Ophthalmology Residency Alumni

Approximately half of our graduates enter private practice immediately upon completion of the 3-year residency. Others pursue fellowship training before going into practice or entering an academic career. Regardless of a resident or fellow's choice of career path, he or she should feel fully confident of having received the best possible training in ophthalmology. As part of the Iowa Ophthalmology Family, they have worked with dedicated and experienced faculty in a contemporary and world-renowned program. We believe at the completion of training, graduates of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences are prepared for the challenges ahead and can look forward to the fulfillment that comes from pursuing a career that fosters life-long education.

The department has over 600 alumni across the country and around the world who have become leaders in academic medicine, vision research and private practice. We retain close relations with many of our alumni and offer a network of connections for residents and fellows in training.

Residents have opportunities to meet and network with Iowa alumni throughout the year. Our Clinical Conferences throughout the year and annual Iowa Eye Association meeting held each summer bring alumni back to Iowa City for continuing education and socializing with their mentors and colleagues. We also host informal sessions where alumni meet with trainees to discuss career planning and the business side of ophthalmology. These Alumni Roundtables provide valuable perspectives on a career in ophthalmology and life after training.2013

2014

Elizabeth Gauger, MD – Fellowship, International Ophthalmology – Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City

Pavlina Kemp, MD – Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology – Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hosp., Boston

Angela McAllister – Private Practice – Essentia Health, Duluth, MN

Justin Risma, MD – Private Practive – Fuerste Eye Clinic, Dubuque, IA

Matthew Weed, MD – Fellowship, Ophthalmic Genetics – University of Iowa

2013

Meredith Baker, MD – Fellowship (Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery) – University of Iowa

Joey Brinkley, MD – Fellowship (Neuro-Ophthalmology) – University of Iowa

Private Practice – Eye Associates of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

John J. Chen, MD, PhD – Fellowship (Neuro-Ophthalmology) – University of Iowa

Academic Medicine – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Amanda Maltry, MD – Fellowship (Ocular Pathology) – University of Iowa

Academic Medicine – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Jordan Rixen, MD – Fellowship (Cornea and External Disease) – University of Iowa

Private Practice – EyeSurgical Associates, Lincoln, NE

2012

Priya Gupta, MD – Fellowship (Glaucoma) – Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD

Private Practice, West Coast Glaucoma Centre, Vancouver, BC

Esther S. Hong, MD – Comprehensive ophthalmology – Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Shaival S. Shah, MD – Fellowship (Pediatric ophthalmology) – The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Private Practice – Southern California Permanente Group, Yorba Linda, CA

Matthew S. Ward, MD – Fellowship (Cornea and External Diseases) – The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private Practice, Provo, Utah

Christopher E. Watts, MD – Private Practice – Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Iowa City, IA 

2011

Emily S. Birkholz, MD – Private practice – Ophthalmology Associates of Mankato, Mankato, MN

Jason P. Brinton, MD – Fellowship (Cornea) – Durrie Vision, Overland Park, KS

Private practice – Durrie Vision, Overland Park, KS

Leslie T. L. Pham, MD – Fellowship (Cataract/Refractive Surgery) - Koch Eye Associates, Warwick, RI

Private practice – Koch Eye Associates, Warwick, RI

Brian K. Privett, MD – Private practice – Iowa Eye Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Gina M. Rogers, MD – Fellowship (Cornea) – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private Practice – Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Janet Y. M. Tsui, MD – Private practice – Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA

2010

Alex W. Cohen, MD – Fellowship (Cornea) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Academic medicine – Dean McGee Eye Institute, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

Nandini G. Gandhi, MD – Fellowship (Pediatric Ophthalmology) – Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC

Academic medicine – University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA

Aaron B. Roller, MD – Fellowship (Retina) – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private Practice (Retina) – Texas Retina Institute, Round Rock, TX

Lucas J. A. Wendel, MD – Fellowship (Medical Retina) – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private practice – Fox Valley Ophthalmology, St. Charles, IL

2009

Arpitha Muthialu Charlu, MD – Private practice – Atlantis Eye Care, Newport Beach, CA

Parley D. Fillmore, MD – Private practice – Fillmore Eye Clinic, Alamogordo, NM

Matthew P. Rauen, MD – Fellowship (Cornea) – University of Iowa, Iowa City

Private practice – Wolfe Eye Clinic, West Des Moines, IA

Parisa Taravati, MD – Academic medicine – University of Washington, Seattle, WA

E. Bo Yang, MD – Fellowship (Glaucoma) – Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA

Private practice – Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Boston MA

2008

Jason C. Friedrichs, MD – Private practice – DeKalb Clinic, Sycamore, IL

Edward H. Hu, MD, PhD – Private practice – Eye Surgeons Associates, Bettendorf, IA

Yian Jin Jones, MD – Private practice – Jones Eye Clinic, Sioux City, IA

Andrew C. G. Steffensmeier, MD – Private practice – Des Moines Eye Surgeons, West Des Moines, IA

Paula Wynn, MD – Fellowship (Retina) – UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Private practice – Northwest Permanente Physicians & Surgeons, Portland, OR

2007

Robert B. Dinn, MD – Private practice – Eye Physicians, Kokomo, IN

Jordan M. Graff, MD – Fellowship (Retina) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private practice – BDP Eye Center, Phoenix, AZ

Susannah Q. Longmuir, MD – Fellowship (Pediatric Ophthalmology) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Academic medicine – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Christopher C. Robinson, MD – Fellowship (Retina) – Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Private practice – New England Eye Center, Boston, MA

Avanish P. Tantri, MD – Private Practice – Lakeville Eye Associates, Lakeville, CT

2006

James M. Coombs, MD – Private practice – Fitzhugh Vision Clinic, Twin Falls, ID

Reid A. Longmuir, MD – Fellowships (Neuro-ophthalmology; Glaucoma) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Academic medicine – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Jeffrey L. Maassen, MD – Private practice – Iowa Eye Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Erin O'Malley Schotthoefer, MD – Fellowship (Pediatric Ophthalmology) – Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC

Private practice – Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat, Charlotte, NC

Erin K. M. Shriver, MD – Fellowship (Oculoplastics) – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

Academic medicine – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

Academic medicine – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2005

Michael V. Boland, MD, PhD – Fellowship (Glaucoma) – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Academic medicine – Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD

Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD – Fellowship (Ophthalmic Pathology) – Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Private Practice – Eye Associates of Southern California, San Diego, CA

Lynn E. Fraterrigo, MD – Academic medicine – SUNY-Syracuse Medical Center, Schenectady, NY

James G. Howard, MD – Fellowship (Retina) – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private practice – Retina Associates of Utah, Murray, UT

Sudeep Z. Pramanik, MD, MBA – Fellowship (Cornea) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Private practice – Mid Atlantic Cornea Consultants, Baltimore, MD

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