President's Page

Rutvi Patel – Class of 2016
President – Elected April 30th, 2015

As the SIGIO president for 2015-2016, I would like to welcome all UT medical students to the field of ophthalmology. I first became interested in the field of ophthalmology during the summer between my M1 and M2 year. That summer, I worked on a retinopathy of prematurity project with an amazing group of doctors and technicians at the Polio Foundation in Ahmedabad, India. We traveled throughout the city in a mini-bus with a portable retinal camera that allowed us to view the retinas of premature babies in the NICUs at various hospitals centers. It was a very rewarding experience examining the babies as well as explaining to the family members the disease process. It wasn't until my 3rd year of medical school that I officially decided to pursue the field of ophthalmology. I can say that it was the best decision for me. I have discovered that there is so much to learn about the eyes and I am eager to share this passion with other medical students who are still trying to learn about the different fields that medicine has to offer.

Ophthalmology is a diverse field that encompasses medical and surgical management of the eye and the surrounding structures. Ophthalmologists have the freedom to sub-specialize in refractive surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the orbit and surrounding tissues, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, and retinal surgery. Each of these surgical sub-specialties is a rewarding field that provides great patient interaction, complex procedures, and the potential for meaningful international work.

This interest group's goal is to provide interactive sessions throughout the school year to learn more about the field of ophthalmology. We are also involved in various service projects in the community. These vision screenings are a wonderful opportunity to learn how to do a full eye exam as well as work with the faculty at the Hamilton Eye Institute. With this upcoming year, we hope to expand our collaborations with other medical student groups on campus.

SIGIO Vice-President Eric Sollenberger and I are very excited about this upcoming year and look forward to meeting new students and helping them explore what ophthalmology has to offer. Please feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions about the specialty!

Past Presidents:

  • Priya Sahu, Class of 2009 President, 2007-2008
  • Vikram Saini, Class of 2010 President, 2008-2009
  • Kevin Childers, Class of 2011 President, 2009-2010
  • Scott Barb, Class of 2012 President, 2010-2011
  • Will Grover, Class of 2012 President, 2011-2012
  • Hank Wynn, Class of 2013 President, 2012-2013

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