Beem-Fisher Awards

We are very pleased to share the names of the Beem-Fisher Award winners over the years.  Congratulations to all of the residents who submitted papers, and to those who are recognized below! 

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 2023 Beem-Fisher Awards 

First Place -- Sarah Griffin, MD, Loyola University -- "Red Blood Cell Distribution Width as a Biomarker for Retinal Vein Occlusion"

Second Place -- Lincoln Shaw, MD, University of Chicago -- "Association of Metformin Use with Risk of Newly Onset Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration Development"

Third Place -- Jessie Wang, MD, University of Chicago -- "Full-thickness Macular Hole Closure with Topical Medical Therapy"

 2022 Beem-Fisher Awards

Fellow Award Winner -- David Dao, MD, University of Chicago -- "High-fat Diet Alters the Retinal Transcriptome in the Absence of Gut Microbiota"

First Place -- Lindsay Y. Chun, MD, University of Chicago -- "Rapid Pathogen Identification and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing in In Vitro Endophthalmitis with MALDI-TOF MS and VITEK 2 Without Prior Culture"

Second Place -- Saira Khanna MD, University of Chicago -- "Laser Prophylaxis in Patients with Stickler Syndrome"

Third Place -- Palak Patel, MD, Rush University -- "Analysis of Posterior Vitreous Detachment and Development of Complications Using a Large Database of Retina Specialists"

 2021 Beem-Fisher Awards

Fellow Awards --

Anna Mackin, MD, University of Chicago -- "Evaluation of Flow of Chorioretinal Capillaries in Healthy Black and White Subjects using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography"

Alisa J. Prager, MD, Northwestern University -- "Effectiveness and Tolerability of Netarsudil in Combination with Other Ocular Hypotensive Agents"

First Place -- Andrea Blitzer, MD, University of Chicago -- "Association of Metformin use with Age-related Macular Degeneration:  A Case-control Study"

Second Place -- Nita Valikodath, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Evaluation of an Artificial Intelligence System for Retinopathy of Prematurity Screening in Nepal and Mongolia"

Third Place -- Emily Cole, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Variability in Plus Disease Diagnosis using Single and Serial Images"

 2020 Beem-Fisher Awards


Fellow First Place -- Nicole Scripsema, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "The Influence of Ultra-wide Field Fluorescein Angiography on the Diagnosis and Management of Diabetic Retinopathy"


Fellow Second Place -- Daniel Maidana, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Cup-to-Disc Ratio Agreement between Optic Nerve Digital Photos and Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography in Pediatric Glaucoma Suspects"


Fellow Third Place -- Monique Munro, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Cytomegalovirus Retinitis in HIV and Non-HIV Individuals"


Resident First Place -- Jonathan Noguchi, MD, Loyola University -- "Kaempferol Protects Against Retinal Photoreceptor Degeneration and Function in a Mouse Model of Light-induced Retinal Injury"

Resident Second Place -- Ivy Zhu, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Greenhouse Gas Emissions Related to Intraocular Gas Usage in Ophthalmology"

Resident Third Place (tie) -- Gregory Fu, MD, Loyola University -- "Detection of the Purkinje Shift with the Rapid Dark Adaptation Test:  Age and Vision Correlates"

Resident Third Place (tie) -- Levi Kanu, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Glaucoma Care of Prisoners at an Academic Hospital"

2019 Beem-Fisher Awards

First Place -- Madeline Ripa, MD, Loyola University -- "The Role of Multisystem Disease in Composition of Autologous Serum Tears and Ocular Surface Symptom Improvement"

Second Place -- Daniel Oh, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Inpatient and Emergency Room Ophthalmology Consultations at a Tertiary Care Center"

Third Place -- Kimberly Estes, MD, Loyola University -- "Effects of Corrective Strabismus Surgery on Social Anxiety and Self-consciousness in Adults"

2018 Beem-Fisher Awards

First Place -- Paul Park, MD, Loyola University -- "Paeonifliorin Protects Against Retinal Photoreceptor Degeneration in a Mouse Model of Light-induced Retinal Injury"

Second Place -- Talisa de Carlo, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Simulating Vascular Leakage on Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography"

Third Place -- Michael Heiferman, MD, Northwestern University -- "Morphological implications of vascular structures not visualized on optical coherence tomography angiography in retinal vein occlusion"

2017 Beem-Fisher Awards

First Place -- Shilpa Gulati, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Tear fluid neutrophils and neutrophil extracellular traps contribute to ocular graft vs host disease pathogenesis"

Second Place -- Jordan Thompson, MD, Loyola University -- "A multicenter study evaluating the risk factors and outcomes of repeat descemet's stripping endothelial kearatoplasty (DSEK)"

Third Place -- Mackenzie Sward, MD, Loyola University -- "Lax eyelid syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea and ocular surface inflammation"

 2016 Beem-Fisher Awards

First Place -- Andrew Francis, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Thickness Mapping of Retinal Layers in Ins2 (Akita) Diabetic Mice by Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography"

Second Place -- Kai Kang, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Micro- and Nanoscale Surface Topographies on Silk Regulate Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Gene Expression of Human Corneal Epithelial Cells"

 Third Place -- Laura Snyder, MD, University of Chicago -- "Prophylactic Peripheral Laser and Fluorescein Angiography after Bevacizumab for ROP"

2015 Beem-Fisher Awards

First Place - Michael Nolan, MD, Loyola University Medical Center -- "A Standardized Approach to Training for Cataract Surgery Skill Evaluation"

Second Place -- Michael Andreoli, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago -- "Epidemiological Trends in 1,452 Cases of Retinoblastoma"

Third Place -- Fatoumata Yanoga, MD, University of Chicago -- "The Etiology and Outcomes of Pars Plana Vitrectomy in Non-diabetic Dense Vitreous Hemorrhage"

 2014 Beem-Fisher Awards 

First place – Lindsay Ambrecht MD, Loyola University Medical Center – “Protected Retinal Function by Sulforaphane on Retinal Ischemic Injury”

Second place – Diana Tamboli, MD, Loyola University Medical Center – “Retinoblastoma: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Evaluation for Treatment Patterns, Survival and Second Malignant Neoplasms”

Third place – Michael Andreoli, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago – “Optical Coherence Tomography Retinal Thickness and Volume Measurements in X-linked Retinoschisis”

2013 Beem-Fisher Awards

First place – Joshua Hou, MD (UIC), "Quantification of Adrenergic Receptor Sybtype Gene in Human Muller's Muscle"
Second place – Dilaraj Grewal, MD (Northwestern), "Topgraphic Correlation Between Reticular Pseudo-drusen and the Choroidal Vasculature Using En Face Optical Coherence Tomography"
Third place – Kavitha Sivaraman, MD (UIC), "Retroprosthetic Membrane and Risk of Sterile Keratolysis in Patients with Type 1 Boston Keratoprosthesis"

2012 Beem-Fisher Awards

First place – Samir Vira, MD (Loyola), "Textural Interface Opacity after Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK): A report of 30 cases and possible etiology"
Second place – Anita P. Vin, MD (Loyola), "Omental Stromal Cell Transplantation For the Management of Corneal Alkali Burn Injury in a Rat Model"
Third place – Hajirah Saeed, MD (Loyola), "The Association Between Diabetes Mellitus and Primary Open Angle Glaucoma"

2011 Beem-Fisher Awards

First place – Maylon Hsu, MD (Loyola), "Indications and Outcomes of Amniotic Membranes in Acute Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis"

Second place – Matthew Welch, MD (Loyola), "Attitudes and Perspectives on Ophthalmology Resident Training: The APORT Study Series Pilot Study"

Third place – Clement C. Chow, MD (UIC), "Structural and Functional Correlation in Sickle Cell Retinopathy using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography and Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope Microperimetry"

2010 Beem-Fisher Awards

First place– Ajay Singh MBBS, MS (University of Chicago), "Polyethylene Hydrogel Polymar Sealant for Closure of Sutureless Sclerotomies: A Histologic and Invitro Study"

Second place– Omar Punjabi, MD (Northwestern), "Imaging Characteristics of Macular Pigment Epithelial Detachments and Response to Anti-vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy"

Third place– Donny Hoang, MD (UIC), "Foveal Splaying and Outer Retinal Thinning in Asymptomatic Sickle Cell Patients as Demonstrated by Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography"

2009 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place - Donny Hoang MD, University of Illinois at Chicago:  "Homotypic, Heterotypic and Heteromeric Gap Junctional Channels Formed by Connexin Proteins Expressed in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells."

2nd Place - Daniel Kiernan MD, University of Chicago:  "The Association of Anti-platlets and Anticoagulants with Intraocular Hemorrhage in Patients with Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”

3rd Place - Dovilan Wyatt MD, Stroger Hospital of Cook County:  “Distribution of DNA Sequence Variants in C018A2 in Glaucoma Patients with Thin OCT.”

2008 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place - Shuchi Patel, MD, University of Chicago, "Use of Optical Coherence Tomography to Determine Relationship between Optic Disc Diameter and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness" 

2nd Place - Lisa M. Nijm, MD JD, University of Illinois-Chicago, "Hydrophilic IOLs-The Future of Intraocular Drug Delivery?" 

3rd Place
 (tie) - Nils A. Loewen, MD, Northwestern University, "Durable Multi-Gene Lentiviral Vector Expression in Feline and Non-Human Primate Trabecular Meshwork" and Patrick Tsai, MD, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, "Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) in patients with high risk proliferative diabetic retinopathy"

2007 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place - Terry Alexandrou, MD, University of Chicago, "Reduction of Preoperative Conjunctival Bacterial Flora with the Use of Mupirocin Nasal Ointment"; 

2nd Place
 - Jeremy Keenan, MD, University of Illinios-Chicago, "Granulomatous inflammation in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis"

3rd Place
 - Janet Lee, MD, "Objective Measurement of Periocular Pigmentation."

2006 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place (tie) - Michael Rubin, MD, University of Chicago - Efficacy of Topical Cyclosporine .05% in the Treatment of Posterior Blepharitis; and Nils Loewen, MD, Northwestern University - VLDLR and TRIB3 is Expressed in Rat Müller Cells And Upregulated in Hypoxia. 

2nd Place
 - Nina Goyal, MD, Rush University - Comparison of Preoperative and Postoperative IOP Measurements in LASIK Patients Using the Proview Eye Pressure Monitor and Goldmann Applanation Tonometry. 

3rd Place
 - Derrick Montgomery, MD, Loyola University - Scotopic Pupil Size and the Level of Pre-operative Myopia as they Relate to the Starburst Phenomenon following Laser Vision Correction.

2005 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place: Sophie X. Deng, MD, University of Illinois-Chicago; "Methotrexate Appeared to Reduce the Complications of Endophthalmitis from Intravitreal Injection Compared to Dexamethasone in a Rabbit Model"

2nd Place: Christine Delany, MD, Loyola University Medical Center; "In Vitro Study of the Efficacy of Chlorhexidine in the Management of Infectious Keratitis"

3rd Place: Rukhsana G. Mirza, MD, Loyola University Medical Center; "The Role of Lamellar Dissection in Fibrin Glue Secured Conjunctivolimbal Autografts (CLAU) in a Rabbit Model"

2004 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place: Jared Nielsen, MD, Loyola University Medical Center; "Effect of Neurotrophic Growth Factors on Porcine Retinal Stem Cell Proliferation in Vitro"

2nd Place: John Pak, MD, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary; "Superior Tarsectomy Augments Super-Maximum Levator Resection in the Correction of Severe Blepharoptosis with Poor Levator Function"

3rd Place: Ahsan Khan, MD, Loyola University Medical Center; "Microbial Cultures of the Microkeratome Blade Immediately Following Flap Construction in Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis"

2003 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place: Lili Farrokh-Siar, MD, The University of Chicago; "Retinal Pigment Epithelium-The Effect of Indocyanine Green on Humans"

2nd Place: Surendra Basti, MD, Northwestern University Medical Center; "Prospective Comparison of Corneal Re-epithelialization Over the Stromal and Basement Membrane Surfaces of Preserved Human Amniotic Membrane"

3rd Place: Ahsan Khan, MD, Loyola University Medical Center; "Isolation of Porcine Retinal Stem Cells"

2002 Beem-Fisher Awards

1st Place: Lili Farrokh-Siar, MD, The University of Chicago; "The Effect of Interferons on Retinal Pigment Epithelium Induced Apoptosis in Human T-Cells"

2nd Place: Paul Riske, MD Loyola University Medical Center; "A Comparison of Topical Chlorhexidine, Ciprofloxacin, and Fortified Tobramycin/Cefazolin in Rabbit Models of Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas Keratitis"

3rd Place: Sandeep Grover, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago; "Variability of Full-Field Electroretinogram Responses in Subjects Without Diffuse Photoreceptor Cell Disease"

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