Dear Colleagues, Alumni and Friends:

It is with great pleasure that I write to you as Chair of the USC Department of Ophthalmology and Co-Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute. I have had the privilege of witnessing the evolution and growth of this department over several decades. Each day we strive to meet the clinical needs of our patients and remain steadfast in our mission to eliminate blindness. 

USC Roski Eye Institute continues to be at the forefront of innovations in patient care, basic and translational research, and clinical education.  Through the convergence of medicine and science, we are developing game-changing new treatments and therapies to address the unmet clinical needs of our patients. With greater insight and renewed hope for the future, I look forward to our mission becoming a reality.

Narsing A. Rao, MD
Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology
Professor and Chairman,  USC Department of Ophthalmology
Co-Director, USC Roski Eye Institute
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Introducing the USC Dry Eye 
Center of Excellence
Are you one of the millions of people that suffer from the discomfort of dry eye? At the USC Roski Eye Institute we offer a multidisciplinary, personalized approach to treat your specific dry eye causes and symptoms. 

Our unique team of experts is trained in ocular surface disease in addition to the systemic autoimmune conditions that can lead to dry eye, being one of the first centers to analyze your tear film.  Our goal is to get to the root cause of your condition and offer you a long-term solution that will enhance your daily tasks and improve your overall quality of life. 
Teen Innovation Entrepreneurship Program
USC Roski Eye Institute hosted 25 local high school students in a two week eye health educational program as part of the Teen Innovation Entrepreneurship Summer Program. Faculty in ophthalmology introduced students to various eye conditions and the latest research and technology in eye care, as well as provided guidance for students interested in pursuing careers in ophthalmology.

Students participated in hands-on activities such as cow eye dissections and peer exams with diagnostic equipment. Students also learned about the global impact of ocular conditions and created solutions to help improve eye health in their local communities. 
USC Department of Ophthalmology 
44th Anniversary Symposium
On Saturday, June 15th, USC Roski Eye Institute faculty, staff, alumni, residents and fellows came together to celebrate the latest innovations across all subspecialties of ophthalmology.

Guest speakers included Dr. Paul Sieving, Director, National Eye Institute, and Dr. Robert Weinreb, Chairman and Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, UCSD Shiley Eye Institute. 
Congratulations to our Graduates!
Say Hello to our New Residents & Fellows!

2019 Baxter Foundation Awardee, Dr. Aaron Nagiel

The Foundation is interested in supporting innovative, cutting-edge research that leads to the development of new therapies, diagnostic tools, and disease prevention. 

Dr. Sarah Hamm-Alvarez Named Member of the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies Study Section

Dr. Hamm-Alvarez has demonstrated significant competence and achievement in her vision science research.

2019 ARCS Light Recipient, 
Dr. Cheryl Craft

The ARCS Los Angeles Chapter has selected Dr. Craft for her longstanding contributions to vision science research and mentorship.

2019 Los Angeles Multi-Specialty Cosmetic Academy Leadership Awardee,
Dr. Sandy Zhang-Nunes

Dr. Zhang-Nunes was honored for her dedication and vision in the advancement of aesthetic medicine  and education
Jonathan Kim, MD
Promoted to Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Gloria Chiu, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Annie Nguyen, MD, Joins our Cornea & Refractive Surgery Service!

Dr. Nguyen's treatment expertise includes cataract surgery, LASIK, corneal transplantation, collagen cross linking and dry eye treatment. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking and baking, arts and crafts, and playing with her dog.
Brandon Wong, MD, Joins our Glaucoma Service!

Dr. Wong's treatment expertise includes standard and complex cataract surgery, medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, including laser therapy, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. His research focuses on the role of corneal hysteresis and its relationship to changes in the anterior lamina cribrosa in patients with glaucoma. 
USC Roski Eye Institute
1450 San Pablo Street, Suite 4700
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel (323)442-6335
Fax (323)442-6412


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