President's Page

Wyn Gannon – Class of 2017
Elected President May 20, 2016

As the SIGIO president for 2016-2017, it is my honor to welcome and apprise all UT medical students to the field of ophthalmology. To introduce myself, I am from Chattanooga, TN, and I attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN for undergrad. My interest in ophthalmology began on a medical mission in Ensenada, Mexico as I shadowed an ophthalmologist who was serving an area which had no access to ocular healthcare. In the summer between 1st and 2nd year, I began researching surgical outcomes following blepharoptosis surgery with two oculoplastic surgeons at the Hamilton Eye Institute. As I began to spend more time with these, and other ophthalmologists, my interest grew into a passion. And I found this passion for the field of ophthalmology aligned with my passion for medical missions. It is not difficult to see how needed the field of ophthalmology is in underprivileged areas. The field of ophthalmology continually proves rich in diversity of disease and pathophysiology. The intellectual curiosity required for this specialty, in harmony with the skills essential for surgery make this my ideal specialty. Like all major decisions, determining a specialty in the field of medicine is a journey. I feel privileged to be put in a position in which I am able to have discussions about this major decision with students.

Ophthalmology is a surgical specialty that also includes an equal amount of medical diagnosis and management. In addition to comprehensive practice, 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 vitreoretinal surgery. Each of these surgical sub-specialties has their own complexities and rewards.

The student interest group in ophthalmology (SIGIO) works to provide medical students with adequate information about the field of ophthalmology in order to aid in making an educated decision regarding their future specialty. SIGIO also exists to provide opportunities to those students interested in ophthalmology. The goal of the group is to provide interactive meetings to increase knowledge of ocular pathophysiology and the physical exam, distribute research opportunities, and to provide occasions to serve the local community through free eye screenings and the new Lion's Club charter at Hamilton Eye Institute.

SIGIO Vice-President Salar Rafieetary and I are excited about the upcoming year, and are looking forward to serving the student body as well as the SIGIO members. Please feel free to contact either of us with questions regarding SIGIO or the wonderful field of ophthalmology!

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
  • Henry Dodd, Class of 2014 President, 2013-2014
  • Josh Barnett, Class of 2015 President, 2014-2015
  • Rutvi Patel, Class of 2016 President, 2015-2016

Contact Us

Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Avenue Room 475
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448 - 5884
FAX: (901) 448 - 1299