July 2020 update from MUSC Storm Eye Institute Chairman Andrew Eiseman, M.D.

Andrew Eiseman, M.D.
July 16, 2020
Chairman Andrew Eiseman, M.D.


The Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina is working hard to provide safe, state of the art care to our deserving patients, even during a global pandemic. Our clinical mission continues to expand, and all our ambulatory sites are open, including downtown Charleston clinics, the Mount Pleasant facility, our new clinic in West Ashley, our Goose Creek office, and our pediatric eye clinic at the MUSC Children's Health R. Keith Summey Medical Pavilion. We continue to take precautions to keep our patients, faculty and staff safe. Those precautions include enhanced screening, use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), additional cleaning between patients, and proper social distancing in waiting rooms and clinical spaces. Our surgical volume has also expanded to pre-COVID-19 levels by adding preoperative COVID-19 testing for all patients having their procedures in the operating room or in the office. Pre-procedure COVID-19 testing adds an extra measure of safety and protection while minimizing postoperative morbidity as well.

The summer is an exciting time at Storm Eye as we say goodbye to our graduating senior residents and fellows and say hello to our new junior residents and fellows. Congratulations to Susannah Brown, Margaret Powell, Sudeep Das, Matt Kapeles, Scott Davis, Rachel Fuerst, Colin Brown, and Laura Magnuson as they transition from Storm Eye trainees to Storm Eye alumni. I want to personally thank each one for their contributions to Storm Eye and to wish them the best as they tackle new adventures. I also want to thank and congratulate our program director, Matt Nutaitis, and our program coordinator, Ashley Caradonna, for their work putting together a fantastic hybrid virtual and in person graduation ceremony June 18, 2020.

A hardy welcome goes out to our new junior residents: Jon Aker, Paul Bell, Matthew Bickford and Cole Milliken. I would also like to welcome our new fellows: Anastasia Alex (Anna Frances Wilson Fellow in Pediatric Ophthalmology), Carolina Adams (Ashley and Charles Truluck Family Fellow in Pediatric Ophthalmology), Michael de Guzman (Glaucoma Fellow), and Ryan Mercer (Miracles in Sight Clinical Cornea Fellow).

I am looking forward to another exciting and productive year and want to thank every member of the Storm Eye Family for all they do to continue the legacy of service, patient care, education and research!


About the Author

Andrew  Eiseman, M.D.
MUSC Storm Eye Institute

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