Meet the Winners

Last update: May 31, 2017

Up Close and Personal with 2015 Award Winners

Dilraj S. Grewal, MD

After completing my Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Duke and Uveitis training at Moorfields I joined the Duke Eye Center as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. My clinical practice spans both medical/surigcal retina and uveitis and I am actively involved in resident and fellows training.

My research interests are focused on applying both currently available and novel imaging tools to develop image based biomarkers in retinal and ocular inflammatory diseases. I work at the Duke Reading Center with the Duke Biomedical Engineering team to further refine and develop image grading parameters. I serve as site PI for several uveitis phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. I am also conducting surgical retina instruction courses at several of our retina meetings.

Outside of work I enjoy traveling, planning tennis, running and spending time with family and friends and enjoying the nice outdoors and BBQ in North Carolina.

M. Ali Khan, MD

I am currently completing my first year as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Doheny & Stein Eye Institutes at UCLA. Along with Drs. Vas Sadda and Michael Ip, I have been busy helping to build and further establish the adult vitreoretinal surgery division at the Doheny Eye Center based in Pasadena, CA.

My current research is focused on the evaluation of therapeutic targets for proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), and how the use of retinal imaging and collaboration with international centers, where the prevalence of PVR may be higher, might improve our understanding of the early PVR process. In addition, I now serve as a sub-investigator in DRCR.net and additional clinical trials at the Doheny UCLA sites. Lastly, I have enjoyed working with the UCLA retina fellows when operating at Stein and, starting this summer, at the Harbor-UCLA medical center.

My wife, Avita, and I are enjoying being back in Southern California (we met while in medical school at UCLA). When not at work we look forward to brunch, travel, and spending time with family/friends.

Yoshi Yonekawa, MD

I feel very honored to be a part of the Michels Fellowship family. After completing my adult and pediatric vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Associated Retinal Consultants/William Beaumont Hospital (which was a phenomenal experience!), I joined Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, as a full-time faculty member. I’m also the Director of Pediatric Retina Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. My clinical and research interests in retinal pathology are broad, ranging from surgical techniques, imaging, and translational studies. Our team’s focus is on pediatric vitreoretinopathies such as retinopathy of prematurity, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, Norrie disease, Coats’ disease, persistent fetal vasculature, congenital X-linked retinoschisis, coloboma-related pathologies, optic disc anomalies, and pediatric retinal detachment. We have dozens of ongoing studies that we hope will be meaningful contributions towards improving patient care. Outside of the clinic and operating room, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife and three boys.

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