Last update: May 31, 2017
Up Close and Personal with 2013 Award Winners
I am in my second year on faculty at the Oregon Health & Science University where I am able to spend half my time seeing adult and pediatric retinal patients, and half my time doing research. My research falls mainly in two areas: retinopathy of prematurity, and optical coherence tomography angiography. As part of the i-ROP research consortium, we are focused on building automated systems to enhance our ability to evaluate disease severity in ROP, and enhance telemedicine systems with the ability to objectively measure and follow changes in disease severity over time. In addition, I am working to develop OCTA technology that can be employed in the neonatal intensive care unit to non-invasively image the developing retinal vasculature.
In my free time, I enjoy watching my kids grow up, and running on the local trails.
I am now finishing my third year as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute of UC, San Diego. I split my time between a clinical practice of adult and pediatric retinal diseases, and a basic science lab focused on retinal vascular diseases. UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital have been wonderful places to build a practice. I enjoy working with residents and fellows, and participating in clinical trials and research projects. I am also privileged to work with a tremendous team of scientists. My laboratory work is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for blood-retinal barrier dysfunction and neovascularization in response to retinal ischemia. In between patients and experiments in the lab, I am usually either surfing or enjoying time with my wife and 3 kids.
I have been in practice since 2014 at the Retina Center of Eye Associates of New Mexico in my hometown of Albuquerque. At this location, in addition to patient care, I have expanded involvement as principal investigator in several phase II and III clinical trials and am the Clinical Director of our studies program. In the fall of 2017, we are starting expansion to build the Vision Research Center of New Mexico. I also accepted an Assistant Clinical Professor appointment at the University of New Mexico, and am serving on the board of the Juliette RP Foundation. Any free time I have is spent playing team tennis with my wife Jasmine and coaching T-ball and soccer for my 5-year-old daughter and our 3-year-old twin boys.
After finishing my fellowship at Stanford University, I have continued as an Assistant Professor in the department. My current research is focused on novel ways of imaging the retina: specifically, we are collaborating with the Department of Radiology to better elucidate mechanisms and patterns of cellular loss in several retinal degenerations and dystrophies. Another related avenue of research in which I have also been have privileged to partake, is a collaboration between Stanford’s Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurobiology, Physics and Electrical Engineering towards developing a photovoltaic retinal prosthesis.
I am currently a clinician-scientist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UC Davis. My clinical practice involves both medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases. My research is divided between clinical imaging studies using optical coherence tomography (OCT), focusing on the role of the choroid and suprachoroidal space in retinal diseases; and translational basic science research evaluating gene therapy and drug delivery for the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In particular, I am focused on the use of nanotechnology that can be triggered with ocular imaging technologies to allow spatial and temporal control of drug or gene delivery to the posterior pole.
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially my wife and our pet rat. In our spare time, we enjoy cooking, watching movies, playing video games, and traveling abroad.
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