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Director of HEPL, Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Interactions of electric field and light with biological cells and tissues and their applications to imaging, diagnostics, therapeutics and prosthetics, primarily in ophthalmology.
Specific fields of interest:
Electronic retinal prosthesis;
Electronic enhancement of tear secretion;
Electronic control of blood vessels;
Non-damaging retinal laser therapy;
Ultrafast laser surgery;
Interferometric imaging of neural signals;
Cell transplantation and retinal plasticity.
Carolyn K. Pan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Bio Dr. Pan is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. She focuses on retinal vascular diseases, macular degeneration, and surgical repair of retinal detachments, macular pathology, and complications from cataract surgery. She has co-authored peer-reviweed articles on topics ranging from optical coherence tomography imaging to embryonic stem cells for macular degeneration.
In addition to her clinical practice, she is dedicated to the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows. As recognition of her efforts, she received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2016 from the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University.
Dr. Pan's clinical practice is mainly based at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she serves as chief of the retina service.
Suzann Pershing, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Health Services Research)
Bio Dr. Pershing is on the ophthalmology faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as Chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, with an academic career blending clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration.
Her research interests focus on improved utilization of big data, biomedical informatics techniques, and evidence-based medicine to study outcomes, health care utilization, disease progression, and cost-effectiveness of ophthalmic treatment. Through these, she aims to provide additional information to policymakers and clinicians in order to optimize treatment and policy decisions. She is also interested in health care innovation ? technology as well as quality and delivery systems. Dr. Pershing is active in big data initiatives and analysis, including collaborative projects at Stanford and serving on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) IRIS registry working group and as the AAO representative to the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).
She graduated from university summa cum laude in 2002, and with high honors from medical school in 2006. During medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, served as chapter president in her final year, and was honored with the President?s Clinical Science Award, Merck Award for Academic Excellence, and American Medical Women?s Association Commendation. She subsequently completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University, followed by an AHRQ fellowship in Health Care Research and Health Policy through the Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research. She presently oversees eye care services at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.
Dr. Pershing also serves on the national board of directors of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, with focus on resident initiatives, and mentors both medical students and undergraduate students (through the Stanford Immersion in Medicine series and VA clinical internships in ophthalmology). Dr. Pershing has had an interest in teaching since tutoring fellow students in college and medical school. She is currently course director for the medical student ophthalmology clerkships, Ophth 300A and 301A, and sponsors students for research projects in health policy and health services research through MedScholars and other funding sources.