Featured International Fellows

Kabindra Bajracharya, MD

Pediatric International Fellow
July 1, 2019 – August 9, 2019

Host: Kevin Winthrop, M.D., M.P.H.
Supervisors: Daniel J. Karr, M.D.; Michael Chiang, M.D.; Annie Kuo, M.D.; Leah Reznick, M.D.; Lorri Wilson, M.D.; Allison Summers, M.D.  

Dr. Bajracharya is a pediatric ophthalmologist who currently practices at Lumbini Eye Institute in Bhairahawa, Nepal. He received his medical training in ophthalmology at the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) in Kathmandu, and in 2014, he completed his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Lumbini Eye Institute. Dr. Bajracharya received support for this training opportunity from the Seva Foundation.

During his training with the physicians at the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, Dr. Bajracharya increased his confidence and skills in treating complex cases with new techniques. He is pleased at the opportunity to transfer these new skills to the fellows and residents he teaches at Lumbini Eye Institute. To all of the kind doctors and staff at Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, he sends a heartfelt “thank you”.

Thank you also to Dr. Bajracharya for his presentation at the CEI International Ophthalmology conference, “Role of mindfulness practice in quality eye care services.” Dr. Bajracharya holds a Masters of Arts in Buddhist Studies (Tribhuvan University, 2006) and enjoys sharing his knowledge within the ophthalmology community. During his time in Portland, he led mindfulness practice sessions with residents and CEI Operating Room nurses.

International ophthalmology program fellow Kabindra Bajracharya with supervisors from OHSU Casey Eye Institute.
Left to right: Daniel Karr, M.D., Lorri Wilson, M.D., Kabindra Barycharia, M.D., Allison Summers, O.D., Annie Kuo, M.D.

Pinar Nalcacioglu, M.D.

Uveitis and Neuro-ophthalmology International Fellow
March 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019

Host: Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
Supervisors: Eric Suhler, MD, MPH; Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD; James Rosenbaum, MD; Julie Falardeau, MD; William Hills, MD;

Dr. Nalcacioglu is an ophthalmologist from Ankara, Turkey. She received her ophthalmology training at the Ankara Ulucanlar Eye Research and Training Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University Medical School. In addition to her interest in ophthalmology, Dr. Nalcacioglu is an animal lover and travel enthusiast. She enjoys experiencing other cultures and cuisines, reading, riding her bike, and ice skating.

Dr. Nalcacioglu is a trained neuro-ophthalmologist and recently started subspecialty work in uveitis in 2017. In her clinic, she is the only uveitis subspecialist. She applied for the International Council of Ophthalmology’s (ICO) fellowship award to obtain more experience in the diagnosis and management of uveitis. She commented, “It is difficult to make the correct diagnosis [uveitis], and during treatment, it is essential to discontinue the medication if the treatment is not able to control ocular inflammation. In that area… I need more experience.” Now, she feels better equipped to apply her new knowledge when caring for her patients in Turkey.

This was a great experience for both Pinar and our faculty. We had some exciting cases during her time here, and she was able to see diseases with which she had previously little or no experience. She also brought knowledge and insights to us about several conditions more commonly found in Turkey. It was a wonderful two-way learning experience for all.

- Kevin Winthrop, MD, MPH
Dr. Rosenbaum hosts Dr. Pinar for a fellowship in uveitis, and poses with doctors of Casey's uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology divisions.
From left to right: William Hills, M.D., O.D., Eric Suhler, M.D., M.P.H., Pinar Nalcacioglu, M.D., James Rosenbaum, M.D.
Not pictured: Kevin Winthrop, M.D., M.P.H.; Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.D.; Julie Falardeau, M.D.

“I had the opportunity to observe patients and learn how to change the treatment based on improved or worsening symptoms. In addition, I have more knowledge and confidence now on how to start treatment with the most effective drugs and how to manage the side effects of those drugs.”

- Dr. Pinar Nalcacioglu, International fellow

Hlaing Win

2018 - 2019

Dr. Hlaing Win participated in a vitreoretinal fellowship at the Casey Eye Institute under the direction of Andreas K. Lauer, M.D. Prior to his arrival in Oregon, Dr. Hlaing trained at the TilgangaInstitute of Ophthalmology in Nepal as part of his CEI fellowship.Dr. Hlaing is currently a Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the Eye Ear Nose Throat Hospital in Mandalay, Myanmar, where he earned his medical degree. Formerly, he completed a 3 month fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria, and has earned his membership in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Dr. Hlaing Win's VR training was supported through the cooperation and collaboration of Casey Eye Institute, OHSU and the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Thi Thi Tin

2017-2018

Dr. Thi Thi Tin became an ophthalmologist due to the encouragment 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. 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 time at CEI, Dr. Thi Thi primarily trained with and received direction from Dr. John Ng and Dr. Eric Steele in the subspecialty of oculoplastics. 

Dr. Thi Thi came from Myanmar to train with Casey's Oculofacial Plastic experts
John Ng, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., Dr. Thi Thi, Claudia Campbell, and Eric Steele, M.D.

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

Ophthalmology Fellow
2018-2019

Zaw Nyein Chan completed 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.  

While at Casey, Dr. Zaw learned new surgical techniques and management for and adult and pediatric glaucoma patients. Dr. Zaw 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."

Dr. Zaw came from Myanmar to complete a glaucoma fellowship with Casey's Dr. Edmunds
Beth Edmunds, M.D., Ph.D. and Zaw Nyein Chan, M.D.

Aye Kyaw Maung

2018-2019

Dr. Aye Kyaw Maung joined the Casey April – July 2018, and January – April 2019 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. 

Dr. Aye came from Myanmar to train with Casey's experts in neuro-ophthalmology.
Julie Falardeau, M.D., and Dr. Aye Kyaw Maung

Moe Moe Hlaing

2018-2019

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 encouraged her towards her goals of personal and professional fulfillment as a highly skilled and experienced provider of child eye care. Dr. Moe Moe enjoys traveling to beautiful places, and enjoyed her experience of Oregon's natural beauty. 

Dr. Moe Moe came from Myanmar to continue fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology
Lorri Wilson, M.D., Dr. Moe Moe Hlaing, Allison Summers, O.D., and Daniel Karr, M.D.

Oscar Newman, M.D.

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 

Dr. Newman came from Venezuela to complete retina subspecialty training at Casey
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.

Tayseer Elshaikh, M.D.

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., M.P.H., and Paul Yang, M.D., Several other faculty members contributed to Dr. Elshaikh's learning experience, including J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., Steven Bailey, M.D., Thomas Hwang, M.D. and Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.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.

Dr. Elshaikh came from Sudan to complete retina subspecialty training at Casey
Pictured left to right: Ambar Faridi, M.D., Chrinstina Flaxel, M.D., Tayseer Elshaikh, M.D., Steven Bailey M.D.

Nadia Rios, M.D.

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.

Dr. Rios came to Casey to complete subspecialty training in retina.
Christina Flaxel, M.D. and Nadia Rios, M.D