Our People

Retina fellows

Our people are the heart of our program. From the reception desk to the exam room, from laboratory to diagnostic suite, from the auditorium to the library, from administration office to faculty office you will find our people eager to help you become the best ophthalmologist you can be.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. We provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

 

 

Our Faculty

Faculty members in the Vitreoretinal Service include

Michael D. Abramoff

Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD
Professor
Robert C. Watzke, MD, Professorship in Retina Research

Elaine M. Binkley, portrait

Elaine M. Binkley, MD
Assistant Professor

H. Culver Boldt, M.D.

H. Culver Boldt, MD
Professor
Marion and Frederick Fuerste, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology

James C. Folk, M.D.

James C. Folk, MD
Professor
Judith (Gardner) and Donald H. Beisner, MD, Professor of Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Karen M. Gehrs, M.D.

Karen M. Gehrs, MD
Professor

Ian Han

Ian C. Han, MD
Assistant Professor

Stephen R. Russell, portrait

Stephen R. Russell, MD
Professor 
Dina J. Schrage Professor of Macular Degeneration Research

Elliott H. Sohn, portrait

Elliott H. Sohn, MD
Associate Professor and Fellowship Director

Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.

Edwin M. Stone, MD, PhD
Professor 
Seamans-Hauser Chair in Molecular Ophthalmology

All faculty members in the department are full-time members of the Department of Ophthalmology. The care of patients by the Vitreoretinal fellows and residents is completely under the supervision of these staff members. No diagnosis is made or a surgical procedure planned or performed without their knowledge and direct supervision.

Our Current Fellows

Surgical Retina

Alec L. Amram, MD

Alec L. Amram, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Internship, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del.
  • MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Ore.
  • BA, Occidental College, Los Angeles

Projected completion date: June 2020

Timothy M. Boyce, MD

Timothy M. Boyce, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute
  • MD, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine,  Oklahoma City, 
  • BS, Neuroscience, University of Miani, Miami

Projected completion date: June 2021

Benjamin A. King, MD

Benjamin A. King, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, Hamilton Eye Institute, Memphis, Tenn. (2014-2017) and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. (2017-2018)
  • Internship, University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tenn.
  • MD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • BA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Projected completion date: June 2020

Aaron Ricca, MD

Aaron Ricca, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Ark.
  • BSME, Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Projected completion date: June 2021​


Medical Retina

Razek Georges Coussa, MD

Razek Georges Coussa, portrait

Education

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
  • Ophthalmology Residency, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal
  • MD, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine , Montreal
  • MPhil, Bioscience Enterprise, University of Cambridge, UK
  • MEng, Biomedical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal
  • BA, Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal

Projected completion date: June 2020

Retina Fellow Alumni

Retina Fellowship Alumni

(sorted by date of fellowship)

  • William B. Snyder, Dallas — Retina (1964-1966)
  • Thomas C. Burton, Waukesha, Wis. — Retina (1968-1969)
  • Thomas J. Harrison, Santa Fe, N.M. — Retina (1972-1973)
  • Thomas S. Stevens, Waunakee, Wis. — Retina (1973-1974)
  • James G. Diamond, New Orleans — Retina (1974-1975)
  • William F. Rachal, Metairie, La. — Retina (1975-1976)
  • Thomas A. Weingeist, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina (1976-1976)
  • Louis A. Lobes, Pittsburgh — Retina (1976-1977)
  • Jerald A. Bovino, Aspen, Colo. — Retina (1978-1978)
  • Rodolfo N. Perez, Jr., Boulder, Colo. — Retina (1978-1978)
  • Victor Zion, Aventura, Fla. — Retina (1977-1978)
  • Charles W. Mohler, Jackson, Wyo. — Retina (1980-1980)
  • Richard S. Munsen, Jr., Seattle — Retina (1979-1980)
  • Norman D. Radtke, Louisville, Ky. — Retina (1978-1980)
  • Manfred A. Von Fricken, Fairfax, Va. — Retina (1979-1980)
  • Peter R. Pavan, Tampa, Fla. — Retina (1979-1981)
  • James C. Folk, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina (1980-1982)
  • Prem S. Virdi, Rock Island, Ill. — Retina (1979-1982)
  • Vernon M. Hermsen, Corpus Christi, Texas — Retina and Echography (1981-1982)
  • Michael J. Howcroft, Davenport, Iowa — Retina and Echography (1981-1982)
  • Edward J. Goldman, Owings Mills, Md. — Retina (1982-1983)
  • Stanley G. Shortt, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada — Retina (1982-1983)
  • Christopher F. Blodi, West Des Moines, Iowa — Retina (1983-1984)
  • Thomas K. Krummenacher, St. Louis — Retina (1983-1984)
  • Richard F. Dreyer, Portland, Ore. — Retina (1984-1985)
  • Kevin D. Brady, Golden, Colo. — Retina (1985-1986)
  • Samuel G. Farmer, Salem, Ore. — Retina (1984-1986)
  • Patrick J. Caskey, Santa Rosa, Calif. — Retina (1985-1987)
  • Patrick Coonan, Bainbridge Island, Wash. — Retina (1986-1987)
  • Stephen R. Russell, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina (1986-1988)
  • Steven R. Bennett, Edina, Minn. — Retina (1989-1989)
  • Alan E. Kimura, Denver — Retina (1987-1989)
  • Scott R. Sneed, Novi, Mich. — Retina (1987-1989)
  • Andrew S. Kimmel, Bethlehem, Pa. — Retina (1988-1990)
  • Kim S. Mallick, Seattle — Retina (1988-1990)
  • Michael B. Rivers, Fairfax, Va. — Retina (1989-1991)
  • Warren M. Sobol, Dayton, Ohio — Retina (1989-1991)
  • Todd W. Heilskov, West Des Moines, Iowa — Retina (1990-1992)
  • Jonathan M. Hershey, Milwaukee — Retina (1990-1992)
  • Edwin M. Stone, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina (1990-1992)
  • Richard M. Feist, Birmingham, Ala. — Retina (1991-1993)
  • Chittaranjan V. Reddy, Peoria, Ill. — Retina (1991-1993)
  • Sunil Gupta, Pensacola, Fla. — Retina (1992-1994)
  • Jonathan D. Walker, Fort Wayne, Ind. — Retina (1992-1994)
  • David M. Brown, Houston — Retina (1993-1995)
  • Cecelia A. Dellone, Pittsburgh — Retina (1995-1995)
  • Archibald J. McGeorge, Auckland, New Zealand — Retina (1993-1995)
  • Deborah G. Keenum, Billings, Mont. — Retina (1994-1996)
  • Ali R. Tabassian, Richmond, Va. — Retina (1994-1996)
  • Donald W. Park, Seattle — Retina (1995-1997)
  • Timothy D. Polk, Aberdeen, Md. — Retina (1995-1997)
  • Jeremiah Brown, Jr., Schertz, Texas — Retina (1996-1998)
  • Peter L. Sonkin, Nashville, Tenn. — Retina (1996-1998)
  • Alan J. Franklin, Mobile, Ala. — Retina (1997-1999)
  • Raj K. Maturi, Indianapolis — Retina (1997-1999)
  • Mina M. Chung, Rochester, N.Y. — Retina (1998-2000)
  • Amin Kherani, Calgary, Alberta, Canada — Retina (1998-2000)
  • Andrew J. Lotery, Southampton, England — Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (1998-2000)
  • Nancy J. Christmas, Denver — Retina (1999-2001)
  • Kean T. Oh, Traverse City, Mich. — Retina (1999-2001)
  • Helen Ruifang Sui, Beijing — Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (1999-2001)
  • Sharam Danesh, Phoenix — Retina (2000-2002)
  • Calvin A. Grant, Palos Heights, Ill. — Retina (2000-2002)
  • Denise L. Kayser, Santa Rosa, Calif. — Retina (2001-2003)
  • Karin R. Sletten-Farjo, Brighton, Mich. — Retina (2001-2003)
  • Esther M. Bowie, Hummelstown, Pa. — Retina (2002-2004)
  • Matthew H. Wood, Lincoln, Neb. — Retina (2002-2004)
  • Jason B. Sanders, Greensboro, N.C. — Retina (2003-2005)
  • David S. Zumbro, Anchorage, Alaska — Retina (2003-2005)
  • Judy C. Liu, Traverse City, Mich. — Retina (2004-2006)
  • Chetankumar B. Patel, Frederick, Md. — Retina (2004-2006)
  • Jeffrey J. Fuller, Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Retina (2005-2007)
  • James G. Howard, Murray, Utah — Retina (2005-2007)
  • Vinit B. Mahajan, Palo Alto, Calif. — Retina (2006-2008)
  • Michael D. Radosevich, Delmar, N.Y. — Retina (2006-2008)
  • Jordan M. Graff, Phoenix — Retina (2007-2009)
  • Narendra (Nick) M. Patel, Greensboro, N.C. — Retina (2007-2009)
  • Kori Anne E. Elkins, Virginia Beach, Va. — Retina (2008-2010)
  • Rizwan Somani, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — Retina (2008-2010)
  • Christine N. Kay, Gainesville, Fla. — Retina (2009-2011)
  • Ryan M. Tarantola, Pensacola, Fla. — Retina (2009-2011)
  • Andrew S. Davis, Dupont, Wash. — Retina (2010-2012)
  • A. Brock Roller, Round Rock, Texas — Retina (2010-2012)
  • Matthew A. Cunningham, Lake Mary, Fla. — Retina (2011-2013)
  • Paul S. Tlucek, Portland, Ore. — Retina (2011-2013)
  • Katrina Mears, Fort Myers, Fla. — Retina (2012-2014)
  • Elizabeth Tegins, Chapel Hill, N.C. — Retina (2012-2014)
  • David R. P. Almeida, Erie, Pa. — Retina (2013-2015)
  • Eric K. Chin, Redlands, Calif. — Retina (2013-2015)
  • Andrew R. Carey, Baltimore — Retina (2015-2016)
  • Yasser Elshatory, LeClaire, Iowa — Retina (2014-2016)
  • Christopher N. Roybal, Albuquerque, N.M. — Retina (2014-2016)
  • Elaine M. Binkley, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina (2015-2017)
  • James Peairs — Retina (2016-2018)
  • Jessica S. Watson, Portland, Maine — Retina (2015-2017)
  • Sunny Lee, Oklahoma City — Retina (2016-2018)
  • Sam Abbassi, Palm Desert, Cal. — Retina  (2017-2019)
  • Daniel L. Feiler, Kansas City, Kan. — Retina (2017-2019)
  • Elaine M. Binkley, Iowa City, Iowa — Retina Clinical and Molecular Research (2017-2018)

Medical Retina

(sorted by date of fellowship)

  • Michael A. Grassi, Chicago — Medical Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (2003-2006)
  • Lucas J. A. Wendel, Iowa City, Iowa — Medical Retina (2010-2011)
  • Benjamin Bakall, Scottsdale, Ariz. — Medical Retina and Retinal Research (2011-2013)
  • Lorna W. Grant, Utica, N.Y. — Medical Retina (2013-2014)
  • Rachel M. Huckfeldt, Boston — Medical Retina (2014-2015)
  • Christine Clavell, Albuquerque, N.M. — Medical Retina (2016-2017)
  • Christy M. Cunningham, Kansas City, Mo. (2017-2018)
  • Laith M. Kadasi, Bend, Oreg. (2018-2019)

Molecular Ophthalmology & Retina Research

(sorted by date of fellowship)

  • Andrew J. Lotery, Southampton, England — Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (1998-2000)
  • Helen Ruifang Sui, Beijing — Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (1999-2001)
  • Michael A. Grassi, Chicago — Medical Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology (2003-2006)
  • Benjamin Bakall, Scottsdale, Ariz. — Medical Retina and Retinal Research (2011-2013)

Testimonials

Surgical Retina

Jerry Bovino, UI alum

"I loved my time at Iowa. It is an amazing place to train."

- Jerald Bovino, MD '78 (F), Co-founder, American Society of Retina Specialists
"My time at University of Iowa Iowa put me on the map.  The Iowa fellowship focused me on surgical advances and clinical research. Iowa fellowship committed me to a lifetime of fighting blindness."

- David Brown, MD, R’93, F’95
"I will always feel privileged to have completed my vitreoretinal surgery training at the University of Iowa. Incredible mentors in a welcoming community provided me with the necessary skills to excel in the challenging landscape of retinal disease. The willingness of diverse attending staff to include learners in complicated cases and research opportunities is crucial for the development of both clinical and academic excellence."

David Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD, F’15 | VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA (Minnesota)
  1. "Amazing teaching environment–the faculty are truly devoted to teaching. Not just in retina, but the entire department has morning rounds every day. There are excellent didactic sessions including fluorescein conference, inherited retinal disease rounds, and invited guest lecture series. The infrastructure of the department is geared towards teaching. There's a dedicated ophthalmology library with a full-time librarian who is a wizard with literature searches and pulling articles. The ophthalmic photography department has all of the latest technology and the photographers are excellent, so the photo files have beautiful photographs and even retinal drawings, going back to the 1950s.
  2. Living in Iowa City–coming from New York and Los Angeles I had some trepidation about moving to a small town, but it turned out to be an ideal environment for training. There's lots of outdoorsy stuff to do and I grew to appreciate the sense of community that comes from being a part of a small town. The patients are genuine down-to-earth people and, as a physician in training it is really nice not to have to worry about some of the challenges that come with a more urban/ inner city environment. The ophthalmology department is a tight knit community and the friends I made there are people I still keep in touch with to this day.

  3. Surgical training–the faculty have a good variety of backgrounds and case loads so the fellows get an exposure to a range of schools of thought about surgical approaches, including scleral buckling, pediatrics, and tumors. The hands-on experience, and more important, the thought process behind the surgical decision making, is excellent so you are prepared for anything by the time you graduate.


(I should know because I went to Los Angeles County Hospital/Children's Hospital LA after I graduated–I did call up Culver a bunch of times though)."

- Mina Chung, MD, F’00 | University of Rochester

Medical Retina

"My training at Iowa provided an excellent foundation for my current clinical practice and research activities in medical retina and retinal degenerations.  The retina faculty have an unwavering commitment to teaching, and I continue to value the relationships that I made over the year."

Rachel Huckfeldt, MD, PhD,  F’15 | Harvard/Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
"The University of Iowa medical retina fellowship is deeply committed to education with daily after clinic rounds. In addition to diagnosis and management of AMD, DME, and vein occlusions; there is also weekly focus on oncology, hereditary retinal disease, and uveitis with leaders in the fields."

Drew Carey, MD, F’16 | Johns Hopkins/Wilmer Eye Institute

Contact Us

Vitreoretinal Fellowship Director

Elliott H. Sohn, M.D.

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Dr.
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091

email Dr. Sohn's secretary, Sue Rath, susan-rath@uiowa.edu

telephone: 319-356-3185

Vitreoretinal Fellowship Coordinator

Sue Rath

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Dr.
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091

e-mail: susan-rath@uiowa.edu

telephone: 319-356-3185

Ophthalmology Fellowship Training Program Director

Questions regarding ophthalmology fellowships in general should be directed to:

Scott A. Larson, M.D.

 Department of Ophthalmology 
 University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 
 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091 

 e-mail : scott-a-larson@uiowa.edu 

telephone: 319-356-2859