Drs. Austin Nave, Max Musharoff, Brent Hoffman, Lauren Williams, and Nathan FischerFrom left to right: Drs. Austin Nave, Max Musharoff, Brent Hoffman, Lauren Williams, and Nathan FischerOn Saturday, June 24, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) gathered to celebrate the graduation of the 2023 class of fourth-year ophthalmology residents. The event was attended by faculty members, residents, and dedicated staff to honor the accomplishments of these exceptional individuals.

The UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences proudly boasts Alabama's sole ophthalmology residency program, making it a vital contributor to the state's healthcare landscape. As part of a thriving academic medical community, this program has continuously provided residents with robust training opportunities, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their careers.

Each resident has diligently prepared themselves for the next phase of their professional development, and we are excited to watch as they impact the lives of patients and coworkers alike.

Nathan Fischer, MD, will stay in Birmingham and join Retina Consultants of Alabama for a Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery. This opportunity will allow him to refine his expertise in the intricate and specialized field of retina care, contributing to advancements in treating vision-threatening conditions.

Brent Hoffman, MD, will be going across the country for a Cornea Fellowship at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon. This esteemed fellowship will provide him with invaluable experience and training in corneal diseases and surgeries, enabling him to make a lasting impact in this highly specialized area of ophthalmology.

Max Musharoff, MD, will practice comprehensive ophthalmology. With his well-rounded training and broad skill set, Dr. Musharoff will be able to provide comprehensive eye care services, catering to the diverse needs of his patients.

Austin Nave, MD, has accepted a position in comprehensive ophthalmology at Baptist Eye Surgeons in Knoxville, Tennessee. Through this role, Dr. Nave will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of patients by delivering comprehensive eye care and addressing various eye conditions and diseases.

Lauren Williams, MD, is set to practice comprehensive ophthalmology at Palmetto Ophthalmology Associates in Lexington, South Carolina. With her passion for delivering exceptional patient care and comprehensive training, Dr. Williams will undoubtedly significantly impact her new community.

Graduation celebration at Cahaba Brewing Co.Graduation celebration attended by faculty members, residents, and dedicated staffThe Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UAB takes immense pride in the achievements of these accomplished individuals. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of both the residents and the faculty who have mentored and guided them throughout their training. As these graduates venture into their respective paths, they carry with them the knowledge, experience, and compassion instilled in them during their time at UAB.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UAB remains committed to nurturing and developing exceptional ophthalmology residents who will continue to raise the standard of eye care both locally and globally. With each graduating class, the department's legacy of excellence grows stronger, and the impact on patients' lives becomes more profound.

Congratulations to our graduating residents on this well-deserved milestone.