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Mouhammed O. Abuattieh, M.D., Ph.D. (Year 3, PGY 4)

Mouhammed O. Abuattieh

Dr. Abuattieh of Palestinian origin was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. He moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he attended medical school and received his degree in 2004. Then he spent four years performing research in immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He joined our program after completing an internship in preliminary surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He enjoys reading, soccer and cooking with friends. Dr. Abuattieh is a newly wed in 2010.

Jessica Schonfeld, M.D. (Year 3, PGY 4)

Jessica Schonfeld

Jessica Schonfeld was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She completed her B.S. in Biology at Brandeis University near Boston, MA. After college, she worked for a year as a medical technologist at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She earned her MD at University of Connecticut and completed a preliminary year of medicine at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. In May 2010, she presented at ARVO regarding the management of postoperative pain in enucleation/evisceration surgeries. Other past research projects have included visual outcomes of laser therapy in diabetic retinopathy and photodynamic therapy of choroidal melanomas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and is an avid fan of music, particularly jazz.

Shamim Haji, M.D. (Year 3, PGY4)

Shamim Haji

Dr. Haji was born and raised in Kashmir, India. He obtained his medical degree from the Government Medical College Srinagar, Kashmir University. He moved to the United States where he completed a clinical research post-doctoral fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and then a clinical Glaucoma and Medical Retina fellowship at the East Florida Eye Institute, FL. He completed his Internship at the New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) Program. Dr. Haji has authored and coauthored eight papers in peer-review journals including the Archives of Ophthalmology and presented over 25 posters at major national and international meetings. He co-authored a book chapter in “The Glaucoma Book”: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach to Patient Care. Outside of medicine, Dr. Haji enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His hobbies include sports such as soccer, ping pong and tennis.


Nick Binder, M.D. (Year 2, PGY 3)

Nick Binder

Dr. Binder was born in San Diego, California where he spent his early childhood before moving to Denver, Colorado for junior high and high school. He returned to California where he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then spent one year as an ophthalmic technician prior to medical school. He attended the University of California, Irvine for medical school and finished his internship in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His hobbies include travel, outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking, playing the guitar, and enjoying a good meal with family and friends. His wife is currently on OB/GYN resident here.

Luke Rebenitsch, M.D. (Year 2, PGY 3)

Luke Rebenitsch

Dr. Rebenitsch was born and raised in the small town of Bismarck, North Dakota. He attended the University of North Dakota where he studied chemical engineering. He then moved to Missouri where he completed his medical training at Washington University in St. Louis. After medical school he moved to Spokane, WA to complete a transitional year at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. His hobbies include travel, weight training, marathons, politics, skiing, video games, and the outdoors.

Adam McLaughlin, M.D., J.D. (Year 2, PGY 3)

Adam McLaughlin

Dr. McLaughlin was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved with his family to the United States to complete his high school education. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado before attending Southern Illinois University's schools of Medicine and Law. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Outside of work, Dr. McLaughlin enjoys participating in ice hockey, soccer, softball and outdoor activities like running, hiking, and skiing.


Eric N. Brown, MD, PhD (Year 1, PGY 2)

Mouhammed O. Abuattieh

Dr. Brown was born and raised in Minnesota's Twin Cities. He completed his BA with dual majors in Chemistry and Mathematics at St. Olaf College. After college, he earned his MD and PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. During graduate school, he published seven papers culminating in his thesis entitled "Rieske business: Rieske metal clusters in Rieske ferredoxins and Rieske dioxygenases" regarding the X-ray crystallographic structures and functions of bacterial electron transport proteins. Following graduate school, Dr. Brown completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology studying the genetics behind the relationship between complement factor H and age-related macular degeneration. This work has thus far resulted in one peer-reviewed paper, a patent application, and a poster at the May 2010 ARVO conference. In 2011, he finished an intern year at the Broadlawns Medical Center family practice transitional program in Des Moines, IA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, photography, and computer programming.

Qui Vu, MD (Year 1, PGY 2)

Mouhammed O. Abuattieh

Dr. Vu was born in Vietnam where she spent her early childhood before moving to Norwalk, California at the age of eight. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA. Then attended medical school and finished her internship in internal medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Her hobbies include cruising, photography, leisure reading, and watching Broadway productions.

Joshua Schliesser, MD (Year 1, PGY 2)

Mouhammed O. Abuattieh

Dr. Joshua Schliesser was born and raised in Vernal, Utah. He attended Utah State University for his undergraduate degree where he studied chemistry. He then attended University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his transitional internship in Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Becky, have three children. In addition to spending time with his family, Josh enjoys sports, being outdoors, and cooking.

Recent Alumni, Class of 2011

Savak Teymoorian, M.D., M.B.A. (Year 3, PGY 4) Chief Resident

Savak Teymoorian

Dr. Teymoorian spent his childhood in Glendale, California. He moved to Orange County, California where he completed his undergraduate studies in the Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He completed a combined MD/MBA program at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and the Paul Merage School of Business. He remained at UC Irvine for his internship in Internal Medicine. After completion of residency at UMKC, he went back to California and is completing a glaucoma fellowship at Stanford University. He will graduate from that program summer of 2012. Dr. Teymoorian’s hobbies include watching and playing sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and darts. His wife Sarah is a physician specialized in geriatric internal medicine.


Florin Grigorian, M.D. (Year 3, PGY 4)

Florin Grigorian

Dr. Grigorian was raised in Bucovina, Romania which borders Transilvania. He attended Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania for both his college and medical school studies. While in Romania he completed an ophthalmology residency. He moved to the United States and settled in Illinois where he fulfilled his internship at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine and then completed a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr Grigorian is now on faculty at Children’s Mercy Hospital, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Grigorian’s hobbies include hiking, swimming, soccer, philately, and computer games. His wife Paula also works as pediatric ophthalmology faculty at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

William D. Witt, M.D., O.D. (Year 3, PGY 4)

William D. Witt

Dr. Witt was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1996 with a B.S. in Biology while working for the Agronomy research department. He next attended Northeastern State University College of Optometry, graduating in 2000 and completing an additional year of Ocular Disease training in 2001. For the next two years he worked at the Cherokee Nation Wilma P. Mankiller Clinic in Stilwell, OK before returning to medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at University of Missouri-Kansas City. After completion of ophthalmology residency at UMKC, Dr. Witt went to the University of Nebraska in Omaha to complete a fellowship in glaucoma. He and his wife Julie recently had their second son. Dr. Witt’s current hobby is backpacking and hiking with recent trips to Arkansas, Wyoming, Washington, British Columbia, and North Carolina. He also enjoys woodworking, gardening, and marathon running.


Recent Alumni

Ryan Vincent, M.D. Class of 2010

Dr. Vincent was raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies for a Masters Degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He moved to Denver to attend medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine and completed his internship at Saint Joseph Hospital. After residency, Dr. Vincent completed a glaucoma fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before returning to join faculty on the glaucoma service here at UMKC. Dr. Vincent enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling.

Ken Lord, M.D. Class of 2010

Dr. Lord grew up in Southern Utah and attended college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. He attended medical school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and then moved to Tucson, Arizona to complete his internship at the University of Arizona. Dr. Lord has spent ten years with the Utah National Guard including two activations for various causes since 9/11, and in October of 2011 he returned from a 3-month deployment to Iraq. He enjoys spending time with his family that includes his wife and four children. His hobbies are playing golf, basketball, and volleyball in addition to home remodeling. He is currently in his second year here as the vitreo-retinal fellow at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Brian Haugen, M.D. Class of 2010

Dr. Haugen was raised in Kohler, Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee. He completed both his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After medical school he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for a one year Ocular Pathology fellowship at the Moran Eye Center with Dr. Nick Mamalis. Following the fellowship he completed his Transitional year internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, IL. His hobbies include outdoor sports and activities such as golf, softball, soccer, skiing, camping, hiking, sailing, and flying. He is currently in private practice in California as a comprehensive ophthalmologist.

Vinay Shah, M.D. Class of 2009

Dr. Shah was born and raised in India. While there he completed his medical school and ophthalmology residency at Smt. N.H.L. Medical College in Ahmedabad and a vitreo-retinal fellowship at L. V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. He moved to the United States where he completed a research and clinical post-doctoral fellowship in retina at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, followed by a neuro ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Iowa. After residency at UMKC, he completed a 2-year surgical fellowship in retina at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit. He is now on staff at Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma. Dr. Shah has authored 59 peer reviewed publications and 65 oral/podium presentations. His hobbies include sports such as cricket and table tennis.

Erica Person, M.D. Class of 2009

Dr. Person was raised in Nebraska. She moved to Missouri where she attended Washington University in St. Louis for college and then Saint Louis University for both medical school and graduate work for a Masters Degree. Her internship was completed at Forest Park Hospital in Saint Louis. She enjoys the French horn, crochet, gardening, and going “green” in her spare time. She is now practicing as a comprehensive ophthalmologist at KU Eye.

Ashley San Filippo, M.D. Class of 2009

Dr. San Filippo grew up in Coshocton, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at Kent State University and then medical training at the Northeastern Ohio Universities of College of Medicine. She moved to New York for her internship at State University of New York at Buffalo. Her main hobby is running. She completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Ohio State University and is in private practice now in Ohio.

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