2015 has been an exciting and productive year for the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. We are pleased to announce the addition of four new faculty members: Dr. Tayyeba Ali, cornea and external diseases; Dr. Sunali Goyal, cornea and external diseases; and Dr. Ahmed Sallam, retina and uveitis; Dr. Anna Schlesselman, optometry; and our newest ophthalmology residents, Drs. Donald Gauldin, Joshua Hardin and Shawn Nash. We welcome these outstanding individuals to our eye care team.
Dr. Sami Uwaydat, associate professor, has been named the Martha Wood Bentley Chair in Ophthalmology. This is a high honor at the university and reflects the superb commitment, hard work and excellent performance in patient care, education and scholarly activity. The chair, in memory of Martha Wood Bentley, will allow Dr. Uwaydat to expand his commitment to academics and patient care.
The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program celebrated its 15 year anniversary this fall. The program has graduated 13 classes since it began in August 2000. We are extremely proud of our two most recent graduates, Cayla Troyer and Sadrina Shaw as they begin their careers caring for patients with eye disease at UAMS.
This year, the Institute launched its very first fellowship. Under the leadership of Dr. Grant Morshedi, Dr. Michael Salter became our first glaucoma fellow. Dr. Salter is a recent graduate of our ophthalmology residency program and has distinguished himself as being in the top 18 of all residents in the United States. This program is a confirmation of our commitment to educating the next generation of health care providers.
October marked a year since the opening of the Jones Eye Institute’s newly renovated Optical Shop. By expanding and relocating, we have seen a record increase in the service we provide. The Optical Shop increased options to our patients to allow our patients the greatest range of options to meet their needs.