Up Close and Personal with 2021 Award Winners

Jordan D. Deaner, MD

I am thrilled and honored to join the Michels Fellowship Foundation family. I received my medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. I completed my ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a uveitis fellowship at Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. I am currently a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at Duke University Eye Center.

My clinical and research interests focus on the diagnosis, medical and surgical management of infectious and inflammatory ocular disease. Recently, I have been working to describe the role of novel local and systemic immunosuppressants (including biosimilar agents) in the treatment of ocular inflammatory disease.

I am profoundly grateful to all the incredible mentors who have supported me throughout my career. In my spare time I enjoy long distance running, hiking, interval training, and snowboarding.

Kenneth C. Fan, MD, MBA

It is an honor and privilege to join the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation family. After obtaining my MD/MBA from Boston University, I completed my residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where I am now a vitreoretinal surgery fellow and chief resident. I credit my clinical and research achievements thus far to the invaluable mentorship I have received over the past few years.

My current academic interests include exploring the landscape of inherited retinal diseases and the various surgical techniques for retinal gene therapy. I hope to use this research for the purposes of improving treatment options for those inherited diseases which once had none. I look forward to continuing my research and clinical practice at the Retina Consultants of Texas in Houston upon completion of my training.

My wife, Annie, and my toddler, Lucas, are the joys of my life and we love spending time together at the pool and enjoying ethnic cuisine.

Edward Korot, MD

I am exceedingly honored and humbled to join the Michels family! I would not be here without the support of my mentors, to whom I am eternally grateful, and wish to model by mentoring others in my future career.

I am currently a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at Stanford, and guided by the goal of maximally scaling the care I can provide. My work involves using technology as a force multiplier. Specifically, I focus on AI validation, guideline development, explainability, safety, and AI-driven pharmaceutical trial recruitment. I enjoy working with large companies and startups alike to move research from publication to real world implementation.

In my spare time, you can find me playing tennis, practicing drone photography, and attempting to do yoga.

Cassie A. Ludwig, MD, MS

It is a great honor to join the Michels Foundation Fellowship family. I am a native Midwesterner, and I received my B.S. from Duke, followed by a combined M.D. and M.S. in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from Stanford. I also completed my ophthalmology residency at Stanford, and I am currently a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear with an interest in design and innovation.

My fascination with the neurosciences brought me to my current area of focus in myopia and other eye structure variants, where an improved understanding of the mechanisms may lead to additional insights in neurologic diseases involving similar pathways. Following fellowship, I plan to continue to investigate the epidemiology, genetics, and mechanisms of myopia alongside my clinical practice.

I have been fortunate to work with outstanding mentors at Duke, Stanford and Massachusetts Eye and Ear who continue to inspire me and spark my curiosity daily. I am grateful to the giants in the field who brought us to where we are today and to my wonderful wife and daughter for their endless support.

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