Clinical Scientist, Legacy Research Institute
Associate Director, Glaucoma Fellowship, Legacy Devers Eye Institute
Clinical Associate Professor, OHSU Casey Eye Institute
My favorite part of residency at CPMC from 2007-2010 was the people – the community felt like family. Faculty became mentors, co-residents, and lifelong friends. When I started ophthalmology residency, I was quite anxious, wondering if I should have pursued a career in psychiatry instead! Fortunately, Associate Program Director Erich Horn, Chief Resident (and future Associate Program Director) Taliva Martin, and co-resident Jon Wender helped me through my initial doubts. The residency provided a top-notch education with personal attention. Chair and Program Director Susan Day was a force of nature, a mind reader. One of my co-residents once warned me not to lie to Dr. Day because she would know what I was thinking before I did! Drs. Lieberman, Tanaka, and Bacharach inspired me to go into glaucoma. Dr. Lieberman also introduced me to Diamond Heart meditation, Tanaka to a love of angle closure, and Bacharach to my fellowship director, leading to my fellowship and current positions at the Devers and Casey Eye Institutes in Portland.
I loved teaching junior CPMC residents, and teaching is still an important part of my job as Associate Fellowship Director and Residency Site Director. Building upon CPMC research projects, I am a Clinical Scientist at the Legacy Research Institute with NIH funding and several patents. Mentors Emmett Cunningham and George Tanaka continue to kindly advise me to this day.