2019 Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree Program

2019October 10th
San Francisco, CA

OT Honoree Research Program

This program is dedicated to the education of fellows and residents and offers a unique opportunity to share notable retina research with peers and mentors. This program is supported by unrestricted grants from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

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2019 Highlight Video

2019 Top 5 Honorees

  • 1st Place WinnerShravani Mikkilineni, MD, MBA

    Shravani Mikkilineni, MD, MBA
    Henry Ford Hospital
    Detroit, MI

  • 2nd Place WinnerJoseph Simonett, MD

    Joseph Simonett, MD
    Casey Eye Institute
    Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR

  • 3rd Place WinnerDiana M. Laura, MD

    Diana M. Laura, MD
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL

  • 4th Place WinnerBrad Jacobsen, MD

    Brad Jacobsen, MD
    Moran Eye Center
    University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

  • 5th Place WinnerMichael P. Ellis, MD

    Michael P. Ellis, MD
    UC Davis Medical Center
    Sacramento, CA

2019 Honorees

  • Ana Bastos de Carvalho, MD

    Ana Bastos de Carvalho, MD
    Medical Retina Fellow
    Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
    University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

  • Gena Damento, MD

    Gena Damento, MD
    California Pacific Medical Center
    San Francisco, CA

  • Rohan Jalalizadeh, MD

    Rohan Jalalizadeh, MD
    Kellogg Eye Center
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

  • Jae Kim, MD, MS

    Jae Kim, MD, MS
    Kresge Eye Institute
    Wayne State University Detroit, MI

  • Anna G. Mackin, MD

    Anna G. Mackin, MD
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL

  • Fukutaro Mano, MD

    Fukutaro Mano, MD
    Research Fellow
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN

  • Neesurg Mehta, MD

    Neesurg Mehta, MD
    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
    New York, NY

  • Chirag M. Shah, MD, MPH

    Chirag M. Shah, MD, MPH
    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA

  • Guneet Singh Sodhi, MD

    Guneet Singh Sodhi, MD
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Norfolk, VA

  • Matthew Starr, MD

    Matthew Starr, MD
    Residency Graduate
    Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
    First Year Vitreoretinal Fellow
    Mid Atlantic Retina
    Wills Eye Hospital Philadelphia, PA

2019 Faculty Judges

  • Rishi P. Singh, MD

    Rishi P. Singh, MD
    Program Chair

    Staff Surgeon Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland Ohio

  • Thomas A. Albini, MD

    Thomas A. Albini, MD
    Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami, FL

  • Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA

    Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA
    Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology Director: Clinical Trials Unit & Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship
    USC Roski Eye Institute Keck School of Medicine

  • Sophie J. Bakri, MD

    Sophie J. Bakri, MD
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

  • Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD

    Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


The Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree Program is an exclusive recognition program available to residents and fellows involved with unique and notable research relative to the topic of retina. This educational activity consists of research, abstract submissions, live presentations and enduring article distribution. This is a non-accredited educational activity.

All submissions are reviewed by a panel of expert judges who will consider how the research contributes to the retinal community. The panel of judges will select the top 15 submissions and request that they present live. After the live presentation, the judges will select the top five finalists and announce the winner of the Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree Program.

Residents and fellows are asked to submit a summary, abstract and signed disclaimer for review and voting.
     • 100 Word Summary – A high-level view of the study and the overall contribution to Ophthalmology in layman’s terms.
     • 800 Word Abstract – Detailed description of the study.
     • Signed Disclaimer – A qualifying document must be signed by all candidates.

To make this valuable education experience available to a broader audience, Ophthalmology Times will publish top presentations on ophthalmologytimes.com, and include summaries in an edition of Ophthalmology Times. The top 5 finalists will have their entries featured in a supplement to a peer-reviewed publication. Therefore, to be considered as a finalist in this program, we request first right of refusal for publication for inclusion in the peer-reviewed journal.

This educational activity is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.


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