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Resident Research

Each resident is required to pursue a clinical research project of his/her choice under the supervision of a faulty person, and encouraged to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before the training program can be considered to have been successfully completed.

Residents are given specific instruction in presenting case reports and scientific papers, and they benefit from superior audiovisual services for academic and scholarly pursuits. Each resident is sent to at least one Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the department also fully sponsors residents who have papers accepted at national meetings.  

North Carolina Lions Clinical Research Division 

A major grant from the Lions Clubs of North Carolina and Lions International helped to fund the NC Lions Clinical Research Division. It is an integral part of the Eye Center and has a dedicated research space of more than 1000 square feet, located close to our waiting areas and diagnostic facilities, the division is staffed by full-time research nurses. 

The North Carolina Lions has had a long history with the eye center and have been the providers of ongoing major donations for clinical equipment since 1947. 

Since its inception, the Clinical Research Division has performed numerous and diverse clinical studies ranging from the evaluation of potential ocular side effects of anti-cholesterol drugs to a pioneering photographic technique of documenting diffuse retinal diseases in a computer-driven, seamless fashion This later work was displayed at an International Congress of Ophthalmology meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Annual Research Day 

Each year Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology holds an annual research day where several eminent ophthalmologists are invited to lecture side by side with the senior residents. This is followed by an alumni dinner in the evening where the D. Brian Sloan, III, MD award is presented to the resident who has given the best presentation. 

The D. Brian Sloan (1962 – 1993), III, MD Award is named for our resident (’89 – ’92) and friend and who was an outstanding young physician. He distinguished himself at every level of his training and approached his responsibilities with laudable ability and idealism. 

Recent winners include:  

  • Brent S. Betts, MD “Consistency and Safety of Baerveldt Glaucoma Implants with a Venting Slit Smaller than 1.5 mm” 
  • Daniel H. Nelson, MD “Outcomes of a Dedicated Ophthalmic Triage System” 
  • Daniel H. Nelson, MD “Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Using Non-Mydriatic Fundus Photography” 
  • Matthew C. Johnson, MD “Bacterial and Fungal Corneal Ulcer’s: Outcomes Microbiological Characteristics and Associated Risk Factors”
  • Joshua Carlson, MD “The Impact of Decreasing Target Oxygen Saturation Levels on the Development of High-Risk Pre-threshold or Threshold Retinopathy of Prematurity” 

Alumni Dinner Photo


Quick Reference

Opthalmology Residency
Craig M. Greven, MD
Department Chair
Timothy J. Martin, MD
Residency Program Director
Paul J. Dickinson, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Hannah McSawley
Residency Program Coordinator

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