Select awards and honors

David Myung, MD, PhD, helped organize the 2022 Collaborative Community on Ophthalmic Imaging conference, which also featured the following Stanford faculty and trainee: Mark Blumenkranz, MD, MMS; Theodore Leng, MD, FACS; and 2021-22 Ophthalmic Innovation Fellow, Eliot Dow, MD, PhD.  Myung also hosted the 2022 BAOC Innovation Symposium.

After 15 years of service at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, we wished Henry Kistler, MD, a happy retirement (pictured above L to R:  Mark Blumenkranz, MD, MMS; Henry Kistler, MD; Jeffrey Goldberg, MD, PhD).

Wendy Liu, MD, PhD, received the following awards: Stanford KL2 Career Development Award, Spark Translational Research Award, American Glaucoma Society Young Clinician Scientist Award, and Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award.

Scott Lambert, MD (pictured), was the co-author of the sixth edition textbook of Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus published by Elsevier Science.

Theodore Leng, MD, FACS, received the following awards: Castle Connolly Top Doctor and America's Most Honored Doctors

Heather Moss, MD, PhD, was elected as Secretary of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

David Myung, MD, PhD, received three awards: an R01 award from National Eye Institute, the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award, and the Department of Defense Vision Research Program (VRP) research grant.

Andrea Kossler, MD, FACS, (pictured below) received the 2022 Women in Ophthalmology Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership potential and excellent patient care. Kossler also serves on the Executive Board of the LATINOUS society for Latin American Ophthalmologists in the US and is the Program Chair for the North American Society for Academic Orbital Surgeons.

Theodore Leng, MD, FACS, co-chaired the 2nd annual Ophthalmic Artificial Intelligence Summit, and David Myung, MD, PhD, and Eddie Korot, MD, were faculty speakers. Leng also became a founding board member of the Digital Ophthalmic Society and organized the first ever Ophthalmic Scientific Meeting in the Metaverse.

Led by the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford, 2022 Innovate Retina was held on September 29 in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Academy Ophthalmology. The co-directors of Innovate Retina (pictured from L to R): Prithvi Mruthyunjaya, MD, MHS; Stephen Smith, MD; Diana Do, MD; and Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc.

Edward Manche, MD, received the following awards: the 2022 Lans Distinguished Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the Best Paper of Session Award at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Meeting. The paper was on “Wavefront-guided LASIK compared to SMILE surgery: Final results of a prospective study.”

Alfredo Dubra, PhD, was elected as a 2022 optica fellow by the Board of Directors of Optica (formerly Optical Society of America).

Robert Chang, MD, helped lead the inaugural Biodesign Israel Executive Bootcamp alongside a talented team of other doctors in the field in Tel Aviv (pictured).

Monica Sophia Diaz-Aguilar (pictured), a research fellow under the supervision of Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD, received a Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research fellowship. She was awarded a travel grant from The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and presented at the ARVO conference in May 2022. She also presented at the Society of Neuroscience conference in November 2022.

Charles DeBoer, MD, PhD, received the department Fellow Teaching Award of the Year for 2021-2022 and the 2022 Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award.

Brian Soetikno, MD, PhD, received the 2022 Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant for developing quantitative biomarkers for optic disc drusen using deep learning-based image segmentation and macrophage imaging. He also received the 2022 Shaffer Grants for Innovative Glaucoma Research to support fundus-tracking visible-light optical coherence tomography to measure inner plexiform layer sub-laminae in glaucoma.

ina Yu, MD, (pictured) received the Future Icons Grant Scholarship (FIGS) for sharing her story of why she is pursuing ophthalmology and her hopes to improve medical literacy accessibility.

Jen Haensel, MS, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Tawna Roberts, OD, PhD, received postdoctoral support from the Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute.

Julian Wolf, MD, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Vinit Mahajan, MD, PhD, received the Helmholtz Research Award (pictured) at the Annual Meeting of the German Ophthalmological Society in Berlin in late September 2022. Wolf’s study focus is on transcriptomics and proteomics in vitreoretinal disease.

Arthur Brant, MD, won the Best Research by Trainee Award for his IRIS work with Suzann Pershing, MD, at the American Association of Ocular Oncology and Pathology (AAOOP) annual meeting.


Kathryn Sill is the former web and communications specialist for the Byers Eye Institute in the Department of Ophthalmology, at Stanford University School of Medicine.