new one

    Dr. Omar Helmy served as a research coordinator in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences between 2016 and 2019. Here are his heartfelt words at the farewell party.

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  • Dr. Johanna Seddon honored as member of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS)
    Saturday, June 01, 2019

    Dr. Johanna Seddon honored as member of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS)

    Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, Professor of Ophthalmology, Director of Retina and Director of the Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, was inducted as a member into the celebrated American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) for her distinguished contributions to the fields of ophthalmology, retina and macular degeneration. 

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  • Women’s Faculty Awards honor excellence across career spectrum
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    Women’s Faculty Awards honor excellence across career spectrum

    The 19th Women’s Faculty Awards Luncheon honored women in science and health care for achievements throughout their careers. Faculty were recognized for early career achievement, clinical service, mentoring, education and science.

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  • Spring Retreat - Stepping Up Standards of Respect
    Sunday, May 26, 2019

    Spring Retreat - Stepping Up Standards of Respect

    The Eye Team’s Spring Retreat was all about teamwork and stepping up our standards of respect.

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  • UMass Insight Spring 2019
    Saturday, May 25, 2019

    UMass Insight Spring 2019

    Looking at the UMass Memorial Eye Center (no pun intended!), I see a team that has developed into a highly effective group of caregivers. It’s an accomplishment that has made you exemplary no matter the challenge — whether it’s onboarding new team members, serving your many patients as you grow, or working across the many sites you’ve expanded to.

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  • Establishing a New Eye Clinic at the University Campus
    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Establishing a New Eye Clinic at the University Campus

    Dr. Juan Ding, OD, PhD led a project to establish and improve a novel optometry clinic at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) building of the UMass campus. She worked on this project as part of the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) at UMass Medical School, mentored by Dr. Sheri Keitz. Manisha Anand, a certified ophthalmic assistant at the Eye Center, helped Dr. Ding on this project as part of earning her Green Belt.

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  • LISTEN: A conversation with Shlomit Schaal on improving eye health
    Wednesday, May 01, 2019

    LISTEN: A conversation with Shlomit Schaal on improving eye health

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, is focused on improving the way diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed in patients. As she explained in a new Voices of UMassMed podcast, diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes, and early detection can prevent blindness. 

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  • UMASS Ophthalmology at ARVO 2019
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    UMASS Ophthalmology at ARVO 2019

    Several members of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences will be presenting their research at the 2019 Annual meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) from April 28-May 3.

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  • Exciting and New: Ophthalmology Residency Training Program in UMass Medical School
    Monday, April 22, 2019

    Exciting and New: Ophthalmology Residency Training Program in UMass Medical School

    The Department of Ophthalmology at UMass is proud to announce the beginning of our newly Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved Ophthalmology Residency Program. “We are committed to exceptional resident education,” the Director of Medical Education for the department, Misha Faustina, M.D., FACS stated.

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  • UMass Researchers Win BrightFocus Grant
    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    UMass Researchers Win BrightFocus Grant

    Dr. Haijiang Lin and Dr. Bo Tian have been awarded a competitive grant from BrightFocus, a prestigious research foundation. As part of this grant, investigators will study the molecular mechanism of the progression of age related macular degeneration (AMD).

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  • Dr. Kathy Colby Introduces New Thoughts About Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy
    Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Dr. Kathy Colby Introduces New Thoughts About Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy

    Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, an internationally renowned academic cornea specialist, was April’s Vision Seminar guest speaker. Dr. Colby serves as Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Chicago, where she is the Louis Block Professor. 

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  • Dr. Hadad Completes 3 months of research rotation at the Eye Center as part of the UMass Ben Gurion Student Exchange Program
    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Dr. Hadad Completes 3 months of research rotation at the Eye Center as part of the UMass Ben Gurion Student Exchange Program

    Aviel Hadad, M.D., M.P.H. enjoyed the last 3 months in a research rotation at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as part of the UMass Ben Gurion exchange program.  Dr. Hadad is originally from Kibbutz Keramim in southern Israel. 

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  • Dr. Raju Rajala discusses how photoreceptors cope with high energy demands to maintain their metabolism and health
    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Dr. Raju Rajala discusses how photoreceptors cope with high energy demands to maintain their metabolism and health

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMASS Medical School kicked off spring with our distinguished vision seminar speaker Dr. Raju V.S. Rajala, PhD, M.G. McCool Chair in Ophthalmology and Professor of Physiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 

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  • Dr. Seddon, a world-renowned clinician-scientist joins UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    Friday, March 01, 2019

    Dr. Seddon, a world-renowned clinician-scientist joins UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

    Dr. Seddon presented a special research seminar entitled: Mechanisms and Etiology of Macular Degeneration: Nature, Nurture and Targets for Therapies”, in which she summarized decades of her original clinical epidemiological research focused on identifying environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the development of most common disease that affects vision in the developed world, macular Degeneration. 

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  • Delaying Cone Death in Retinitis Pigmentosa
    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    Delaying Cone Death in Retinitis Pigmentosa

    There are two types of photoreceptors: rods (responsible for vision at low light levels) and cones (responsible for vision at higher light levels, as well as fine visual detail and color vision). Dr. Punzo’s research is focused on establishing a gene therapy to delay cone death in Retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • Potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus
    Tuesday, February 05, 2019

    Potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus

    When most people think of the word “virus,” they often relate it to infections or diseases. The sole purpose of a virus is to attack and infect a normal cell, use it to replicate, and then kill it. Some examples include the flu virus and the deadly Ebola virus. 

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  • Dr. Michael Boulton discusses Programmed Bone Marrow-Derived cells as a Systemic Therapy for Retinal Degeneration
    Friday, January 25, 2019

    Dr. Michael Boulton discusses Programmed Bone Marrow-Derived cells as a Systemic Therapy for Retinal Degeneration

    Michael E Boulton, the Susan and Dowd Ritter/RPB Endowed Chair and Professor in Ophthalmology Research, University of Alabama, former Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, was the honorable guest speaker of January’s Vision Seminar.

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  • UMass Insight Winter 2019
    Monday, December 10, 2018

    UMass Insight Winter 2019

    At this time of year when family and gratitude are foremost in our minds and in our holiday celebrations, I humbly urge you to take a moment to reflect on the unique qualities of physician/patient relationships. Our patients come to us seeking good health, comfort and expertise.

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  • Eye Team Celebrates 2018 at the Worcester Art Museum
    Saturday, December 08, 2018

    Eye Team Celebrates 2018 at the Worcester Art Museum

    The Eye Team celebrated 2018, a year of much progress and many achievements, at the Worcester Art Museum. Dr. Shlomit Schaal, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences summarized the highlights of 2018.

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  • Dr. Mark Johnson Discusses Vitreo-Retinal Interface Pathology
    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Dr. Mark Johnson Discusses Vitreo-Retinal Interface Pathology

    Mark Johnson, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan was the honorable guest speaker of November’s Vision Seminar.

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  • Eye Team Celebrates Tech Appreciation Week
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Eye Team Celebrates Tech Appreciation Week

    The week of November 5-9, 2018 and eventful week at the Eye Center. All the staff celebrated “Technician week”, for all the Ophthalmic Technicians in the department. 

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  • Harvard scholars for a Masters Degree in Health Care Management (MHCM) Visit UMass
    Sunday, November 04, 2018

    Harvard scholars for a Masters Degree in Health Care Management (MHCM) Visit UMass

    Ten scholars of the 2020 Cohort of Harvard’s prestigious Masters Program in Healthcare Management visited UMass Memorial Healthcare system to learn about Lean visual management system. 

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  • Black Belt Graduation Ceremony Features Eye Center’s Operational Excellence Project
    Friday, October 05, 2018

    Black Belt Graduation Ceremony Features Eye Center’s Operational Excellence Project

    The Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt is a comprehensive principle based lean leadership program. The program focuses on the design and implementation of principle based systems, anchored in desired behaviors, and the use of Lean tools and methods to drive UMMHC. 

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  • UMass Eye Center Participates in Teddy Bear Clinic
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018

    UMass Eye Center Participates in Teddy Bear Clinic

    The UMass Memorial Eye Center was proud to participate in this year's Teddy Bear Clinic at the University Campus on September 29, 2018. Justine Grier, OD, Manisha Anand, and Nishtha Khanna welcomed hundreds of pediatric patients. 

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  • Eye Team Walks for the Cure
    Monday, October 01, 2018

    Eye Team Walks for the Cure

    The Eye Team participated in the UMass Walk for the Cure. The team members walked together 5 miles to honor cancer survivors. 

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  • The Eye Center Team Showcases Innovations in Patient Care
    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    The Eye Center Team Showcases Innovations in Patient Care

    The Eye Team, headed by clinical photographer Katlyn Champagne, created an original video showing some of their original ideas in enhancing patient care. The chosen theme was: Star Wars. The Eye Team won the Innovators of the Year Award in 2017 and team members are determined to win the award in 2018 as well.

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  • Dr. Joan Miller Summarizes the Past, Present and Future of AMD Treatment
    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Dr. Joan Miller Summarizes the Past, Present and Future of AMD Treatment

    Joan Miller, MD, FARVO, the David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School was the Vision Seminar distinguished speaker in September 2018. 

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  • First Ophthalmology Kaizen Event at the Eye Center
    Friday, August 31, 2018

    First Ophthalmology Kaizen Event at the Eye Center

    The department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences held the first Rapid Improvement session (Kaizen event) entitled:  “Operational Excellence at the Eye Center: Achieving Alignment and Enabling Innovation”. 

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  • Fresh eyes on ophthalmology
    Monday, August 27, 2018

    Fresh eyes on ophthalmology

    In just two years' time as the department chair of ophthalmology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Shlomit Schaal has done about as much as a medical chair might hope to accomplish during a career. 

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  • Danaë Alexandrou, undergraduate student, summarizes her summer at the Eye Center
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Danaë Alexandrou, undergraduate student, summarizes her summer at the Eye Center

    Working in the Eye Center offered me more than I could have hoped for this summer. Assigned to two research projects to advance, I thought that I would strictly be recruiting patients and taking retinal photos to be analyzed.

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  • The Eye Team Celebrates Margaret (Peggy) Thrappas and Kate Wood as They Move on to Another Chapter in Their Lives
    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    The Eye Team Celebrates Margaret (Peggy) Thrappas and Kate Wood as They Move on to Another Chapter in Their Lives

    The Eye Team celebrated two beloved members of the marketing team, Peggy Thrappas and Kate Wood, and thanked them for their significant contributions to the marketing efforts of UMass Memorial Eye Center. 

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  • Dr. Dan Yoon Joins the Eye Team at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare
    Friday, August 10, 2018

    Dr. Dan Yoon Joins the Eye Team at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare

    Dr. Dan Yoon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a BA in Biology and obtained his MD from New York University School of Medicine. 

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  • Welcome Suzanne Johnston, MPH, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist
    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Welcome Suzanne Johnston, MPH, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist

    The UMass Memorial Eye Center continues to expand its clinical capabilities with the arrival of Pediatric Ophthalmologist Suzanne Johnston, MD, MPH, of Boston Children’s Hospital in July.

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  • Dr. Grier joins the Eye Center
    Wednesday, August 01, 2018

    Dr. Grier joins the Eye Center

    Dr. Grier has recently joined the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMass as an optometrist and faculty member. 

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  • UMASS Eye at ARVO
    Monday, July 02, 2018

    UMASS Eye at ARVO

    Members of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UMASS Medical School participated in the ARVO 2018 annual meeting from April 29-May 3, 2018 in Hawaii. 

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Misha Faustina for completing the UMMS Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Congratulations to Dr. Misha Faustina for completing the UMMS Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

    The JFDP is designed to accelerate the academic and professional development of junior faculty. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs, the year-long program is an intensive professional development experience for junior faculty designed to empower them and facilitate their success in academic medicine.

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  • The Eye Team Reaches Out to the Worcester Community
    Sunday, June 17, 2018

    The Eye Team Reaches Out to the Worcester Community

    Members of the Eye Team actively participated in the annual Multicultural Women’s Health Summit, which took place at UMass Medical School on Saturday, June 16th.

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  • Eye Team Participates in UMMHC Standards of Respect Initiative
    Thursday, May 31, 2018

    Eye Team Participates in UMMHC Standards of Respect Initiative

    Laura Flynn (Director of Performance, Learning & Education) & Pauline Huie (Sr. Organization Development Specialist), from the Organization & People Development team (OPD), facilitated the Standards of Respects workshop to the Eye Team at Hahnemann Clinic.

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  • Dr. Lucian Del Priore Discusses Stem Cell Therapeutics for Degenerative Retinal Diseases
    Friday, May 18, 2018

    Dr. Lucian Del Priore Discusses Stem Cell Therapeutics for Degenerative Retinal Diseases

    Vision Seminar guest speaker, Lucian Del Priore, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University and chief of ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), summarized decades of basic bench research and advanced clinical research in the field of stem cell transplantation.

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  • UMass Insight Spring 2018
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    UMass Insight Spring 2018

    It is with great admiration and pride that I have watched the growth and success of the Department of Ophthalmology and the UMass Memorial Eye Center over the past couple of years. A new dynamism and energy has been instilled which, I believe is directly attributable to the influence of Dr. Shlomit Schaal, the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

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  • Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Spring Retreat
    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Spring Retreat

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences hosted a Spring Retreat at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA. During the retreat, Dr. Schaal, department chair, summarized several key milestones that were successfully achieved by the Eye Team, including doubling patient volumes at the...

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  • 2nd Annual Diabetes Day at UMASS Medical School
    Wednesday, May 02, 2018

    2nd Annual Diabetes Day at UMASS Medical School

    Dr. Juan Ding (OD, PhD) and Manisha Anand (Ophthalmic Technician) of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences presented a poster at the 2nd Annual Diabetes Day hosted by the Diabetes center of Excellence (DCOE) at UMASS Medical School.

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  • Vision Seminar Speaker, Dr. Henry Kaplan, introduces novel research that carries the hope to restore cone function in retinitis pigmentosa
    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Vision Seminar Speaker, Dr. Henry Kaplan, introduces novel research that carries the hope to restore cone function in retinitis pigmentosa

    Henry J. Kaplan MD, FACS, was April’s Vision Seminar guest speaker. He summarized the work he has been doing over the past decade with collaborators at the University of Louisville, and other universities across the nation.

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  • Eye Center Featured on Everyone Everyday Campaign
    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Eye Center Featured on Everyone Everyday Campaign

    The Eye Center was featured on UMass Memorial Healthcare’s “Everyone Everyday” Campaign, which highlights teams that have increased their efficiency.

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  • Dr. Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer, Hosts Innovators of the Year Dinner
    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Dr. Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer, Hosts Innovators of the Year Dinner

    Dr. Eric Dickson invited the members of the Eye Team for a special dinner to celebrate their winning of the Innovators of the Year Award.

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  • NEW Eye Clinic - Now Open at Northborough Crossing
    Tuesday, April 03, 2018

    NEW Eye Clinic - Now Open at Northborough Crossing

    On April 2nd, Dr. Schaal announced a new additional location for UMass Eye Center. “I am happy to announce that we have opened this week another location for UMass Memorial Eye Center.

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  • Women in Retina Leading the Way
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Women in Retina Leading the Way

    In the United States there are 89 chairs of ophthalmology departments. Of these, seven are women, four of whom have vitreoretinal training. These four, were recently profiled by the journal Retina Today (March 2018). Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences University of Massachusetts Medical School was interviewed as one of the four women leaders.

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  • The Eye Center Says Farewell To Dr. Hinkle
    Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    The Eye Center Says Farewell To Dr. Hinkle

    David Hinkle, MD, served 3.5 years at UMass Eye Center. Dr. Hinkle was the Ambulatory Physician Leader for the Eye Clinic, and was the busiest clinician on faculty.

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  • Dr. Lin gives a Special Vision Seminar
    Monday, March 05, 2018

    Dr. Lin gives a Special Vision Seminar

    Haijiang Lin M.D., Ph.D, a clinician-scientist concentrating on the field of retinal diseases is the Director of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Translational Research Center.

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  • Dr. Khanna to work in collaboration with Ophthotech on developing novel gene therapy for blinding eye diseases
    Saturday, March 03, 2018

    Dr. Khanna to work in collaboration with Ophthotech on developing novel gene therapy for blinding eye diseases

    Ophthotech collaborates with University of Massachusetts Medical School on novel technology for next-generation gene delivery technology and novel gene therapies for ophthalmic diseases.

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  • Drs. Faustina and Schaal Participated in Annual AUPO Meeting
    Sunday, February 25, 2018

    Drs. Faustina and Schaal Participated in Annual AUPO Meeting

    The Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) is an organization dedicated to research and education in ophthalmology. It is the voice of academic ophthalmology in the United States.

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  • UMass Researchers Win Prestigious Macula Society Research Grant
    Saturday, February 24, 2018

    UMass Researchers Win Prestigious Macula Society Research Grant

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal and Dr. Hemant Khanna have been awarded a competitive grant from The Macula Society. The grant funds are supported by Regeneron. As part of this grant, the investigators

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  • Vision Seminar Hosts Michael E. Zegans, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Dartmouth
    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Vision Seminar Hosts Michael E. Zegans, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Dartmouth

    Dr. Zegans is a Professor of Surgery and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth College. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Dartmouth College.

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  • The Eye Team Thanks President Patrick Muldoon for his Leadership
    Thursday, February 01, 2018

    The Eye Team Thanks President Patrick Muldoon for his Leadership

    The last visitor of the day to the Eye Center on January 31st was a very special person: the president of the academic medical center, Mr. Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, who retired from his position on that same day.

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  • Vision Seminar Hosts Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, an Expert in Retinal Degenerative Diseases
    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    Vision Seminar Hosts Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, an Expert in Retinal Degenerative Diseases

    Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, Associate Professor at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan was the Vision Seminar honorable speaker for the month of January.

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  • Eye Center Team Wins the Innovators of the Year Award
    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Eye Center Team Wins the Innovators of the Year Award

    On December 15, 2017 the UMass Memorial senior leadership team announced the 2017 Innovators of the Year Award recipients.

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  • UMass Insight Winter 2018
    Saturday, December 09, 2017

    UMass Insight Winter 2018

    I am exceptionally proud of the accomplishments that our caregivers from the UMass Memorial Eye Center have achieved this past year. It has been a year marked with growth and transformation for the Eye Center.

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  • Second Eye to Eye Conference Introduces New Faculty
    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Second Eye to Eye Conference Introduces New Faculty

    The second Eye to Eye Conference took place at the Albert Sherman Research Building at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and brought together ophthalmologists from UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and optometrists from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS ) in the Worcester area.

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  • The Eye Center Celebrates Dr. Asdourian’s Retirement
    Friday, November 10, 2017

    The Eye Center Celebrates Dr. Asdourian’s Retirement

    Dozens of physicians, care givers, UMass memorial employees, and friends gathered at the Eye Center after hours to acknowledge Dr. Asdourian’s superb service and prominent contribution to Ophthalmology at UMass.

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  • Dr. Schaal and Dr. Thorndyke named as honorary members of the Argentinean Women's Medical Society
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017

    Dr. Schaal and Dr. Thorndyke named as honorary members of the Argentinean Women's Medical Society

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Dr. Luanne Thorndyke, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at UMass Medical School were recently named as honorary members of the Argentinean Women's Medical Society (SAMMED).

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  • UMMS showcases women’s leadership in academic medicine at international conference
    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    UMMS showcases women’s leadership in academic medicine at international conference

    Luanne Thorndyke, MD, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of medicine, and Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair and professor of ophthalmology & visual sciences, served as keynote speakers at the Conference of Women Healthcare Professionals in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  • Vision Seminar Series hosts Dr. Sayon Roy, Ph.D., a renowned researcher in the area of Diabetic Retinopathy
    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Vision Seminar Series hosts Dr. Sayon Roy, Ph.D., a renowned researcher in the area of Diabetic Retinopathy

    On Thursday October 19, 2017 the Vision Seminar Series was very pleased to host the guest speaker, Sayon Roy Ph.D., who is a world-renowned scientist in the field of diabetic retinopathy.

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  • The Eye Center celebrated its second Green Belt Innovation Celebration at the Hahnemann Campus
    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    The Eye Center celebrated its second Green Belt Innovation Celebration at the Hahnemann Campus

    UMass Memorial Healthcare employees again celebrated people and teams working toward True North at the Hahnemann campus. Co-lead by Dr. Schaal and Dr. Luna, The Eye Center presented the Lean Green Belt project "Efficiency improvement of turnover time in the operating room".

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  • UMMS researchers find possible correlation between retinal blood flow, obstructive sleep apnea
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    UMMS researchers find possible correlation between retinal blood flow, obstructive sleep apnea

    New research from scientists at UMass Medical School suggests varying blood flow in the retina may enable clinicians to earlier identify patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

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  • The Eye Center Welcomes Dr. Juan Ding
    Monday, October 16, 2017

    The Eye Center Welcomes Dr. Juan Ding

    Juan Ding, OD, PhD, has recently joined the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMass as an optometrist and faculty member.

     

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  • Dr. Punzo Recipient of Macular Degeneration BrightFocus Award
    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    Dr. Punzo Recipient of Macular Degeneration BrightFocus Award

    The BrightFocus Foundation awarded Dr. Claudio Punzo and his collaborator, Dr. Rahul Kanadia, a grant for his research into the cause of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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  • Farewell Dr. Asdourian!
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Farewell Dr. Asdourian!

    Oh, what fun! On September 27, 2017, on his last full day of clinic, Dr. George Asdourian was surprised by the entire staff at the UMass Memorial Eye Center with a wonderful lunch celebration.

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  • Collaborative grant awarded to study anti-oxidant therapy for retinal degenerative diseases
    Monday, October 09, 2017

    Collaborative grant awarded to study anti-oxidant therapy for retinal degenerative diseases

    Michael Volkert, PhD (Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems) and Hemant Khanna, PhD (Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences) of UMASS Medical School have been awarded.

                 

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  • The Eye Center Embraces Epic
    Tuesday, October 03, 2017

    The Eye Center Embraces Epic

    The future is looking Epic at UMass Memorial Eye Center. Today we celebrate our new patient care enhancing software system, “Epic Kaleidoscope”.

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  • Vision Seminar Series Hosts Dr. Demetrios Vavvas from Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
    Sunday, October 01, 2017

    Vision Seminar Series Hosts Dr. Demetrios Vavvas from Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

    On Thursday September 21, 2017 the Vision Seminar Series was very pleased to host the guest speaker, Demetrious Vavvas M.D., Ph.D., who is a world-renowned retina surgeon and a clinician-scientist.

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  • Study shows potential of CEP290 minigenes as therapeutics for childhood blindness disorder
    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Study shows potential of CEP290 minigenes as therapeutics for childhood blindness disorder

    Hemant Khanna, PhD and colleagues have published a study in the journal Human Gene Therapy            

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  • New eBook published
    Friday, September 08, 2017

    New eBook published

    Hemant Khanna, PhD is the editor of an ebook entitled “Molecular Bases of Neurodegenerative Diseases of the Retina”.

                  

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  • Hemant Khanna awarded NIH-RO1 grant renewal
    Friday, September 01, 2017

    Hemant Khanna awarded NIH-RO1 grant renewal

    Hemant Khanna, PhD has been awarded the renewal of his NIH-RO1 grant entitled “Function of ciliary disease protein retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR)”.

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  • Transformation of the eye center
    Wednesday, August 02, 2017

    Transformation of the eye center

  • Green Belt Innovation Celebration at the Hahnemann Campus
    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Green Belt Innovation Celebration at the Hahnemann Campus

    UMass Memorial employees celebrated people and teams working toward True North at the Hahnemann campus. On 7/19/17 recent innovations, initiatives, projects, and ideas across the Medical Center were showcased.

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  • Rods and Cones compete for AAV access
    Monday, July 10, 2017

    Rods and Cones compete for AAV access

    Lolita Petit et al., show how development of photoreceptor outer segments influence AAV infectivity of rods. The data indicates that rods and cones compete for AAV access. Furthermore, the data indicates that the presence of an outer segemnt for rods greatly increases AAV infectivity.

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  • Shlomit Schaal admitted to premier leadership program for women in medicine
    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    Shlomit Schaal admitted to premier leadership program for women in medicine

    The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia has announced that Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, professor and chair of ophthalmology & visual services, has been named a fellow in the class of 2017- 2018.

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  • A New Era of Advanced Cataract Surgery at UMass Memorial
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    A New Era of Advanced Cataract Surgery at UMass Memorial

    UMass Memorial Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences has recently acquired the latest technology for performing advanced cataract surgeries.

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  • Vision Seminar Series hosts Dr. Emily Chew, immediate past president of ARVO
    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Vision Seminar Series hosts Dr. Emily Chew, immediate past president of ARVO

    June's honorable guest speaker was Dr. Emily Chew, a world-renowned medical retina expert. Dr. Chew is the deputy director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and the deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute.

     

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  • Drs. Punzo, Khanna, and Hinkle Promoted to become Associate Professors
    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Drs. Punzo, Khanna, and Hinkle Promoted to become Associate Professors

    Three of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences faculty were recently promoted to Associated Professor rank.

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  • New collaborative project to understand retinal disease
    Monday, May 29, 2017

    New collaborative project to understand retinal disease

    Dr. Hemant Khanna (UMASS Medical School) and Dr. Mahesh Shivanna [Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) University, School of Optometry] have been awarded a collaborative Special Intramural grant from the MCPHS University.

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  • Vision seminar debuts mini-symposium talks on research presented at ARVO
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Vision seminar debuts mini-symposium talks on research presented at ARVO

    The Vision Seminar Series debut on Thursday, May 18, 2017 was the first mini-symposia with speakers who presented their research at the annual 2017 ARVO.

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  • Vision Seminar Series awarded Regeneron Educational Grant
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Vision Seminar Series awarded Regeneron Educational Grant

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School was awarded an educational grant of $10,000 by Regeneron.

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  • Transformation of the Eye Center featured at UMass Memorial Alignment to True North Event
    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Transformation of the Eye Center featured at UMass Memorial Alignment to True North Event

    The transformation of the Eye Center was featured at the UMass Memorial Alignment to True North event. Managers of the health system convened together to learn about ways to better align health services to UMass Memorial True North values.

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  • Eye Center Yellow Belt Celebration
    Tuesday, May 09, 2017

    Eye Center Yellow Belt Celebration

    The UMass Memorial Eye Center celebrated Yellow Belt graduation for all faculty and staff. Mr. Patrick Muldoon, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, was the honorable guest speaker at the event.

     

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  • UMass Eye Doctors Participate in Multicultural Women’s Health Summit
    Monday, May 01, 2017

    UMass Eye Doctors Participate in Multicultural Women’s Health Summit

    Dr. Priya Janardhana, Dr. Shlomit Schaal, and Ms. Darlene Bocash-Winn participated in the annual Multicultural Women’s Health Summit held at the UMass Medical School on Saturday.

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  • Dr. Misha Faustina Joins the Eye Team at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Dr. Misha Faustina Joins the Eye Team at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare

    Misha Faustina, M.D., FACS will be joining the UMass faculty to help launch the Oculoplastics Service and the Ophthalmolgy Residency Program. Dr. Faustina is a graduate of Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • UMass Insight Spring 2017
    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    UMass Insight Spring 2017

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) looks forward with great anticipation to the ongoing growth and maturation of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, under the leadership of Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, our dynamic new Chair.

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  • PACE Prize Presented at UMass Memorial Medical Group Spring Social Event
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    PACE Prize Presented at UMass Memorial Medical Group Spring Social Event

    Dr. Max Rosen and Dr. Shlomit Schaal presented the inaugural PACE prize at the Worcester Art Museum during the Spring Social Event organized by UMass Memorial Medical Group. 

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  • Dr. Shlomit Schaal presents at Family Medicine Grand Rounds
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal presents at Family Medicine Grand Rounds

    Dr. Schaal was invited by Dr. Dan Lasser, Chair of Family Medicine, to present a talk entitled: “The Eye as a Window for Early Diagnosis of Systemic Diseases”. 

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  • Dr. Jeffery Heier – Honorable Guest Speaker for March Vision Seminar
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Dr. Jeffery Heier – Honorable Guest Speaker for March Vision Seminar

    The Vision Seminar was very pleased to host Jeffrey S. Heier, M.D., the Co-President and Medical Director, Director of the Vitreoretinal Service, and Director of Retina Research at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), as the honorable guest speaker for March. 

     

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  • Two medical students completed the Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Course in Ophthalmology
    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Two medical students completed the Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Course in Ophthalmology

    On Monday, March 6, 2017 the students presented their projects at the 2nd Annual Capstone Project Presentation Day. 

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  • News & Views for 3D NGenuity system
    Wednesday, March 01, 2017

    News & Views for 3D NGenuity system

    UMass retina surgeons were among the first retina surgeons in the nation to perform complex retina cases using the novel Alcon NGenuity 3D viewing system. 

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  • Ophthalmology Faculty and Staff Welcomes Ms. Darlene Bocash-Winn as a new Clinic Manager
    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    Ophthalmology Faculty and Staff Welcomes Ms. Darlene Bocash-Winn as a new Clinic Manager

    Darlene Bocash-Winn started her career in ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine Ophthalmic Technology Program. After graduation, she earned her C.O.M.T. (Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist) from the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. 

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  • Vision Seminar Hosts an International Guest Speaker
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Vision Seminar Hosts an International Guest Speaker

    On Thursday February 16, 2017 the Vision Seminar Series was very pleased to host its first international guest speaker, Shadi Safuri M.D., Ph.D., who is currently an ophthalmology resident at the

     

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  • Involvement of the Eye in Dermatological Diseases
    Thursday, February 09, 2017

    Involvement of the Eye in Dermatological Diseases

    On Wednesday February 8, 2017, Dr. Gabriel Luna was the guest speaker for The Quinsigamond Dermatological Society Meeting organized by the Division of Dermatology at UMass Memorial Health Care, Hahnemann Campus.

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  • First "Eye to Eye" symposium held at the Eye Center
    Friday, February 03, 2017

    First "Eye to Eye" symposium held at the Eye Center

    Faculty members of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences met with the faculty members of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) to discuss advances and innovations in eye care. 

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  • Commencement of the 2017 Vision Seminar series at UMASS Medical School with a lecture by Dr. Hemant Khanna
    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Commencement of the 2017 Vision Seminar series at UMASS Medical School with a lecture by Dr. Hemant Khanna

    On Thursday January 19, 2017 Dr. Hemant Khanna highlighted critical roadblocks in designing gene augmentation therapy for X-linked retinal degeneration due to RPGR mutations.

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  • Eye Center Introduces new Open Access Clinic
    Friday, January 06, 2017

    Eye Center Introduces new Open Access Clinic

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, announces the launch of a new Open Access Clinic for patients needing timely access to an experienced, high quality ophthalmologist.

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  • UMass Insight Winter 2017
    Sunday, December 25, 2016

    UMass Insight Winter 2017

    You are receiving this first edition of the UMass Insight (UMI) newsletter, because of your valuable support of our Department’s mission. In this new quarterly newsletter, we highlight events and progress within the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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  • A New Book Published: Cystoid Macular Edema – Medical and Surgical Management
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    A New Book Published: Cystoid Macular Edema – Medical and Surgical Management

    The publishing company Springer has announced that a new book edited by Dr. Shlomit Schaal and Dr. Henry Kaplan has been published. 

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  • Vision Seminar attracts more than 50 attendees
    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Vision Seminar attracts more than 50 attendees

    November’s vision seminar attracted more than 50 people. The crowd was diverse, and included academic clinical and research faculty from the 

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  • Dr. Schaal, Chair of UMass Ophthalmology, Invites Local Ophthalmologists for a Meet and Greet Reception at the Beechwood Hotel
    Monday, November 14, 2016

    Dr. Schaal, Chair of UMass Ophthalmology, Invites Local Ophthalmologists for a Meet and Greet Reception at the Beechwood Hotel

    UMass Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences invited local community ophthalmologist of Worcester and surrounding areas for a reception last Thursday, November 10th at the Beechwood Hotel.

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  • The New OCT Angiography machine brings excitement to the Ophthalmic Clinicians and Researchers
    Monday, October 31, 2016

    The New OCT Angiography machine brings excitement to the Ophthalmic Clinicians and Researchers

    A new technology advancement OCT machine (Optical Coherence Tomography) finally becomes part of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

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  • Dr. Priya Janardhana gave grand rounds on “Uveitis in Children” to the Pediatric and Internal Medicine Department
    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    Dr. Priya Janardhana gave grand rounds on “Uveitis in Children” to the Pediatric and Internal Medicine Department

    On Friday October 21, 2016 Dr. Priya Janardhana gave grand rounds on “Uveitis in Children” to the Pediatric and Internal Medicine Department.

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  • New mouse model for Age-related Macular Degeneration
    Friday, October 21, 2016

    New mouse model for Age-related Macular Degeneration

    Dr. Manas Biswal from the University of Florida presented research on a new mouse model for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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  • Dr. Shlomit Schaal led the retina poster tour at the American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal led the retina poster tour at the American Academy of Ophthalmology

    Dr. Shlomit Schaal led the retina poster tour at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual International Meeting in Chicago, IL. Together with Dr. Pauline Merrill from

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  • A Start of a New Collaboration
    Friday, October 14, 2016

    A Start of a New Collaboration

    At the October 11, 2016 Endocrine Grand Rounds, the Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) was privileged to host Dr. Shlomit Schaal, the new head of the UMMHC/UMMS Ophthalmology Department.

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  • UMass Ophthalmology Physicians and Technicians head to NEOS
    Wednesday, October 05, 2016

    UMass Ophthalmology Physicians and Technicians head to NEOS

    On Friday September 30th, 2016 several members of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences team headed to Boston for the New England Ophthalmological Society's’ 27th annual meeting.

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  • Once again Vision Seminar Series demonstrates considerable value for our attendees
    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Once again Vision Seminar Series demonstrates considerable value for our attendees

    On Thursday September 15, 2016 Dr. David Hinkle presented key novel finds associated with Drug/Vaccine induced Uveitis part of the UMass Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Vision Seminar Series.

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  • Retina Service Acquires ERG machine for clinical practice, first and only in Worcester area
    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Retina Service Acquires ERG machine for clinical practice, first and only in Worcester area

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences has officially acquired ERG (electroretinogram) machine. The machine will be utilized in the Retina service and will be the first and only machine in the Worcester area.

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  • Learn more about Dr. Khanna's talks in Japan
    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Learn more about Dr. Khanna's talks in Japan

    Dr. Hemant Khanna will head to Japan to talk about his laboratory’s investigations on understanding the pathogenesis of severe retinal degenerative diseases.

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  • Promising efforts to accurately identify early Diabetic Retinopathy changes
    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Promising efforts to accurately identify early Diabetic Retinopathy changes

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is working on developing a non-invasive system for the early and accurate diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy.

     

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  • Dr. Haijiang Lin joins our faculty Team
    Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Dr. Haijiang Lin joins our faculty Team

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is proud to welcome Haijiang Lin, M.D., Ph.D. as a faculty member. Dr. Lin is an ophthalmologist fellowship trained in medical retina.

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  • Successful launch of Vision Seminar Series at UMass Ophthalmology
    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Successful launch of Vision Seminar Series at UMass Ophthalmology

    The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School launches a NEW Vision Seminar Series that is open to the public.

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