Isaac Bleicher, MD
Dr. Isaac Bleicher earned his SB in Chemical Engineering, as well as a minor in Economics, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He earned his MD from Duke University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Deans Award and Senior Merit Scholarship. He was the first student recipient of the Duke AHEAD grant, which provided funding for his development of a novel approach to nutrition education at the school. While at Duke, he founded and was co-president of Food in Medicine, which teaches cooking and nutrition to healthcare students through interactive cooking courses. This program is now a full-fledged academic initiative, with over 100 participants across Duke’s health profession programs. Dr. Bleicher was a member of a multidisciplinary committee that worked to revise and update the Duke School of Medicine curriculum. He also assisted with community eye screenings at Special Olympics events and local health fairs.
As a medical student, Dr. Bleicher performed research in optical coherence tomography, specifically developing, programming, and testing novel data visualizations for 3D display of microscope-integrated optical coherence tomography (MIOCT) data to guide ophthalmic surgery in real time. He operated, troubleshooted, and improved a research MIOCT system for human surgery. Dr. Bleicher’s work has been published in publications such as Journal of Pediatrics, Translational Vision Science and Technology, Medical Science Education, and Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. He has presented his work at Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Day, American Society of Retina Surgeons, XXXIst Meeting of the Club Jules Gonin, and the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships in Singapore. He holds a provision patent for “Systems and Methods for Providing Surface Contrast in Rendering of Three-Dimensional Images for Micro-Surgical Applications.”