Current Residents

Meet our Residents and Interns

 Lucas Lenci, MDLuke Lenci, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri in grade school.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love hanging out with my wife and new baby. We love to ride bikes, hike, play at the Coralville reservoir, and enjoy the outdoor parks.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because of the superb didactic education and strong emphasis on training well-rounded surgeons. I am so glad I did.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I enjoy hanging out in the Ped Mall downtown. I also love playing on the lakes nearby (boating, swimming, skiing).

Dr. Lenci's academic profile


 William Flanary, MDWill Flanary, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

‪1. Where did you grow up?

Deer Park, TX

‪2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

In order from most to least enjoyable: wife and kids, ultimate Frisbee, winter

‪3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The people are friendly, the facilities are beautiful, the research will blow your mind, the commute is non-existent, the cost of living is cheap, and the corn is plentiful.

‪4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Summer activities: Free festivals Downtown, free weekly concerts, free hiking and swimming in nearby lakes, and plenty of porch-sitting (also free)

Dr. Flanary's academic profile


 Jaclyn Haugsdal, MDJaclyn Haugsdal, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Lake Mills, a small town in north central Iowa.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

My interests outside of medicine include going on walks to the farmers market and downtown Iowa City with my husband and twin girls. We also enjoy swimming at the local pools and eating at the Iowa City area gems.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for the excellent dedication to resident education. It is obvious talking to any faculty member or staff that they love what they do and they want to teach. Everyone is willing to go out of their way to see each resident succeed and to support you in your education.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

We really like the Iowa City farmers market and eating at Dane’s Dairy, the Bluebird Diner, Giovanni's, and Orchard Green. The Pedestrian Mall is also a popular spot for summer strolls and enjoying patio drinks and meals.

Dr. Haugsdal's academic profile


 Prashant Parekh, MD, MBAPrashant Parekh, MD, MBA

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

Miami, Florida.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Swimming, watching sports, movies, salsa dancing.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

When considering the ideal aspects of a training program (i.e., high patient volume, collegial environment, strong didactics, world-class faculty and departmental stability, ample research opportunities, personable residents and fellows, facilities within walking distance), I felt that Iowa had them all. Each passing day, I realize more and more what a privilege it is to train here.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Hang out with friends/co-workers wherever! Also, hang out at the Ped Mall.

Dr, Parekh's academic profile


 Steve Christiansen, MDSteve Christiansen, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2014-2017

1. Where did you grow up?

Salt Lake City, Utah

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two kids, working on do-it-yourself projects around the house, and writing for the ophthalmology blog I started a few years ago, www.eyesteve.com

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for its strong clinical training, innovative leaders and researchers, emphasis on resident education, happy residents, and wonderful, safe, affordable location in which to raise a young family.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

We love to enjoy live music Downtown on the Pedestrian Mall, The Children's Museum and Public Library, Lake McBride, and the many parks around town

Dr. Christiansen's academic profile


 Matt Miller, MDMatt Miller, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

South Weber, Utah

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my family, trail running, skiing

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The University of Iowa is an incredible ophthalmology training program. I chose Iowa because the enthusiasm I felt for becoming an ophthalmologist as I left my interview was unlike anything I experienced at other programs. That enthusiasm stems from being surrounded by a world-class faculty committed to resident education and success, along with fellow trainees who collectively approach ophthalmology education like a team sport. I'm very grateful to be at Iowa and for the ability I'll have to care for patients in the future thanks to the exceptional training I'm receiving here.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Taking my kids to Kent Park, eating tacos at La Regia Taqueria

Dr. Matt Miller's academic profile


 T.J. Clark, MDTJ Clark, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

On a farm in north central iowa

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spend time with my family (wife-Leah, daughter-Ellie, dog-Winslo, and daughter-to-be (God willing) due in September). We go on a lot of walks and hikes as well as cross country ski in the winter

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

The people. I couldn't imagine that another program would have faculty as knowledgeable yet approachable and friendly as we have at Iowa. The residents were the type of people I could look up to and aspire to be like both professionally and personally

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Linder Point/Squire Point--great place to take a hike and recharge out in nature

Dr. Clark's academic profile


 Lorraine Myers, MDLori Myers, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bloomfield, a tiny town in southern Indiana.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy working out, going out with friends, exploring nearby Iowa towns, and when I find extra time -- baking, cooking, and art.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa felt "right" to me. It felt like home. I thought about what would really make my day-to-day enjoyable, and for me, it's kind people, a nice work environment, and a program that embraces teaching. Residency is going to be a challenge, but having the right people around you makes it less challenging.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

My favorite thing to do in Iowa City? It's very simple: taking walks. I love evenings in Iowa! The sunsets are incredible, and the wildflowers are beautiful. Plus, it's safe!

Dr. Myers' academic profile


 Lindsay McConnell, MDLindsay McConnell, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

I have lived in Iowa City since I was 8 years old.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy working out, being active outside, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in the community.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

After interviewing all over I knew there was no better place for me than Iowa. The residents and staff facilitate a welcoming and educational environment where I felt at home. I knew there was nowhere else where I would obtain top-notch training with such a quality group of people.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I love the Iowa City Farmers Market as well as all of the festivals and events Downtown in the summer.

Dr. McConnell's academic profile


 Tyler Risma, MDTyler Risma, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2015-2018

1. Where did you grow up?

Maine, New Hampshire, Southern California, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with my wife and two kids. Waterskiing, soccer, guitar, and banjo.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Multiple top level faculty in each subspecialty. Great surgical training. Being a resident at Iowa means you are a part of a team of residents who look out for each other and work to make each other succeed. My co-residents have gone out of their way to help each other above and beyond what I ever would have imagined.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

The Coralville reservoir is 15 minutes away, there is always something great to do in the Ped Mall, and there are a surprising number of great restaurants given the size of Iowa City.

Dr. Risma's academic profile



 Spenser MortonSpenser Morton, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

West Chester, PA. ( a small suburb outside of Philadelphia)

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and son. I also love to homebrew beer, hunt, fish, hike, snowboard, and just about anything else outdoors.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because I wanted to train in a world-class facility, with top-notch faculty, in an environment that is comfortable, friendly, and supportive. Not only does Iowa provide the best blend of academic and surgical training available, but it does so while surrounding you with truly high caliber people who want you to succeed just as badly as you do. Lastly, I was blown away by how great of an opportunity the integrated internship is. Every day that passes I am happier that I chose Iowa.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Exploring the many [hiking and biking] paths and Fishing in the Lake at Kent Park and Lake MacBride.

Dr. Morton's academic profile


 Stephanie LynchStephanie Lynch, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

East Greenwich, RI

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love playing soccer, running, traveling to new places, and hanging with my dogs.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

People here have a great sense of humor. The residents not only receive excellent training but are also well supported as individuals.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Eating dinner out at the Ped Mall in the summer

Dr. Lynch's academic profile


 Aaron RiccaAaron Ricca, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

Jonesboro, Arkansas

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy fly fishing and hunting. In particular, salt water fly fishing and wing-shooting are my favorite. I hunt all manner of fowl and game and bowhunt for big game

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa for numerous reasons, but primarily for the people in the department and the quality of resident education and experience. The atmosphere here is beyond the best out of anywhere that I saw across the nation. The faculty and staff love what they do and it shows in the day-to-day workflow. The attendings love to teach and interact with the residents. Dr. Oetting always has the best interests of the residents in mind and is very receptive to new ideas and progress. Everyone here wants to support you and provide you with all the opportunities possible for you to develop and succeed in any way you desire. It is completely possible for you to have a strenuous and high achieving work life as well as a healthy personal life in this program. The research potential is fantastic, if you choose to pursue it, and the surgical training is cutting edge. Also, the integrated internship is a huge bonus. It allows you to become a member of the department immediately, you don't have to wait an entire year to begin what you want to do right now.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I really enjoy going to the Farmer's Markets throughout the week and especially the weekend. The atmosphere of the city and surrounding suburbs is outstanding and the Downtown and the Ped Mall are a lot of fun on the weekend evenings. My favorite place though would probably be my house and the houses of the other residents in my class. They are the best BBQ joint/pizzeria/bar in town! Also, the breweries in the area are all excellent.

Dr. Ricca's academic profile


 Daniel TerveenDaniel Terveen, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Spearfish, South Dakota

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

One of my favorite things to do is pheasant hunt in beautiful South Dakota. I also enjoy playing most sports especially soccer and tennis. I love spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and skiing. My new hobby is gardening and battling weeds.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because I believe in the program's mission. The department is committed to curing blinding eye conditions but they also place the highest emphasis on resident education. Nowhere else in the country do you have world-renowned specialists taking such a personal interest in resident education. Department wide teaching rounds every morning, a busy, second-to-none surgical curriculum, and personalized resident research mentorship give you the tools to become successful in the career path you choose. The integrated intern year is also great. It is five months of ophthalmology experience and takes away the stress of matching into a second intern year program. Finally, the people here are incredibly kind and give you endless opportunities to succeed.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

One of my favorite things is hanging Downtown with my wife who is also a resident in Iowa's OB department. There are a ton of great restaurants and shops all within walking distance of our house. We also love sitting on our deck enjoying the weather and hanging out with our co-residents!

Dr. Terveen's academic profile


 Brittni Scruggs MillerBrittni Scruggs Miller, MD, PhD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2016-2019

1. Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Louisiana!

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nick; we especially like to run or work out together. I adore my daughter, Lucia, and we love to spend time swimming or going to the park. Of course, I also love my co-residents and enjoy spending time with friends. I am a cellist (but I do not play as much as I should). And lastly, I enjoy cooking (and eating) spicy foods!

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

As someone who aspires to be a physician-scientist, I can think of no better program than Iowa to start my career. The research is fascinating, novel, and abundant--all residents have really interesting projects! Iowa stood out as a residency program that caters to what is best for the individual resident. For example, the integrated year (which is a HUGE plus), allows residents to get connected with mentors early and have 5 months of dedicated ophthalmology rotations while still an intern. So, a resident’s knowledge is being built up in a low-stress environment before primary call even begins! The integrated intern year also allows residents to later choose to travel internationally or do sub-specialty electives that prepare the resident for a specific career or fellowship. I am a Southern girl, yet I feel at home here. Everyone is genuinely kind and cares very much about education, as evidenced by daily grand rounds and weekly conferences.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

As a New Orleanian, I am pleasantly surprised by what IC has to offer, especially in regards to music! I have enjoyed going to the various festivals (Arts Fest, Jazz Fest, etc.). There seems to be something to do every weekend, including (but not limited to) a really great Farmer's Market! I live within walking distance to Downtown and love being able to walk to so many activities.

Dr. Brittni Miller's academic profile


 Matthew BenageMatthew Benage, MD

Transitional Intern, 2016-2017; Ophthalmology Resident, 2017-2020

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Lebanon, Missouri - a town in the beautiful Ozarks.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with my wife and little son, Jackson. I really enjoy hiking, so you can probably find my family and I hiking on our free weekends.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

My goal in choosing a residency program was to join a team that would enable me to achieve my fullest potential in ophthalmology. I believe that Iowa is one of the best programs in the country to become an excellent ophthalmologist. The faculty, residents, and staff are incredible at Iowa. The entire team is dedicated to offering the highest quality of patient care while cultivating an atmosphere of a family- it is incredible. Add in the strong surgical numbers, great clinical exposure- starting very early due to our integrated internship-, world class faculty, and premier teaching, Iowa is hard to beat! I am so happy to be here! I feel lucky everyday.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I enjoy the ped mall, hiking on the great trails around the area, spending time with co-residents, hanging on my sweet back porch, and the great college atmosphere of the city. There are many big cities within easy driving distance too, which is great. 

 Dr. Benage's academic profile


 Anthony ChungAnthony Chung, MD

Transitional Intern, 2016-2017; Ophthalmology Resident, 2017-2020

1. Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Ames, IA but have always been a Hawkeye fan.

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I love trying out new restaurants, playing board games, and traveling with my wife. I also enjoy cooking (very mediocre food), playing tennis and golf, and catching up on Netflix shows.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because it truly felt like home. As a student here, the residents and staff made every effort to include me as part of the team and I knew I wanted to join a program that emphasized this camaraderie at all levels. The department's dedication to residency education is second to none. This is evident in the amount of time devoted to teaching residents during lunch lectures, evening sub-specialty rounds, and daily department wide morning rounds. Most importantly, the world-class faculty support the residents in all of their endeavors whether it be research, in clinic, or the surgical curriculum.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

My favorite thing to do in Iowa City are the summer art and jazz festivals. The city closes off the streets downtown filling them with food trucks and brings in artists from around the country to perform. Iowa City also has a great farmers' market every Saturday and the surrounding towns also have their own farmers' market during the week!  

 Dr. Chung's academic profile


 

 Austin FoxAustin Fox, MD

Transitional Intern, 2016-2017; Ophthalmology Resident, 2017-2020

1. Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in Lower Alabama (or LA)

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

Spending time with family- attending annual reunions. Endurance sports-long distance running and cycling. Watching most sports, especially college basketball and Alabama football. I also enjoy photography and cooking homegrown cuisine.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa is a "renaissance" program fully invested in resident education. The people are nice, welcoming, and down to earth. The department is comprised of highly accomplished individuals who are highly interested in our success. The research at Iowa is world-class with ample opportunity. Lastly, though the program has a strong tradition and is annually recognized at the top, the program is innovative and striving to advance resident education.

Iowa City appealed to me as well as a smaller, clean, safe city that reminded me of my hometown (though winter may be a different story).

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

Iowa River Corridor Trail-13 miles of clean, mostly flat and shaded trail which makes for good running.

Dr. Fox's academic profile


 Benjamin JansonBenjamin Janson, MD

Transitional Intern, 2016-2017; Ophthalmology Resident, 2017-2020

1. Where did you grow up?

Mason City, IA

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I enjoy spending time with my wife Amanda, road cycling, mountain biking, photography, snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, juggling, and playing the guitar/trumpet/drum set.

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I think Iowa is a very special place. There certainly is a reputation and tradition of the highest quality clinical training supported by well-known faculty, countless research opportunities, and great facilities. However, what really made Iowa stand out to me was the culture that surrounds this program. I’ve never experienced a place where the faculty, residents, staff, and patients are so committed and enthusiastic to resident training. The Iowa Ophthalmology culture exhibits the friendliness, humility, and true collaboration that I believe is the foundation not only to great training, but also providing optimal patient care.

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I love how bike friendly Iowa City is. I can ride daily to the hospital on bike paths, hit the trails on my mountain bike at Sugar Bottom Recreation Center, or ride endless miles of safe roads and bike paths on my road bike. 

Dr. Janson's academic profile


 Heather StiffHeather Stiff, MD

Transitional Intern, 2016-2017; Ophthalmology Resident, 2017-2020

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. 

2. What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I have been dancing (jazz, ballet, tap, modern) since I was 3 years old and was a dance/chemistry major in college. I still enjoy taking dance classes and teaching dance classes when I can! I also enjoy anything associated with a lake - boating, fishing, island hopping, water skiing, beach-ing, bonfires! I love doing pretty much anything with a group of good friends, and lastly, I'm definitely a Big Ten college football fan! ;)

3. Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose the University of Iowa for many reasons but most importantly because of the genuine, kind, and supportive atmosphere here. All of the people here will tell you over and over again that they want you to succeed and will do anything to support you during your journey. This program also has incredible clinical/surgical training supported and organized by an incredibly dedicated program director. Lastly, I was also drawn here because of the integrated internship that allows you to be emerged in ophthalmology and the ophthalmology department for a good portion of your intern year-- something that I think is very beneficial. 

4. What is your favorite place or thing to do in Iowa City?

I have loved exploring Iowa City and the surrounding area- there are tons of bike trails, a beautiful lake (Lake Macbride) close by, and great restaurants. I really love the fact that everything is very close together and I can visit any of my co-residents with a quick drive or even a bike ride.

Dr. Stiff's academic profile