Honors and Awards

Learn more about Kellogg’s award-winning faculty and trainees. We’ll keep you updated on awards, grants and other honors they have won.

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Steven F. Abcouwer, PhD

2018

  • Appointed Member, NIH Diseases and Pathophysiology of the Visual System Study Section (2018-2022)
  • Associate Editor, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, Diabetes
  • Grant, Inflammatory Resolution and Vascular Restoration in Diabetic Retinopathy, National Institutes of Health
  • Grant, Mouse Retinal Ischemia/Reperfusion Model fo Drug and Biomarker Discovery, F. Hoffman-La Roche
  • Grant, Performing Assays on Samples from Rodent Retinal Detachment (RD) or Sodium Iodate (NaIO3) Models, ONL Therapeutics
  • Grant, Testing Neuroprotective Effect of ONL-1204 Ocular Formulation Dose Response in Mouse Retinal Ischemia Injury Model, ONL Therapeutics
  • Hot Topic Abstract, ARVO 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Invited Speaker, Neurovascular and Immunological Components of Ophthalmic Disease: Current Concepts & Emerging Treatment Strategies, 4th Annual Skowron Ophthalmology Translational Research Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Invited Study Participant, Program Evaluation of NIH Peer Review Processes: The Role of Anonymization, NIH Center for Scientific Review, 
  • Study Section, Diseases and Pathophysiology of the Visual System Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health

David Antonetti, PhD

2018

  • Collaboration, Applied Therapeutics Collaboration 2018, Applied Therapeutics
  • Grant, Inflammatory Resolution and Vascular Restoration in Diabetic Retinopathy, National Institutes of Health
  • Grant, Testing Neuroprotective Effect of ONL-1204 Ocular Formulation Dose Response in Mouse Retinal Ischemia Injury Model, ONL Therapeutics

Cagri Besirli, MD, PhD

2018

  • Clinical Trial, An Open Label, Multi-Centre, Phase I/II Dose Escalation Trial of an Adeno-Associated Virus Vector (AAV2/8-hCARp.hCNGB3) for Gene Therapy of Adults and Children with Achromatopsia Associated with Defects in CNGB3, MeiraGT Limited
  • Clinical Trial, An Open-label, Multi-Centre, Phase I/II Dose Escalation Trial of an Adeno-Associated Virus Vector (AAV2/5-OPTIRPE65) for Gene Therapy of Adults and Children with Retinal Dystrophy associated with Defects in RPE65 (LCA2), MeiraGTx
  • Clinical Trial, Long-term follow-up study of participants following an open label, multi-centre, Phase I/II dose escalation trial of an adeno-associated virus vector (AAV2/5-OPTIRPE65 for gene therapy of adults and children with retinal dystrophy due to RPE65 deficiency (LCA2), MeiraGTx Limited
  • Grant, Metabolic Activation to Prevent Photoreceptor Death in a Preclinical Model of Macular Degeneration, International Retinal Research Foundation
  • Grant, The Role of HK2 in Photoreceptor Metabolism and Survival, The Macula Society

Brenda Bohnsack, MD, PhD

2018

  • Grant, Understanding the Molecular Basis of Congenital Eye Defects Associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Blind Children’s Center

Theresa Cooney, MD

2018

  • President, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS)

Monte Del Monte, MD

2018

  • Appointed Strabismus Consult Leader, Global Consult Bureau, World Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus to organize monthly online expert international case discussions for the Society
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Jakarta Eye Center International Meeting, Jakarta, Indonesia

Hakan Demirci, MD

2018

  • Clinical Trial, A Phase 1b Open-Label, Single Ascending Dose Clinical Trial Designed to Evaluate the Safety of Two Dose Levels of AU-011 for the Treatment of Subjects with Small to Medium (2.0-3.4 mm thickness) Primary Choroidal Melanoma, Aura Biosciences, Inc.
  • Grant reviewer, PRESTIGE Marie Curie post-doc fellowships programme, co-financed by the European Commission and coordinated by Campus France, the French National Agency for international student and researcher mobility. 

Joshua R. Ehrlich, MD

2018

  • Chair, AGS Cares committee, American Glaucoma Society
  • Editorial board, Ophthalmic Epidemiology
  • Emerging Vision Scientist, Fourth Annual EVS Day on Capitol Hill, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR)
  • Grant, Does Incident Diagnosis of Age-Related Eye Disease Increase the Likelihood of Falls in Older Adults?, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Grant, Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)Foundation
  • Grant reviewer, “Immune system, brain, and the visual system” Special Emphasis Panel, NIH
  • Pilot Grant, Vision Impairment and Mental Health Among Older Adults in Low and Middle Income Countries, Institute on Gerontology University of Michigan
  • Session Moderator, Consequences and Associations with Vision Impairment at ARVO, Ophthalmic Epidemiology Paper Session, World Ophthalmology Congress

Victor M. Elner, MD, PhD

2018

  • Inaugural Dortzbach Lecture, North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons(NASAOS)

Jerome Finkelstein, MD

2018

  • Author, Approved resolution, MSMS House of Delegates, MiSEPS
  • WQE Standard Setting Panel (2018), American Board of Ophthalmology

Patrice Fort, PhD, MS

2018

  • Guest Editor, Frontiers Genetics
  • Grant Reviewer, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Grant Reviewer, Utah Science Technology and Research(USTAR)

Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS

2018

  • Grant, Michigan Vision Clinician Scientist Development Program, NIH
  • Grant, Retinal Neurotrophic Signaling, Zebra Biologic
  • Editorial board, Diabetes Care

Peter F. Hitchcock, PhD

2018

  • Speaker, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Ross Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, SUNY at Buffalo
  • Grant, Vision Research Training Program, National Institutes of Health

Bret A. Hughes, PhD

2018

  • Chair, Postdoctoral Training, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UMHS
  • Member, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group 2018/05 ZEY1 VSN (03), NEI/NIH

K. Thiran Jayasundera, MD

2018

  • Clinical Trial, Natural History Study of CEP290-Related Retinal Degeneration, Medpace, Inc.
  • Clinical Trial, Natural History Study of Patients with X-Linked Retinal Dystrophy Associated with Mutations in Retinitis Pigmentosa GTPase Regulator (RPGR), MeiraGTX Limited
  • Patent Issued, Automated Measurement of Changes in Retinal,Retinal Pigment Epithelial, or Choroidal Disease
  • Visiting Professor, University of Massachusetts

Mark W. Johnson, MD

2018

  • Chair, ASOPRS Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Chair-Elect, ASOPRS Thesis Committee
  • Executive Board Member, The Macula Society
  • Invited Guest Faculty, Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Invited Speaker, J. Robert Meyers Lecture, Penn State University
  • Invited Speaker, Lorand Johnson Lecture, Case Western Reserve University Hospital
  • Planning committee, Retina Subspecialty Day, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • President, North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons
  • Treasurer, The Macula Society
  • Visiting Professor, Case Western Reserve University Hospital

Alon Kahana, MD, PhD

2018

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, ASOPRS
  • Chair-Elect, Thesis Committee, ASOPRS
  • Editorial board, Ocular Surgery News Oculoplastic Surgery Section (2013-present)
  • FDA Approval, Investigational Device Exemption for the Slit Stent II Lacrimal Stent
  • Grant, Retinoid-Regulated Expression of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines in Orbital Tissues: A Potential Common Denominator in Orbital Inflammatory Syndromes, Alliance for Vision Research
  • Invited Speaker, Adrian and Gladys Drouhilet Lecture, University of Texas-Houston, Ophthalmology Department
  • Invited Speaker, Drs. Frank Nesi and Evan Black Lectureship in Oculoplastics, Kresge Eye Institute, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mentor, Curtis Heisel, Molecular Studies of Orbital Inflammation and its Regulation by Retinoic Acid, RPB Medical Student Award
  • Organizer and presenter, 1st annual meeting, North American Society of Orbital Surgeons
  • President, North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons (NASAOS)

Shivani Kamat, MD

2018

  • Exploring the Relationship Between Ocular Solar Exposure and the Incidence andPathogenesis of Exfoliation Syndrome, American Glaucoma Society

Ariane Kaplan, MD

2018

  • Token of Appreciation from Medical Students Award (TAMS), University of Michigan Medical Student

Naheed Khan, PhD

2018

  • Grant, Study of a Prototype External System (A2E16) for the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis, Second Sight Medical Products

Roman Krivochenitser, MD

  • Young Physician Exchange program, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Paul P. Lee, MD, JD

2018

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor
  • Chair, Faculty Compensation Task Force
  • Champion of Change Award, Women in Ophthalmology
  • Grant, Michigan Vision Clinician Scientist Development Program, NIH
  • Review Committee, Henry Russel Award and Lectureship Review Committee, Lighthouse Guild
  • Unrestricted Grant – RPB
  • Vision Health Initiative, Centers for Disease Control

Paul R. Lichter, MD

2018

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Castle Connelly Top Doctors
  • Bernardo Streiff Medal Award Lecture of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), World Ophthalmology Congress 
  • Invited Speaker, Steven M. Podos, MD, Lecture, Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Michael Lipson, OD, FAAO

2018

  • Grant, Myopia Treatment Study-Low Dose Atropine for Treatment of Myopia (MTS1), Jaeb Center for Health Research (JCHR)

Shahzad I. Mian, MD

2018

  • Grant, Rackham Faculty Allies and Student Ally Diversity Grant
  • Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education, Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO)
    Lecture: "Defining Surgical Competency in Residency and Beyond"
  • Clinical Trial, A Phase 3, Multi-center, Randomized, Double-Masked Study to Evaluate the Clinical Efficacy and Safety of SHP640 (PVP-Iodine 0.6% and Dexamethasone 0.1%) Ophthalmic Suspension Compared to PVP-Iodine and Placebo in the Treatment of Adenoviral Conjunctivitis, Quintiles/Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc.

Jason M. Miller, MD, PhD

2018

  • Resident Research Award, The Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS)
  • Selected to attend the prestigious Heed Foundation Residents Retreat. Dr. Miller is one of 35-40 residents nationwide, nominated by their residency director or department chair, selected to attend the retreat. 

Sayoko Moroi, MD, PhD

2018

  • Clinical Study, A Prospective, Double-Masked, Randomized, Multicenter, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study Assessing the Safety and Ocular Hypotensive Efficacy and Optimum Concentration to Be Used Clinically of Netarsudil Ophthalmic Solution in Japanese/Japanese-American Subjects with Open-Angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension in the United States, INC Research/Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Committee Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma Visiting Professor, University of California, Davis
  • Invited Lecture, Harold Gifford, Jr., MD Lecture, Current Concepts in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Annual Gifford-Truhlsen Conference
  • Keynote Speaker, "Making Connections Between Population-based Genetics and IOP", 30th Annual Glaucoma Celebration, Duke Eye Center

David C. Musch, PhD, MPH

2018

  • Grant Review, Medical Research Council (United Kingdom)
  • Editorial Board, JAMA Ophthalmology
  • Editorial Board, Retina
  • Editorial Board, Eye and Vision
  • Faculty Member, UM Faculty Grievance Hearing Panel
  • Advisory Group, Cochrane Collaboration Eyes and Vision Group, US Project
  • Cornea Preferred Practice Pattern Guidelines Panel, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, National Eye Institute Intramural Branch
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, SCORE2 Study, NIH/NEI
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, META-MUST uveitis trials
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for treatment trials (InnFocus/Santen, MacTel Group, Opthea, & Refocus)
  • Grant reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grants Council
  • Grant, Glaucoma Progression: Modeling its Trajectory and Contributing Factors: Evidence from AGIS and CIGTS, National Institutes of Health
  • Methodologist, AAO Preferred Practice Patterns Committee
  • Methodologist, AAO Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee
  • Moderator, Clinical Trials and Drug Studies poster session, ARVO
  • Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group, 2018/08 ZEY1 VSN (02) meeting, NIH/NEI
  • Talk, Medication use and associated symptoms among participants in the medication arm of the Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Study (CIGTS), ARVO

Christine Nelson, MD

2018

  • Board Trustee, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
  • Clinical Trial, Multicenter, safety and efficacy, open-label extension study evaluation teprotumumab (HZN-001) treatment in subjects with thyroid eye disease (OPTIC-X), Horizon Pharma USA, Inc.
  • Senate Assembly Committee Member, Medical School Faculty Committee

Paula Anne Newman-Casey, MD, MS

2018

  • Junior member at large, Board of the American Glaucoma Society
  • Participant, 2018 Institute for Randomized Controlled Behavioral Trials, NIH
  • Participant, ARVO Women’s Leadership Program
  • Staff Impact Award, Michigan Medicine

Tapan Patel, MD, PhD

2018

  • Fifth place, Ophthalmology Times Research Scholar Honoree Program. His manuscript on ROP screening will be published in OSLIRetina.
  • Selected to attend the prestigious Heed Foundation Residents Retreat. Dr. Patel is one of 35-40 residents nationwide, nominated by their residency director or department chair, selected to attend the retreat. 

Yannis Paulus, MD, FACS

2018

  • Grant, Real-time In Vivo Visualization of the Molecular Processes in Choroidal Neovascularization, NIH/NEI K08
  • Grant, Precisely Removing Microvessels by Photo-Mediated Ultrasound Therapy, NIH/NEI R01
  • Grant, Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography, University of Michigan Office of Research

Jillian Pearring, PhD

2018

  • Career Development Award, Research to Prevent Blindness
  • Emerging Vision Scientist, Fourth Annual EVS Day on Capitol Hill, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR)
  • Grant, Crossing the Barrier:  How Membrane Proteins are Deposited into the Light-Sensing Outer Segment Compartment of Photoreceptors, Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc.
  • Grant, Understanding Photoreceptor Trafficking Pathways to the Outer Segment – National Institutes of Health

Howard Petty, PhD

2018

  • Co-Chief Editor, Molecular Medicine, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

Rajesh Rao, MD

2018

  • Ad-hoc study section member, Special Panel for Million Veteran ProgramConsortium
  • Award Projects(SPLM),Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development,Office of Research & Development, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Review Panel, Grants Working Group, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine's (CIRM) Clinical Research Program
  • Social media/Twitter coordinator for Retina publications, Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology Retina
  • US Provisional Patent, Compositions and Methods to Derive Mesodermal Lineage Cells and Mixed Tissue Organoids from Embryonic Stem Cells, Filed January 18, 2018

Anjali Shah, MD

2018

  • Advisory Board, Eye Care Innovator Track, American Medical Group Association
  • Clinical Trial, Prominent-Eye Ancillary Study: Diabetic Retinopathy Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Pemafibrate versus Placebo - Jaeb Center for Health Research/NIH
  • Member, Eye Care Innovator Track Advisory Board, American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

Manjool Shah, MD

2018

  • Clinical Committee, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery(ASCRS) Young Eye Surgeons (YES)
  • Clinical Trial, The Hydrus Microstent for Refractory Open-Angle Glaucoma: A Prospective, Multicenter Clinical Trial (Hydrus VII Study), Ivantis, Inc.

Nakul Shekhawat, MD, PhD

2018

  • Grant, Analyzing Nationwide Management Practices, Clinical Outcomes, and Health Care Disparities among US Patients with Herpes Simplex Keratitis and Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Grant, Identification of novel risk factors and preventive approaches for herpes simplex keratitis and herpes Identification of novel risk factors and preventive approaches for herpes simplex keratitis and herpes zoster ophthalmicus, Eversight Eye and Vision Research Grant Program, Eversight
  • Invited Speaker,RPB/AUPO Resident and Fellow Research Forum,Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO)
    Lecture: "Topiramate-induced Angle Closure Glaucoma: Far More Common Than Previously Reported"
  • Resident Excellence Award, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

Terry J. Smith, MD

2018

  • Future Vision Award, The Future Vision Foundation
  • Merit Award, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Clinical Trial, A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Masked, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group, Multicenter Study Evaluating Teprotumumab (HZN-001) Treatment in Subjects with Active Thyroid Eye Disease (OPTIC), INC Research/Horizon Pharma USA, Inc.

Joshua D. Stein, MD, MS

2018

  • Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network – Jaeb Center for Health Research/NIH
  • Grant, Analyzing nationwide management practices, clinical outcomes, and healthcare disparities among US patients with herpes simplex keratitis and herpes zosterophthalmicus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Grant, Comparison of Resource Use and Costs for Patients with Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma (PXG) Versus Others with Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG), New York University/American Glaucoma Society
  • Pisart Award for Outstanding Achievements in Vision Science Research, Lighthouse Guild

Alan Sugar, MD

2018

  • Castroviejo Medal, Cornea Society
  • Grant reviewer, National Medical Research Council of Singapore

Bradford L. Tannen, MD, JD

2018

  • Editorial Board, Case Reports, American Journal of Ophthalmology

Debra Thompson, PhD

2018

Grant, RPE Degradative Pathways that Predict Lipofuscin Accumulation in a Model of AMD, Alliance for Vision Research

Jonathan Trobe, MD

2018

  • Thomas Carlow Distinguished Service Award, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society

James Weiland, PhD

2018

  • Grant, Experimental and Clinical Investigations of Retinal Stimulation – National Institutes of Health

Donna Wicker, OD

2018

  • Road Scholar, University of Michigan

Kwoon Wong, PhD

  • Grant Reviewer, CAREER grant review, National Science Foundation
  • Grant reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation

Maria A. Woodward, MD, MS

2018

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Eye Banking
  • Chair, Research Committee, Eye Bank Association of America
  • Emerging Vision Scientist, Fourth Annual EVS Day on Capitol Hill, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR)
  • Grant, Computerized Measurement Tools for Corneal Ulcers, Alliance for Vision Research
  • Telemedicine and Refractive Error, Warby Parker

Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD

2018

  • Award, Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation
  • Award, Reprogramming Photoreceptor Metabolism by Altering PKM2 Function as a Novel Neuroprotective Strategy, VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation
  • Invited Speaker,RPB/AUPO Resident and Fellow Research Forum, Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO)
    Lecture: "Photoreceptor Metabolic Reprogramming Inhibits Apoptosis in Acute Stress While Causing Chronic Degeneration"

Peter Yu Cheng Zhao, MD

2019

  • Award, Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical/Research Fellowship