This year, several ophthalmology faculty were nominated for Harvard Medical School (HMS) Excellence in Mentoring Awards. These prestigious awards honor exceptional mentors who are committed to helping trainees develop and advance their professional careers in basic/clinical medicine, research, teaching, and administration.
This year’s Harvard Ophthalmology nominees are: Dean Cestari, MD; James Chodosh, MD, MPH; Shizuo Mukai, MD; and Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD.
Neuro-ophthalmologist Dean Cestari, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at HMS. His excellence in mentoring has been recognized with several awards. In 2003, the Harvard Ophthalmology Residents presented him with an Outstanding Teaching and Commitment to Education Award, and in 2018, he received the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from HMS.
James Chodosh, MD, MPH, is the David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Cornea and External Disease and Vice Chair for Ophthalmology Education at HMS. A dedicated teacher and mentor, Dr. Chodosh directs the Mass. Eye and Ear Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and External Disease Fellowship and is a Member of the PhD Program in Virology at HMS. He has mentored over 60 clinical cornea fellows, many of whom now hold academic positions.
Retina and ocular oncology specialist Shizuo Mukai, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at HMS. Dr. Mukai is a gifted and generous mentor to medical students, ophthalmology residents, and vitreoretinal fellows.
Retina specialist Demetrios Vavvas, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at HMS. He has mentored over 60 clinical and research trainees in ophthalmology, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their fields.