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IU School of Medicine ophthalmology residents share thoughts on the department and its educational programs


Michael Gemayel, Class of 2021

After completing my first two years of residency, I can confidently say that our IU Ophthalmology program is an amazing place to train. You work alongside incredible physicians daily, gaining excellent clinical and surgical exposure. To me, one of the main highlights is the incredible diversity of pathology you will see across all the clinics you work at, enabling you to handle anything after graduating. Resident education is prioritized with an appropriate amount of autonomy, with leadership always looking at ways that it can be enhanced to provide the best experience.

Adrienne Ng, PGY-4

I am so glad I chose IU Ophthalmology for my residency. It has exceeded all my expectations. The clinical and surgical training is excellent; but what stands out is the warm and friendly environment that makes going to work each day a joy. I love my IU family, and there is no place I would rather be.


Manisha Miller, PGY-3

I chose IU over other programs for several reasons. I saw how happy and laidback the current residents were, and how much they lauded the program’s excellent training. The faculty, program leadership and the program coordinator, Mallory, were all so kind and caring. I also fell in love with the city of Indianapolis and enjoyed the cultural trail with art and sculptures downtown, microbreweries, and the scenic canal.

Shivam Patel, PGY-3

I chose to come to IU due to the diverse clinical and surgical experience and the supportive atmosphere present in this program, transforming residents into well-rounded clinicians. We gain unparalleled experience though rotations at the VA, a community hospital setting at Eskenazi, private practice clinics, and at Riley Children's Hospital. Even as a medical student rotating through this department, I received the very best in medical education and have continued to have that experience as a resident here at IU as well.

Avrey Thau, PGY-3

I chose to pursue my ophthalmology residency at Indiana University due to my impression of the faculty and their genuine enthusiasm towards resident education, with a program culture that would surely follow. There appeared to be a great balance of autonomy and independence with always available guidance and oversight that I felt would allow for great growth in this supportive environment. Ultimately, after learning the great diversity of paths graduates took, be it fellowship or comprehensive practice, academic or private practice, I felt that I would be able to follow any goals or interests that would develop over these formative years.

Rana Torabi, PGY-3

Choosing IU was easy because when you're here, you're family. As a med student and now even as a new ophthalmology resident, everyone is constantly building you up with encouragement and support. From the faculty to the fellows, everyone cares about your success. With all this positivity along with IU's solid academic and surgical training, why would you want to go anywhere else?

David Camp, PGY-3

I chose IU because I wanted a robust ophthalmology training experience in a supportive environment. By training at a large county hospital, a VA hospital and Riley Children’s Hospital­­, I have opportunities to manage advanced disease and have high surgical volume. With its history of producing excellent comprehensive ophthalmologists and also sending residents to competitive fellowships, I know that my program will support me and prepare me for the next step, whatever it is.


  • Class of 2021

    Tricia Fernandez, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship, Washington University, Missouri
    Rachel Kawiecki, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Indiana
    Michael C. Gemayel, MD, Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship, Louisiana State University, Louisiana
    June Geng, MD, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California
    Jason M. Young, MD, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, private practice, North Canton, Ohio
    Colin M. Ridenour, MD, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Indiana

  • Class of 2020

    Christopher Areephanthu, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Med Center Health Eye Care, Kentucky

    Adam Cantor, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship, Baylor University, Texas

    Amelia Huang, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Boling Vision Center, Indiana

    Ashley Neiweem, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Dean Medical Group, Wisconsin

    Priyanka Parekh, Glaucoma Fellowship, Indiana University, Indiana

    Eric Scripture, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Eye Center of Richmond, Indiana

  • Class of 2019
    Brent Aebi, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Mountain Empire Eye Physicians, Tennessee
    Derek Denney, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Zion Eye Institute, Utah
    Enoch Kassa, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, IU Health Physicians & LaPorte Health, Indiana
    Nathaniel McIntyre, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Wheaton Eye Clinic, Illinois (Fellowship: Ohio State University) Nicholas Moore, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Marion Eye Center, Ohio
    Scott Wentz, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, 2020 Eye Physicians, Indiana
  • Class of 2018

    Liesel Albrecht-Unger, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Kalamazoo Ophthalmology, Michigan

    Peter Bracha, Retina, La Crosse Eye Institute, Wisconsin (Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania)

    Gian Paolo Giuliari, Retina, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Ohio (Fellowship: Valley Retina Institute, Texas)

    Priyanka Kanakamedala, Cornea , CEENTA, North Carolina (Fellowship: University of Minnesota)

    Kunal Patel, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Ascension Health, Wisconsin

    Mary Runkle, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Dayton Eye Assoc, Ohio (Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)

  • Class of 2017

    Whitney Boling, Comprehensive Ophthalmology , Boling Vision Center, Indiana

    Rehan Hussain, Retina, Gailey Eye Clinic, Illinios (Fellowship: Bascom Palmer)

    Laura Magnuson, Glaucoma, Medical University of South Caronlina (Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina)

    Joshua Paschall, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Graystone Eye, North Carolina

    Leslie Tobe, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Abrams Eye Care, Indiana

    Ryan Wise, Glaucoma, Graystone Eye, North Carolina  (Fellowship: Indiana University)