60333-Barry, Zachary

Zachary R. Barry, MD

Ophthalmology, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

GK 212
Indianapolis, IN


Hometown: Manistee, Michigan

Undergraduate Degree (and Institution): Albion College, BA

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?: I have multiple family members in the medical field. Therefore, I was exposed to medicine from a young age. I have always been drawn to the medical field and was fully committed to becoming a doctor by the end of high school.

Why did you choose to specialize in ophthalmology?: Ophthalmology provides the perfect blend of intellect and action. I enjoy the concept of medically managing chronic ocular pathology in clinic while also performing delicate vision-restoring surgeries in the operating room. I grew up in rural northern Michigan and observed the healthcare barriers that underserved populations experience. I saw ophthalmology as a way for me to provide accessible, high-quality ophthalmic care to communities in need while also doing something I am passionate about.

How did you feel when you matched with IU School of Medicine for your residency? What about this program appealed to you?: Very excited! I was fortunate enough to go to IU School of Medicine for medical school so even though we had virtual interviews I was still very familiar to the ophthalmology program. I was drawn to how happy, prepared, and competent the residents were. At IU residents were getting into competitive fellowships or felt ready to begin their practice as general ophthalmologist. Additionally, I saw how hard the facility worked to teach and make adjustments based on resident feedback. I knew this was a residency where I would be valued as an individual as well as prepared to take my career in any direction I wanted.

What has been your most memorable experience in residency so far?: As an intern I have had my fondest experiences in the ophthalmology clinic. We get three ophthalmology months our first year. During that time, I was ecstatic to notice my fundoscopic and slit-lamp exams improve – specifically, I frequently think about a patient who came into the clinic with only a complaint of floaters. After a thorough exam, however, I accurately identified early signs of primary open angle glaucoma and was able to begin them on treatment and establish follow up before the patient developed significant vision loss. I feel fortunate to have been capable to give that level of ophthalmic care during my intern year.

Who is a faculty member you enjoy working with? Why?: All of the faculty have been very supportive and fantastic teachers. I have especially enjoyed working with the glaucoma faculty, Drs. Schreoder and Martin. Not only are they both very knowledgeable and excited to teach about glaucoma and ophthalmology, but they are also extremely approachable. Even if clinic is very busy they create a relaxing environment that allows me to be more confident in my exam/assessment and ultimately perform better overall.

What do you admire most about your co-residents?: My co-residents have been exceptionally kind and supportive. They are always willing to share their experiences and give a helping hand when needed.

What gets you through a long, stressful shift?: My co-residents! Not only are they dedicated and hard workers but they are so pleasant to work with. Even if it is a stressful shift, I find myself smiling and having a few laughs with the other ophthalmology residents.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?: I find physical activity to be the best way for me personally to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I have joined a running group and bouldering gym here in Indianapolis that several of my co-residents are also involved in. My co-residents and I regularly get together for dinner, game nights, or other group activities. Also when I’m not in the hospital I like to spend time at home with my wife, cat, and dog.

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  • Resident Appointee
  • Education
    2021 MD Indiana University School of Medicine

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