CRANBURY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ophthalmology Times®, a leading multimedia platform dedicated to ophthalmologists, announced the top five winners of the 2019 Research Scholar Honoree Program at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2019 meeting in San Francisco.
“We are delighted to recognize the passion and contributions that the honorees have made in ophthalmology,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of Ophthalmology Times®. “It is important to continue acknowledging all of the researchers who are advancing the field toward a brighter future for the patients they serve.”
To qualify for this exclusive recognition program, fellows and residents involved in unique and notable research in retinal disease submitted an abstract and a short summary outlining the contributions of their research to the retinal community. The top 15 finalists were invited to present their research at AAO, and the five winners were then selected by faculty judges present at the meeting.
The top five honorees are as follows:
First place – Shravani Mikkilineni, M.D., MBA, resident, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, “T2 Magnetic Resonance Assay for Detection of Ocular Candidiasis.”
Second place – Joseph Simonett, M.D., resident, Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, “Blood Brain Barrier Disruption Maculopathy: A Common, Visually Significant Side-effect in a Growing Population.”
Third place – Diana M. Laura, M.D., resident, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, “Genotypic and Phenotypic Antibiotic Resistance in Staphylococcus Epidermidis Endophthalmitis.”
Fourth place – Brad Jacobsen, M.D., resident, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, “Prevalence of Retinal Diseases and Associated Risk Factors in an African Population from Mwanza, Tanzania.”
Fifth place – Michael P. Ellis, M.D. resident, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, “Cost Analysis of Tele-ophthalmology Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Using Tele-health Billing Codes.”
The 2019 Research Scholar Honoree Program is chaired by Rishi P. Singh, M.D., and faculty judges include Thomas A. Albini, M.D., Andrew A. Moshfeghi, M.D., MBA, Sophie J. Bakri, M.D. and Philip J. Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.
“This program has improved on itself year after year, and I’m continuously impressed with the scientific rigor and quality of the abstracts being submitted,” stated program chair, Dr. Singh. “These research efforts are foundational to achieving the next big step in ophthalmology and improving patient care.”
In addition to having their work published in an issue of Ophthalmology Times®, the winners will also have their entries featured in a supplement to a peer-reviewed publication in 2020.
This program is supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. To view the complete list of honorees and faculty judges, click here.
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