THARIQ BAGUS, MBBCH(Wits), MMED(Wits), FCOPHTH(Wits) – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of the Witwatersrand Medical School
POST GRAD: Colleges of Medicine of South Africa
Thariq Bagus has a strong interest in community ophthalmology, where there is a huge unmet need of uncorrected refractive error within his community, further compounded by difficult socioeconomic circumstances which restricts access to quality healthcare. Thariq would like to bring low-cost, quality, sustainable refractive surgery to the wider public in South Africa.
DREW D. DICKSON, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine
RESIDENCY: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Storm Eye Institute
Drew Dicksons’ developed a strong interest in refractive surgery during my residency training. The ability to partner with patients and utilize advanced refractive technology to deliver excellent, reproducible results to improve patients’ vision and lives is exciting. With the growing number of cornea and lens-based refractive procedures available, refractive surgeons have more viable options than ever to achieve patients’ individualized vision goals.
SIGRID B. FREISSIGNER, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Medical University of Vienna
RESIDENCY: University Hospital, LMU Munich
Sigrid Freissingers’ goal to perform ophthalmic and refractive surgeries at the highest level possible for her patients. The well-being of the patients is of utmost importance to her as she strives to provide optimal individualized vision correction procedures to each patient. To this end, learning the nuances of both the preoperative and postoperative care, which play a very important role in the all-embracing therapy, are of key importance to her.
DANIEL GETANEH MULATU, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Mekelle University, School of Medicine
RESIDENCY: Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine
Daniel Getenehs’ ultimate goal and source of satisfaction, is in providing the best possible vision care to his patients. He believes that refractive surgery is the perfect combination of art and science to achieve this goal. His quest is to become a highly-skilled, competent, and visionary refractive surgeon.
Daniel is a Fellow at London Vision Clinic in London, United Kingdom, and working in Ethiopia, under the Preceptor/Mentorship of Professor Dan Z. Reinstein, MA(Cavtab) FRCSC, DABO, FRCOphth, FEBO.
LAUREN LIBFRAIND, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Jefferson Medical College
RESIDENCY: University of Buffalo Ophthalmology Residency
Lauren Libfraind has a high motivation to do a refractive surgery fellowship to be able to offer the best care and latest technology to patients seeking refractive treatment. She wants to learn more about patient selection, counseling, testing interpretation, LASIK eye surgery and management of refractive surgery patients.
BRETT H. MUELLER II DO, PHD – ASSOCIATE FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of North Texas Health Science Center
RESIDENCY: University of Louisville
Bret Mueller Mueller is excited to be home in San Antonio, serving Parkhurst NuVision patients as a Board Certified, fellowship-trained refractive, cataract, and anterior segment surgeon. He plans to continue to use his research background and develop new innovative treatment modalities for patients with cataracts, glaucoma, and patients needing LASIK eye surgery and other types of refractive surgery, such as SMILE and PRK. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and 3 kids, enjoying an active lifestyle that includes running, cycling, and hiking.
PATRICK J. PHAM, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center | Baylor College of Medicine
RESIDENCY: Case Western Reserve University
Patrick Pham seeks to incorporate refractive surgery into his clinical practice. He is developing not only the surgical techniques and patient selection, but also in the development of the refractive surgeon’s mindset, which is inherently different than the disease-centered mindset we have all been perfecting throughout our training. He also believes that running a successful refractive surgery practice requires a different workflow and business acumen that is not readily taught in our training programs
KRISHNA SURAPANENI, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
RESIDENCY: Wake Forest
Krishna Surapaneni has a strong interest in refractive surgery. He is currently in the process of starting a refractive surgery practice in Houston, Texas. He has completed an anterior segment fellowship with Steve Vold, MD in July 2020 where I performed a few hundred LASIK, PRK, SMILE, and RLE procedures, and would like to develop the knowledge base to become an expert refractive surgeon.
GIOVANNI TAIBBI, MD – FELLOW
MEDICAL SCHOOL:Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Università degli Studi di Milano
RESIDENCY: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Giovanni Taibbi became committed to the field of refractive surgery in the first month of his residency. His passion for vision correction procedures led him to become an active member of the RSA, as well as the ASCRS and the ISRS. He believes in the critical goal of advancing the field of ophthalmology by training the next generation of refractive surgeons.