University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology
Faculty of Medicine and Vision Sciences
June, 2003 VOLUME 13, NO.1
HIGHLIGHTING OUR TEACHERS
I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a column for this current newsletter entitled "Highlighting Our
Teachers". It seems obvious that in order to have a "world-class" teaching facility you must have "world-
class" teachers. It also seems very obvious that teaching plays a significant role in the activities of university
staff physicians regardless of the geographic location of their offices. Across this Faculty, and not only at this
university, but at all universities with medical schools, education does not have "its place in the sun". Senior
administration at the University of Toronto has mandated that the University of Toronto will become one of the
top five research universities in North America. This philosophy has permeated to the Faculty of Medicine
and from there to the individual departments. Many initiatives have been undertaken in an attempt to
consolidate research activities and move the research programs forward at the departmental level. We in the
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto have been spending a great
deal of energy and resources in advancing the research profile and activities of our department.
In doing this, it is important we do not forget about our major
responsibilities to education or overlook the tireless contributions INSIDE …
of our faculty. “Highlighting our Teachers”
With resources and funding being scarce and dwindling at the SARS and Our Department .……. 3
university, faculty, and departmental levels, we unfortunately do Profile: Dr. Rosa Braga-Mele ..… 5
not have the budget to compensate all of the non-fee generating Profile: Dr. John Fowler …….…… 5
activities in our department. Although there have been Profile: Dr. Alex Levin .…………… 6
discussions at the faculty and university levels to allocate specific Profile: Dr. Dale Gray ..…….……. 7
resources for educational activities, we should be realistic in not In Memory …..…..……..………….. 8
expecting that this initiative would come to fruition in the near Congratulations ………..…..……... 9
future. The development of Academic Enrichment Funds, which Undergraduate Medical
allow for redistribution of generated income from departmental Education Report ……..……… 10
Practice Plans that now exist at all of the teaching hospitals, can PGY-1 Report …...………………… 10
provide some resources for educational activities. However, it must Chief Resident’s Report ………… 11
be remembered that these funds are usually those derived from Postgraduate Report ……………. 12
clinical activities and are redistributed at the hospital Practice Plan 45th Annual Research Day……… 13
Fellowship Report ……………..… 16
level for academic endeavors, and not additional funding.
Residents’ & Fellows’ Research
Report ……………................. 18
Our department has over 110 academic staff, made up of
Contributions to Teaching by the
clinicians and researchers, all of whom are involved with teaching Scientists and Clinician
activities. The clinicians, either geographic full-time, or off-site Scientists ……………..………. 18
(offices not located in teaching hospitals), all devote time and Ophthalmic Pathology
energy to teaching at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate Related News …………………. 20
levels. Upcoming Events ……………….. 20
Library News ……………………… 20
Academic staff may join the faculty in the "promotional stream" at the entry level of "lecturer". This implies
"admitting privileges" i.e. running a clinic and/or utilizing operating facilities. Promotion may take place at
intervals from lecturer to assistant professor to associate professor to professor. Promotion may be on the
basis of research, creative professional activity (which can include teaching), or sustained excellence in
teaching. The faculty has been attempting to encourage more of its staff to apply for promotion on the basis
of sustained teaching excellence where documentation over a period of time is provided and at an exemplary
level. All of us, as teachers, need to be encouraged to have testimonials provided of our teaching excellence
following each and every one of our teaching activities. This continued sustained documentation of
excellence is what is necessary for promotion. Promotion is one way the university can say "thank you" to our
teachers. In our department, we have an excellent Promotions Committee chaired by Dr. Martin Steinbach
and administered by Ms. Rosemary Negre. The committee has the following members: Dr. Martin Steinbach
(Chair), Dr. Catherine Birt, Dr. Michael Easterbrook, Dr. Fred Feldman, Dr. Elise Heon, Dr. Brenda Gallie, Dr.
Stephen Kraft, Dr. Wai Ching Lam, Dr. Malcolm Silver and Dr. Agnes Wong, who work tirelessly in helping our
faculty to provide their Curriculum Vitae and their teaching dossiers to the Deanery in the most exemplary
There are many members of our department who enter the faculty as "clinical instructors". This is generally
speaking a "non-promotional" stream as these individuals do not have admitting privileges and do not run a
clinic or have Operating Room privileges. They are involved with the faculty for teaching purposes at the
undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. Under exceptional circumstances when outstanding sustained
educational activities are demonstrated, a clinical instructor might apply to our departmental committee for
Personally, I joined the University of Toronto as a "part-timer" and had two "outside" offices, ran a clinic at
Sunnybrook Hospital twice a week, and operated at a number of teaching and non-teaching hospitals. For
only half of my career, have I in fact been "GFT". I therefore feel that I understand the role of both the
geographic and the non-geographic ophthalmologist especially when it comes to involvement in education.
Even though, I have been Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at one of the teaching hospitals (Mount Sinai Hospital) for
over 15 years, I had no idea of the vastness of the teaching enterprise in the Department of Ophthalmology
and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto until I became Chairman. The devotion to education by all of
our clinicians and researchers is truly remarkable. It is quite evident how proud we all are of our role as
educators in our department at our university. To this end, I have distributed to each member on our staff a
certificate attesting to excellence in teaching, as well as a slide (and PowerPoint graphic) of our departmental
logo, which can be used in their lectures and presentations.
The issue of recognition of our teachers is one which has been discussed at our bi-annual meeting of national
departmental Chairs (ACUPO - Association of Canadian University Professors in Ophthalmology). The past
editor of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ian MacDonald, has agreed to highlight one university
department per year in the journal specifically related to the educational activities and awards in education
from each department. I have forwarded a summary from our department to the Canadian Journal of
Ophthalmology and I look forward to seeing it in print in the near future.
In this newsletter, I have chosen to highlight four individuals who have contributed a great deal to Education
in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. In fact, I could have highlighted everyone in the
department in this newsletter, but then the newsletter would end up being the size of the Toronto telephone
directory. Elsewhere in the newsletter you will find Profiles on the following educators, 1) Dr. Rosa Braga-
Mele who has just completed her Masters in Education and has taken the responsibility of directing the
Communication Program in our university department. She is an active member of the Wet Lab Committee,
a member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Research Ethics Board, our departmental representative to the
University of Toronto Faculty Council, Director of the cataract surgery program at Mount Sinai Hospital, etc.
With her degree in education, she will provide a major role in education in the future. 2) Dr. Alex Levin has
been our tireless leader in the developing of our Ophthalmology Residents Ethics Program, who has received
a degree in Bioethics, and who is currently the Director of Postgraduate Bioethics Education at the University
of Toronto. 3) Dr. John Fowler who has done a monumental task in developing a program for the education
of family practitioners in primary eye care. His "Day in Primary Eye Care" is truly a "jewel in the crown" and is
the envy of many other departments in our Faculty. 4) Dr. Dale Gray as the recipient of the WT Aikins Award
exemplifies teaching at its best. A celebration of our teachers would be incomplete without acknowledging our
educational leaders, Dr. Catherine Birt our Undergraduate Director, Dr. Wai Ching Lam our Postgraduate
Director, Dr. David Rootman our Fellowship Director and PGY-1 Director, Dr. David Yan. Their committee
members at each hospital have been instrumental in coordinating the smooth functioning of the teaching
curricula at all levels.
Finally, all of us in the department must express our tremendous gratitude to our educational administrative
co-ordinator, Ms. Rosemary Negre, who coordinates all of our teaching activities of the undergraduates,
residents, and fellows. We also thank her for her great effort in coordinating the Promotions Committee, and
her energy in running the Examinations Committee in conjunction with Director Dr. Louis Giavedoni and
members Andrew Budning, Trevor Chin Fook, Christoph Kranemann, Alex Levin, Jamie Oestreicher and Paul
TO ALL OUR TEACHERS –THANKS
SARS AND OUR DEPARTMENT
Towards the end of March 2003 with the arrival of SARS, events unfolded in a way that we will never forget
and which will ultimately affect the way we "do business" in the future. The measures taken to contain the
SARS outbreak, regardless of whether we think they were an under-reaction or an over-reaction, produced a
tremendous medical, economic and personal disruption unlike almost anything that most of us have ever
witnessed in our lifetimes. Added to the anxieties has been the uncertainty as to the etiology of the disease,
the perplexing epidemiology, the lack of treatment and the vagaries of a vaccine. Even more distressing are
the times in which we live with increasing militarism, terrorism and the pervasive fear of germ warfare.
We are all dedicated to the care of our patients, the education of our students and the advancement of
knowledge through research. All of these functions have been severely affected by the directives of the
Ministry and the Public Health authorities, and the different ways they have been interpreted and implemented
by the various hospitals. I would like to discuss these individually:
1) Patient care
For a significant period of time, scores of operations, clinic visits and diagnostic tests were cancelled or
postponed. The staff in our clinics and offices worked around-the-clock to reschedule appointments, never
knowing when things would "get back to normal", and all the while trying to alleviate the concerns and
frustrations of our patients.
The loss of our major revenue stream produced a significant economic impact on our departments and
practices. This was felt especially by those G.F.T. physicians having no outside offices to see patients. Many
of our community and "part-time" university ophthalmologists have been incredibly generous in opening their
offices to their G.F.T. colleagues. Our non-geographic university colleagues have also been most
accommodating in incorporating those hospital clinic patients needing to be seen, into their busy practices.
The teamwork and co-operation between our geographic and non-geographic staff, between our department
at the various hospitals, and between the university and community has helped us in the management of this
crisis. I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to all of you who have helped us get through this
difficult time. Also, we should all take a moment to thank our secretaries, nurses, assistants, and technicians
who have demonstrated their loyalty and adaptability to make things easier for all of us.
Has this time ever been tough on our students!!
Visiting Professors' rounds have been cancelled, the Jack Crawford Pediatric Ophthalmology Day has been
moved forward one year, and Research Day had to be changed. Even the residents' final oral exam had to be
cancelled (you'll have to ask the residents if this was a "good thing" or a "bad thing"). Clerkship electives and
undergraduate teaching had to be cancelled or changed. What a tragedy that our U of T students could not
be accepted outside of Toronto for electives and that other centers cancelled electives in Toronto!
This has been a tough time for the students and we will all do our best to ensure that these events will have
as little impact on their education as possible.
Although one would think that our departmental research enterprise should not have been significantly
affected, it has been. Clinical research has been severely impacted because of the mandated decrease in the
flow of patients to our hospitals and clinics. Since most of our researchers work in hospitals and not on
campus, they too, have had to abide by the hospital restrictions. As well, our basic scientists have had trouble
accessing their labs.
The restriction on inter-hospital travel of physicians has significantly affected the ability of our Eye Bank to
procure donor corneas. This impacts on our patient care, education and research activities.
The spirit of teamwork we are attempting to enhance, between physicians and non-physicians, between
G.F.T. and non-G.F.T., between university and community physicians, and amongst all of the hospitals in our
jurisdiction, has helped us all to "weather the storm"
Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Executive - your chiefs and your education and research
directors for their leadership, flexibility, and understanding. The way everyone has responded to this crisis
emphasizes the tremendous strengths of our programme, and the pride we all have in being members of this
Jeffrey J. Hurwitz, MD, FRCSC
Professor and Chair
Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences
University of Toronto
PROFILE: Dr. Rosa Braga-Mele
Dr. Rosa Braga-Mele is being highlighted because of her
tremendous commitment to education and in recognition of her
outstanding achievements in the short period of time (5 years) that
she has been a staff member in our department. Rosa is a perfect
example of the accomplishments that are possible to any of our staff,
regardless of whether they are geographic or non-geographic ("part-
Following her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of
Toronto, Rosa joined our Faculty with staff positions at Mount Sinai
Hospital and St. Michael's Hospital. She exhibited a great interest in
general ophthalmology but particularly in cataract surgery, and in the
teaching of new techniques to our residents. From the beginning of
her time on staff, she exhibited a tremendous amount of dedication
and energy in the teaching of residents in the area of cataract
surgery. She displayed an exceptional innovation and creativity in the development of new cataract
techniques and began to teach these to the residents and other faculty. Her teaching style was so successful,
that not only has she become known nationally as an expert in cataract surgery, but she has also achieved an
Rosa elected to further her expertise in the field of education and enrolled in the Masters program in Higher
Education in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the University of Toronto. This is a 2-year
program in which she studied the theories behind education pedagogy and critical theory as well as
curriculum development, education and the health care professions, finance, budget and marketing strategies,
patient-physician communication and interaction and mentoring and teaching in this area, gender issues in
academia, legal issues in education, etc. She will be completing the course in the very near future and should
have an outstanding career in medical education, which will be tremendously beneficial to our Ophthalmology
Department. Rosa, as well, is on Faculty Council representing our department at the University of Toronto,
and has been chosen to be a member of the Faculty Council Striking Committee for Education. She is the
clinical science representative for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine which is an outstanding
Rosa has truly accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Her love of teaching and her dedication
to the residents warrant her being highlighted in this newsletter.
PROFILE: Dr. John Fowler
Dr. John Fowler is an excellent example of how much one can
accomplish with dedication and perseverance towards a goal. Dr.
Fowler completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of
Toronto in 1973 and began working in educational activities at that
time. He was a member of the Period II Education Committee and was
appointed Subject Supervisor for Undergraduate Ophthalmology at the
University of Toronto and served in this capacity until 1986.
In 1976, Dr. Fowler was invited to deliver the LMCC review lecture in
Ophthalmology to the graduating class at the University of Toronto,
and in 1982 he proposed that this series be renamed the “Bruce Tovee
Review Lecture". He has been delivering this lecture every year and is
still doing this at the present time.
Dr. Fowler is a staff ophthalmologist at Sunnybrook Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital. When he
was President of the Toronto East General Medical Association, he initiated a series of review lectures
entitled “The Fundamentals” in conjunction with the Department of Family Practice, a lectureship which
continues to this day. For his work in this area, he received the T.C. Routley Shield for the best branch
society in the OMA for “The Fundamentals”.
Dr. Fowler’s main accomplishment in teaching has been the creation of “A Day in Primary Eye Care for Family
Physicians” which he initiated in 1978. This has been an event sponsored by the Ontario Medical Association
and continues to be one of their most successful programs year after year. Along with this project, Dr. Fowler
began workshops in Ophthalmology on Saturday mornings in conjunction with the CNIB and Merck Frost, and
he has been conducting annual workshops for family physicians for the past six years at the Annual Scientific
Assembly of the College Family Physicians (Ontario division) at their invitation.
Dr. Fowler has developed the OMA section of Ophthalmology slide library, which has a collection of over
10,000 slides, which can be distributed to ophthalmologists throughout the province for talks to local family
doctors and service groups. He has also donated a teaching collection of slides to the Eye Van for talks to the
doctors in Northern Ontario. Dr. Fowler has also donated three sets of teaching slides for students at the
University of Toronto Medical Library.
Dr. Fowler was recognized in 2001 by the Department of Family Practice at the Toronto East General and
Orthopedic Hospital when the hospital established a named award called the “Dr. John H. Fowler Excellence
in Teaching Award”. These are presented annually to the top surgical and medical teachers from the staff at
the Toronto East General and Orthopedic Hospital.
Dr. Fowler has devoted his career to exemplary patient care and teaching. He has created a friendly milieu
where family practitioners and other non-ophthalmological medical personnel can become knowledgeable in
the diagnosis and management of diseases of the eye. The Department of Ophthalmology and Vision
Sciences at the University of Toronto recognizes Dr. Fowler for this tremendous contribution to ophthalmic
PROFILE: Dr. Alex Levin
Dr. Alex Levin is one of our faculty who has made a tremendous contribution
to teaching, specifically, in the field of Bioethics. Dr. Levin completed a
Pediatric Residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and followed
this with an Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
He completed a Pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship at the University of
Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Levin became interested in Bioethics during his Pediatric Residency
around the issue of child abuse. In his subsequent Residency in
Ophthalmology, he developed the first departmental Ophthalmology Resident
Ethics course at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He began a similar
Ophthalmology Resident Ethics course in the Department of Ophthalmology
at the University of Toronto seven years ago. Dr. Levin was instrumental in
teaching residents the importance of ethics, and encouraged the residents to
partake in a reading syllabus, which was provided. A number of important
topics were presented to the residents, such as gender issues and sexual
harassment, medical error, informed consent, physician advertising, resident
interaction with medical industry, etc. A committee under Dr. Levin's
leadership provided assistance in the development of the University of Toronto Ophthalmology Resident
Ethics Program. With the inception of the national CanMed 2000 Program for resident education, teaching of
ethics to residents has taken a major position in our program in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision
Sciences at the University of Toronto. We are grateful to Dr. Levin for his hard work in making residents so
aware of ethics and for encouraging ethics to be a major part of our curriculum in resident education.
The Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto is extremely grateful to
those members of the Ethics Committee who work so diligently with Dr. Levin in the formulation of this
program, namely, Dr. William Macrae, Dr. William Dixon, Dr. Fred Feldman, Dr. Lawrence Weisbrod, Dr. Fil
Altomare, Dr. Rod Bremner, Neil MacDougell, Sue Macrae RN, Mary Rowell RN, and Dr. David Wong.
Recently, Dr. Levin completed a MHSc in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of
Toronto which is a two-year professional Masters Degree. Dr. Levin has been appointed as the Director of
Postgraduate Bioethics Education at the University of Toronto and is involved with the evaluation of
Postgraduate Bioethics Education for the University of Toronto.
Our department is extremely proud of Dr. Levin for his commitment to Bioethics Education. We are pleased to
profile him in this newsletter.
PROFILE: Dr. Dale Gray
The Dr. W. T. Aikins Award 1995 Recipient - Dr. Dale Hamilton Gray
Our most significant award in Education in the last decade
The Aikins Awards are the Faculty's most prestigious awards for commitment
to and excellence in undergraduate medical education (UGME). These
awards are named after the first Dean of Medicine at the University of
Toronto, Dr. W. T. Aikins. The award winners are selected from nominees in
a faculty-wide process requiring extensive support from both faculty
members and students. The awards process is administered by the Vice-
Dean of Education acting on the advice of an advisory committee
representing Faculty members and students. It is open to Faculty teaching
undergraduates in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing Arts and Science
and Applied Science and Engineering. An Aikins award is the pinnacle of
any Toronto faculty member’s teaching dossier. The Aikins Awards are not
annual awards and presented only when it is deemed that there is a person
who deserves to be a recipient.
In 1995 Dr. Dale Hamilton-Gray, our past UGME Director, was the proud recipient of the Aikins Award for
Excellence in Course Development and Design. This was based on excellence in developing the first formal
administrative framework and committee structure for the Ophthalmology UGME program, developing
integrated ophthalmology components for 6 separate New Curriculum courses (proposals, objectives, design
and delivery, evaluation) and the revision and reorganization of the overlapping Old Curriculum Clerkship.
This was a monumental task. At that time, there was a real risk that Ophthalmology teaching for students
would be dropped from the new curriculum. This would have been a disaster for our Department. Dr. Gray
was determined that not only would this not happen, but that Ophthalmology teaching for undergraduates at
U. of T. would be "world-class".
Nominees include the Fitzgerald Academy Director and the Clerkship and ASCM Course Director. As stated
by the Director of Curriculum Development in his letter of support: "Both the ASCM teaching contribution and
the spectacularly successful Vision Week in Brain and Behaviour were high points in the curriculum. The
highest compliment that can be paid to you is that other segments of Brain and Behavior as well as other
courses are trying to analyze which elements of your style, content and delivery can be emulated". In the
1995 Review of the Department of Ophthalmology, the UGME program under Dr. Gray was assessed as the
"best in Canada if not North America".
Dr. Gray accomplished all of this as a "part-timer". In the first year as UGME Director, Dr Gray attended 87
course planning committee meetings and logged 1100 km driving from the office north of the 401 to the
University. It was her determination, commitment and dedication that contributed to her success. Dr. Gray
has been the only Aikins Award recipient from our Department. Her legacy is the excellence of our
undergraduate training program and the importance of Ophthalmology in the Medical School. The Aikins
Committee made the right choice. Congratulations.
We may have a new departmental executive, but we still remember, and take pleasure in acknowledging her
Dr. Bernard Slatt (November 10/2002)
After a prolonged illness, Bernard Slatt passed away peacefully on November 10/2002, at the age of 68.
His life was marked by an exemplary career in medicine and ophthalmology, having completed medicine in
1959 and a residency in ophthalmology in 1965 followed by a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology with Hoyt &
Hogan in San Francisco and neurology at Harvard and the Neurological Institute in Boston.
His contributions in medicine were many but the many books he authored and co-authored will live on as a
memorial to him. He received the Civic Award of Honour from the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough in
1982 which few medical individuals have ever received.
He was an active ophthalmologist in teaching at the University of Toronto being on the staff at the Toronto
General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Scarborough General Hospital. His ability to research out
literature and focus on specific details was extraordinary, as were his communication skills at meetings.
Bernard Slatt will be remembered by his sense of originality and humour. Over his lifetime he has made many
enduring and long-lasting friends. His intellect and his sense of humour throughout his lifetime created a bond
with many individuals.
- Harold Stein
Dr. Sigmund Vaile (November 22/2002)
Dr. Vaile was an active member of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences since 1961.
He graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and interned at Mount Sinai Hospital.
He then completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Vaile was an extremely gifted cataract surgeon and an excellent undergraduate and postgraduate teacher.
He was always at the forefront of new developments in cataract surgery, and excelled in teaching these new
techniques to the residents. He was Co-Director of the Cataract Programme at Mount Sinai Hospital until his
recent retirement from surgery. Dr. Sigmund Vaile passed away on Friday November 22, 2002.
He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, co-workers, students, patients and friends.
- Jeffrey Hurwitz
Dr. William Callahan (March 7/2003)
William P. CALLAHAN, M.D., F.R.C.S.C Passed away at his home in Toronto on Friday, March 7, 2003 in his
82nd year. Bill, an ophthalmologist and a professor at the University of Toronto, had a distinguished career
on the staff of St. Michael's Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Toronto General Hospital. He was
the founder of The Eye Research Institute of Canada located in the Toronto Western Hospital (it is now known
as the Vision Science Research Program). Most recently he was involved in building the collections of the A.
E. MacDonald Ophthalmology Library, located in the Toronto Western Hospital, and containing the
magnificent William P. Callahan Reading Room, a beautiful space where he spent many pleasant hours. In
his earlier days, Bill was a member of the St. Michael's Junior OHA hockey team, 1940. He was Vice
Chairman of the Canadian Olympic Equestrian Team which won the Gold Medal at Mexico City in 1968. He
will be fondly remembered by his wife Anne, his sister Mary, his brother Michael and his children Brian, Tom,
Stephen, David, Kristen and their mother, Maureen, along with their families including 11 grandchildren.
- Martin Steinbach
Catherine Birt 2003 Clinical Teaching Award – Peters Boyd Academy
Rod Bremner NCIC “Regulation of Interferon signaling by the chromatin remodeling
complex SWI/SNF” 3 years $148,408/year
Ross Ethier CIHR “In vivo testing and licensing of glaucoma shunt valve.” $100,000
Molly Shoichet 2003 Steacie Fellowship Award from NSERC
Agnes Wong American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
– Inaugural Young Investigator Award
Agnes Wong North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)
– 2003 Young Investigator Award
Yeni Yucel, Co Investigator CIHR/CBS/HemoQuebec Research Partnership Fund $196,614
“The role of blood and red blood cell substitute transfusion in the treatment of
traumatic brain injury”
Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta International Glaucoma Review (IGR) 2001 Best Article Award 2002
Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta Second prize Canadian Ophthalmological Society/Coherent/AMT excellence
in research award 2002
Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta Glaucoma Research Society of Canada $13,000
“Neuronal loss in human lateral geniculate nucleus in glaucoma”
Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta Glaucoma Research Society of Canada $10,000
“Neurodegeneration of an Eye Movement Brain Center in Glaucoma: The
Yeni Yucel and Neeru Gupta E A Baker Fdn for Prevention of Blindness/CNIB $40,000
“The role of growth factor receptors in the lateral geniculate nucleus in the
central visual system”
Eric Tam Covell Fellowship 2003
Aditya Bharatha J.P. Boley Prize Undergraduate 2002
Andrew Lim J.P. Boley Prize Undergraduate 2002
Efrem Mandelcorn Dr. Louis Kagan Memorial Award 2002
Mohamed Salyani Dr. Kelly Gollish 5T7 Memorial Award 2002
Jacqueline Tsang Sidney Aiken 2T9 Award in Ophthalmology 2002
Maria Harmandayan Undergraduate Student Research Prize 2003 (Supervisor: Dr. Brenda Gallie)
“Minimal Regions of Genomic Loss of Chromsome 16Q in Retinoblastoma
dentify Cadherin 11 to be a candidate tumor suppressor gene”
Erika Catford AMS/Wilson Student Fellowship (Supervisor: Dr. John Fowler)
Stuart Aaron Lithwick CIHR Exchange Workshop (Supervisor: Dr. Brenda Gallie)
Not awarded Wilkinson Scholarship for 2002 – Not Awarded for 2002
Research Day Awards:
Kylen McReelis Alumni Prize (Best Resident Research Day Paper)
Colin Willoughby John Gaby Prize (Best Fellow Research Day Paper)
Timothy Corson Best Student Prize (Best Student Research Day Paper)
Ted Erclik VSRP Ann Callahan Award
Adrian Fawcett Best Research Day Poster Presentation
Dr. Michael Brent, Assistant Professor
Dr. Edsel Ing, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ted Rabinovitch, Assistant Professor
Dr. David Yan, Assistant Professor
Dr. Yeni Yucel, Associate Professor
UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL participating. At Sunnybrook & Women’s Drs.
EDUCATION REPORT Catherine Birt, William Dixon, Carol Schwartz, Jill
Hopkins, John Fowler, Lawrence Weisbrod and
The success of the undergraduate teaching program Edsel Ing were all involved in the teaching, as were
of the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Drs. Joe Weinstock, Paul Cherry, William Macrae,
Sciences depends entirely on the commitment and Allan Slomovic, David Rootman, Tara Young, Monir
enthusiasm of our teachers. Their job is to take Tadros, Sam Markowitz, Pat Harvey, John Gorfinkel
students who know little to nothing about at the Western site of the UHN.
ophthalmology, and who often don’t care to, and
“light a fire” in as many as possible. We want to The major teaching opportunity for our department is
show students the fascinating subject matter we deal the Clerkship course. Every six weeks a group of
with, and get them keen on vision care, both in the students come and are given lectures in eight core
primary care setting, and as specialists. topics in ophthalmology. These lectures were
developed by members of the teaching staff: Retina
We have several opportunities to do this, and each by Dr. Carol Schwartz, Paediatrics by Dr. Alex Levin,
requires the help of many of our staff. The first time Neuro-ophthalmology by Drs. Paul Ranalli and
students come in contact with ophthalmology is Christoph Kranneman, Systemic Disease by Dr.
during “Vision Week”. Dr Yeni Yucel and I give three Edsel Ing, Glaucoma by Dr. Neeru Gupta, Trauma by
hours of lectures between us, covering the anatomy Dr. John Fowler, the Red Eye by Dr. Charlotte
and physiology of the eye from lids to visual cortex. Wedge, and Geriatrics by Dr. David Wong. These
The students also have a basic physiology lab on lectures have stood the test of time, and although
Monday that Dr Yucel coordinates; Drs Yucel and updates are a regular part of the overhaul of our
John Parker, assisted by first year residents, are the curriculum, the hard work put into developing the
members of our department who teach in this lab. core slide series is seen every time we give the
The second lab is a basic clinical lab on Wednesday lectures to clerks. The entire department participates
that I coordinate; this lab is staffed by senior in teaching these topics and the basic ophthalmic
residents and fellows, and each of the six rooms is clinical skills to the clerks.
supervised by one of the staff. Dr. Trevor Chin Fook
has the Cornea room, Dr John Fowler supervises the Teaching is a core activity our department supports
Red Eye room, Dr. Pat Harvey instructs in the Retina to the highest degree. Undergraduate teaching is a
room, Dr. Rob Wagman staffs the Pediatrics room, time and effort intensive labour of love undertaken by
and Dr. Lawrence Weisbrod teaches in the Cataract every member of our department. Without them the
room. Dr Fred Feldman has controlled the Glaucoma students of the University of Toronto would be
room for many years, and will be stepping down from deprived of a crucial learning opportunity – the
this role next year, but he won’t be completely lost to chance to understand the fascinating visual system,
us, as he intends to continue to assist with the and the role of both the primary care physician and
teaching in the lab. The final lab is the neuro- the specialist ophthalmologist in vision care.
ophthalmology session on Thursday co-ordinated by
Dr. Paul Ranalli with the participation of Drs. Ray Dr. Catherine Birt
Buncic and Felix Tyndel. We are assisted by basic Undergraduate Medical Education Director
scientists in the Monday lab, and neuroscientists for
the Thursday lab.
Once the students have completed the labs, they PGY-1 REPORT
come to the clinics and participate in the
Ophthalmology component of the Arts and Science PGY-1 Teachers Laid the Foundations for a
of Clinical Medicine I course. Since half the class Future National Training Program
come on Thursday afternoon and half on Friday
morning, this course requires the participation of During the summer of 2001, I inherited the mantle of
many staff members. Last year at St. Michael’s Director for the PGY-1 Course from my
Hospital the teachers were Drs. Fil Altomare, Neeru accomplished predecessor, Dr. Yvonne Buys. I
Gupta, Gord Squires, Charlotte Wedge, Shelley fondly remember taking this Course myself in 1993
Boyd, Wing Chan, Mike Howcroft, Pam Velos and when this Course was under the guidance of one of
David Wong. At Mt. Sinai, the teachers were Drs. the great teachers and mentors of this Department,
Fred Feldman, Eugene Liu, Rand Simpson, Jamie Dr. Trevor Chin-Fook. It was a very memorable and
Oestreicher, Garry Morrow and Rosa Braga-Mele, important stage of my own clinical career, so I was
with one of the senior residents, Dr. Eric Tam, also indeed honoured to be asked by the Department to
carry on the great educational traditions of this CHIEF RESIDENT’S REPORT
The Course, which has recently been renamed the It is a tall task indeed to put into words my admiration
Toronto Ophthalmology Resident Introductory and appreciation for the University of Toronto
Course, is an intensive 6-week program covering all Ophthalmology teaching faculty. I’ve been sitting in
aspects of Vision Sciences and Clinical front of a blank page for nearly an hour deciding what
Ophthalmology. There are approximately 60 to say about our “teachers”. I think the difficulty
teaching sessions, most of them three hours in arises from the fact that there is so much to say and
duration. Obviously, such an enormous undertaking so many to praise. With whom should I begin? It is
in education can only be accomplished by the joint nearly impossible to single out any one person. Both
effort of a vast army of dedicated teachers from our the large number and the diversity of faculty as a
Department. The Department and Course Director whole are what most enrich our residency program.
can only provide the organizational framework, but it The residents are consequently exposed to a number
is through the self-sacrifice and altruism of our most of different personalities, teaching techniques and
skilled educators that this Course is made possible. surgical styles. As a resident, I feel I’ve been able to
In fact, the quality of teaching experience is so high pick and choose from among those techniques and
that the Course has recently attracted the attention of styles and form my own preferences both in the clinic
other Canadian ophthalmology residency programs. and in the operating room.
For 2003, the Course will be attended by
ophthalmology residents from a total of five As I reflect on the past five years, however, there are
Canadian residency programs, effectively tripling the some “personalities” that stand out (in a good way of
attendance of the Course in two years. There is also course). I’ve learned valuable lessons from every
a proposal currently being studied to adopt the one of them. For example, I once operated with a
Course by all Canadian programs to create a surgeon who was so dedicated that she actually
national standard for ophthalmology resident training. required IV rehydration for gastroenteritis between
A heightened profile of the Course would be long- surgical cases (you know who you are). This was a
overdue recognition of the excellence of our teachers valuable lesson in discipline and drive. Then there’s
within the Department. the surgeon that’s so tall I have to stand to assist him
with cataract surgery. He introduced me to the
A project was initiated in 2002 to digitize all of the “banana split”1 with the patience of a saint. And who
lecture notes and slide presentations given by the can forget the hand-slapping surgeon who wears a
Course teachers into a single electronic resource surgical shoe cover on his head while in the
available on CD-ROM. The goal of this project was operating room. I have learned a great deal from his
to enhance the educational process by including meticulous clinical skills. He reminds me of Mies van
visual materials such as diagrams, pathology slides, der Rohe who once said “God is in the details”. We
clinical photos and even surgical videos for study and are also blessed with a corneal surgeon at
review by the students. An enormous amount of Sunnybrook that has nerves of steel. The eye could
work was required to produce this syllabus, and be on fire and he won’t kick you out of the driver’s
again the Department is greatly indebted to the seat during a cataract extraction. From this, we all
countless hours contributed by our teachers in learn how to bail ourselves out of a pickle. At the
response to this proposal. The 2003 syllabus will Hospital for Sick Children, we have the distinct
soon be ready for perusal by all members of the pleasure of operating with a surgeon who has
Department, and I invite you all to obtain a surpassed some 40,000 strabismus muscle
complimentary copy and see first-hand the incredible surgeries. He is so gentle, one would never guess
skill and dedication of your colleagues in that he holds a black belt and is a walking lethal
accomplishing this enormous project. weapon. Sick kids also houses the “king of puns”
who taught me never to purchase more than “half of
On behalf of the Department of Ophthalmology, I the needle” for scleral sutures. To this day (and
would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to our PGY-1 probably forever more), I still hear his voice saying
teachers. It is only through their skill, dedication and “half the needle…half the needle” when I’m placing a
loyalty that we have an education program which we scleral suture. Fortunately, a couple of oculoplastics
can all be proud to promote on the national stage. surgeons (one at Sick Kids, the other our Chairman)
have taught me that the world of ophthalmology
Dr. David B. Yan extends beyond the confines of the “eyeball”. A list
Director, Toronto Ophthalmology Resident of excellent teachers would be incomplete without
Introductory Course mentioning a certain corneal surgeon at the Toronto
Western Hospital and, of course, our program
director. Both are supreme beings of ophthalmology timers, community ophthalmologists and scientists.
and are so nice I would gladly donate a kidney to Everyone has been very generous with their time and
either one of them without hesitation. Speaking of efforts in the residency teaching.
our program director, he and the other retina
surgeons at U of T (one of whom introduced me to The surgical teaching is probably the most
ophthalmology) were so influential to me that I have challenging aspect to resident education. This is the
decided to pursue a career as a vitreoretinal most demanding of our teachers. As teachers, they
surgeon. need to have "nerves of steel" knowing when to
involve the residents in surgery, when to help them
Finally, there was Dr. Vaile (may he rest in peace). out and when to take over. The surgical teaching lab
What can I say? He was one of the nicest clinicians is a great asset in surgical teaching for our residents.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with during all of my Through Dr. Charlotte Wedge and her committee, the
years of clinical training. He was a very fine surgeon lab has provided an invaluable opportunity for the
and, in my opinion, retired at his prime. Joining him residents to practice their surgical skills in a
for “Sushi Club” was the highlight of my week during controlled environment in preparation for the real
my rotations at Mount Sinai Hospital. I learned so thing. Surgical Wet Lab Committee members are:
much from him that I continued to use his phaco Charlotte Wedge (Director), Ike Ahmed, Rosa Braga-
settings on the Millennium after he retired from Mele, Trevor Chin Fook, William Dixon, Wai-Ching
surgery. Each time, saddened by the fact that he Lam, Alex Levin, Gordon Squires and David Yan.
had retired. I will miss him very much. Dr. Vaile also The evolution of the advanced surgical teaching
taught me that our teachers can’t be with us forever. course for residents into the "Toronto Cataract
Even the best have to leave us eventually. I like to Course" is a direct result of the high octane energy of
think that a small part of him lives on in the hands Dr. Ike Ahmed. He has moved an important part of
and minds of those who were fortunate enough to be the resident surgical teaching into a highly regarded
taught by him. continuing medical education event.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list of our The development of the PGYI Basic Science Course
excellent faculty. It is meant as a small example of from a local Toronto event to potentially a national
some of the “personalities” that have touched one course is no small feat due to the hard work of Dr.
resident in his brief but memorable time at The David Yan since he has taken over this course.
University of Toronto in the department of
Ophthalmology. There are many others who come to The list of the accomplishments from our teachers
mind but time does not permit mentioning them. To can go on and on. Over the years, their efforts have
all of those who have taught us and will continue to been recognized by the residents and the
teach others…thank you. department, in the forms of the Resident Teaching
Award, J.S. Crawford Teaching Award and the Silver
Sohail J. Hasan B.Sc., M.D., Ph.D. Needle Award. In fact quite a few of you have been
Chief Resident the recipients of the honor more than once. The
department has been depending on the goodwill of
1. Banana Split: all of you as teachers to provide the teaching to our
a) A sweet dish made with split bananas, ice cream, residents. This year, Dr. Hurwitz has taken the step
sauce, etc. to provide certificates to give recognition to all
b) A bimanual irrigation aspiration technique used in teachers in the department. It is impossible to
mention everyone who has made our residency
program a great success. For those who give
resident lectures on Friday afternoons, others who
POSTGRADUATE REPORT allow residents to come to their offices to learn the
finer art of clinical practice and those who cut back
When our Chairman, Dr. J. Hurwitz asked me to write their number of surgical cases in order to allow the
a Post-graduate report in this issue of the newsletter residents to operate with them, we are very grateful.
highlighting the teachers in our program, I thought Our residents and our department are much in debt
this was going to be an easy task. In fact, our to your dedication and your commitment.
residency program depends entirely on our teachers.
Without the teachers, the program would simply not Dr. Wai-Ching Lam
exist. We are very fortunate to have a large body of Postgraduate Education Director
dedicated teachers in Toronto, the GFTs, the part-
45th ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY
May 23, 2003
We give awards for the teaching of medical students. We honor our resident teachers, but rarely do we notice
the contribution of our fellowship supervisors. These are an extremely dedicated group of people who give up
their time, energies and financial resources to build this important facet of our department, the fellowship
program. Along with the support of Rosemary Negre, this facet has grown to include over 20 fellows. The
commitment to excellence by our faculty has made Toronto a very popular spot for Canadian and International
trainees. Of course the experience is rewarding for all parties, but one must not overlook the efforts applied in
educating a specialist to become a sub-specialist. As a tribute to all the fellowship supervisors in all the
hospitals and all the programs, I would like to convey my appreciation and thanks for the hours, in fact
thousands of hours that each of you invest in the training of your fellows. It benefits us all: locally we are
stronger, nationally we are the leaders, and internationally we are a focus. Keep up the good work, job well
Dhar Dhanda grew up on the west coast in Vancouver. He earned his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
degree from UBC in 1993. Following this he moved to Ontario and obtained his medical degree at the
University of Western Ontario where he became interested in ophthalmology after working with a vitreo-retinal
surgeon. He then remained at Western for ophthalmology training. After finishing his retinal fellowship this
year, he plans to return to BC. His wife, Vindy, and he are expecting the birth of their first child this July.
After almost seven great years at U of T Ophthalmology as a resident and as a vitreoretinal fellow, Michael
Mills will be departing Toronto and completing his final year of training at the Barnes Retina Institute. Lisa,
Jonah, Aaron and Michael will be moving to St. Louis, MO in July. He looks forward to returning to the
Toronto area in July 2004 to provide surgical and medical retina care, including ROP services.
Navdeep Nijhawan is currently in his final year of a two year oculoplastics fellowship at the University of
Toronto. He is a graduate from U of T completing both his residency in 2000 and medical school in 1995.
Neera Singal has spent the past year training with Dr. David Rootman and Dr. Allan Slomovic in the area of
cornea and external disease at the Toronto Western Hospital. Prior to this fellowship she completed her
residency training at the University of Toronto. She is looking forward to starting her own practice and
providing this care in the greater Toronto area.
Colin Willoughby attended the University of Liverpool, England between 1985 and 1991, qualifying with a
Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) First Class in Anatomy in 1988, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with
Honours (MBChB Hons) in 1991. After his internship and a year of neurology/general medicine, he
commenced ophthalmology clinical training in 1993 in the U.K. and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal
College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) in 1996. His subsequent training included an anterior segment
fellowship for one year and training as a Specialist Registrar in ophthalmology until 1999, when he became
Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool, England. His research has focused on the
ectodermal dysplasias and subsequently the genetics of cataracts, glaucoma and keratoconus. Following his
fellowship at Hospital for Sick Children, he hopes to secure a senior academic post in clinical and laboratory-
based ophthalmology in the UK. Outside of ophthalmology he has a wife, Maria, two kids, Connor and
Charlotte, and states the other loves in his life are Formula One motor racing and soccer.
Ravi krishna Nrasimhadevara
Ravi krishna Nrasimhadevara is from Hyderabad, India and is completing a research fellowship in Retina. He
is looking forward to starting a Clinical fellowship in Retina at TWH from July this year.
Vasudha Erraguntla is from Hyderabad, India and is completing a clinical fellowship in pediatric
ophthalmology at the Hospital for sick children. She is looking forward to specialising in Retinoblastoma from
July of this year.
Nasrin N Tehrani
Nasrin N Tehrani is a Jan 2003 paediatric ophthalmology fellow at the HSC. She is a graduate of the
University of Wales in the UK. She has completed her training in ophthalmology in the UK, subspecialising in
paediatric ophthalmology in Birmingham Children's Hospital in her last year.
Uma Ramesh is currently completing a glaucoma fellowship. She has been a Glaucoma fellow here at
Sunnybrook & St. Michael's for 2 years (July 2001-June2003). After her training in England, Ireland & Toronto
she is looking forward to going back to India to settle down.
Roland Ling is a graduate of Oxford University Medical School, he was a Specialist registrar in ophthalmology
at the Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol, in the South West Deanery of UK prior to starting the retinal fellowship in
Toronto. He is returning to the last 6 months Registrat post in Bristol at the end of the fellowship. After that, it
is his intention to become a consultant retinal surgeon in the UK.
Fani Segev is from Israel, married to Amit (Cardiologist) and they have 3 daughters. She is a graduate (1993)
of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. She did her residency in Ophthalmology (1994-
1999) in Meir General Hospital in Kfar-Saba, Israel, which is a big hospital north of Tel-Aviv and is affiliated to
the Tel-Aviv University. From 1999 to June 2002 she was on staff as an Ophthalmologist in the same hospital.
In July 2002, she started a corneal & external eye diseases fellowship at the Toronto Western Hospital and
the HSC, working with Dr. David Rootman and Dr. Allan Slomovic. Her second year is a research year.
Khalid Emara came from Egypt to do subspecialty training in Toronto. Last year he completed an ocular
oncology fellowship. This year, he is doing pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at HSC. He got married last
June. He likes squash and reading.
Dr Nidhi Lodha did her basic medical schooling and Ophthalmology residency in India at SMS medical college
and Hospital Jaipur Rajasthan (western state of India). She then went on to Melbourne Australia and did her
Oculoplastic fellowship and Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at Royal Children Hospital and moved to
Toronto with her husband in 2000. Since Sept 2001 she has been doing a research fellowship with Drs E
Heon, M Brent and C. Westall in Retinitis pigmentosa and is now doing a medical retina fellowship with Dr
Brent and completing the RP study.
Shehla Rubab is from Pakistan. She completed her MCPS (1998) and FCPS (2000) from the College of
Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan. She was working as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Al-Shifa eye
Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Currently she is working as a clinical fellow in Pediatric Ophthalmology in
HSC. She intends to go back to her home country following the completion of her fellowship.
Dr. David Rootman
RESIDENTS’ AND FELLOWS’ RESEARCH REPORT
Research has been made an educational priority in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at
the University of Toronto. Residents and fellows are required to complete a research project, which must be
presented at the Annual Departmental Research Day and submitted for publication in a peer- reviewed
journal. The purpose of integrating research into the core educational curriculum is to foster critical thinking.
Each trainee is required to identify a research supervisor from our faculty members early in their training. With
the guidance of their supervisors, the trainees have the opportunity to appreciate the multiple facets of the
research process: formulate a research question, perform a literature review, develop a hypothesis, devise a
methodology, collect and analyze data, and write up a manuscript.
Our department is also actively involved in promoting research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Each year, high school students, undergraduate and medical students, as well as graduate students from the
Vision Science Research Program, who are supervised by our faculty members, actively participate in our
Annual Departmental Research Day. The numerous papers and posters presented at ARVO each year, as
well as the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals testify to the commitment of our department to
high-caliber vision research.
The role of the supervisors cannot be over-emphasized. Our faculty members put in countless hours guiding
their trainees and overseeing that each project comes to fruition. The number of presentations by our trainees
at the Annual Departmental Research Day demonstrates the level of active involvement and commitment of
our faculty members to train future generations of clinician-scientists, vision scientists, as well as clinicians
who have a critical knowledge in research.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to all our faculty members in their unyielding efforts to provide
world-class research training for our students and trainees.
Dr. Agnes Wong
Resident Research Co-Director
CONTRIBUTIONS TO TEACHING BY THE SCIENTISTS AND CLINICIAN SCIENTISTS
IN THE DEPARTMENT OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AND VISION SCIENCES
The teaching activities of our scientists are almost entirely related to graduate level supervision of Master’s
and Ph. D. students. Certainly if you visit the VSRP labs around lunchtime, a dozen students will be there, not
only eating, but also celebrating the joys, and commiserating over the travails, of graduate student life. And
those are only the students based at the Toronto Western Hospital. There are many more, scattered around
the University campus and other hospitals, working in the labs of their supervisors. I asked our scientists for a
census and wound up with a list whose length required compression. Many of our students are winning prizes
and honours; many are supported by external or VSRP funds. The listing was compiled from information
submitted by the supervisor; it is incomplete as I had not heard from every supervisor by press time.
Our scientists are also heavily involved in undergraduate supervision of honours and summer students. A
number of post-doctoral fellows have also been supervised by our faculty. Again, space limitations has
precluded the listing of these. Here are the graduate students, listed by supervisor, who are currently enrolled
or who have recently (within the last five years) completed their degrees:
Ph.D. awarded: D DiCiommo,
Ph.D. program: K Dorval, S Pattenden, M Pacal, Z Ni
M.Sc. awarded: I Burcescu
M.Sc. program: B. Bobechko, E Karaskov
M.A.Sc: Bryon Braymore, H.R.Lee, Brian Lui, Carmen Poon, Andrew Rae, L.H.Yu
M.A.Sc - Ph.D: Elias Guestrin
M.Sc. Awarded: 1998 - Taline Farra, Tanya Flood, Mustafa Rawji 1999 - Monica Furniss 2000 - Mitra Sehi
Ph.D. Awarded: 1998 - Sarah Hosking 2000 - Natalie Hutchings
Current Graduate Students:
M.Sc. (University of Waterloo): Subha Trichy Venkataraman, Lisa Prokopich
Ph.D.: Kit Guan, Pat Rose, Per Lundmark , Patrick Quaid (Waterloo), Mitra Sehi (Waterloo)
David Di Ciommo, Ph.D. (Molecular and Medical Genetics)
Mellone Marchong (Medical Biophsyics), Ph.D. Candidate
Stuart Lithwick (Molecular and Medical Genetics), Ph.D. Candidate
Marija Orlic (Molecular and Medical Genetics), M.Sc. Candidate
Doina Ionescu M.Sc. (Jointly supervised with J. Flanagan and C. Hudson)
Nima Noordeh current IMS M.Sc.
Kit Guan, Ph.D. student, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto (co-supervised with Professor JG
Edward Gilmore, Ph.D. student, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo
Patricia Rose, Ph.D. student, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
Subha Trichy Venkataraman, Master’s student, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo
Ian Sigal, MIE, Ph.D. Modelling of Lamina Cribrosa Biomechanics
Daniela Heimlich, MIE, M.A.Sc. Endothelial Cell Biomechanics and Glaucoma
Carol Dengis Ph.D. York Psychology)
Herb Goltz (Ph.D., York Psychology)
Jennifer Steeves Ph.D., York Psychology)
Diana Tajik-Parvinchi (M.A. York Psychology, Ph.D. pending)
Roseanne Aiken (M.A., York Psychology)
Anchla Luthra (Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology). M.Sc.
It is clear that our scientists are heavily involved in training their successors. This next generation of vision
scientists will have benefited greatly from the excellence and commitment of their teachers.
Congratulations to the participants of ARVO 2003 where Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences was well
represented with over 21 participants and Research Day 2003 with 59 presentations including posters.
Dr. Martin Steinbach
Director of Research and of the Vision Science Research Program
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGY RELATED NEWS
University of Toronto Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory will continue its specialized diagnostic
services from its new base at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Please send Ophthalmic Pathology specimens and slides to:
Surgical Pathology Receiving, 2nd Floor, Cardinal Carter Wing,
St. Michael's Hospital,
30 Bond Street,
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8
Att: Dr. Y. Yucel
For any questions please call 416-864-6060 x6755
June 6-8/2003 CSCRS 10th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
June 17/2003 Residents Graduating Dinner – Four Seasons
June 20/2003 Residents Baseball Day
June 26-29/2003 COS, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sept 18/2003 Visiting Professors Programme - Dr. Debra Goldstein (Chicago)
Toronto Western Hospital, Room: West Wing 401 (Main Auditorium)
Nov 15-18/2003 AAO Meeting, Anaheim, California
Dec 5-6/2003 Walter Wright Day – Coordinator Dr. Shaun Singer
Dec 6/2003 Alumni Meeting – (Following Walter Wright Meeting)
AE MacDonald Library &
Callahan Reading Room
To read your favourite journal on-line, visit
journaltitles.html or enjoy the printed version
at the MacDonald Library. Currently
subscriptions are held for - “Archives of
Ophthalmology”, “British Journal of
Ophthalmology”, “Evidence-Based Eye
Care”, “Ophthalmic Research”, “Ophthalmic
Surgery” and “Retina”.
The Library receives journal donations from
Dr. Allan Slomovic (“Ophthalmology”), Dr. Please visit our website at:
Graham Trope (“Annals of Ophthalmology”,
“Current Opinion in Ophthalmology”, www.utoronto.ca/ophthalmology
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