International Ophthalmology Fellows

 Myanmar fellows 2018 with David J. Wilson, M.D.

Pictured: Zaw Nyein Chan, M.D., Aye Kyaw Maung, M.D., Mitchell Brinks, M.D., M.P.H., David J. Wilson, M.D., Moe Moe Hlaing, M.D. and Thi Thi Tin, M.D.

Thi Thi Tin

Dr. Thi Thi Tin, OHSU Casey Eye Institute Fellow from Myanmar 2018

Ophthalmology Fellow
April 2018

Dr. Thi Thi Tin became an ophthalmologist due to the encouraging of her Mother, who is also an ophthalmologist. Dr. Thi Thi chose to follow in her footsteps, receiving her training at the University of Medicine in Myanmar, and eventually earning a Gold medal in the MRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2015. In April, she returned to Portland for her second three month fellowship rotation here. 

Dr. Thi Thi describes Portland as very nice, green and a safe place to visit. She says, "I love learning at OHSU and Casey Eye. Everyone is kind, helpful and always willing to share knowledge. Thank you to all of you for my dreams turned into reality." During her first rotation at CEI in 2017, worked with Dr. David Wilson to familiarize her with ocular pathology, also with Dr. Julie Falardeau in the Neuroophthalmology Clinic and spent time at Maloney's custom ocular prosthesis Clinic. She has primarily trained with and received direction from Dr. John Ng and Dr. Eric Steele. 

Zaw Nyein Chan, M.B., B.S, M.Med.Sc

 2018 International Fellow Zaw Nyein Chan, M.B., B.S, M.Med.Sc

Pictured: Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D. and Zaw Nyein Chan, M.D.

Ophthalmology Fellow
Feb. 20 - April 28, 2018

Zaw Nyein Chan will complete his one year glaucoma fellowship training at the Casey Eye Institute under the direction of Dr. Beth Edmunds. Prior to his arrival in Oregon, he trained at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok in glaucoma. His currently serves as a Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Medicine in Mandalay.  

Dr. Zaw is here to learn new surgical techniques and management for pediatric glaucoma. He earned his membership in the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, in Ophthalmology. He enjoys ophthalmology as it offers what he calls "the total package";interesting research issues, comfortable life style (though he works seven days a week when in Myanmar) and is medically and surgically challenging. Dr. Zaw says that, "I love everything that I have learned in Oregon in terms of culture, as well as professionally, as it is very different from my home country."

Aye Kyaw Maung

Dr. Aye, OHSU Casey Eye Institute Fellow from Myanmar 2018

Ophthalmology Fellow
April 2018

Dr. Aye Kyaw Maung will join the Casey at the end of April 2018 to launch her subspecialty training in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. She graduated from the University of Medicine in Mandalay, with her Bachelors in Medicine, and her Master in Ophthalmology. In 2016, she earned her membership in the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, in Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Aye Kyaw became interested in Neuro-Ophthalmology as she believes it is one of the most medically interesting, complex, and rewarding sub-specialties. She recently finished her in-country program in Neuro-ophthalmology provided by Sight-for-all, an Australian based philanthropy. After her fellowship experience at the Casey and at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, she will assume the role of Neuro-Ophthalmologist at a tertiary eye care center in Mandalay, Myanmar. 

Moe Moe Hlaing

Dr. Moe Moe, OHSU Casey Eye Institute Fellow from Myanmar 2018

Ophthalmology Fellow
April 2018

Dr. Moe Moe Hlaing's interest in microscopic surgery and fine arts led her to Ophthalmology. After receiving training in India, she realized Pediatric ophthalmology was the perfect fit for her. Dr. Moe Moe believes that her mentors at OHSU will encourage her towards her goals of personal and professional fulfillment as a highly skilled and experienced provider of child eye care. Dr. Moe Moe enjoys travelling to beautiful places, and is excited to experience Oregon's natural beauty. 

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.