Friday, March 1, 2024


Administration Station

Employee Appreciation Day

On this Employee Appreciation Day, we want to take a moment to say how grateful we are, as an admin team, to work with all of you day in and day out.

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Ophthalmology Town Hall | Recap

Click here to view the slides from the recent Ophthalmology Town Hall that was held on Thursday, February 22 or watch the recording here. If you have issues viewing the recording, please contact OphthIT@healthcare.uiowa.edu

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Pomerantz Family Pavilion - L1 - Install Terrazzo Flooring - Phase 1, April 3 - April 19

Capital Management is getting ready to start their latest and final terrazzo flooring project. This project will install terrazzo flooring throughout Level 1 of Pomerantz Family Pavilion – exactly as you see on Level 1 of JPP, JCP, & RCP. As seen below, they will be starting Phase 1 in the area that is marked out in red. This corridor closure will affect Elevator L from opening on Level 1 for the duration, Wednesday April 03, 2024, at 6:00 PM through Friday April 19, 2024, 6:00 PM. The elevator will remain functional to all other levels. They will post signage at every level for detours and noting that upper floors cannot exit on Level 1 from Elevator L (Elevator M will continue to open on Level 1). This information will show up on The Loop and Noon News as another reminder as this closure approaches.

Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinical Conference | Recap

Thank you to all that attended last week's Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinical Conference with Dr. Janice Lasky Zeid of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, hosted by Dr. Alina Dumitrescu!

Dr. Lasky Zeid presented two engaging lectures, "Neurofibromatosis and Optic Pathway Glioma: Demystifying the diagnosis and management" and "Update on Retinoblastoma", plus case presentations with discussion and Q&A from Drs. Margaret Strampe (Peds Fellow), Arnie Garza (PGY3), Sammy Tadros (PGY2), and Giulia Del Valle (Postdoctoral Research Scholar).

Pediatric Ophthalmology team
Arlene Drack, MD; Giulia Del Valle, MD; Pavlina Kemp, MD; Lindsay De Andrade, MD; Janice Lasky Zeid, MD; Alina Dumitrescu, MD; Maggie Strampe, MD; Scott Larson, MD
Drs. Alina Dumitrescu and Janice Lasky Zeid
Alina Dumitrescu, MD and Janice Lasky Zeid, MD
Giulia Del Valle
Giulia Del Valle, MD, Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Arnie Garza, MD (PGY3); Janice Lasky Zeid, MD; Alina Dumitrescu, MD
Arnie Garza, MD (PGY3); Janice Lasky Zeid, MD; Alina Dumitrescu, MD


REGISTER TODAY | Glaucoma Clinical Conference – March 29

The Glaucoma Clinical Conference will be held on Friday, March 29, from 8 am to 12 pm. Dr. David Friedman of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the Glaucoma Center of Excellence at Harvard Medical School, will be our featured glaucoma speaker, hosted by Dr. Nathaniel Sears.

Dr. David Friedman

Dr. David S. Friedman is the Director of the Glaucoma Service and the Albert and Diane Kaneb Chair in Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear as well as Co-Director of the Glaucoma Center of Excellence at Harvard Medical School. He has pursued excellence in clinical care, research, and education, and is considered a leader in all three fields. As a clinician he has consistently been elected a “Best Doctor” and frequently is asked to lecture both domestically and internationally on glaucoma care. He is world renowned for the treatment of angle closure glaucoma. He performs a wide range of glaucoma procedures as well as cataract surgery. Dr. Friedman’s research focuses on angle closure glaucoma, ophthalmic epidemiology, and glaucoma therapy with an emphasis on medication adherence among glaucoma patients. Dr. Friedman has published nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles.


8 AM to 12 PM
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Braley Auditorium | 01136 PFP
Iowa City, IA

**All Faculty, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff planning to attend must register**

Join us in welcoming...!

Submitted by Melissa Monhollon-

Patty Benzing
Pediatric Genetic Eye Clinic Coordinator (50%)

Patty Benzing

Patty Benzing started her new role as 50% Pediatric Genetic Eye Clinic Coordinator on 2/11/24. Patty brings to her position a unique set of talents and background having performed vestibular testing as a Clinical Technical Specialist for UIHC Otolaryngology since 2018. In her new position, Patty will report to Dr. Drack and Dr. Dumitrescu as she works to coordinate clinic preparation for the peds genetics team. Patty loves bright colors. You might find her shopping at Costco, drinking coffee, or eating cinnamon rolls or chocolate. Patty’s hobbies include volunteering, baking, and hiking. We are so lucky to have Patty joining our team!


Michael Jones
Research Associate - Dr. Edward Linton

Mike Jones

Michael Jones brings over 15 years of previous research experience for otolaryngology to his new role as Research Associate for Dr. Edward Linton. Starting 2/19/24, Michael has begun carrying out specialized clinical research studies under the guidance of Dr. Linton and his collaborators, Dr. Adriana Rodriguez-Leon, and Dr. Levi Sowers. Michael’s favorite color is green. He loves a meal at Jimmy Jack’s or La Regia and shopping at Fin & Feather or Menards. In his spare time, Michael likes fishing, camping, completing home improvement projects, and spending time with his dogs, Kevin and Shadow. Welcome to the ophthalmology team, Michael!

Pouw selected for American Glaucoma Society’s Health Care Policy Leadership Development Program

Submitted by Dr. Andrew Pouw-

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Pouw on being accepted into the American Glaucoma Society's (AGS) Health Care Policy Leadership Development Program (HCPLDP). The AGS HCPLDP is a training program resulting in two AGS members being selected as healthcare policy advocates for glaucoma care.

More about the program from AGS...

"During medical school, ophthalmology residency, and glaucoma fellowship training, ophthalmologists get minimal, if any, formal training about health policy and health services research topics. Yet it is critically important to the AGS that there are members who understand the fundamental organization and structure of the US healthcare system, have knowledge about how decisions are made at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, and topics such as assessing the quality of care, access to care, cost, and reimbursement of health care services. Moreover, it is essential that there are members of the AGS who understand how to engage health policymakers and politicians in a constructive manner that resonates with them so they are willing to advocate on our behalf when it comes to important decisions that help us best serve our patients. Presently, there is only a small group of leaders in our field who are very knowledgeable about these topics. The goal of this initiative is to expand the number of AGS members who are well-versed in these important topics."

The AGS Annual Meeting is taking place Feb. 29 – Mar. 3.

Andrew Pouw, MD
Andrew Pouw, MD

North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) Annual Meeting

The 50th Annual NANOS Meeting is taking place March 2-7 in Waikiki, Honolulu, with participation from Drs. Michael Wall and Adriana Rodriguez-Leon, and Research Assistant, Dr. Noor-Us-Sabah Ahmad.

Tuesday, March 5
8:15 am – 8:30 am
Optic Nerve Blood Flow by Laser Speckle Flowgraphy in Different Causes of Optic Disc Edema
Noor-Us-Sabah Ahmad, MD

Noor-Us-Sabah Ahmad

Wednesday, March 6
7:35 am – 7:50 am
Migraine Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Pathophysiology
Adriana C. Rodriguez Leon, MD

Adriana Rodriguez-Leon

Thursday, March 7
8:40 am – 8:55 am
Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials Publishing
Michael Wall, MD

Michael Wall

Interdisciplinary Genetics Graduate Program

Submitted by Dr. Arlene Drack-

Interdisciplinary Genetics Graduate Program
Current Topics in Genetics Seminar Series

Farewell, Deb!

After 34 years with the department, and a total of 43 years with UIHC (previously with Family Medicine), we say farewell and best wishes to Deb Kaefring on her retirement. Deb has made a significant impact during her time here, on the department, and specifically the oculoplastics team. We are so grateful for all that you have done for the ophthalmology family and our patients and so fortunate you chose to spend your career here. We will miss you!

Deb Kaefring and Dr. Keith Carter
Deb Kaefring
Deb Kaefring
Deb Kaefring retirement party
Deb Kaefring retirement party
Deb Kaefring retirement party
Deb Kaefring retirement party

Peds Team hosts “Sprinkle” for Dr. De Andrade

Submitted by Vikki Bell-

Peds Eye held a “Sprinkle” for Dr. Lindsay De Andrade on Friday, February 23, 2024 after the Clinical Conference. Dr. De Andrade is expecting her third baby boy in April!

Dr. Lindsay De Andrade

UI Optical Spring Sale

Save 20% on eyewear in March during UI Optical’s eyewear sale. Shop sale prices on frames and lenses at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

For more information, please visit uihc.org/eyewear-ui-optical.

Questions? Contact uioptical@uiowa.edu or call 319-467-2125.

UI Optical Spring Sale

Iowa KidSight | Update

Submitted by Chelle Lehman-

Lions International, Iowa KidSight, UIHC Ophthalmology Logos


The local Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club is hosting their annual golf tournament at Finkbine on July 11.

Global Hawkeyes Corner

Submitted by Drs. Kanwal Matharu, Christopher Sales, and Tina Hendricks-

Global Hawkeyes

We will be sharing updates from the work of our global ophthalmology division in a new segment of our newsletter called "Global Hawkeyes Corner".


  • March 18-March 19: Dr. Jeff Pettey, Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs at the Moran eye center and founder/medical director of Moran’s surgical outreach arm, Operation Sight, will be visiting our department to discuss global ophthalmology and leadership.
    • Please let Dr. Matharu or Dr. Hendricks know if you have an interest in meeting with him while he is here. He will be giving rounds Monday, March 18th and we all look forward to hearing from him!!

Other news and updates:

  • On Feb 20, Dr. Taariq Mohammed and Dr. Matharu had dinner with 15 medical students to discuss Global health care and Ophthalmology over sushi. It was a great success.
  • Thank you to those who responded to our survey!! Through it, we were able to share the Stone Rounds website with our international partners. Site visits were increased and we hope to see more international traffic to live Stone Rounds as well.
  • Thank you to everyone who spent time with Dr. Umang Mathur (CEO of Shroff Charity Eye Hospital) last September when he visited our department. We have now signed an official MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Shroff Charity Eye Hospital. This will allow both institutions exchange trainees and collaborate on research. Please let us know if you have any questions or interest in pursuing research or fellow rotations with Shroff.
  • Simran Sarin (Cornea research fellow) is collaborating with Shroff on a Machine Learning project and graft survival with Tippie School professor Nick Street.
  • Dr. Hendricks continues to work with Orbis and the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons on bringing the lessions learned in simulation from our Iowa Wetlab Curriculum to this international partner.

Please reach out to Dr. Matharu or Dr. Hendricks with any further comments or questions!

Wellness Corner

Submitted by Tonya Looker-


March Wellness Updates


March Wellness Updates

Wellness Committee Success Story

Check out this story from the College of Education and their SoWell Committee. They organized over 600 notes of gratitude and appreciation for faculty and staff during the National Random Acts of Kindness week.


March Wellness Updates

Colorful Choices – Wellness Ambassador call to action!

We’re calling on Wellness Ambassadors to take part in our Colorful Choices program and challenge your colleagues to join you! This three-week program encourages you to practice making half your plate fruits and vegetables.


March Wellness Updates

What Can You Do?

View page 4 of our Faculty and Staff Well-Being Resource guide for ways you can support your own well-being and provide well-being opportunities for your department.


March Wellness Updates

Your Moment of Zen

Take a few minutes for yourself with this soothing nature video. You can also add as a well-being moment for you and your colleagues on a future staff meeting.

Geek Speak

Geek Speak

New Ophthalmology All-Staff Distribution List

Due to no longer having the ability to manage the Ophthalmology All Staff email distribution list, HCIS has created a new mailing list for us called: Ophthalmology Staff (OphthStaff@healthcare.uiowa.edu) that will continue to be managed internally.

Please use this new email moving forward to ensure the most up to date employee list is reached.

NEW – Please use: OphthStaff@healthcare.uiowa.edu
OLD – Do not use:  OphthalmologyAllStaff@healthcare.uiowa.edu

Contact Ophthalmology IT
Please use these contact methods helps us prioritize your request:
Phone:  78107
Email:  OphthIT@healthcare.uiowa.edu
ESC Portal:  https://service.healthcare.uiowa.edu (New to ESC? Learn how to submit a help desk ticket)

Department Job Postings | Current Available Positions

Submitted by Melissa Monhollon-


Administrative Services Coordinator – Iowa Lions Eye Bank | Req #24001879

The Administrative Services Coordinator (ASC) for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) provides administrative support for senior leadership and staff at ILEB, performing administrative, event planning, financial/HR, and clinical support tasks requiring recurring contact with eye bank staff, surgeons, partner organizations, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences faculty and staff, vendors, service providers, patients/donor families, and the general public.

Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer - Kuehn Lab | Req #24001525

The Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer – Kuehn Lab performs basic and applied research in glaucoma cell biology, with considerable scope and complexity in which existing theory or methods may be limited or lacking, for the laboratory of Dr. Markus Kuehn, PhD. This position contributes to the identification and selection of the problems to be studied related to mechanisms of autoimmunity in glaucoma as well as the approach to solving these problems and obtaining results for further analysis.

Clerk III - Ocular Pathology (50%) | Req #24001769

Under the general supervision of the clinical faculty physician and Administrative Services Coordinator overseeing the Ocular Pathology Lab for the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, the Clerk III performs clerical work and patient related activities to support physician clinical/laboratory. Duties may involve the use of personal computer, computer terminals, and a variety of software and/or conventional office equipment.

Echographer - Main Campus | Req #23005614

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is seeking a 100% Echographic Diagnostic Assistant (PD42; 66) to perform ocular diagnostic examinations on patients, formulate diagnostic report on findings, record those findings in patient medical record to be reviewed by ordering physician; to collaborate with faculty, residents and fellows and instruct on ophthalmic echographic techniques.

Medical Scribe (Clerk Typist III) | Req #23005060

The Medical Scribe (Clerk Typist III; GB62) performs complex typing or word processing assignments on a regular and recurring basis, such as typing manuscripts for publication, grant applications, technical papers, statistical tables requiring specialized terminology, and performs related clerical work as required. This position supports Dr. H. Culver Boldt and Dr. Chris Sales in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Duties involve the use of personal computers, computer terminals, and a variety of software some of which may be discipline specific and conventional office equipment.

Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I (COA Certified or non COA Certified) - Main Campus (100%) | Req #23003051

The Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I performs technical and diverse optical testing as a portion of the complete ocular exam, in addition to obtaining patient histories, meds and allergies for the supervising physician. The Ophthalmic Technician performs an extensive number of routine and advanced technical procedures, as delegated by the physician, to collect medical data and assist in patient care. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences intends to hire at either the Ophthalmic Technician, non-COA certified classification, or Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I, COA certified classification, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please indicate in your application materials the position you wish to be considered for or indicate both.

Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I - Perimetry (COA Certified or non COA Certified) - Main Campus (100%) | Req #23005319

The Ophthalmic Technician – Perimetry to perform visual field tests on patients as well as tonometry, visual acuity testing, and eye drop instillation. This position will work an 8 hour shift between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences intends to hire at either the Ophthalmic Technician - Perimetry, non-COA certified classification (Pay Grade 9), or Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I - Perimetry, COA certified classification (Pay Grade 10), based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please indicate in your application materials the position you wish to be considered for or indicate both.

Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist I IRL (100%) | Req #23004420

The Iowa River Landing Ophthalmology Clinic is seeking a 100% Ophthalmic Clinical Specialist to perform technical and diverse optical testing as a portion of the complete ocular exam, in addition to obtaining patient histories, medications and allergies for the supervising physician.

Ophthalmic Photographer I or II - IRL | Req #24001818

The Iowa River Landing Ophthalmic Clinic intends to hire at either the Ophthalmic Photographer I, or Ophthalmic Photographer II based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please indicate in your application materials the position you wish to be considered for or indicate both.

Ophthalmic Technician- IRL - 100% | Req #23002913

The Iowa River Landing Ophthalmology Clinic is seeking a 100% Ophthalmic Technician. Under general supervision, operates, maintains and repairs highly specialized, complex medical equipment for use in the performance of tests and studies related to the treatment of patients and the teaching of staff personnel. Ophthalmic Technicians in Ophthalmology are responsible for performing an extensive number of routine and advanced technical procedures, as delegated by the physician, to collect medical data and assist in patient care. Responsible for day-to-day operations and interaction with patients to obtain medical histories and precise measurement and documentation of:

  • Visual acuity
  • Manual lensometry
  • Confrontational visual fields
  • Stereopsis
  • Motility
  • Pupillary function
  • Color plates
  • Applanation tonometry
  • Humphrey visual field
  • Topography
  • Pachymetry
  • Tear testing
  • OCT
  • IOL master
  • LenStar
  • Ocular testing

Post Doctoral Scholar | Req #4019

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Oliver Gramlich in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Research areas include i) modelling autoimmune mediated optic neuropathies, ii) investigating the pathobiology of retinal ganglion cell degeneration and demyelination caused by Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disease (MOGAD) and Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), and iii) examining novel therapeutic strategies to preserve vision and foster optic nerve remyelination in optic neuritis models.

We are also recruiting for multiple faculty positions. Direct links to these postings are available here: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/jobSearch/faculty/

Lectures and Conferences

Schedule Subject to Change
Schedule Subject to Change
Mon Mar 11 NO ROUNDS
Tue Mar 12 NO ROUNDS
Wed Mar 13 NO ROUNDS
Thu Mar 14 NO ROUNDS
Fri Mar 15 NO ROUNDS

*P indicates rounds intended specifically for residents, fellows and orthoptic students

  • CME ACCREDITATION: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    CME CREDIT DESIGNATION: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    SPONSORED BY: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.

    CONTENT: Determination of educational content for this educational activity and the selection of speakers and facilitators are responsibilities of the activity director. Any commercial firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

    DISCLOSURE POLICY: Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    TARGET AUDIENCE: Faculty, residents, fellows.

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES: Upon participating in this educational series, the participant should be able to discuss interesting and challenging clinical cases in a didactic and interactive format.

    CME CREDIT AND ATTENDANCE: Captured by self-texting a 5-digit activity code to 319-519-0048. The code is provided each day during Rounds. Before texting your attendance for the first time, you will need to text your Uiowa.edu email address to 319-519-0038. For questions, contact matt-browning@uiowa.edu.

Iowa River Landing

If viewing rounds and unable to connect through Zoom, please contact: Cy Lewis, MD - chad-lewis@uiowa.edu

Ophthalmology Morning Rounds is held from 8:00 am - 8:45 am in the Braley Auditorium (01136), Pomerantz Family Pavilion / Zoom.

Upcoming events

Mar 29 - Clinical Conference: Glaucoma
Apr 19 - Clinical Conference: Neuro-Ophthalmology
May 10 - Annual Optometric Conference
May 17 - Resident & Fellow Research Day
June 14-15 - 2024 Iowa Eye Annual Meeting & Alumni Reunion