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Matthew G. Field, MD, PhD

Matthew G. Field, MD, PhD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2020-2023

Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa supports the residents in whatever they want to do in their careers. This recruits a diverse group of people with very different backgrounds who are interested in going into every type of career in ophthalmology, from private practice to academic research to teaching. This diversity coupled with incredible training and excellent faculty (who all are so knowledgeable and love to teach) provides the ideal training environment for me. Plus, Iowa has one of the best ophthalmology research departments in the country, allowing me to get involved with projects during residency. On a final note, after living in Miami, I really appreciate the low cost of living here and the ability to actually drive places quickly and find parking. For all the reasons above and many more, I am so excited to be here!

Zachary Mortensen, MD, MBA

Zachary Mortensen, MD, MBA

Ophthalmology Resident, 2020-2023

Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa seemed to uniquely balance a renowned reputation with a down-to-earth attitude. While Iowa has been a trailblazer in ophthalmologic medicine, the individuals here appeared to maintain a culture of respect and warmth. I initially felt humbled walking among some of ophthalmology's leaders, but I quickly felt welcome. All the residents were incredibly happy to be here and I knew it was a place where I too could have a good time and be myself. Lastly, this city provided the perfect home for my family. The relatively low cost of living, abundance of family-friendly activities, and robust network of resident physicians made Iowa a no-brainer.

Dr. Mortensen's academic profile

Tirth J. Shah, MD

Tirth J. Shah, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2020-2023

Why did you choose Iowa?

I fell in love with Iowa during my interview. It was so humbling to see how approachable the faculty and residents were–especially given the renowned reputation. The PGY1 year was a big draw. Not only do we have 5 months of ophthalmology where we get to work up patients, practice our ophthalmologic examination, and try to come up with an assessment and plan, but we also get amazing bi-weekly lectures throughout the year for our level of training and get to practice some basic procedural skills, like suturing. I felt this would certainly help ease the stress of the huge learning curve during PGY2 year and would set a strong foundation for the rest of residency training.

In addition, I was drawn to the excellent research opportunities here, the emphasis on education and teaching, and how approachable and invested the faculty were. It definitely felt humbling to have these famous faculty take such interest in our pursuits. The networking opportunities are phenomenal. Now that I am here, I am so happy I chose Iowa. The program is truly amazing and not only already meets my expectations but far and away exceeds it.

Dr. Shah's academic profile

Margaret R. Strampe, MD

Margaret R. Strampe, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2020-2023

Why did you choose Iowa?

I already knew that University of Iowa had everything I wanted in a residency program—clinical excellence, incredible research opportunities, and an impressive reputation—but it was my interview day that made the decision for me. The people are what make Iowa great, and they are the most supportive, collaborative group. Every program tells you that they treat their residents like family, but Iowa is the only one I interviewed at that really lives up to that promise.

Dr. Strampe's academic profile

Caroline Y. Yu, MD

Caroline Y. Yu, MD

Ophthalmology Resident, 2020-2023

Why did you choose Iowa?

Choosing Iowa was a gut decision, and I rarely allow my gut to make the call. During my interview day, the camaraderie and warmth of the faculty and residents put me at ease, and I felt a uniquely strong sense of community that instinctually drew me towards this program. The more I researched into the program, the more I realized that Iowa was the perfect combination of stellar faculty, range of research opportunities, tight-knit community, excellent surgical and clinical training, and exposure to a wide range of pathology. As a lifelong Californian, I was (and still am) intimidated by the idea of midwestern winters, but I believe that Iowa more than any other program will help me to become the best ophthalmologist that I can be.

Dr. Yu's academic profile

Aaron Dotson, MD

Aaron Dotson, portrait

Ophthalmology Resident, 2021-2024

Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because of the friendly and supportive department, ample opportunities and resources to mold your own residency experience, and overall training experience that's one to beat!

Dr. Dotson's academic profile

Andrew Goldstein, MD

Andrew Goldstein, portrait

Ophthalmology Resident, 2021-2024

Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose to train at Iowa because I knew it was a place that would push me to excel, but also provide a supportive and friendly environment. As a medical student here I always felt like the staff and residents included me as part of the team, and I wanted to train at a program that had such a welcoming atmosphere. Iowa has a strong focus on education and provides clinical and surgical training that is among the best in the country. The combination of world-class faculty, dedication to resident education, and a supportive environment were exactly what I was looking for in my residency training.

Dr. Goldstein's academic profile

Tina Hendricks, MD

Tina Hendricks, portrait

Ophthalmology Resident, 2021-2024

Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa had everything I was looking for and then some! I fell in love with the welcoming, family-focused culture, the commitment to resident training, and above all the people who make this department so special.

Dr. Hendricks's academic profile

Mahsaw Motlagh, MD

Mahsaw Motlagh, portrait

Resident, 2021-2024

Why did you choose Iowa?

My personal motto is "work hard and be nice to people" and I think the Iowa culture captures that perfectly. The people here are the absolute best, patients and faculty alike. Everyone is approachable, generous with their time, and eager to teach. I was nervous at first moving from larger cities (previously lived in Phoenix and LA), but I promise you will find this place as wholesome and charming as it is described. Also, Dr. Oetting is the greatest program director in the world.

Dr. Motlagh's academic profile

Sean Rodriguez, MD

Sean Rodriguez, portrait

Ophthalmology Resident, 2021-2024

Why did you choose Iowa?

There are a lot of reasons why I chose Iowa, but I will try to sum it up. There are many great programs, and Iowa is definitely among them, but it was the "other stuff" that sold me to Iowa. From start-to-finish on interview day, the culture present was pervasive. The faculty are awesome, easy-going, impressive, and really invest in the success of the program and the residents. The residents I met reflected this as well; they were super impressive, yet down-to-earth and fun to hang out with.

Dr. Rodriguez's academic profile

S. Bilal Ahmed, MD

Bilal Ahmed

Ophthalmology Resident, 2022-2025

Why did you choose Iowa?

Iowa has a rich history of excellence in education, patient care, research, and producing leaders who contribute to the field of ophthalmology in a variety of meaningful ways. The focus on residents becoming well-rounded doctors and surgeons is the beating heart of this program. It is an honor to spend the next four years training at an institution with such talented, humble, and genuine people rooting for you from day one.

Dr. Ahmed's academic profile

Arnulfo Garza Reyes, MD

Arnulfo Garza Reyes

Ophthalmology Resident, 2022-2025

Why did you choose Iowa?

All residency programs in the country will train a competent ophthalmologist, but very few will offer you world-class training suited for any kind of practice you can imagine. Additionally, very few eye institutes will offer you a resident-driven culture. Iowa is that and more which makes it a unique place at the top of the rankings. Educating you is the priority of every faculty member, and you will find a leader in the field in every subspecialty here at Iowa. I have the goal of going back to the southern border of the country and serving my people as there is a huge need, so it was clear to me that I wanted a place that could offer me elite training to impact my community. I am uncertain about my specialty preference at this point but it gives me peace of mind knowing that graduates from Iowa are widely-known for being capable of excelling right after finishing residency. If I decide to pursue a specialty, the strength of the program and department in general along with the support of the faculty would set me up for success. When you consider residency programs, remember to keep in mind the program’s ability to set you up for a successful career...but the important thing is that success should be defined by you and your own goals. I knew that at Iowa I can come out a well-trained surgeon with experiences that will allow me to shape my career into exactly what I want. Very few places in the country can give you that luxury. To do all of that in a friendly and supportive environment is more than I could have asked for. This is the place to be.

Dr. Garza's academic profile

Chad 'Cy' Lewis, MD

Cy Lewis

Ophthalmology Resident, 2022-2025

Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose to train at Iowa because I knew it was a place that would push me to excel, but also provide a
supportive and friendly environment. As a medical student here I always felt like the staff and residents
included me as part of the team, and I wanted to train at a program that had such a welcoming atmosphere. Iowa has a strong focus on education and provides clinical and surgical training that is among the best in the country. The combination of world-class faculty, a dedication to resident education, and a supportive
environment was exactly what I was looking for in my residency training.

Dr. Lewis' academic profile

Joanna Silverman, MD

Joanna Silverman

Ophthalmology Resident, 2022-2025

Why did you choose Iowa?

I went to medical school at Iowa, and it was here where I learned just how impactful the work of ophthalmologists are. The department is home to some big role models of mine, and I learned first-hand just how excited the physicians/residents at Iowa are to go out of their way to help cultivate our skills and passions as learners. As a frequent over-thinker, this was an easy gut decision.

Dr. Silverman's academic profile

Cheryl Wang, MD

Cheryl Wang

Ophthalmology Resident, 2022-2025

Why did you choose Iowa?

I chose Iowa because of the culture. I have met so many people here who are not only super interesting and impressive but also humble, down-to-earth, and really pleasant to be around. I can recall many moments from being a medical student here where people went the extra mile for me or were generous towards me with their time, effort, and consideration, even if I was a stranger to them. These memories have made a lasting impression on me and represent the kind of physician and person I would like to become.

Dr. Wang's academic profile


Transitional Interns, Ophthalmology Resident 2023-2026

Brandon Baksh

Brandon Baksh, MD

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Patrick Donegan

Patrick Donegan, MD

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Matthew Hunt

Matthew Hunt, MD

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Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer, MD

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Samuel Tadros

Samuel Tadros, MD

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Jonathan Trejo

Jonathan Trejo, MD

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