EYE on Doheny masthead
John A. Irvine, MD
Doheny Professional Alumni Association

Staying Connected and Focused on the Future

Greetings and Welcome to the New PAA Enewsletter – EYE on Alumni


I would like to share some of the exciting events that took place at Doheny in the first half of 2023. The 52nd Annual CME conference was held in person at Doheny’s new conference facility after a three-year hiatus. It was wonderful to bring the conference “home” after many years of convening at off-site locations. Following the conference, it was an honor to celebrate Mark Borchert, MD, as our 2023 Distinguished Alumnus at the Annual Alumni Dinner. The last conference scheduled for 2023 will be the 5th Annual Doheny-UCLA International Glaucoma Symposium. Please save the date for Saturday, September 30, 2023, more event details to come.

Additionally, the campus’ first floor will be breaking ground later this year for the new Doheny Eye Center UCLA Pasadena which will include clinics, diagnostic testing, clinical trials, and in the future, an outpatient surgery center. Anticipated date of completion and onsite clinical activity is slated for late 2024. Lastly, save the date for the AAO 2023 Doheny Alumni Reception scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

I am deeply appreciative for your continued interest and support of the Doheny Professional Alumni Association. Our alumni have helped to shape Doheny as the prestigious organization it is today, and I encourage you to keep in touch – let us know where you are and what you are doing through our upcoming newsletters and events as well as how the organization might help you.

Let’s stay connected and thank you for your support and participation both in the past and in our bright future.


John A. Irvine, MD
Doheny Professional Alumni Association

Join or Renew your Membership to the Doheny Professional Alumni Association

It’s time to join or renew your Doheny Professional Alumni Association (PAA) membership. Help continue our strong tradition of supporting each other and the future leaders of ophthalmology by joining with annual PAA dues of $250.

Over the coming year, the PAA plans to use funds generated through dues to expand support to clinical and research fellows through scholarships, underwriting courses and lectures, and gifting educational material or equipment.

As a reminder, PAA member benefits include:

  • Invitation to the alumni receptions at the Annual American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meetings
  • Invitation to the Annual Alumni Dinner including discounted registration fee.
  • Free registration for one Doheny CME conference ($100 savings) of your choice
  • Alumni eNewsletter to keep you connected to Doheny

Incoming and Outgoing Clinical Fellows

Congratulations to our graduating fellows! The Doheny family thanks you for your many contributions during your fellowship as well as welcome to the Doheny Professional Alumni Association (PAA). We also want to warmly welcome our incoming 2023-2024 fellows.
Ali Mahdavi Fard, MD

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Mamta Kanwar, MD

Michigan Ophthalmology Specialists
Livonia, MI
Brian Chou, MD

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Mairghread Casey, MD

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
Jordan Sugarman, MD

Private Practice
Los Angeles
Sheena Khanna, MD
Nathan Pirakitikulr, MD

Private Practice
San Diego, CA

Incoming Fellows 2023-2024

Adil Ahmed, DO
DEC Cornea fellow

Residency: St John’s Episcopal Hospital, NY
Specialty/research interest: Cornea and external diseases/cataracts
Stephanie Midtling, MD
DEC Glaucoma fellow

Residency: UT Southwestern
Specialty/research interest: Glaucoma
Juan Fernandez, MD
DEC/SEI Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellow

Residency: Adult Neurology Residency, NCC-WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD
Specialty/research interest: Neuro-ophthalmology/neurology
Alexander Engelmann, MD
DEC/SEI Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellow

Residency: University of Maryland
Specialty/research interest: Neuro-ophthalmology/Dynamic Orbital MRI to Evaluate the Extraocular Muscles and Orbital Tissues Following Trauma
Jack Lemon, MD
DEC/SEI Medical Retina Fellow

Residency: Temple University, PA
Specialty/research interest: Retina/retinal imaging and new biologic therapeutics
Katherine Lucarelli, MD
DEC/SEI Oculoplastics Fellow

Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago, Eye and Ear Infirmary
Specialty/research interest: Oculoplastic/reconstructive surgery

Doheny Research in the Spotlight at ARVO Annual Meeting, Awarded Research Fellows

During the 2023 ARVO Annual Meeting held in April, Doheny Eye Institute was well-represented with more than 50 Doheny scientists and clinician-scientists selected to give talks and present papers and posters. The body of Doheny research shared at the conference spanned from breakthrough findings for diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s Disease and diabetic retinopathy, to advanced discoveries in neuro-ophthalmology, retinal cell biology and visual neuroscience.

Reinforcing Doheny’s commitment to supporting the education of early career scientists, four research fellows were selected to each receive a Doheny Alumni Association travel award to acknowledge their outstanding efforts in research presented at the ARVO annual meeting. Thanks to the generosity of Doheny alumni, the following researchers received the travel awards at the joint Doheny and Stein Eye Institutes Alumni reception at ARVO:

  • Iori Wada for his talk, “Characterization and Contribution of RPE Senescence to AMD in Tnfrsf10 Knock Out Mice.”
  • Sathishkumar Chandrakumar for his poster on “Lysyl Oxidase Mediates TNF-α-induced Retinal Endothelial Activation: Implications for Diabetic Retinopathy.”
  • Sohaib Fasih-Ahmad for his poster, “Relationship Between Delayed RMDA and the Ellipsoid and Interdigitation Zones in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD): ALSTAR2 Baseline.”
  • Yu Wakatsuki for her poster, “Relevance of Intraretinal Hyperreflective Foci and Subretinal Drusenoid Deposits in Type 3 Macular Neovascularization.”

Rounding out a strong year in the spotlight, Doheny Eye Institute and UCLA Stein Eye Institute exhibited onsite in a shared booth space that reinforced the strength of their partnership and shared dedication to furthering vision science and care.

Alumni Notes

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Remembering our Doheny Alumni

It is with great sadness we acknowledge Doheny Eye Institute alumni who have passed in recent years. We are grateful for their years of dedication to the field of ophthalmology and for being the best and brightest ambassadors for Doheny and the reason for Doheny’s stellar reputation.

Recap: Annual CME Conference & Alumni Dinner + Save the Date for the 5th Annual Doheny-UCLA International Glaucoma Symposium

It has been a busy year for our alumni network, with more to come in the second half of the year. Below are some highlights.
52nd Annual CME Conference
On Saturday, March 25, Doheny Eye Institute hosted the 52nd Annual CME Conference in its new, on-campus conference facility. This marked an exciting new era of bringing the conference “home” — for many years the continuing education program convened at off-site locations.

Hosted by Hugo Y. Hsu, MD, Course Director, and Ben Bert, MD, CME Program Director, the conference welcomed nearly 100 attendees for a day of research and clinical presentations by Doheny alumni, Doheny-UCLA, and UCLA Stein faculty. Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD, from the University of Washington presented the Irvine Memorial Lecture and Mark Borchert, MD, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles presented as this year’s Doheny Distinguished Alumnus.

Throughout the day, 17 presentations covered state-of-the-art and breakthrough information on diagnosing and treating conditions in both adult and pediatric patients across the full range of medical vision science.

Annual Alumni Dinner & Distinguished Alumnus Award
Following the Annual CME Conference, over 50 Doheny alumni and guests gathered at the Annandale Golf Club for an evening of networking, engaging discussion and celebration.

John A. Irvine, MD, presented a video and flag flown in honor of Doheny from alumni CMD. John Cason, MD, while serving as Navy Ophthalmologist during his deployment to Afghanistan. Following Dr. Cason’s video, Chief Scientific Officer Deborah A. Ferrington, PhD, provided an update on the vision research programs at Doheny.

The evening culminated with the recognition of Mark S. Borchert, MD, as the 2023 Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Borchert was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Doheny and his field. Mark S. Borchert, MD is director of the Eye Birth Defects Program and Eye Technology Program in The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of the USC.

After receiving his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, he completed his residency at Doheny Eye Institute USC (now USC Roski Eye Institute) and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University.

Dr. Borchert directs the world’s largest study into optic nerve hypoplasia, the single leading cause of permanent congenital blindness in infants in the United States and Europe. He is also at the forefront of research on cortical visual impairment, the leading cause of any vision impairment in infants. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 17 book chapters. He holds five patents for non-invasive monitoring methods.

Save the Dates

September 30, 2023 – The 5th Annual Doheny-UCLA International Glaucoma Symposium
January 27, 2024 – The 2nd Annual Doheny-UCLA International Retina Symposium
March 23, 2024 – Annual CME Conference featuring Doheny Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Dinner

Doheny Eye Institute
150 N. Orange Grove Blvd., 2nd Floor Conference Center
Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information, please visit: https://doheny.org/events/


SriniVas R. Sadda, MD

Named 2023-2024 ARVO President-Elect

We are excited to share that Dr. SriniVas R. Sadda was named President-Elect of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) during its 2023 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. This recognition is a testament to Dr. Sadda’s leadership in his field, and contributions toward vision research.

Dr. Sadda was featured in WIRED magazine’s article, “The One-Shot Drug That Keeps on Dosing.”  The article discusses drug deliveries of anti-VEGF therapies in a time release form and the importance of addressing sustained drug delivery.

Doheny and Stein Eye Institutes Alumni Reception at AAO

Please save the date for our annual Alumni Reception at the 2023 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting as part of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology.

Sunday, November 5, 2023
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Conservatory Room
St. Regis Hotel
125 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

This year’s reception will be more energetic than ever with the addition of music and dancing – a great way to unwind after a productive day! We extend a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Aldave for volunteering to DJ the second half of this year’s reception.


Recap: UCLA Department of Ophthalmology Annual Seminar

Last month, the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology hosted 180 attendees in an engaging day of discussion and lectures highlighting clinical and research faculty of Doheny and Stein Eye Institutes. The talks complimented four invited speakers:

53rd Doheny Memorial Lecture
The Evolving Toolkit for Glaucoma Surgery
Joseph Caprioli, MD
David May II Professor of Ophthalmology
UCLA Stein Eye Institute

53rd Jules Stein Lecturer
Glaucoma Genetics: Disease Risk and Therapeutic Opportunities
Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD
Paul Austin Chandler Professor of Ophthalmology
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

20th Bradley Straatsma Lecturer
Retinal Diseases in Pediatrics: ROP and Beyond
Mary E. Hartnett, MD
Michael F. Marmor MD Professor of Retinal Science and Disease
Stanford University Department of Ophthalmology

20th Thomas H. Pettit Lecturer
Electrotherapeutics in Ophthalmology: A Shocking Tale
Mark J. Mannis, MD
Fosse Endowed Chair in Vision Science Research
Professor & Chair, UC Davis Department of Ophthalmology



Doheny Professional Alumni Association Board of Directors

Our PAA Board of Directors continues to help our alumni network stay in touch, and also work to help support our field by identifying new ways in which we can support the future leaders of ophthalmology. Please click here for the current Board of Directors directory.

We are always looking for more dedicated alumni to join the board. If you are interested, please reach out to .


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