Kelley Bohm, MD
BS—Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State
MD—Weill Cornell Medical College
PGY1—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Talisa de Carlo, MD
BA—University of Pennsylvania
MD—Tufts University School of Medicine
PGY1—John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Kelley Bohm M.D. grew up in central Pennsylvania before attending the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. She then attended Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY, where she developed and cultivated her interest in ophthalmology. After her first year of medical school, she was awarded an MSTAR summer fellowship to pursue dry eye syndrome research at Cornell. Between her third and fourth years, Kelley was awarded the position as the Cornea Clinical Research Fellow to research ocular surface diseases, such as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, and their treatments. Upon graduating with her medical degree, Kelley received the Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology. She completed her transitional year internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY before joining the IEEI ophthalmology residency program. Outside of ophthalmology, Kelley enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Talisa de Carlo was born and raised in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania with a BA in biology. She spent her summers in Hawaii as an ophthalmic technician at Aloha Laser Vision and was a director for FocusFirst during the academic year organizing weekly vision screenings for children.
Dr. de Carlo received her medical doctorate with research honors at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Tufts she organized multiple health fairs and vision screening events and received the “Suffolk District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship” and “TruFit Good Citizens Scholarship” for her community service endeavors. She also participated in a variety of clinical ophthalmology research for which she received the “William Dameshek Undergraduate Research Award” and the “Retina Research Foundation/Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grant of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).”
Dr. de Carlo began investigating the novel technology optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in 2014 during her OCT Fellowship with the New England Eye Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, authoring over 40 publications in this subject area and presenting at multiple national ophthalmology meetings. Additionally, Dr. de Carlo evaluates clinical trial images for the Boston Image Reading Center as a trained senior reader and is an invited reviewer and guest editor for a variety of ophthalmology journals.
In her free time, Dr. de Carlo is an avid hiker and painter, and enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.
Judy L. Chen, MD
BA—University of Southern California
MD—David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
PGY1—Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Levi Kanu, MD
BS—Johns Hopkins University
MD—Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania
PGY1—Mercy Medical Center
Judy Chen graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California with a double major in Neuroscience and Biological Sciences and a minor in Piano Performance. Subsequently, she received her medical degree from UCLA, where she pursued her passions for service by coordinating free health screenings and education seminars, and for music by performing in the medical school a cappella group and as a music therapy pianist. Dr. Chen also conducted cornea research, and was awarded the Stein Eye Institute Medical Student Research Program fellowship, during which she investigated the effects of ZEB1 mutation on corneal endothelial cell function, and their implications for the pathogenesis of posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy 3. Following medical school, she completed her internship in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center before joining the ophthalmology residency program at Illinois Eye and Ear.
Levi Kanu grew up in Maryland and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During his time in medical school, Levi took a year out to pursue research, first performing R&D at a medical device company in California, and then conducting basic science research related to age-related macular degeneration. Levi went on to complete a preliminary internal medicine year at Mercy Medical Center before beginning his ophthalmology residency at UIC.
Priyanka Chhadva, MD
BS—University of Miami
MD—Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
PGY1—St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Daniel Oh, MD
MD—Harvard Medical School
PGY1—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA
Priyanka Chhadva grew up in South Florida. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology. Priyanka received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
During medical school, Dr. Chhadva completed a year-long research fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Her research focused on dry eye disease as well as long-term refractive outcomes, and includes first author publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Ophthalmology and IOVS, as well as podium and poster presentation at national ophthalmology conferences (AAO, ARVO, ASCRS).
Throughout her education, she has dedicated time to community outreach, volunteering with medical missions in Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and India. Priyanka completed her intern year at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana prior to starting her residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.
In her free time, she loves to travel, dine at trendy restaurants, attend group exercise classes, and spend time with her loved ones.
Daniel Oh graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry. He received his medical degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School, in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology track. He completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship investigating aberrant retinal angiogenesis in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. His co-first author work was featured on the cover of Diabetes. His research has been presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Diabetes Association, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He was awarded the Dr. John D. and Mrs. Gretchen H. Bullock Ophthalmology Award for the outstanding senior student in ophthalmology and the Gragoudas Prize for the best basic and translational science paper during his research fellowship year. Prior to his residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Oh completed a preliminary medicine year at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. He enjoys road trips, tennis, hiking, and spending time with family.
Second Year Residents (Class of 2019)
Grace Dunbar, MD
MD—University of Michigan
PGY1—Beaumont Hospital, Taylor, MI
Wyatt Messenger, MD
BS—Oregon State University
MD—Oregon Health & Sciences University
PGY1—Legacy Health Systems, Portland, OR
Dr. Grace Dunbar graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a BA in biology. As an undergraduate, she conducted basic science research in methylmercury toxicity, was selected for participation in the Mayo Innovations Scholars Program, and received the Dimsdale Prize for Undergraduate Medical Research.
Dr. Dunbar received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI. In medical school, she conducted clinical research in sleep apnea and completed a research fellowship to study diabetic retinopathy under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Gardner at the W. K. Kellogg Eye Center. She has published in academic journals, including Ophthalmology and Cornea, and has presented at national ophthalmology meetings. As a senior medical student, she received the Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Clinical Skills and the Art of Medicine Award as well as the Robert I. Goldsmith Ophthalmology Award. Throughout her medical education, she has taken opportunities to serve her community through volunteering with various health service organizations.
Wyatt Messenger grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Health Management and received his medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University. Before residency, he completed a research fellowship at the University of Utah studying a novel treatment for central retinal artery occlusion in mice. He was inspired to go into medicine after living in Morelia, Mexico and working in the IMSS hospital system. In medical school, he was awarded the Paz Salud Health Scholarship, providing him the opportunity to work with ophthalmologists in Cojutepeque, El Salvador. He enjoys sports, camping, good coffee, and spending time with his family and friends.
Omar Hassan, MD
MD—University of Illinois at Chicago
PGY1—West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park, IL
Taylor Starnes, MD, PhD
BS—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MD/PhD—University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
PGY1—University of Chicago Northshore
Omar Hassan grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a focus on tissues and transport. During this time, he worked on developing micro-sized pH probes to investigate the pH gradient of the feline retina. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he spent much of his time in the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. His research at this time focused on keratolimbal stem cell allografts, specifically in aniridic patients. He finished his preliminary year at West Suburban Medical Center before starting his residency at UIC.
Dr. Starnes graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in molecular and cellular biology. He continued his training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which culminates with the award of both the MD and PhD degrees. Dr. Starnes’ research focus for his graduate work was chronic inflammation and the immune response to wounds. He was awarded a prestigious F30 grant by the National Institutes of Health, and his research has been featured on the cover of Blood. He also did research projects in OCT imaging analysis of age-related macular degeneration and the inflammatory ocular manifestations of Muckle-Wells Syndrome (a systemic autoinflammatory disease). Dr. Starnes completed a transitional year program at the University of Chicago NorthShore in Evanston, Illinois, prior to his ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. In his free time, Dr. Starnes enjoys traveling and eating spicy food.
Lindsay Machen, MD
MD—Pennsylvania State University
PGY1—Reading Hospital, Reading, PA
Alisa Thavikulwat, MD
BA—University of Rochester
MD—University of Rochester
PGY1—Medstar Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Lindsay Machen was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a BA in English and a minor in Biology. Dr. Machen received her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. During medical school, she spent time performing medical dramas with the Kienle Center Players and researching iron deposition in the retinas of mice affected by iron-overload conditions, presented at ARVO 2015. In her fourth year, she received the Alphone E. Leure-Dupree award for exemplary research for her analysis of medical student recognition of non-verbal clues in the medical interview. Dr. Machen completed her intern year at Reading Hospital in Reading, PA prior to starting her residency at Illinois Eye and Ear. During her residency, she is looking forward to learning more about the field of ophthalmology and putting her efforts to work in underserved communities, both domestic and abroad. In her free time, she loves to run, dance, hike, and spend time with her wonderful loved ones.
Dr. Alisa Thavikulwat grew up in Baltimore, MD and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY with a BA in Chemistry. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2009. Through the Rochester Early Medical Scholars program, she then obtained her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Thavikulwat volunteered and conducted research with the Ban Phaeo Mobile Eye Clinic in Thailand, which provides cataract surgery to rural patients in Thailand. She also spent a year at the National Eye Institute participating in the Medical Research Scholars Program, where she published research on age-related macular degeneration and presented at national meetings. As a medical student, she served in leadership positions in UR Well Eye Care, a student-run eye clinic providing eye care to uninsured patients, as well as in glaucoma screenings and school physicals. Before coming to the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Thavikulwat completed a transitional year internship at Medstar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She enjoys traveling, playing badminton, and cooking and eating Thai food.
Third Year Residents (Class of 2018)
Julie Goldman originally hails from the Boston area, where she graduated cum laude in Psychology from Harvard College with a focus on cognitive development and psycholinguistics. She spent her post-undergraduate years in New York City working in magazine publishing while taking post-baccalaureate classes at the City College of New York and improvisational comedy classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She attended medical school at Columbia University where her research focused on pathological myopia in animal and human models. She completed a Transitional Year internship at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA before joining the ophthalmology residency program at UIC.
Shilpa Gulati graduated Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology prior to working in business strategy and management consulting at The Parthenon Group, and studying epidemiology and biostatistics in the Global Health Sciences master’s program at UCSF. In her thesis fieldwork she worked with the Uganda Malaria Surveillance Project to implement and evaluate a clinical data feedback system to improve the quality of rural medical care. She has since continued her commitment to health system improvement through research on diagnostic tool availability, clinical decision-making, and causes of childhood fever in Zanzibar with the UCSF Global Health Group.
Dr. Gulati received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the William Davidson Institute Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship, published an original case study on sustainable financing for hospitals in the developing world, and conducted epidemiological research on pediatric risk factors for strabismus and amblyopia. Throughout her academic career Dr. Gulati has dedicated her time to community service and outreach, and activities in the medical humanities.
Robert Hyde, MD, PhD
MD/PhD—Case Western Reserve University
PGY1—Summa Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH
Alexander Pleet, MD
MD—University of Pennsylvania
PGY1—Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Hyde grew up in Oklahoma City, OK, and attended Yale University in New Haven, CT, where he graduated with a BS in physics and history. Prior to graduation, he spent his summers teaching English in China and performing computational physics research at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC. His interests then turned to biomedical research, and he went on to work as a clinical genetics research assistant at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hyde subsequently entered the Medical Scientist Training Program (a combined MD-PhD program) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his PhD in Neurosciences in the laboratory of Ben Strowbridge, PhD, studying the local circuit mechanisms of memory in the hippocampus. In 2013, he was awarded the Doctoral Excellence Award by the School of Medicine for his research.
Before starting his residency in ophthalmology at IEEI, Dr. Hyde completed a preliminary year internship in internal medicine at Summa Akron City Hospital in Akron, OH. He loves spending time with his family, friends, most leisure activities, and really good food.
Dr. Alexander Pleet grew up in Springfield, MA and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, RI with a BS in Neuroscience. He was elected to Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, in 2010. He then obtained his MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. In medical school, Dr. Pleet spent time designing, implementing, and publishing glaucoma research at the Scheie Eye Institute, for which he received the Stuart L. Fine Ophthalmology Medical Student Research Prize. His various research projects have led to publications in journals and presentations at major ophthalmology conferences. Throughout his academic career he has maintained an active commitment to volunteer activities, including the Sight Savers program at his medical school, which organized to expand glaucoma screenings to under-served communities in Philadelphia and raised awareness of glaucoma. He has also held active leadership roles in a variety of other extracurricular activities. Before coming to the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Pleet completed a Tufts University transitional year internship at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston, MA.
Bailey Shen, MD
MD—Case Western Reserve University
PGY1—Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Dan Yoon, MD
MD—New York University
PGY1—Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Dr. Bailey Shen grew up in Springfield, Illinois, and went to high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a public magnet school in Aurora, Illinois. He did his undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, where he majored in chemistry. Dr. Shen then attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, a 5-year program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. During medical school he received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship which afforded him time to study diabetic retinopathy in Dr. Bela Anand-Apte’s lab and complete a master’s degree in clinical research. Before joining the ophthalmology residency program at the IEEI, Dr. Shen trained for a year in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In his free time, Dr. Shen enjoys playing tennis and pickup basketball and tinkering with electronics and cameras.
Dr. Dan Yoon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a BA in Biology and obtained his MD from New York University School of Medicine. His research during college has led to the development of a new drug to treat cocaine overdose. The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials. In medical school, his research included application of hyperspectral camera to retinal imaging, diabetic retinopathy imaging, and measurement of tear osmometer accuracy. Dr. Yoon completed his medicine internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City where he was elected as the prelim intern of the year.
Salima Hassanaly, MD
Kai Kang, MD
BA—Washington University in St. Louis
MD—Weill Cornell Medical College
PGY1—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Residency—Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark Dikopf, MD
BS—University of Illinois at Chicago
MD—University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
PGY1—Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Residency—Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago
Omar Solyman, MD
Yunxiang (Catherine) Liu, MD, PhD
BA/MS—University of Pennsylvania
MD/PhD—Albert Einstein College of Medicine
PGY1—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Residency—University of California, Irvine
and ADULT STRABISMUS
Samiksha Fouzdar Jain, MD
MD—B.J. Medical College, Pune, Maharastra, India
PG1—Kamla Nehru Hospital, Pune, Maharastra, India
Residency—Sankara Eye Center, Tamilnadu, India
Ru-ik Chee, MD
Evan Dunn, MD
BS—University of Central Florida
MD—University of Miami
PGY1—Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
Yi Jiang, MD