Congratulations to our 2020 Clinical Trainee Graduates

June 18, 2020

group photos of 2020 clinical trainee graduates

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020. This year’s ceremony—designed for safe social distancing—featured residents in-person with a live broadcast via Zoom, followed by a virtual-only graduation for clinical fellows on June 18. The ceremony celebrated eight Harvard Ophthalmology residents, the AY 2019–2020 Chief Resident and one optometry resident, as well as 24 clinical fellows from Mass. Eye and Ear, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Joan W. Miller, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Chair of Harvard Ophthalmology, noted that “Based on the resiliency, compassion, and creativity that each and every one of our residents and fellows has shown—throughout their training and especially during COVID-19—I know that they will be thoughtful change agents who will help lead us into a brighter future.”


Several faculty and staff were also honored during the ceremony. Jo-Ann E. Haney-Tilton, MD, EMHL, received the Clinical Teacher of the Year, while Kristine Tan Lo, MD, received the Surgical Teacher of the Year Award. Ophthalmology Residency Program Coordinator Scot Morrison received the Residency Appreciation Award. And Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD, was recognized with the Simmons Lessell Excellence in Education Award.

Residents Pursue Subspecialty Training

This year, seven of our graduating ophthalmology residents—and our chief resident Grayson Armstrong, MD, MPH—will pursue additional subspecialty training at top-ranking fellowship programs around the country. The eighth resident, Marisa Tieger, MD, will stay on as Chief Resident for academic year 2020-2021.

Ophthalmolgy Residents

Joshua S. Agranat, MD 

Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine

Wen Fan Hu, MD, PhD Uveitis Fellowship at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah
Wendy W. Liu, MD, PhD Glaucoma Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson University
Victoria Sommer North, MD ASOPRS Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Manhattan Eye and Ear/NYU
Edith R. Reshef, MD Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear
Marisa Gobuty Tieger, MD  Mass. Eye and Ear Chief Resident for AY2020-2021 
Lisa Michelle Tom, MD Glaucoma Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami 
Amy E. Yuan, MD Vitreoretinal Fellowship at the University of Washington

Chief Resident 

Grayson Armstrong, MD, MPH Clinical Fellowship in Ophthalmic Telemedicine at Mass. Eye and Ear/Member of the Comprehensive and Cataract Consultation Service at Mass. Eye and Ear

Optometry Resident

Haley DiBiase Italia, OD Optometrist at Mass. Eye and Ear

What’s Next for Clinical Fellow Graduates?

Our clinical fellows will embark on new careers in locations around the globe, and across the United States from New York to Los Angeles. Two graduates will join the Harvard Ophthalmology faculty, and seven others will pursue additional training.

Amani A. Ahmed, MS, MBBS Private Practice in Massachusetts
Nandita Anand, MD Private Practice at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants
Paula M. Cortes Barrantes, MD Hematopathology Fellowship at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. 
Thomas Dohlman, MD Member of the Cornea Service at Mass. Eye and Ear
Abdelrahman M. Elhusseiny, MD  Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Illinois in Chicago
Mohamed Ashraf Elmasry, MD Member of the Faculty at the University of Alexandria, Ophthalmology Department in Alexandria, Egypt
Kevin Ferenchak, MD Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota 
Michael J. Gilbert, MD Private Practice at Northwest Vision Institute in Bellevue, Washington
Ryan A. Gise MD  Member of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology Services at Boston Children's Hospital
Mehenaz Adly Hanbazazh, MD Molecular Pathology Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Iris Deitch Harel, MD Member of the Retina Service at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel, affiliated with Tel Aviv University
Grace Huang, MD Private Practice at New Jersey Eye and Ear
Mireille Jabroun, MD Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at Children's National Medical Center at The George Washington University
Ying Jiang, MD Member of the Glaucoma Service at Beth Israel Lahey Health
Deep U. Parikh, MD Private Practice at Gentile Retina in New York City/Part-Time Academic Medcine 
Christina Scelfo, MD Part-time Academic Medicine in New York City 
Tomasz P. Stryjewski, MD Part-time Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Tallman Eye Associates/Growing His Two Ophthalmic Biotechnology Companies
Stephan Ong Tone, MDCM, PhD, FRCSC

Member of the Cornea and External Eye Disease Service at Sunnybrook Hospital at the University of Toronto

Melanie Truong-Le, DO, OD  Member of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at the University of Texas Southwestern 
Cindy Ung, MD  Private Vitreoretinal Practice at South Coast Retina in Huntington Beach, California 
Lianna Marie Valdes, MD Member of the Faculty at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.
Jay Wang, MD Member of the Retina Service at Yale University 
Aaron Winter, MD Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver
Natalie Wolkow, MD, PhD Member of the Ocuplastics and Eye Pathology Services at Mass. Eye and Ear


See also: Awards, Events, Trainees