Yandong (Yanna) Bian, MD
Dr. Yandong (Yanna) Bian graduated from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, where she earned a BA with distinction in Biology and Music. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. As an undergraduate, she studied the role of estrogen-related receptor in regenerating Drosophila melanogaster tissue after irradiation damage. She went on to earn her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Throughout her time at Columbia, Dr. Bian volunteered at a student-run medical clinic that provided free medical care to individuals who were homeless and medically underserved in Harlem. She was awarded the Albert B. Knapp Scholarship for medical students with the highest scholarship and the Doctor Allen O. Whipple Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in surgery.
During medical school, Dr. Bian worked on several research projects, most notably a project under Danielle Trief, MD, MSc, a former Harvard Ophthalmology resident, to develop guidelines and standardized procedures in ICUs for the prevention of exposure keratopathy. She also studied punctual congestion syndrome. Her work is being published in the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea, and Journal of Neuro-Oncology. She has presented her work at several conferences, including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Scientific Symposium, the American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.