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Winner of the 2016 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award

Stephen Burwell, CO, COT won the 2016 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award. This national recognition

is given to the orthoptist, and training program, who received the highest written and oral scores on that year’s board certification.2016 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award winner

Stephen joined Children’s Eye Care in 2012 as an ophthalmic tech-trainee two years after completing her BS in neuroscience at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In 2014, he became a student of Children’s Eye Care’s orthoptic training program. This training program consists of didactic and clinical instruction by staff orthoptists and pediatric ophthalmologists. After completing a two year internship, the student is then eligible to take the AACO national certification written and practical examinations.

Children’s Eye Care’s training program is led by certified orthoptists Judy Petrunak, CO, COT and Mary DeYoung-Smith, CO, COMT with the assistance of pediatric ophthalmologists Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD, John D. Baker, MD, Lisa Bohra, MD, Elena M. Gianfermi, MD, Rajesh C. Rao, MD, John D. Roarty, MD and Leemor B. Rotberg, MD.

During his training, he worked extremely hard learning this field. He is now working with us as a staff orthoptist. Stephen is the third student of Children’s Eye Care’s training program and our second student to win the Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award.

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Stephen Burwell completes CEC’s Orthoptic Program

Stephen Burwell becomes board certified orthoptistWe are proud to announce that our orthoptic student has successful completed our two year orthoptic training program. Stephen Burwell, BS, COT has completed the intensive program as well as passed his written and oral boards with the American Orthoptic Council to become a board-certified orthoptist. He will then join Children’s Eye Care as a staff orthoptist.

Congratulations to Stephen and his fabulous teachers and mentors at Children’s Eye Care.

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Dr. Rao Named Teacher of the Year

Dr. Rao receives 'Teacher of the Year" from Beaumont ophthalmology residents

Dr. Rajesh Rao, pediatric ophthalmologist at Children’s Eye Care in metro Detroit and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Beaumont Eye Institute, was named Teacher of the Year by the Beaumont Eye Institute’s ophthalmology residents.

Dr. Rao has been is also an attending at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has been recognized and named in Best Doctors in the Midwest and Top Docs in Hour Detroit.

His clinical and research interests encompass pediatric and adult strabismus.  He participates in National Institute of Health, National Eye Institute sponsored clinical trials.

 

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Dr. Baker Honored with Award for Excellence

Dr. Baker Receives Marshall M. Parks, MD MedalDr. Baker was honored today with the Marshall M. Parks, MD Medal for excellence for the monumental contributions in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Dr. Baker has dedicated his career to fighting for patients, enhancing his field and training the next generation. He is incredibly deserving of every accolade bestowed upon him. He is our mentor, our peer and our motivator

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New Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinical Investigators

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Children’s Eye Care is proud to be clinical investigators for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG). PEDIG is a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multi-center clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children. This network is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) – a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are currently over 100 participating sites (offices) with over 200 pediatric ophthalmologists and pediatric optometrists in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participating in PEDIG.

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Winner of the 2015 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award

American Association of Certified Orthoptists

Nina Palomba, CO, COA won the 2015 Richard G. Scobee Memorial Award. This national recognition is given to the orthoptist, and training program, who received the highest written and oral scores on that year’s board certification.

Ms. Palomba joined Children’s Eye Care in 2011 as an ophthalmic tech-trainee a year after completing her BS in child development at Central Michigan University. In 2013, she became a student of Children’s Eye Care’s Orthoptic training program. This training program consists of didactic and clinical instruction by staff orthoptists and pediatric ophthalmologists. After completing a two year internship, the student is then eligible to take the AACO national certification written and practical examinations.

Children’s Eye Care’s training program is led by certified orthoptists Judy Petrunak, CO, COT and Mary DeYoung-Smith, CO, COMT with the assistance of pediatric ophthalmologists Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD, John D. Baker, MD, Lisa Bohra, MD, Elena M. Gianfermi, MD, Rajesh C. Rao, MD, John D. Roarty, MD and Leemor B. Rotberg, MD.

Ms. Palomba is the second student of Children’s Eye Care’s training program. During her training, she worked extremely hard learning this field. She always started and ended every day with a smile and laugh, and she loved motivating everyone to have a very elaborate Halloween theme. She is now working at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, as a staff orthoptist.

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John D. Roarty, MD named Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Dr. JJohn D. Roarty, MDohn Roarty, pediatric ophthalmologist at Children’s Eye Care in metro Detroit and Chief of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Henry Ford Health System’s Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Roarty completed a pediatric residency at University of California-Davis for pediatrics from 1983-1986. After his pediatric residency, he completed an Ocular Pathology fellowship at at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC and an Ocular Pathology lab in India. The native Detroiter, returned to the area to complete an ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit from 1988 – 1991.

His next, and last fellowship, was in pediatric ophthalmology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Candada.

Dr. Roarty, and his wife, then returned to their home state. Dr. Roarty joined Children’s Eye Care in shortly after returning to Michigan. He has spent his career working in Dearborn, Detroit and Clinton Twp, Michigan.

Dr. Roarty is Chief of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has been recognized and named in Best Doctors in the Midwest and Top Docs in Hour Detroit. He has also served as President of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, served on several committees at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmologists and Strabismus and he has been an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

His clinical and research interests encompass pediatric eye cancer, pediatric glaucoma, pediatric cataracts and pediatric and adult strabismus.  He participates in National Institute of Health, National Eye Institute sponsored clinical trials.

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Nina Palomba completes CEC’s Orthoptic Program

Orthoptic student graduates

Student graduates from orthoptic training program.

 

We are proud to announce that our orthoptic student has successful completed our two year orthoptic training program. Nina Palomba, BS, COA has completed the intensive program as well as passed her written boards.

This fall she will take her oral boards with the American Orthoptic Council to become a board-certified orthoptist. She will then join the Department of Ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital as a staff orthoptist.

Congratulations to Nina and her fabulous teachers and mentors at Children’s Eye Care. At her graduation party, her mentors celebrated her success with a rendition of one of her favorite songs from Frozen. Check out the video of the humorous and touching song. Do You Want to Work in Orthoptics

And, if you’re interested in learning more about orthoptics, visit http://childrenseyecaremich.com/academics/orthoptics.

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Introducing New Pediatric Ophthalmologist – Alexandra Apkarian, MD

Pediatric & Adult Strabismus Ophthalmologist Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD

Pediatric & Adult Strabismus Ophthalmologist Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD

We’re excited to introduce our newest eye doctor.

Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD practices comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Through her intensive training, she developed a strong clinical interest in strabismus in both children and adults as well as a variety of other common pediatric ophthalmology disorders.

As a mother of one young daughter and an upcoming second daughter due later this year, Dr. Apkarian understands the concern parents have when seeking care for their children. She is committed to offering excellent care specific to the unique needs of each individual child and the comfort of their parents.

Alexandra O. Apkarian, MD will be seeing patients in our Detroit, Dearborn and West Bloomfield offices.

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