Department of Ophthalmology




Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2015

 
Tam Bloomquist, M.D.

Interests: Tam moved to the Augusta area with the start of medical school. With this move she not only took up the needed studies in medicine, but also began the long process of home renovation having bought a home from the 1890's in need of some care. She also has taken up golf given the big influence the Master's tournament has in our local community.

After graduation: Academic and/or private practice in comprehensive ophthalmology.

Educational Background
B.S. Biology -- Emory University, Atlanta, GA -- 2007

M.D. -- Medical College of Georgia -- 2011

Internal Medicine Internship -- Morehouse School of Medicine -- 2012

Presentations & Awards:
June 7, 2013PGY-2 Resident Research Presentation
"Creating a mouse BRVO model and investigating vascular and retinal function pre-diabetics."
June 7, 20132013 Resident Research Presentation Competition--First Place
"Creating a mouse BRVO model and investigating vascular and retinal function pre-diabetics."
February 8, 2014Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, GEM Meeting
Anisocoria
June 27, 2014PGY-3 Resident Research Presentation
"Vascular changes as predictors of diabetic retinopathy"
June 26, 2015PGY-4 Resident Research Presentation
"Measuring Retinal Vasculature in Pre-Diabetics"
 
Amanda Henderson, M.D.

Interests: Amanda enjoys travel and has done this extensively in Europe and Central America. In addition to this she enjoys reading, the outdoors, involvement in her church, hiking and jogging.

After graduation: Fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Oculoplastics fellowship after neuro-ophthalmology.

Educational Background
B.S. Neuroscience -- Emory University, Atlanta, GA -- 2006

M.D. -- Emory University School of Medicine -- 2011

Preliminary Medicine Internship -- Georgia Health Sciences University -- 2012

Presentations & Awards:
June 7, 2013PGY-2 Resident Research Presentation
"Evaluation of exophthalmometry measurement as a possible risk factor for the undercorrection of ptosis."
June 7, 20132013 Resident Research Presentation Competition--Second Place.
"Evaluation of exophthalmometry measurement as a possible risk factor for the undercorrection of ptosis."
June 27, 2014PGY-3 Resident Research Presentation
"Evaluation of frontal projection a predictor for under correction of ptosis"
June 27, 20142014 Resident Research Presentation Competition--Second Place
"Evaluation of frontal projection a predictor for under correction of ptosis"
May 1, 2015Journal Article
Henderson AH, Thomas DA. A case report of orbital inflammatory syndrome secondary to ipilimumab. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 May-Jun;31(3):e68-70. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000000081
June 26, 2015PGY-4 Resident Research Presentation
"Effect of Frontal Projection Measurement on the Outcome of Ptosis repair"
 
Abu-Bakar Zafar, M.D.

Interests: Abu-Bakar has had a long interest in building things which has grown to a specialty in carpentry and allowed him to work as a carpenter in high school and college. He also enjoys basketball, spending time with friends and family and watching movies. Travel inside the US and visiting major theme parks has also piqued his interest.

After graduation: Pepose Vision Institute - Cornea / external disease fellowship

Educational Background
B.S. Chemistry -- University of Florida -- 2007

M.D. -- University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL -- 2011

Preliminary Medicine Internship -- University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL -- 2012

Presentations & Awards:
June 7, 2013PGY-2 Resident Research Presentation
"Prevalence of HFE mutation in age-related macular degeneration (Part 2)." (carrying on of Dr. Snead's work)
May 6, 2014ARVO 2014
Zafar AB, Ganapathy V, Wildes M, Snead B, Patterson E, Gnana-Prakasam J, Nussbaum J. Prevalence of the HFE mutation in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), National Meeting, Orlando, FL
June 27, 2014PGY-3 Resident Research Presentation
"Age-related macular degeneration and its relationship to the HFE gene."
June 27, 20142014 Resident Research Presentation Competition--Third Place
"Age-related macular degeneration and its relationship to the HFE gene."
June 26, 2015PGY-4 Resident Research Presentation
"Role of the HFE Mutation in Macular Degeneration"

Graduation Date: Friday, June 26th 2015
Place: Ballroom, GRU Summerville Campus

Summary: We chose a different venue this year for the meeting doing a Health Sciences meeting on the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University. Their excellent resources provided a perfect setting for the educational components of the time there. The meeting was Friday only as we had started last year. While attendance by the alumni was held down by weddings and other events the banquet was among the best attended we have had.

The ceremonies were held at the Snelling Center on Washington Road with an hour of cocktails preceeding the 7pm dinner. After beef filets, chicken and cheescake Dr. Nussbaum spoke for about 10 minutes. He focused on the unity of the graduating seniors emphasizing their connection with one another and others during their three years. Dr. Riffle, who is stepping back to half time ophthalmology after this year, was given a service award. Dr. Dan Killingsworth was given the "Teacher of the Year" award by the residents. He gave an almost predictable "shortest speech ever" saying something along the lines of, "thank you." He was speechless in some manner, but that was both humorous and expected. Dr. Mark Stephens roasted graduate Amanda Henderson comparing her to Rachel Madow and suggesting that Amanda would sneak into the various waiting rooms before clinics started switching the TVs to MSNBC. Dr. Michael Westafer roasted graduate Tam Bloomquist/Nguyen by suggesting that she was a woman of many names and one known for inviting her peers over to her house to lay sod and work on her "money pit" of a house. He was able to sneak in a picture of her husband Ryan posing with their cat-cracker found during renovations. Dr. Azam Qureshi, long time friend and thus roaster of the final graduate, Dr. Abu-Bakar Zafar, expanded on the them of names, pronunciations, etc. The graduates thanked the many members of the department from the faculty to the staff, their peers and family. It had a serious tone to it and was very well received evoking tears from a number of the people in the audience. Concluding the evening was the giving of diplomas by Dr. Ulrich. He said a few words of acknowledgement of the residents but by this point in the evening the warmth and purpose of the evening had been shared already.

The first part of the academic sessions was the giving of the resident research reports. All nine presented the work that they have done over the last 1-3 years. The alumni met over the lunch hour to review these talks and decide who would be given the awards for top three talks. Dr. Michael Westafer took the top honor followed by Dr. Azam Qureshi and Dr. Stephens. These were announced at the beginning of the afternoon session as was the 3rd NAG (Nussbaum and Goei) Award for the highest percentile score on the OKAP. This award went to Dr. Michael Westafer. We had three speakers for the non-resident section of this year's meeting. Dr. Erin Walsh, class of 2012, gave the third annual Fleetword Maddox lecture. She focused on the history of ophthalmology with an emphasis on pediatric issues. Dr. Michael Patipa and co-graduate with Dr. Nussbaum was from the class of 1980. He gave a set of very practical talks including things e.g. ptosis, the mechanics of tearing, and making sure that proposed surgeries would have a high likelihood of success. Dr. Scheffer Tseng, our non-alumni invited speaker, taught some very important patho-physiologic insights into dry eye syndrome. He also spoke about amniotic membrane based approaches to ocular surface disease touching upon the role of this type of tissue in inflammation.