Up Close and Personal with 2001 Award Winners
I have worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Flaum Eye Insitute since completing my fellowship in medical and surgical retina at Wilmer Eye Institute. Currently, I am Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology. I have adjunct positions in the Center for Visual Sciences, University of Rochester and at the University at Buffalo/SUNY.
My current research includes visual restoration using stem cell transplantation in a primate model of retinal degeneration, using in vivo adaptive optics to visual and follow these transplants, and working toward human studies in diseases that include Age-related Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa.
I enjoy spending time with my family on Lake Ontario, tennis, and cooking.
Darius M. Moshfeghi, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Retina at the Byers Eye Institute, Horngren Family Vitreoretinal Center, Department of Ophthalmology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and was the founding director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship. He devotes significant mentoring time to medical students, residents, fellows, and young faculty.
His research interests include: 1) increasing access to pediatric retinal care; 2) optogenetic applications for retinal visual processing. He strives to solve important problems for society with entrepreneurial approaches by working with ethical and innovative people.
He enjoys hiking, exploring, and traveling with his family.
After a few years in private practice, I completed a Healthcare Management M.B.A. and joined academia full time. I was founding faculty at the UCF College of Medicine and subsequently founded the retina service and the visual electrophysiology laboratory at the Orlando VA Hospital. I've also helped establish the Nemours Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic and the UCF Health Eye Clinic in Orlando and am the founding program director for our retina fellowship. I hold several ophthalmology professorships including UCF, Howard University, UTMB Galveston, and USF.
My research interests currently focus on machine learning in retinal imaging and disease and nanoparticle therapy for retinal diseases. I also have an interest in teaching and philosophy/mindfulness as it applies to medicine and surgery and have written a book for my residents on the subject called The Wisdom of the Knife, Zen in the Art of Surgery.
My personal interests include reading, fitness, yoga, photography, and travel.
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