Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rossin, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2020 Thomas J. Madden Fellowship in Retina. Dr. Rossin, who served as the AY 2018-2019 Chief Resident and Director of the Ocular Trauma Service, is completing a two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear under Dean Eliott, MD, and John B. Miller, MD.She is also a 2019 Heed Fellow awardee and the recipient of a Vitreoretinal Surgery Foundation grant for RNA sequencing of PVR membranes.
The fellowship was created to support a clinical or research fellow, while honoring the legacy of Thomas J. Madden, who passed away in 2015. Mr. Madden played an instrumental role in securing the successful outcome of patent-related litigation resulting in the landmark $126M judgment for Mass. Eye and Ear against QLT, Inc. and Novartis in 2009.
The award has enabled major advances in research and teaching, and supported new infrastructure and recruitment across the department. The fellowship was made possible thanks to generous support from Irene Madden; Diane and Al Kaneb; Dr. Evangelos Gragoudas; Dr. Joan Miller and her husband John, Sr.; and Dr. Demetrios Vavvas, and a continued commitment from Mass. Eye and Ear's retina faculty.