In the News

VEI authors the most read article in the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology!

Drs. Jennifer Lindsey and Laura Wayman's article on technology use in ophthalmology resident education was the most read article in the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology.

Small molecule compounds to promote intrinsic, regenerative responses in vivo

Dr. Sabine Fuhrmann's research into retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) regeneration has been featured by Discover. Her work, funded by a Catalyst Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, will test several small molecule agents which may help the repair and regeneration of RPE in a mammalian model.

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Using Technology to Improve Eye Care in Peru

Dr. Laura Wayman has been a part of the Orbis Volunteer Faculty family for just over a year-and-a-half. In her day job she is Vice Chair for Education at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee. This recent news article by ORBIS goes into detail about her trips to Peru.

Advances in Treatment of Ocular Tumors

Dr. Daniel's clinical and research focus into ocular oncology was recently featured in this Discover article.

Ophthalmology Times Resident Writers Program

VEI's resident, Dr. Alex DeCastro-Abeger is in the running for the 2019 Ophthalmology Times Resident Writers Award!

He has written a very interesting case along with Dr. Gangaputra and our colleague Dr. Kevin Byram from rheumatology. Cast your vote HERE!

Imaging Hypoxia-induced Retinal Neovascularization

Drs. Uddin and Penn have recently been featured in Discover for their work on molecular imaging of neovascularization caused by hypoxia. This builds upon their 2016 publication building a "fluorescence-imaging probe capable of detecting retinal-hypoxia in living animals".

Eye Institute receives $10 million gift for vision research efforts

The Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) has received a $10 million gift—the Institute’s largest to date—that will fund regenerative visual neuroscience research to develop transformative therapies for eye diseases.

Glaucoma can lead to blindness—Putting the squeeze on glaucoma

Dr. Sylvia Groth is quoted in a recent Washington Post article on glaucoma, the disease, and its future. This article was first published online with better diagrams in the Knowable Magazine.

Research to Prevent Blindness Awards 3 Grants to the Department of Ophthalmology

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) recently awarded three grants to the Department of Ophthalmology to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding eye diseases. Sabine Fuhrmann, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Cell and Developmental Biology received the RPB/American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for AMD. Kevin Schey, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the recipient of the RPB Catalyst Award for Innovative Research Approaches for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Finally, the Department of Ophthalmology received an RPB Unrestricted Grant, which provides $115,000 a year to support research activities within the department.

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Study explores treatment options for babies with cataracts

Dr. David Morrison discusses a recent Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) study looking at effects of cataract surgery on children. The original study was published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Other PEDIG participants from VUMC include Sean Donahue, MD, PhD, Nancy Benegas, MD, Megan Flemmons, MD, Anvesh Reddy, MD, Stephanie Jian, OD (Doctor of Optometry), and Lori Ann Kehler, OD.

Low Vision: Improving Management Strategies

Dr. Robinson is featured in this Discover article on low vision.

Tackling Diabetic Retinopathy Through Telemedicine

Dr. Chaum's work on telescreening of diabetic retinopathy patients using the Telemedical Retinal Image Analysis and Diagnosis (TRIAD) he co-developed is featured in this Discover article.

Using Prism Therapy to Correct Exotropia

A Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) study, co-led by Dr. Morrison, on treating intermittent exotopia is featured in this Discover article.

NEI grants help bolster glaucoma research efforts

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Employee Spotlight: Janet Lemonis, COA, CREDO Award Winner

Compassion, advocacy for patients with visual impairment put Eye Institute employee Janet Lemonis in the spotlight

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Calkins lands innovation award from Research to Prevent Blindness

David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has been granted one of the preeminent awards in vision research — the Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award.

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Sternberg’s retina research contributions recognized

Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, G.W. Hale Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt and chair of the department, has been named to receive the 2018 Award of Merit in Retina Research Recipient by the Retina Society.

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Study explores accuracy of residency applications

“Although others have identified unverifiable publications as a problem, no one has offered a solution. We are the first to land on a solution, and a really implementable one.”

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From Music to Medicine, Eye Institute’s Dr. Sobel Follows her Heart

“There is meticulousness and subtlety that goes into carving and shaping reeds that is paralleled in surgery,” said Dr. Sobel, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “The smallest details matter.”

Vanderbilt Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences achieved a ranking of 3rd in National Institutes of Health funding among ophthalmology centers in the United States.


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Dr. Paul Sternberg named president-elect of AUPO

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected by my peers to lead the association of academic ophthalmology,” said Dr. Sternberg, who is also Chief Patient Experience and Service Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “As a discipline, ophthalmology has been de-prioritized at medical centers across the nation. We have been almost completely eliminated from the medical school curriculum and are provided little to no institutional funds flow to support our academic programs.”


Employee Spotlight: Dr. Reid Longmuir

VUMC ophthalmologist felled by rare virus has to learn to walk and eat again.


Glaucoma study finds brain fights to preserve vision

A team of researchers, led by David Calkins, PhD, vice chair and director of Research at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, has made a breakthrough discovery in the field of glaucoma showing new hopes for treatments to preserve vision.


Aqueous humor, microRNAs and glaucoma

A multi-institutional team of investigators including Rachel Kuchtey, MD, PhD, and John Kuchtey, PhD, at Vanderbilt, explored molecular changes in aqueous humor content in glaucoma.


VEI's 10 year Building Anniversary Event!

April 3, 2018


VEI Recognition

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David Calkins, PhD
Rudin Prize
New York Academy of Medicine


Janice Law, MD
AAO Commitment to Advocacy


Tonia Rex, PhD
Audacious Goals competition winner
National Eye Institute


Laura Wayman, MD
Straatsma Award, AAO/AUPO