Class of 2021
Jose Davila, MD
Jose Davila is from Grand Rapids, MI. He attended undergrad and medical school at the University of Michigan. His internship year was at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center- Oakland.
Giancarlo Garcia, MD
Giancarlo Garcia is from Goleta, CA. He attended undergrad at Harvard University. He completed medical school and his internship year at the University of California, Irvine.
Jong Park, MD
Jong Park grew up in Toronto, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, medical school at Duke University, HHMI research fellowship at Harvard/Boston Children's Hospital, and transitional year internship at Tufts/Carney Hospital. He is honored to be a member of the Stanford/Byers Eye community.
Malini Veerappan, MD
Malini Veerappan Pasricha was born in Forest Hills, NY and moved to CA when she was 2 years old. She grew up in Palo Alto, CA with her parents and two sisters. She attended Duke University for college, where she designed her own major titled Global Health Disparities and Development Strategies. She continued on at Duke University for medical school, where she worked closely with Dr. Cynthia Toth on optical coherence tomography-based biomarkers of progression of age-related macular degeneration. She completed her transitional year internship at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and is currently doing her ophthalmology residency at Stanford University. She plans to pursue a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery with the primary goal of becoming an excellent clinician and surgeon. Her career aspirations are to provide the highest quality of care for her patients, promote the presence of women in ophthalmology, and become a leader in improving eye health accessibility to populations across the world.
Class of 2022
Ahmad Al-Moujahed, MD, PhD, MPH
Ahmad Al-Moujahed is from Damascus, Syria. He graduated from Damascus Medical School, Syria. He then completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, followed by a PhD in experiment pathology from Boston University School of Medicine and carried out his PhD research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Ahmad also holds an MPH from Northeastern University. He completed an internship at Berkshire Medical Center. As part of his humanitarian experiences, he has organized and taught in online courses directed to medical students and healthcare professionals in Syria. Ahmad enjoys soccer, basketball, and spending time with his wife and two kids.
Bryce Chiang, MD, PhD
Bryce Chiang grew up in Freehold, NJ, and completed his BS and MSE degrees in biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his dual MD/PhD degree at the Emory School of Medicine. His PhD degree, awarded by the joint Emory/Georgia Institute of Technology Department of Biomedical Engineering, was focused on drug delivery to the eye. He completed his preliminary medicine year at Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Bay Area with his wife and son, watching movies, and cooking.
Luciano Custo Greig, MD, PhD*
Luciano Custo Greig is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed his undergrad at Yale University. He attended Harvard Medical School, graduating with a PhD in genetics in 2015 and earning his MD in 2017. He completed his internship year at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Transitional Year Program in Massachusetts. Then, he joined the department as a Stanford Ophthalmology Advanced Research resident, working with Dr. Sui Wang and Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg. His research aims to develop new strategies for replacement of retinal ganglion cells that will help patients with glaucoma and other degenerative eye diseases. Luciano is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He enjoys cooking, graphic design, and traveling.
Connie Sears, MD
Connie Sears grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She attended the University of California, Riverside and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology. During college she completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and studied genetics. Connie received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, during which time she was awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship and studied ultra widefield imaging of diabetic retinopathy at the Doheny Eye Institute. She then completed her internship at Olive View - UCLA Medical Center. Connie is passionate about mentoring underrepresented minorities in medicine, addressing ophthalmic care disparities by raising awareness of underserved community barriers and improving access to care.
Natacha Villegas, MD
Natacha Villegas was born and raised on an island in the Caribbean called Margarita, which is part of Venezuela. She moved to the United States after high school to pursue a career in medicine. She obtained a bachelor's in nutrition science from Texas A&M University. Afterwards, she graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston with an MD. She then went on to complete her internship year at AMITA Health. She is passionate about traveling and enjoys taking part in medical missions abroad. She also enjoys live music and ice cream.
Class of 2023
Alejandro Arboleda, MD
Alejandro is from Miami, FL. He attended the University of Miami where he received his BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which allowed him to lead a research project in Paris before returning to the University of Miami for his medical degree. His research has focused on using photodynamic antimicrobial therapy for treatment of infectious keratitis. He completed his internship year at the Ocala Regional Medical Center. Alejandro enjoys sports, traveling, and giving back to the community.
Lucie Guo, MD, PhD*
Lucie Guo is from Chapel Hill, NC. She attended undergrad at Harvard University. She graduated from Penn MD/PhD program in 2018, where she studied chromatin epigenetics in Dr. Ben Black's lab and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. She completed her internship year at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. At Stanford she is working in Dr. Stanley Qi's lab in Bioengineering/ChEM-H, collaboration with labs of Dr. Yang Hu and Dr. Sui Wang in Ophthalmology, to develop new genome engineering technologies for ocular gene therapy.
Muhammad Hassan, MD
Muhammad Hassan is from Pakistan and completed his medical education at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. His Journey in clinical ophthalmology research under the supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Do expand between Johns Hopkins University, as a visiting medical student, to chief research fellow at Nguyen Eye Lab, Stanford University. His research interests include the identification of biomarkers for ocular diseases with a special interest in ophthalmic imaging. He completed his transitional year at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia. Outside ophthalmology, Hassan enjoys photography, traveling, and sports including squash, ping pong, badminton, and soccer. P.S. He prefers to be called "Hassan" amongst the sea of Muhammads from Pakistan.
Tracy Lu, MD
Tracy Lu grew up in rural Texas and got her MD/MBA from Harvard. She is interested in healthcare technology innovations and improving healthcare efficiency. Before residency she worked on projects involving clinic scheduling systems and value-based decision making in neuro-ophthalmology. She enjoys yoga and dogs in her free time.
Michael Yu, MD
Michael Yu is from Winchester, MA. He attended undergrad at University of Pennsylvania and medical college at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (Jefferson). He completed his internship year at Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health.
Class of 2024 (SOAR Program)
Caity Logan, MD, PhD
Caity Logan is starting as a Stanford Byers Eye Institute SOAR Resident in 2020. She has an MD/PhD from Thomas Jefferson University and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, with a PhD thesis in "Impact of the Loss of N-cadherin or Microtubules on Lens Development and Immune Surveillance" and a degree in Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. She is excited to bridge her knowledge of lens immunology and wound healing into corneal wound injury repair. Logan is working in the Myung Lab.
Geoffrey Weiner, MD, PhD
Geoff has a BA in Mathematics from Lake Forest College and an MD and PhD in Neurosciences from UCSD. As part of his PhD, he researched interactions between neurons and blood vessels in the retina for the purpose of finding novel disease biomarkers and understanding how angiogenesis and blood-retina barrier signaling is turned on during development. He is now working in the Rubin lab to develop imaging techniques and machine learning tools to better diagnose and treat retinal diseases.
Class of 2023 Residents
From left to right: Lucie Guo, Alejandro Arboleda, Michael Yu, Muhammad Hassan, and Tracy Lu
Front Row (left to right): Suzann Pershing (Residency Program Director), Cassie Ludwig, Luo Luo Zheng, Bryce Chiang, Natacha Villegas, and Jeffrey Goldberg (professor and chair of ophthalmology at Stanford)
Back Row (left to right): Jose Davila, Malini Veerappan, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Jong Park, Luciano Custo Greig, and Giancarlo Garcia
Not Pictured: Arthika Chandramohan, Angelica Ortiz, and Connie Sears
Front Row (left to right): Malini Veerappan, Luo Luo Zheng, Cassie Ludwig, Natacha Villegas, Connie Sears, Angelica Ortiz, and Arthika Chandramohan
Back Row (left to right): Jose Davila, Jong Park, Giancarlo Garcia, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Bryce Chiang, and Luciano Custo Greig