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Ophthalmology Update

2nd Annual Charles Phelps Lecture

The 2nd Annual Charles Phelps Lecture took place this morning with guest speaker, Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD, from Vanderbilt University, discussing Microfibrils and Glaucoma.

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Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD and John Fingert, MD, PhD

Responses to Town Hall

On behalf of Dr. Carter and Denise-

First, I would like to thank those of you who have either shared thoughts with me or used our anonymous Qualtrics survey to provide comments related to our department. We take these very seriously and are sharing them at our weekly administrative meetings to reflect and to work together to come up with ideas on how we can make improvements. Although we aren’t able to specifically respond to all the comments, I would like to share that we are reviewing these items and looking for new opportunities to educate, alter behaviors, or come up with creative solutions to assist us with problems and encourage a more open feel with the department. One area we would like to highlight is that of recognition. You will be hearing shortly about an Employee of the Month award we would like to start in the department. We also encourage all staff and faculty to recognize their peers and colleagues for the great work they are doing with a simple thank you or kind note. Kelsey is happy to post any specific recognition in our weekly update and hope many of you view this publication as a way to stay up to date on the department. Secondly, we are working to clarify and educate staff/faculty on the questions we have gotten related to benefits, time requested, sick leave and unplanned absences at individual or small group meetings.

Please share with us your thoughts on how we can continue to move this department forward and work to be the trusted resource for our faculty and staff.  We are all working to provide outstanding care for our patients, conduct leading-edge, collaborative research and educating the next generation of ophthalmologist and vision science researchers.

As mentioned above, we would like to start an Employee of the Month Recognition Program. Any member of the team can be nominated regardless of position. I will collect nominations until the last day of that month (this month deadline will be 28th) either via email or through the Qualtrics survey site. Please write up a nomination with information on why you feel that individual should be the employee of the month. You can provide your name or leave it anonymous.  All nominations will be shared when we announce the winner and will also be posted on the weekly update from Kelsey. The monthly winner will be selected and receive a traveling trophy along with the department providing lunch for them and a guest at the Atrium Dining Room on the 7th floor. Please be thinking of who you can nominate for the month of September. I’m looking forward to getting lots of nominations.

Qualtrics survey: http://bit.ly/2yiwb4D 

You Make a Difference

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Congratulations to our UI Optical team on receiving the August ‘Making a Difference’ Award.

The Making a Difference program is designed to recognize individuals who have performed in an exemplary manner, consistent with the goals of service excellence, and with a commitment to quality care.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2xEzKSF 

IDx wins Gazette Business Award

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Congratulations to IDx on being selected a 2018 Gazette Business Award winner! The Gazette Business Awards honor local companies, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated impressive achievements in business in the Corridor. Winners will be honored at The Gazette Business Awards banquet on October 30, 2018.

Read full article: http://bit.ly/2MSW00D 

2018 Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Exhibit Winners

Meghan Menzel

3rd Place Color Fundus Photography - Wide Angle

Honorable Mention
Color Fundus Photography - Wide Angle
Multifocal Choroiditis

Jody Troyer, CRA, OCT-C

1st Place Composite
Chorioretinal Scar after Surgery

3rd Place Slit Lamp Biomicroscopy
Corneal Burn from Curling Iron

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Cintia de Paiva | September 27

On Thursday, 9/27, Dr. Cintia de Paiva, assistant professor of ophthalmology from Baylor College of Medicine will be visiting UI Hospitals & Clinics. 

Dr. de Paiva is our guest speaker for Morning Rounds and will be giving a talk entitled “Mucosal Immunity and Inflammation at the Ocular Surface”. All are encouraged to attend.

If you are unable to attend Rounds or want an encore, she will be delivering a Special Immunology Seminar at 11 am in the Medical Laboratories (ML) building. The seminar talk, “Understanding the symbiotic relationship of microbes and Sjogren Syndrome,” is open to physicians, staff, and researchers to attend. 

Dr. de Paiva is president of the International Ocular Surface Society. For more background information: http://bit.ly/2O3nrJG 

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Alumni sighting

Submitted by Dr. Erin Shriver-

Members of the department met at Brown Deer Golf Club Thursday night with ophthalmologist Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (front), Dr. Barbara McAneny (back), and Iowa Medical Society leadership including Brian Privett, MD (11R), IMS Board Chair.


Dr. Miller-Meeks (91R, Faculty 94-97) was the first female faculty member in our department and the first female president of the IMS. She is running for the Iowa Senate. 

Dr. McAneny (77MD, 80R, 82F)  is President of the American Medical Association and an oncologist from New Mexico. She is the first AMA President to graduate from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. 

Save the Date: Alumni Roundtable

Ophthalmology Residents, Fellows, and Interns-

Mark your calendars for our next “Alumni Roundtable” on Thursday, 10/4, at 5:15 pm in the Blodi Conference Rooms. 

These roundtable discussions bring successful alumni back to Iowa City to share their career insights and experiences. It is a great opportunity for networking and to hear how former trainees have navigated fellowship and career choices, balance work-life, etc.

On 10/4 we’ll have a 2-for-1 special consisting of Angela McAllister (14R) and Elizabeth Tegins (14F-Retina). Angie is a comprehensive ophthalmologist practicing in at Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. Beth completed her Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship here at Iowa before joining North Carolina Retina Associates in Chapel Hill.

Links to their profiles:

Angela McAllister
Elizabeth Tegins

Bring your questions and plan to join the conversation! Food and drink will be provided and all are encouraged to attend.

Iowa Eye Alumni Reception

The University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Iowa Eye Association invite you to our 2018 Iowa Eye Alumni Reception!

Saturday, October 27, 2018
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago

Enjoy an evening with alumni, faculty, trainees, and friends!

Plus, we’ll celebrate Dr. Keith Carter’s term as 2018 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology!

RSVP or questions? Call 319-384-8529 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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UPDATE | AAO Reception RSVP – Bus Transportation


***REMINDER – IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO RIDE THE BUS, RSVPs ARE DUE BACK TO JESI COLE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BY OCTOBER 5***

In our planning for AAO, we have determined we will be able to take a bus for those of you not already attending the conference but yet wanting to participate in the Alumni Reception and Celebration of Dr. Carter and his AAO presidency. Please RSVP directly to Jesi Cole, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 319.356.3705, if you are planning to ride the bus. Even if you have already mentioned this to a supervisor or administration, please verify your ride. We will need a final count to send to the bus company.

Leave: Iowa River Landing Transportation Center at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 27th

Arrive in Chicago: Navy Pier between 11:00-11:30

Reception: University Club of Chicago – starts at 5:30

Bus Pick-up: University Club of Chicago – appx. 7:30/8:00

Arrive Home: Iowa River Landing Transportation Center between 10:30-11:00 PM

RSVP’s are needed no later than Friday, October 5th. 

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Please send me an email to get your seat.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Healthiest State Initiative's 2018 Annual Walk

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Healthiest State Initiative's 2018 Annual Walk

iTeam Ophthalmology

As a department, we are signed up for the Healthiest State Walk on October 3rd at 12:00 PM. 

We'll meet outside the Family Care entrance. We will make 2 laps around Kinnick Stadium and return at the PFP valet entrance.

View team page: http://bit.ly/2MBMtfh

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Iowa KidSight Team

A local neighborhood walk is planned if the weather is nice. If the weather is not so nice, we will lap around the inside of the Mall.

View team page: http://bit.ly/2xExOcR 









Iowa Lions Eye Bank | Update

Submitted by Ashley Dockendorf-

"Dear Donor Family,

My name is Scott, and I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. I am a farmer and retired firefighter who has spent most of my life helping others—never thinking that one day I would be the one needing help.

About a year ago, I began experiencing vision loss for unknown reasons. I was seen by numerous doctors, who after many attempts to help were unable to, thus resulting in my loss of vision. Local doctors then referred me to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (cornea) specialist, but at this point, I was unsure if I would ever be able to see again.

After months of appointments and numerous medications, Dr. Mark Greiner determined a (cornea) transplant was needed. Thanks to your loved one’s generosity, the transplant was a great success. I am now able to see my children and grandchildren, as well as return to farming. Your loved one’s gift of sight has allowed me to live pain free daily, in addition to restoring my vision. The simple things in life, like the sun rising and setting, or my grandchild being born, are experiences your family has given back to me and my family. I am forever grateful to have received this gift from you and your loved one.

Thank you—from myself and my family!"

Cornea Recipient Scott

We want to hear from you!

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As we have some new faces around the department that may not be familiar with the weekly update, we want to remind you to share your news with the update team! Whether it be personal or professional, the update is a newsletter for the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences employees to communicate news and events that are important to you, or may be of interest to others. A few examples of submission topics: employee awards, recognitions, and life events (weddings, birth announcements, accomplishments - personal and professional, new employees, retirements, and more…)

Feel free to send by email or stop by the C.S. O’Brien Library if you have something you would like to share (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Lectures and Conferences

updated 9/21/2018

schedule subject to change


September 24

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - On-call Rounds


September 25

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds - Patrick Barlow, PhD: Educational Research and Scholarship
Stone Rounds


September 26

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Suzanne Mitts - Billing and Coding (Library update intro 5-10 min)


September 27

8:00 AM
5:30 PM

Morning Rounds - Cintia de Paiva, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, "Mucosal Immunity and Inflammation at the Ocular Surface"
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)


September 28

7:45 AM

BCSC Peds - Pavlina Kemp, MD: Flipped class room, strabismus II

schedule subject to change


October 1

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Mark Borchert, MD: William E. Scott Lecture


October 2

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds - On-call rounds
Stone Rounds


October 3

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Caroline Wilson, MD


October 4

8:00 AM
5:30 PM

Morning Rounds - Nasreen Syed, MD - Pathology lecture series
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)


October 5

7:00 AM


schedule subject to change


October 8

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Retina Fellow Interviews


October 9

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds - On-call rounds
Stone Rounds


October 10

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Ryan Frisbie, M4 student


October 11

8:00 AM
5:30 PM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)


October 12

8:45 AM

Clinical Conference: Cornea

schedule subject to change

CME ACCREDITATION: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME CREDIT DESIGNATION: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

SPONSORED BY: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

CONTENT: Determination of educational content for this educational activity and the selection of speakers and facilitators are responsibilities of the activity director. Any commercial firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

DISCLOSURE POLICY: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

TARGET AUDIENCE: Faculty, residents, fellows.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES: Upon participating in this educational series, the participant should be able to discuss interesting and challenging clinical cases in a didactic and interactive format.

Upcoming Event

  • Oct 24 - Retina Fellow Interviews
  • Oct 27-30 - AAO Annual Meeting - Chicago, IL
  • Nov 1 - Retina Fellow Interviews
  • Nov 9 - Clinical Conference: Glaucoma (Armaly Lecture)
  • Nov 12 - Dr. Deb Klimek - W.E. Scott Lecture
  • Nov 16 - Resident Interviews: Tony Chung, MD
  • Nov 19 - Resident Interviews: Caroline Wilson, MD
  • Nov 30 - Resident Interviews: Tyler Quist, MD

About The Update

The Ophthalmology Update is a newsletter for employees of the Department of Ophthalmology. Editor & staff writer: Kelsey Hunold (7-8001) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; staff writers: Trish Duffel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Joe Schmidt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; copy editor: Peg Harris; Department Head: Keith D. Carter, MD.