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    Resident Retreat 2023 Update


    The 17th Annual Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat will be held May 21-22, 2023 in Asheville, North Carolina. Department chairs and residency program directors are encouraged to nominate one or two residents from their programs who have the talent and desire to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology. This program has been enormously popular and successful in preparing residents to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology.

    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (HOF), in conjunction with the Society of Heed Fellows, the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)

    Thirty to 35 residents, nominated by their department chairs and residency program directors, and 30 faculty, including recent K-awardees, mid-career and senior faculty, will gather for two half-days to discuss careers in academic ophthalmology. During the informal sessions, residents will mingle with academic ophthalmologists just a few years their senior to learn how young faculty members made the transition from trainee to academician. Among the many topics to be discussed are how faculty combine patient care with positions/involvement in clinical research, lab research, residency program leadership, medical student educator, fellowship program director, NEI/NIH faculty, VA faculty, and/or public health/international ophthalmology, to achieve highly rewarding academic careers.

    Review Process
    Nominations are reviewed, and nominees are selected by the Society of Heed Fellows (SOHF) Trustees. Each year, the SOHF Trustees regret that many worthy nominees cannot be invited because of budgetary constraints. The 2023 budget will allow about 30 to 35 residents from 30 – 35 different programs to be supported. Nominees and their chairs will be notified in December 2022.

    Nominations for the 2023 Retreat are open to Chairs and Program Directors now through October 24, 2022. Please contact [email protected] for a link to the nomination form.

    The Heed Foundation, , is grateful to the AUPO chairs and residency program directors for their continuing support of the Heed Foundation Residents Retreat. Questions should be submitted to David Wilson [email protected] or Lisa Brown [email protected]

    Heed Fellowship Application News for 2023


    Dear Applicants, Residency Program Directors, Department Chairs, and Fellowship Preceptors,

    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation application cycle for the 2023 Heed Fellowships will open January 1, 2023 and remain open through March 1, 2023.

    We encourage all eligible applicants to apply.

    Please send questions to [email protected]

    Kind regards,

    David Wilson
    Executive Secretary, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation

    Appointment of 2022-2023 Heed Fellows


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows are pleased to announce the appointment of the following 2022-2023 Heed Fellows:

    Rolake O. Alabi, MD, PhD
    Bryce Chiang, MD
    Andrew Clark, MD, PhD
    Emily D. Cole, MD
    Jacob T. Cox, MD
    Jose R. Davila, MD
    Stephanie B. Engelhard, MD
    Jennifer Enright, MD, PhD
    Benjamin J. Fowler, MD, PhD
    Angela C. Gauthier, MD
    Grant Justin, MD
    Aaron R. Kaufman, MD
    Benyam Kinde, MD, PhD
    Anne L. Kunkler, MD
    Ariana M. Levin, MD
    Alcina K. Lidder, MD
    David A. Ramirez, MD
    Jasdeep Sabharwal, MD, PhD
    Jesse D. Sengillo, MD
    Zujaja Tauqeer, MD
    Alexa R. Thibodeau, MD
    Ives Antonio Valenzuela, MD
    Karen M. Wai, MD

    Heed Luncheon


    The Heed Luncheon is held each year during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. All former Heed Fellows are invited to attend.

    The event includes a brief reception followed by a sit-down luncheon. The program includes updates on the Heed Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows activities, and the presentation of the current year's Heed-Gutman Award.

    The 2022 Heed Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 1, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in the Regency A Room. (Please note this is a room change.)

    Advance registration is required for attendance.

    Appointment of 2021-2022 Heed Fellows


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows are pleased to announce the appointment of the following 2021-2022 Heed Fellows:

    Ishrat Ahmed, MD, PhD
    Hasenin Al-khersan, MD
    Paramjit Kaur Bhullar, MD
    Randy Christopher Bowen, MD, MS
    Rebecca I. Chen, MD
    Charles Meno Theodore DeBoer, MD, PhD
    Jenny Dohlman, MD
    Eliot Robert Dow, MD, PhD
    Emily Ann Eton, MD
    Paula Wu Feng, MD
    Lauren Michele Hennein, MD
    Levi N. Kanu, MD
    Edward Korot, MD
    Nicole Koulisis, MD
    Danny Mammo, MD
    Suzanne Marie Michalak, MD
    Michael Sena Quist, MD
    Noam Daniel Rudnick, MD, PhD
    Patrick Charles Staropoli, MD
    Clayton Ellis Wisely, MD, MBA
    Annie Mao Wu, MD
    Benjamin K. Young, MD