Where are they now?

Upon graduating, many residents who trained at Vanderbilt Eye Institute enter competitive fellowship programs at top-ranked medical centers. Others go directly into private practice.

2018 Graduates

Ronald Milam, M.D., Chief Resident
Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery Fellowship. Cole Eye Institute - Cleveland Clinic

Heather Tamez, M.D., Chief Resident
Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery Fellowship. Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Sean Batson, M.D.
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Washington Pacific Eye Associates

Mark Breazzano, M.D.
Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery Fellowship. Columbia University. New York, NY

Joy Carroll, M.D.
Private Practice, Comprehensive Ophthalmology with McFarland Clinic

 

2017 Graduates

Tomas Moreno, M.D.
Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery Fellowship. Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Jeanie Ling, M.D.
Fellowship at University of Texas Houston Health Science Center

Viraj Mehta, M.D.
Oculofacial, Reconstructive, & Orbital Surgery Fellowship. Mayo Clinic. University of Minnesota

Ian Thompson, M.D.

2016 Graduates

Niraj Nathan, M.D., Chief Resident
Glaucoma Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

David Herren, M.D.
Private Practice, Comprehensive, Harbin Clinic LLC

Matthew Hollar, M.D.
Private Practice, General Ophthalmology. North Georgia Eye Clinic

Caroline Vargason, M.D.
Oculoplastic Surgery at Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery

Matthew Zhang, M.D.
ASOPRS Fellowship. Annesley Flanagan & Associates. Wills Eye Hospital. Philadelphia PA

 

2015 Graduates

Christopher Estopinal, M.D., Chief Resident

Cornea Fellowship: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
 
Talmage Broadbent, M.D., Ph.D.

Oculoplastic Fellowship: Mayo Clinic/ University of MN

 

Anthony Gregory M.D., Ph.D.

Glaucoma Fellowship: Emory University

 

Kevin Mundy M.D.

Academic Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Oregon Health Science Center

 

Yuna Rapoport M.D.

Cornea Fellowship: Mass Eye and Ear

 

2014 Graduates

 

Samantha Williamson, M.D., Chief Resident
Cornea Fellowship: University of Chicago

 

Richard Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.
Retina Fellowship: University of Colorado - Denver

 

Sivashakthi Kanagalingam, MBChB
Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins

 

Evan Silverstein, M.D.
Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship: Duke University

 

Ryan Whitted, M.D.
Retina Fellowship: University of Kentucky - Lexington

 

2013 Graduates

 

William Watkins, M.D. Chief Resident
Academic Practice: University of Mississippi, Jackson

 

Lauren Butts McDonald, M.D.
Private Practice with John Dryfuss, M.D. - Comprehensive Ophthalmology

 

Ajay Shalwala, M.D.
Cornea Fellowship: Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia

 

Daniel Straka, M.D.
Oculoplastics Fellowship: Ophthalmic Surgeon and Consultants of Ohio, Columbus

 

Sumeer Thinda, M.D.
Retina Fellowship: UC Davis Eye Center, Sacramento

 

2012 Graduates

 

Scott Schultz, MD
Glaucoma Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Institute, Miami

 

Sarita Dave, M.D.
Neuro-Ophthalmologiy Fellowship: Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore

 

Karen (Schmitt) Grove, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Meharry Medical College, Nashville
Clinical Instructor, Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville

 

Kasra Rezaei, M.D.
Retina Fellowship: Associated Retina Consultants, Phoenix

 

Courtney Ridner, M.D.
Private Practice, Chattanooga, TN 

 

2011 Graduates

 

Chirag Patel, M.D.
Cornea & Refractive Surgery Fellowship, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

 

Michael Dieckhaus, M.D.
Private Practice, Guardian Eye Associates, Nashville

 

Carey Dozier, M.D.
Private Practice, Chattanooga, TN

 

Ami Shah, M.D.
Oculoplastics Fellowship, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

 

Ruth Yeilding, M.D.
Oculoplastics Fellowship, Dr. John Fezza Center for Sight, Sarasota, FL

 

2010 Graduates

 

Brian Armstrong, M.D.
Fellowship: Cornea and External Diseases, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Currently Cornea & Refractive Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Largo, MD

 

Maziar Lalezary, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Vanderbilt Eye Institute

 

David Reichstein, M.D.
Fellowship: Oncology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia

 

2009 Graduates

 

Desiree Ong, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, MD

 

Mark Moore, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, Bowling Green, KY

 

Ryan Tarantola, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, University of Iowa
Currently Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, St. Louis University Eye Institute

 

Wright Lauten, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, University of Alabama

 

Jeffrey Colburn, M.D.
Fellowship: Pediatrics, Indiana University
Private Practice: Spokane Eye Clinic, Spokane, Wash.

 

2008 Graduates

 

KoriAnne Galler, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, University of Iowa
Vitreoretinal Private Practice: Tidewater Eye Centers, PC

 

Joshua Hu, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, FL

 

Jonathan Welch, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, TX

 

Prat Itharat, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, SC

 

Keshini Parbhu, M.D.
Fellowship: Oculoplastics, University of Alabama
Private practice, Orlando Eye & Oculoplastics, FL

 

2007 Graduates

 

Daniel Bustos, M.D.
Comprehensive Private Practice, Eugene, OR

 

Denise John, M.D.
Fellowship: Glaucoma, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
Glaucoma Academic Practice: University of Michigan

 

Deepak Raja, M.D.
Fellowship: Cornea and External Disease, University of Minnesota
Private practice, Orlando Eye & Oculoplastics, FL

 

Ronald Teed, M.D.
Fellowship: Pediatrics
Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina
Pediatric Academic Practice, Storm Eye Institute, SC

 

Alejandro Leon, M.D.
Fellowship: Pediatrics, University of Iowa
Pediatric Private Practice, New Orleans, LA

 

2006 Graduates

 

Alissa Craft Hudson, M.D.
Private Practice: Middle Tennessee Eye Associates, Cookeville, TN

 

Aziz Khanifar, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Research, Duke University Medical Center
Vitreoretinal Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Private Practice: Retina Group of Washington

 

Jaclyn Lekse Kovach, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Academic Practice: Florida

 

Thomas Stuckey, III, M.D.
Private Practice: Eye Specialists of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA

 

2005 Graduates

Cameron Johnson, M.D.
Fellowship: Cornea & External Disease, University of Florida

 

Eric Chen, M.D.
Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Diseases, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia

 

Michael Henry, M.D.
Fellowship: Oculoplastics, Dr. Thomas C Spoor, Warren, MI