The only ophthalmology residency in Alabama
Based in one of the busiest eye hospitals in the US
Research opportunities for residents
  • Grandmother’s vision struggle motivates young woman to make a difference

    Curcio Owsley AseemAs a young girl in Afghanistan, Fazila Aseem watched her grandmother struggle to complete daily tasks independently due to vision loss. Her grandmother was unable to see well enough to prepare a simple meal for herself, and there was nothing Afghan doctors could do to restore or repair her vision.

  • UAB faculty to participate in visual rehabilitation symposium

    UAB faculty members MiYoung Kwon, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., professor of ophthalmology, and Kristina Visscher, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology are speaking at a Visual Rehabilitation Symposium hosted by the Atlanta VAMC Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation and Emory University Eye Center on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

  • Compassionate neuro-ophthalmology care

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    Jennifer Doyle, M.D., a graduate of the UAB Department of Ophthalmology residency program, wrestled with the same tough decision that confronts many medical trainees. She’d known since a 10th grade shadowing project that she wanted to be a doctor, but what kind of doctor was a harder question to answer.

    An Arkansas native, Doyle attended medical school at the University of Arkansas. Her first exposure to ophthalmology was when she worked for the Arkansas Lions Eye Bank & Laboratory during medical school. For three years she helped procure recently donated eye tissue for transplant and research.

  • Read named to endowed professorship

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    Russell W. Read, M.D., Ph.D., was named the inaugural holder of the Max and Lorayne Cooper Endowed Professorship in Ophthalmology Residency Training. 

    “Dr. Read has been instrumental in positioning our residency program as a leading program for educating the ophthalmologists of tomorrow. This professorship is well deserved, and will provide Dr. Read with the resources to continue to strengthen our outstanding program,” said Christopher A. Girkin, M.D., M.S.P.H., professor and EyeSight Foundation of Alabama Chair.

  • A New Dimension for Residency

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology is enhancing its residency program by giving incoming residents the option to participate in an in-depth clinical or basic research project of their choice.

    Starting with the current class of first-year residents, two residency paths are available—the traditional clinical path and the more research-intensive academic path. Both paths provide training in research methodology, but residents who choose the academic path will have protected research time during their second year, allowing them complete an 18-month research project.
  • Rhodes Encourages Young Peers to be Advocates

    Lindsay A. Rhodes, M.D., a glaucoma fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology at the UAB School of Medicine, recently presented to the Young Ophthalmologists at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Chicago.

    Rhodes, a member of the YO Advocacy subcommittee, described the importance of young ophthalmologists getting involved early in their careers in donating to state and federal Political Action Committees, getting involved with state medical organizations and making connections with lawmakers as a way to protect patients and the profession.

    "I spoke to them about the need for involvement in the advocacy side of our profession by taking time out of clinics to build relationships with state legislators as well as U.S. Congressmen and Senators,” Rhodes said. “We need to communicate with lawmakers about our needs and wishes in this changing healthcare climate."

    She also recently stepped in to speak at the state society presidents-elect meeting in Chicago about her experience as an Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology-sponsored Advocacy Ambassador. Rhodes said she hoped to encourage the state society presidents to continue support for the Advocacy Ambassador program at the Mid-Year Forum in Washington, DC, an annual meeting in which ophthalmologists meet with legislators on Capitol Hill.

     Rhodes is a member of the ALAO board of directors.