Dear Colleagues and Friends,

At the upcoming American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference, USC Roski Eye Institute experts will highlight the latest innovations and breakthroughs in clinical care, including a new cancer biopsy in retinoblastoma, retinal stem cell transplantation and the future of ophthalmologic imaging. Please come visit us in the New Exhibitor Pavilion, Booth #4356
Breakthrough Research on Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Organoid Imaging Offers Real-Time Insights into the Developmental Origins of Blinding Eye Diseases
USC Ophthalmology Holds a Military User Feedback Workshop to Test its Reversible Adhesive to Treat Ocular Trauma
Researchers at USC Roski Eye Institute First to Show LASIK Xtra Does Not Increase Corneal Stiffness Using Revolutionary Brillouin Microscopy to Measure Corneal Biomechanics
L to R: Giuliano Scarcelli, PhD; Rohit Varma, MD, MPH; Farhad Hafezi, MD, PhD; J. Bradley Randleman, MD
Awards and Recognition

Mark Borchert, MD, was presented with the Ben Goldfeller Volunteer Service Award for helping to administer 20 or more oral examinations for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
24 USC Roski Eye Institute physicians were named Pasadena Magazine 2017 Top Doctors
New Faculty Spotlight
Jessica R. Chang, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Oculoplastic Surgery

Jessica R. Chang, MD, performed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship training in oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology at Wilmer.
Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Kimberly Gokoffski, MD, PhD, completed her MD/PhD at University of California, Irvine, and her  internship and residency at University of California, Davis, in Sacramento. Most recently, Gokoffski completed her neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the USC Roski Eye Institute.

Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Vitreoretinal Surgery

Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD, received his PhD in neuroscience from The Rockefeller University. Nagiel completed his MD at Weill Cornell Medical College and then performed his ophthalmology residency, immediately followed by a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Benjamin Y. Xu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Benjamin Y. Xu, MD, PhD, earned his MD from Columbia University, where he stayed on to pursue his PhD on the time course of eye position signals in the Macaque monkey's cerebral cortex. Xu performed his ophthalmology residency at the USC Roski Eye Institute, followed by a glaucoma fellowship at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute.
Nicole Yang, OD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Nicole Yang, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry from University of California, Berkeley, followed by her residency at Sepulveda Veteran Affairs Healthcare Center, focusing on primary eye care and geriatric optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease. Yang then performed a primary eye care fellowship at Beijing University Third Hospital. 
Rachel Young, OD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Rachel Young, OD, completed her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. She performed her residency at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System; Major Robert Soltes Jr. OD Blind Rehabilitation Center, with an emphasis on low vision rehabilitation and traumatic brain injuries.
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Mark your calendars for our upcoming CME Subspecialty Conferences! Click the button below and explore the full schedule.
  • Complex Cataract Management - October 28, 2017
  • 3rd Annual USC Ocular Oncology Conference - December 9, 2017
  • Winter Symposium @ Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel - February 23-25, 2018