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UNC Ophthalmology Researchers Advancing Fight Against Ocular Melanoma

August 17, 2022

Ocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer in adults, yet the condition is very rare. This disease develops in uveal melanoctyes, which are the cells that produce pigment in the eyes, and affects approximately 5-6 people per 1,000,000 in the general population. It is diagnosed in about 2,500 people in the United … Continued

Children’s Eye Safety & Health Month

July 27, 2022

At a back-to-school time of year, the American Association of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated August as Children’s Health and Safety month. Whether your high school graduate is ready to take on college life, or your grade schooler is grumbling about starting a new school year, protecting a growing child’s vision is critical as he/she fully … Continued

UV Eye Safety

July 5, 2022

July ushers in the hottest, sunniest weeks of the year (in the northern hemisphere) and marks a point mid-summer when UV-blocking practices should be in place to shield one’s eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated July as UV Safety Month and has outlined UV-blocking practices to protect … Continued

The Learner-Educator Experience of Fellowship Training

June 29, 2022

When 2021-2022 Glaucoma fellow Josh Paul, MD, finished interviews, he knew UNC’s program would push him hardest over 12 months of learning his subspecialty. For 2020-2022 UNC Vitreoretinal Surgery fellow John Deans, MD, the UNC Ophthalmology faculty who had introduced him to retinal disease fundamentals during residency were the very mentors he wanted to guide … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Honors Class of 2022 Residency Graduates

June 22, 2022

On Saturday, June 11th, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, UNC Ophthalmology faculty, residents and fellows gathered to celebrate the end of the academic year and to honor four departing residents and two fellows at the Department’s annual graduation banquet. Several graduating residents were honored with awards for teaching, leadership and clinical excellence. Awards … Continued

Fireworks Eye Safety

June 22, 2022

Each year, three-quarters of fireworks injuries treated in emergency rooms occur between mid-June and mid-July. Fireworks are advertised like toys around the Fourth of July, and many consumers do not realize that severe eye injuries can result from the combination of force, heat and chemicals in these explosives. UNC Department of Ophthalmology highly recommends enjoying … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Welcomes Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Dr. Steven Flynn

May 20, 2022

Professor of Ophthalmology Steven Flynn, MD, PhD, has joined the UNC Ophthalmology faculty team as a comprehensive ophthalmologist. He earned his medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, where he also completed a residency in ophthalmology. Prior to joining UNC Ophthalmology, Dr. Flynn was Service Chief of Ophthalmology at the Ochsner-LSU Monroe Medical Center in … Continued

Matt Hirsch, PhD: An Ocular Gene Therapy Pioneer & Constant Learner

April 14, 2022

  When UNC Ophthalmology Associate Professor Matt Hirsch, PhD, completed his doctoral and post-doctoral training in 2008, his passion for pursuing study of bacterial- and viral-driven therapeutic gene delivery had been profoundly influenced by his doctoral and post-doc mentors. Ten+ years later, Hirsch is a leading genetic engineer at UNC, advancing ocular gene therapy for … Continued

UNC Ophthalmology Han Lab Post-Doc Yong-Su Kwon Receives BrightFocus Foundation Macular Degeneration Research Award

April 8, 2022

UNC Department of Ophthalmology congratulates third-year post-doctoral fellow Yong-Su Kwon, PhD, for receiving a BrightFocus Foundation Macular Degeneration Research Award in July 2022. Each year, BrightFocus Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program grants are awarded to post-doctoral fellows pursuing pioneering research leading to greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In the BrightFocus 2022 … Continued

Class of 2026: UNC Ophthalmology Matches Four Top-Notch M4s!

March 18, 2022

UNC Ophthalmology was thrilled to match four diverse and driven M4s via the 2021-2022 Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program (OMP)! Residency Program Director Dr. Alice Zhang thanked the many department members whose efforts made a critical difference in achieving a successful 2021-2022 recruitment season: “I would like to express gratitude to our chief residents and entire group of … Continued

2022 Women in White Coats Heroes

February 28, 2022

UNC Department of Ophthalmology congratulates Beth Friedland, MD, for her nomination as one of 15 leading female physicians nationwide for the 2022 Women in White Coats Heroes award. Every year, the blog hosts online voting and selection of a Women in White Coats Heroes awardee from a distinguished pool of institutional, community and private … Continued