Up Close and Personal with 2013 Award Winners
I am now starting my 5th year on faculty at OHSU where I continue to spend part of my time seeing adult and pediatric patients and part of my time doing research. As part of the i-ROP research consortium, we have been working on the development of artificial intelligence algorithms for ROP diagnosis, technology that has received "breakthrough" status from the FDA. I work closely with the other members of the i-ROP consortium to explore applications of this technology and to figure out how to implement it where it is needed most, including validating it for use in low and middle income countries, where ROP is epidemic.
In addition, for the past 2 years I was on a K12 grant focusing on developing quantitative metrics for retinopathy of prematurity diagnosis, and I was recently funded on an NIH grant to support the development of OCT/OCTA technology for ROP.
I am now finishing my fourth 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 am principal investigator on multiple ongoing clinical trials for retinal diseases. I am the Medical Director of the Vision Research Center at Eye Associates of New Mexico. I have taken on additional admin roles as Vice President of our 500+ employee company. I also serve as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of New Mexico, and am serving on the board of the Juliette RP Foundation. I was elected to the Retina Society in 2018.
Any free time I have is spent coaching baseball, basketball, or tennis for my 8 year-old daughter and our 6-year-old twin boys.
I remain at Stanford University 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 Associate 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, drug delivery, and disease modeling of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) across mice, monkeys, and human patients. I also run the UC Davis retinal reading center, with special emphasis on tele-ophthalmology.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, and meeting with friends at various retina meetings. In our spare time, we enjoy cooking, watching movies, playing video games, and traveling abroad.
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