BostonSight-affiliated Med Students Earn Ophthalmology Residencies!

Hearty congratulations to Joshua Agranat, Hong-Gam Le, and Christos Theophanous, all of whom were recently accepted into Ophthalmology residency programs. Ophthalmology residencies are extremely competitive, and only a small percentage of medical school students who apply are selected.

Tara_Josh_Hong LRJosh Agranat (pictured right, on the left, with Tara Vaz, OD, at center), a 2016 graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, was accepted into the Ophthalmology residency program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He did medical research at BostonSight® for a several years, and participated in a number of papers, posters, and publications about PROSE treatment; he served as first author on Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem: Impact at Five Years, which was published recently in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. “I have had the privilege of working and learning at BostonSight since I was an undergraduate, and the experience played a formative role in my decision to pursue a career in ophthalmology. I will be forever grateful for the mentoring and teaching of the ophthalmologists and optometrists at BostonSight, especially Dr. Deborah Jacobs, and for the patients at BostonSight for their openness to students.”

Hong-Gam Le (pictured above, right) was a research assistant at BostonSight for two years, during which time she participated in four papers that were published in scholarly journals, as well as a number of presentations that were given at professional meetings. A recent graduate of University of Chicago Medical School, Hong-Gam will begin her Ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University in 2017. “As a research assistant at BostonSight, I was inspired by the impact of PROSE treatment on patient’s visual function and quality of life. I quickly realized that I want to care for patients with ocular diseases. In particular, the experience stoked my interest in helping patients with Stevens Johnson Syndrome.”

Christos TheophanousA class of 2016 graduate of the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, Christos Theophanous (pictured left) first became involved with BostonSight PROSE treatment when he was invited to join a research project with Gloria Chiu, OD, FAAO, BostonSight PROSE Clinician at the USC Roski Eye Institute, and John Irvine, MD. “As I spoke with the patients in the study, I was really moved by their stories of how PROSE treatment had saved them from severe disability. Countless patients told me that the treatment had given them their life back.” Christos was able to spend four weeks at BostonSight. “Seeing the compassionate care from the team at BostonSight convinced me that I wanted to dedicate my career to making a similar impact for patients. Dr. Jacobs has been an inspiring mentor.” Christos will complete his Ophthalmology residency at University of Chicago.

We are all very proud of Josh, Hong-Gam, and Christos, and know that they will go on to be compassionate, caring, and skilled ophthalmologists.