Class of 2022
Ahmad Al-Moujahed, MD, PhD, MPH
I graduated from Damascus Medical School, Syria. I then completed a Research Fellowship in the field of Retinal Diseases at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, followed by a PhD in experiment pathology from Boston University School of Medicine. I carried out my PhD research at the Angiogenesis Laboratory, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and won the first place award in the Annual Trainee Contest for the best basic science/ translational research at the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School for my PhD research project. I also hold an MPH from Northeastern University and have multiple humanitarian and volunteering experiences. I am interested in medical education as well and have organized and taught in online courses directed to medical students and healthcare professionals in Syria using affordable social media platforms. I am very happy to be a resident at Stanford. I selected my program because it offers a perfect balance between autonomy and supervision across the multiple training sites, a collegial work environment, world renowned mentors, and numerous research opportunities. In addition, the Bay Area is an amazing place to live in.
Bryce Chiang, MD, PhD
I grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, and completed my BS/MSE degrees in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. I then completed my dual MD/PhD degree at the Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology. During my PhD in biomedical engineering, I investigated ocular drug delivery in the suprachoroidal space. I was awarded a prestigious NIH F30 predoctoral fellowship, and had 6 first-author publications and 1 patent application during my PhD.
I’m excited to be an ophthalmology resident at Stanford. Stanford is the perfect residency program because it offers rigorous training across many training sites (Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Byers Eye Institute, Palo Alto VA, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center), collegial and knowledgeable faculty and trainees, and opportunity for longitudinal research throughout the duration of residency. Finally, the Bay Area is a great place to live due to close proximity to San Francisco, the beautiful California coast, and many biotech and high-tech companies.
Luciano Custo Greig, MD, PhD*
I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to Miami with my family shortly before starting college. I completed my undergraduate studies at Yale University majoring in Molecular Biology. After deciding to pursue a career as a physician-scientist, I joined the medical scientist training program at Harvard University, graduating with a PhD in Genetics and an MD from the New Pathway program. For my dissertation research, I investigated how different types of neurons in the cerebral cortex are programmed during development, publishing papers in Neuron and Cell Reports. I then completed my internship at the BIDMC Transitional Year Program.
My decision to come to Stanford for residency was based on the unique combination of rigorous clinical training and strong commitment to supporting career development for physician-scientists. On the clinical side, the program has fantastic faculty who are experts in their fields, but also generous and supportive teachers and mentors. We take care of patients across a variety of clinical settings (the Stanford eye institute, the Palo Alto VA, and a county hospital in Santa Clara), which allows for varying degrees of supervision and autonomy, as well as high surgical volume. On the research side, matching into the SOAR program afforded me the opportunity to dedicate a year to establishing a research project, working with Dr. Sui Wang and Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg to develop new strategies for retinal ganglion cell regeneration. As a first and second year resident, I have continued to work on this project during the half-day a week of protected research time that is integrated into all our clinical rotations. Outside of work, the Bay Area has been a great place to live with almost uniformly perfect weather, all kinds of outdoor activities and a great food scene.
Connie Sears, MD
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in a large family with 5 siblings. I followed a very non-traditional path to medicine. After graduating from high school, I worked full-time and attended community college evening courses to fulfill my transfer requirements. I transferred to UC Riverside several years later and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology. After college, I took a research year in the tissue engineering and pediatric surgery department at UCLA. I then moved to Boston and earned my medical degree from Harvard Medical School. In 2016, I was awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness medical student fellowship to conduct retinal imaging research in patients with diabetic retinopathy at Doheny Eye Institute. I then completed a preliminary internal medicine internship at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center where I loved caring for predominantly Spanish speaking uninsured and underinsured patients in a county hospital setting. I chose Stanford due to the great exposure to diverse patient populations from private insurance to VA to a county hospital. I looked forward to working in a county setting again with marginalized and disenfranchised populations who have limited access to care. Additionally, it was evident from the interview day that the faculty values resident wellbeing, happiness and education. This program fosters career development in the clinical setting with high surgical volumes and the research setting with abundant research opportunities, so you get the best of both worlds!
Natacha Villegas, MD
I grew up on an island in the Caribbean. I always dreamed of becoming a surgeon. When I came across ophthalmology, I found the perfect specialty match. The next step was to find the perfect training match. Stanford Ophthalmology, I describe, is a very collaborative and nurturing environment. I am very glad to be training in one of the best institutions in the world, with world renowned physician researchers that are also amazing teachers and mentors. Additionally, there is significant collaboration with innovators in Silicon Valley to continue to advance medicine. Natacha likes big cities, as I have lived in Houston and Chicago, but also enjoys the beach and outdoors activities, making the Bay Area a great place to live. Lastly, residents at Stanford are very team-oriented, they support each other and collaborate in making the program the best one possible in terms of training and wellness. My current career goal is to work in an institution that serves an underserved population, as well as engaging in global medicine projects.
Class of 2023
Alejandro Arboleda, MD
I’m from Miami, FL. I attended the University of Miami where I received my BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering. I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship which allowed me to lead a research project in Paris before returning to the University of Miami for my medical degree. My research has focused on using photodynamic antimicrobial therapy for treatment of infectious keratitis. I completed my internship year at the Ocala Regional Medical Center. I chose Stanford because of all the opportunities offered here. The chance to work with leaders in the field, the opportunities for global ophthalmology, and the ability to collaborate with researchers in both academia and industry make Stanford stand out.
Lucie Guo, MD, PhD*
I am from Chapel Hill, NC. I attended undergrad at Harvard and graduated from the Penn MD/PhD program in 2018, where I did my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in Dr. Ben Black's lab. I did my internship year at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. I spent my SOAR year in Dr. Stanley Qi's lab in Bioengineering/ChEM-H at Stanford, in collaboration with labs of Dr. Yang Hu and Dr. Sui Wang in ophthalmology, where I began projects in developing genome engineering technologies for ocular gene therapy. I chose Stanford because of its exceptional clinical training and unique support for physician-scientists.
Muhammad Hassan, MD
I am from Pakistan and completed my medical education at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. My journey in clinical ophthalmology research under supervision of Drs. Nguyen and Do expand from Johns Hopkins University, as a medical student to chief research fellow at Nguyen Eye Lab, Stanford University. During the time, I had the opportunity to work on novel imaging modalities for ophthalmic disease as well as co-investigators for several early phase clinical trials, resulting in several publications.
Having a unique opportunity to do clinical research at Stanford, I found the Byers Eye Institute to be a place with a perfect blend of rigorous clinical training and innovative research which is augmented by its location in the Silicon Valley. Additionally, the relationship between faculty and the residents is exceptional which creates a healthy environment for growth. My hope is to be a clinician scientist with focus on identification of biomarkers for ocular diseases with a special interest in innovation in ophthalmic imaging, and training at Stanford is a perfect place to start on the path. Outside ophthalmology, I like travelling, photography, and sports including soccer, squash, ping pong, badminton and tennis and the bay area holds perfect opportunities for my interests.
Tracy Lu, MD
I grew up in small town in Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. I then moved to Boston, eventually getting my MD/MBA at Harvard. My intern year was a TY year at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. I am interested in healthcare technology innovations and improving healthcare efficiency. Before residency I worked on projects involving clinic scheduling systems and value-based decision making in neuro ophthalmology. I also helped create an online patient community for Lasik patients. In my free time I enjoy yoga, dogs, and exploring SF. I chose Stanford because it was by far the best place to pursue my interests in health technology and innovation. The faculty are all very supportive, ambitious, and open-minded. Plus, California weather is hard to beat!
Michael Yu, MD
I spent my childhood years growing up in Sweden and Boston, MA, before moving to Philadelphia to attend undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. There, I majored in biomedical engineering. My foray into ophthalmology unknowingly began my senior year, when I built a text-to-braille device for senior design. In medical school at Jefferson Medical College, I found myself drawn again to ophthalmology because of the cool gadgets and unique gratification that comes with preserving and restoring vision. I subsequently worked under Dr. Carol Shields to adapt new imaging techniques for the management of rare intraocular tumors, resulting in several first-author publications. The experience was formative and reaffirmed my decision to pursue ophthalmology.
During my residency search, I was drawn to Stanford because of its exceptional clinical training, abundant research opportunities, and close proximity to Silicon Valley. My hope is to one day become both a clinician and innovator, and so far, the program has provided every opportunity towards furthering that endeavor. I’m excited to see what the next three years holds!
Class of 2024
Caity Logan, MD, PhD*
I was born and raised just outside Philadelphia and attended undergrad at Smith in Massachusetts as an English major before heading back to Philly for my MD/PhD at Thomas Jefferson University, where I studied lens development and immunology. I was super excited to continue doing vision research after falling in love with the field and came to Stanford as a SOAR resident, where I've been working in Dr. Myung's lab, doing research on corneal wound healing for the past year. I'm very excited to now start clinical training alongside such wonderful co-residents and mentors. Outside of medicine, I have interests in creative writing, singing and theater as well as hiking and enjoying the California outdoors.
Louisa Lu, MD
I grew up in Houston and attended undergrad at Stanford, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and Infectious Disease. I spent a year after college working on global health and epidemiology projects in France, Bolivia, and rural China before starting medical school at Yale. During medical school, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and a Doris Duke fellowship to spend a year living in Northern Thailand, where I conducted research on cytomegalovirus retinitis in HIV-infected patients and smartphone retinal imaging for tele-ophthalmology screening. I am thrilled to be back at Stanford for my ophthalmology training, as I appreciate the warm and welcoming culture, the brilliant faculty who are enthusiastic about teaching and being supportive mentors, and the unique opportunities to continue pursuing my interests within ophthalmology in global health and medical education. I am an outdoor enthusiast and love to spend my time trail running, cycling, and ice cream-seeking all around the beautiful Bay Area!
Andrea Naranjo, MD
I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, but my professional and personal pursuits have given me the opportunity to live in different places around the world. After high school, I moved to France and Italy for a year and then returned to Colombia to obtain my medical degree at the Universidad de los Andes. During these years I also moved to Chicago to perform stem cell research at Northwestern University and completed elective rotations in Ophthalmology in London and Miami. I then stayed in Miami to complete a Cornea and Ocular Surface Research Fellowship and an Ophthalmic Pathology Research Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. I am finishing the General Surgery intern year at Stanford and I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the Stanford family during my Ophthalmology residency.
Elaine Tran, MD
My family came to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam war, (and we used to have a restaurant in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco!). I grew up in the Bay Area, went to Harvard for college, and Stanford for medical school and residency. Stanford is the ideal place to dive into research, hone clinical skills, engage with the community, and build a career in global ophthalmology. And the people here are one of a kind – I only connected with my resident class this year, and we’re already so close. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the community, the sunshine, and the food - and I'm so thrilled to be staying.
Class of 2025 (Intern Year)
Aneesha Ahluwalia, MD
I grew up in Minnesota aka the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I moved to the East Coast for my undergrad at Yale and continued on at Yale for medical school. I was thrilled to match at Stanford for residency and am now completing my General Surgery intern year at Stanford. I chose Stanford because it stood out to me as a program with not only excellent clinical and surgical training, but also an amazing culture of education, mentorship, and innovation. I also really appreciated the collegial environment and the department’s dedication to supporting residents in whatever future path they choose to pursue as an ophthalmologist. Lastly, I was very excited about the prospect of calling beautiful Palo Alto my home and living here has been even more lovely than I could have imagined.
Arthur Brant, MD
I grew up in Canfield, a small town in Northeast Ohio. I attended Stanford University for undergrad, where I studied Computer Science and Premed. After college, I joined Google[x] Life Sciences (Verily) as a Software Engineer and worked on a variety of projects, ranging from Multiple Sclerosis genomics to cloud security. Two years later, I returned to Stanford for medical school, where I continued to lead the cloud security team at Verily and began working closely with Dr. Geoffrey Tabin on several global health projects and Dr. Suzann Pershing on retrospective studies using the IRIS database. I am currently a General Surgery intern at Stanford, and will begin my Ophthalmology training next year. Stanford was my top choice - first and foremost I dreamed of continuing working with my world-class mentors who have selflessly invested so much time and effort in me over the past decade. Additionally, the strong clinical training, diverse patient population, collaboration with industry, accessibility of Stanford faculty in other departments, and year-round beautiful weather made Byers Eye the perfect fit for me.
Brian Soetikno, MD, PhD*
I grew up in Union City, CA, not far from Palo Alto and Stanford. I received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. I then completed my PhD in Biomedical Engineering and MD at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2018 and 2020, respectively. I am currently an intern at Stanford. During my SOAR year, I plan to perform research in ocular imaging and image analysis. I chose Stanford for residency because of its numerous hospitals and training environments, plentiful research opportunities, and welcoming and friendly teachers and trainees. Outside of medicine, I enjoy working out, practicing martial arts, and trying new restaurants.
Sean Wang, MD*
I grew up in a combination of Memphis, Chicago, St. Louis, and Los Angeles and attended college at Stanford. I earned my MD in 2020 from Harvard Medical School, during which I trained with Dr. Constance Cepko to develop new gene therapy approaches for retinal degeneration and was an HHMI Medical Research Fellow. I completed my transitional year at Cambridge Health Alliance and was also a fellow at Vida Ventures, a life sciences investment firm. As a SOAR resident, I am working with Dr. Howard Chang in Genetics to study RNAs in the eye and their potential as therapies for ocular disease. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, listening to K-pop, and trying to socialize my dog.
Gina Yu, MD
I grew up serving soul food at my family’s fried chicken restaurant in Michigan, where I was born and raised. I then attended college at Harvard and stayed after graduating to research with Dr. Jorge Arroyo, a retina specialist who encouraged my dream of becoming an ophthalmologist — a dream that began as a child after wanting to help my father through an incident that caused him to unexpectedly become blind in one eye. I returned to Michigan for medical school and worked with Dr. Yannis Paulus at Kellogg to publish research ranging from smartphone imaging technology to quantifiable analyses of UWF angiography. During medical school, I also took a gap year to study medical journalism at Stanford and CNN, hoping to learn how I could use media to improve patient advocacy and health literacy, especially within ophthalmology given what happened to my father. Besides covering COVID-19 at CNN, through this fellowship, I discovered the unbelievably limitless opportunities available at Stanford. I learned how special its ophthalmology program is and met people who have inspired me since I began my interest in ophthalmology. I knew Stanford was where I wanted to train because it has everything: passionate faculty and trainees who will continue to inspire me, cutting-edge ophthalmic research, and resources that will help me cultivate all my diverse interests.
Class of 2026 (SOAR Program)
Sahil Shah, MD, PhD*
I was born in Mumbai, India, but grew up in New Jersey where most of my family still lives. After high school, I attended the University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad where I studied Neuroscience and was first exposed to basic science research and clinical care. I wanted to continue both tracks, and therefore joined the MD/PhD program at the University of California, San Diego. My experiences in the ophthalmology free clinic working to preserve sight in the underserved population led me to focus in ophthalmology as a field. I joined the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg studying the role of protein synthesis and transport in neurodegenerative diseases like glaucoma and developing methods to preserve vision in patients with such conditions. I spent several years in the Bay Area during this time, and really enjoyed the collaborative, approachable atmosphere within the department and the encouragement to pursue other interests like global health, research, or innovation in addition to clinical training. I am excited to join the department as a SOAR resident!
Anna Bettina Toth, MD, PhD*
I was born in Budapest, Hungary. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was five years old, and I spent most of my childhood growing up in Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan for college, where I studied Neuroscience and developed a strong interest in basic science research, especially cellular and molecular neurobiology. This formative experience in the laboratory inspired me to pursue a combined MD/PhD at Northwestern University in Chicago, where my thesis work focused on intracellular calcium signaling pathways in neuroglial cell physiology and synaptic plasticity. In medical school, I found my career calling in the fascinating and innovative specialty that is ophthalmology and chose to pursue residency training at Stanford because of this program’s uniquely strong support for the career development of physician-scientists. As an aspiring academic ophthalmologist, I was drawn to the exceptional clinical and surgical training environment here, as well as the opportunity to pursue my passion for research and discovery along the way. As a SOAR resident, I plan to combine my interest in cellular and molecular neuroscience with vision science to study neurodegenerative diseases of the retina and optic nerve.
Class of 2024 Residents
L to R: Louisa Lu, Andrea Naranjo Lozano, Elaine Tran, and Caity Logan
Class of 2023 Residents
L to R: Lucie Guo, Alejandro Arboleda, Michael Yu, Muhammad Hassan, and Tracy Lu