Wills Eye Hospital Society Honors and Awards – Rohit Varma, MD, MPH named Director at USC Eye Institute

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc (WEH Resident, Class of 1989), currently Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at Wills Eye Hospital, has been appointed Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at WEH. Alex also has been accepted into the American Ophthalmological Society with the acceptance of his thesis: Levin AV, Cordovez JA, Leiby B, Pequignot E, Tandon A: “Retinal hemorrhages in abusive head trauma: finding a common language.” He also will receive the Al Biglan medal awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Eye Center and the Eye and Ear Foundation for his outstanding contributions to pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and with special reference to his contributions in pediatric glaucoma, cataract, and non-accidental abuse in children.

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH (Wills Glaucoma Fellow, Class of 1989) has been named Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the USC Eye Institute. Dr. Varma also will serve as Professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine and will hold the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology. His new position begins in summer 2014. Dr. Varma is currently Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was previously a professor at the Keck School of USC, as well as a director of the clinical trials unit, the glaucoma service, and ocular epidemiology.

Ralph C. Eagle, Jr., MD (WEHS Honorary Member) will be the guest of honor at The Retina Society’s 47th Annual Scientific Meeting on September 11-14, 2014 in Philadelphia. Dr. Eagle is director of the Wills Eye Hospital Pathology Department.

L. Jay Katz, MD, FACS (WEH Glaucoma Fellow, Class of ??), currently director of the Glaucoma Service at Wills Eye Hospital, was inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society at its annual meeting in May 2014 with the acceptance of his thesis: “Combined cataract and glaucoma surgery: the effect of pupil enlargement on surgical outcomes.” Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 2013 Sep;111:155-68.

Ehsan Rahimy (WEHS Retina Fellow, Class of 2014), has been appointed a Heed Fellow for 2014-2015. Ehsan completed his residency at Jules Stein Eye Institute. Since 1989, the Society of Heed Fellows has provided funding for post-graduate studies in ophthalmology.