International Ophthalmology Fellow

Oscar Newman, M.D.

Oscar Newman, MD, OHSU Casey International fellow 2017

Pictured: Sherveen Salek, M.D., Sung Jae Yang, M.D., Christina Flaxel, M.D., Oscar Newman, M.D., Phoebe Lin, M.D., Eric Suhler, M.D., M.P.H.

Ophthalmology Fellow
January 9, 2017 - April 7, 2017

Dr. Newman is a Venezuelan ophthalmologist currently practicing in Mexico. He received his ophthalmology training in Merida, Venezuela at The University of the Andes, followed by a retina fellowship in Monterrey, Mexico at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. He currently practices as a retina specialist at a small clinic in Culiacan, Mexico. In addition to his interest in ophthalmology, Dr. Newman is a talented vocalist;during his stay in Portland, he performed a variety of pop melodies at a local SW cafe. 

We were fortunate to share three months with Dr. Newman, who trained in Casey Eye Institute's Uveitis department. Dr. Newman was excited to be exposed to new treatments and research studies in his specialty field. He admits that treatment of uveitis in a developing country can be challenging, as they do not have all of the necessary diagnostic equipment and treatment options to offer their patients. Despite the lack of resources, he said they always have "the best disposition to help people," which is evident in Dr. Newman's shining personality. Dr. Newman hopes one day to return to Venezuela to provide free eye care to fellow citizens who cannot afford medical care. Thank you Dr. Newman for this shared experience. We hope the new knowledge gained during your fellowship will make a positive impact in your specialty practice abroad.

"I am really happy to have spent three months at the Casey Eye Institute, because all the staff have an incredible way to treat the patients, always with a smile. I learned not only about ophthalmology, but I learned how to be a good doctor. I can't say thank you enough to everyone. I am really going to miss Casey Eye." - Dr. Oscar Newman Sanchez 

Tayseer Elshaikh, M.D.

Elshaikh with Flaxel Bailey Faridi

Picture: Ambar Faridi, M.D., Chrinstina Flaxel, M.D., Tayseer Elshaikh, M.D., Steven Bailey M.D.

Ophthalmology Fellow

May 9, 2016 - August 3, 2016

Tayseer Elshaikh, M.D. is a Sudanese retina specialist who participated in a three month long fellowship at Casey Eye Institute, under the sponsorship of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO). 

While her focus was clinical retina disease management, guided by Casey faculty Christina Flaxel, M.D. and Ambar Faridi, M.D., Dr. Elshaikh also had the opportunity to gain interdisciplinary training in uveitis and genetics with Eric Suhler, M.D. and Paul Yang, M.D. Several other faculty members contributed to Dr. Elshaik's learning experience, including Peter Campbell, M.D., Steven Bailey, M.D., Thomas Hwang, M.D. and Phoebe Lin, M.D. 

The teamwork, time and dedication demonstrated by Casey doctors sharing a common goal of improving global ophthalmology is truly inspiring. Dr. Elshaikh wholeheartedly agrees. She expressed great gratitude at the opportunity to train alongside our skilled physicians, stating that "all of the doctors were very helpful and generous in sharing their knowledge and experience." She carried back to Sudan "wonderful memories" of Portland, a "beautiful and charming" city. She also enjoyed the spirit of comradery at Casey, appreciative of the thoughtful care put into "challenging cases and fruitful discussions."

Dr. Elshaikh showed a great dedication to learning, choosing to audit two public health courses in Epidemiology and Fundamentals of Randomized Controlled Trials, on top of her already busy clinic schedule. She thanks Kevin Winthrop, M.D., M.P.H., co-director of international ophthalmology, for this opportunity: "I am really thankful to Dr. Kevin Winthrop who gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and learn a lot about the American culture." Dr. Winthrop works closely with ICO to bring top international ophthalmologists to Casey for specialty training, in addition to public health training through the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. 

We wish Dr. Elshaikh the best in her future endeavors in Sudan. For those that had the pleasure of knowing her, her shining personality and commitment to improving eye care in Sudan will not soon be forgotten.

Nadia Rios, M.D.

Christine Flaxel and Nadia Rios

Pictured: Christina Flaxel, M.D. and Nadia Rios, M.D.

Ophthalmology/Public health fellow
September 23rd –December 19th, 2015

Nadia Rios, M.D. is the first to complete a combined ophthalmology and public health fellowship with Casey Eye Institute. She is starting her final year of residency at the Autonomous National University of Mexico at the Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology, located in Queretaro, México. Dr. Rios spent three intensive months observing Christina Flaxel, M.D. and Steven Bailey, M.D. both in clinic and the operating room. In addition, she participated in coursework through OHSU's School of Public Health. Her training in epidemiology, community health and research design will enable her to more effectively evaluate and manage programs on a population level back home. When asked how she has benefited from this training, she responded:

I found the skills I learned incredibly useful. I am now able to think in a more organized way about demographics and what group characteristics I should pay close attention to and analyze more directly. I now have a different perspective about the way a group behaves and the contributing factors that can alter its health.

Dr. Rios also volunteered on the Casey Outreach Van, participating in the event at the Coastal Family Health Clinic in Astoria. This experience led to a research project proposal to examine the prevalence of eye conditions among the Hispanic population. Kevin Winthrop, M.D., M.P.H. and Van Lansingh, M.D., Ph.D., will serve as mentors and collaborators on the research project. A brief description of the current study is below: 

Ethnicity has been implicated by various epidemiologic studies as a factor determining a difference in the prevalence and severity of common ocular conditions. The largest ophthalmologic epidemiologic study in Hispanic Americans performed at this time is the Latino Eye study in 2012 which recruited 4,658 Latinos, mostly Mexican, residing in Los Angeles, California.  However, until now there is no publication comparing groups of Hispano Americans residing in different countries in order to assess any environmental variability. The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence of ophthalmological conditions in the Hispano American population screened with the Casey Eye Institute Outreach Van. The data will be obtained without interaction with patients by retrospective review of charts obtained at the Casey Eye Institute Van.

Dr. Rios was a delightful addition to Casey Eye during her brief training period. We wish her the best in her future endeavors and know she will make a positive impact on the health of her community. She would like to leave her trainers and professors with the following:

My experience at OHSU and Casey Eye Institute was amazing. I am really grateful to have met such an amazing team and wonderful professors. Everyone was so great to me, very patient and understanding. I learned a lot from the attending physicians and the fellows who always took a big part of their precious time to teach me. I really want to thank everyone for their time and their attention, and of course for all the invaluable things they taught me.