Department News: 2007
Paola Andreuzzi
has earned the certification of Certified Ophthalmic Technician. (COT)

Aveen MacEntee Banich, MD
We would like wish Dr. Banich and her family much success in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The department of Ophthalmology will miss Dr. Banich.

Michelle Class, COT
Join us in welcoming Michelle Class to the Department of Ophthalmology as the Clinical Coordinator, December 17, 2007!

Jadwiga (Harriet) Cichorz
has earned the certification of Certified Ophthalmic Technician. (COT)

Carrie Craddock
has accepted the position of Patient Care Technician II/Service Representative for the Ophthalmology Clinic. Carrie will assume her new position in January.

Sarah Fagan Crowe
Wedding Congratulations to Sarah and John on their wedding January 6, 2007.

Patricia Davis, MD
Dr. Davis presented at the Upper Midwest Neuro-Ophthalmology Group on July 27, 2007. "Sudden Visual Loss in a 3 Year Old after Chemotherapy" and "AION in Twins."

Felipe de Alba, MD

  • Mariana de Alba
    Congratulations to Mrs. Margarita and Dr. Felipe de Alba on the birth of their third daughter "Mariana" born May 4, 2007. Mariana weighed 7#7oz and was 21.5" long. Welcome!
  • Dr. de Alba received a Magis Award on November 27, when a patient called Provider Relations to compliment the staff at the LOC Ophthalmology Clinic. Patient described Dr. de Alba as being a "wonderful doctor, who is caring and compassionate." The patient also praised Robin Mikota, RN, "to be very caring and attentive to her needs." Complimented Jeff Slavinskas for being "extremely helpful and pleasant." Also singled out was Denise (Tara) Goodie, COA, for being an "exceptional" example of Loyola's promise to "treat the human spirit." The patient was touched by Denise's concern. All received Magis Awards!! Way to go!! Kudos to the Ophthalmology clinic staff for your MAGIS service!

Cecilia Diaz, COT
Oakbrook Terrace welcomes Cecilia!

Denise (Tara) Goodie, COA
Received a Magis Award on November 27, 2007, for being an "exceptional" example of Loyola's promise to "treat the human spirit." Patient was really touched by Denise's concern for her. Along with Denise, Dr. de Alba, Robin Mikota and Jeff Slavinskas were recognized for their Magis Spirit.

Maria Gonzalez
joined the department of Ophthalmology in November. Welcome Maria!

Richard Gieser, MD
We would like to congratulate Dr. Gieser on his retirement from Loyola University Health System after 37 years of service. We wish Dr. Gieser and his family all the best in his retirement and are grateful for his many years of dedication to his patients and his outstanding humanitarian commitment to providing both patient care and teachings around the world. The department of Ophthalmology will miss Dr. Gieser.

Walter Jay, MD

  • Dr. Jay presented at the 37th Annual Winter Refresher Course sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI, January 2007. "The Older Drivers Project Training-of-Trainer."
  • Dr. Walter Jay has been invited by the American Board of Ophthalmology for a 3-year commitment (2007-2008-2009) to continue submitting questions for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examinations. "Because the quality of the questions you have submitted in the past has been exceptional, we are asking that you continue to do this important job for the board."
  • Dr. Jay has been invited to speak at the Milwaukee Ophthalmological Society's November meeting.
  • Congratulations are in order for Dr. Walter Jay as he was elected on May 2, by his faculty peers as Vice-Chair of the University Wide Faculty Council.
  • A big thank-you to Dr. Jay for his commitment and willingness to help CAN-TV where he will be the host and guest from July-September.
  • Dr. Jay presented at the Upper Midwest Neuro-Ophthalmology Group on July 27, 2007. "Traumatic Bitemporal Hemianopia" and "Review of the Risk of Stroke with Intravitreal Ranibizumab and Bevacizumab."
  • The National Association of Vision Professionals welcomed Dr. Walter Jay in August. "Vision and Driving" and "Multiple Sclerosis and The Eye."
  • Walter Jay, MD, was ranked by Chicago Consumer's Checkbook www.checkbook.org as one of Chicago’s outstanding sub specialists in their survey of area physicians.
  • Dr. Jay will serve as an Examiner during the American Board of Ophthalmology, Oral Examinations, scheduled in San Francisco, June 6-8, 2008.

Thomas John, MD

  • Dr. John
    Dr. John was invited by the Italian Ophthalmological Society to do live (broadcast to surgeons in Italy) surgery in Venice: "Endothelial Transplant Surgery" November 2007. [ READ ARTICLE ]
  • Castle Connolly Publishers named Thomas John, MD one of the "Top Doctors" in Chicago, in the January 2008 issue of Chicago Magazine.

Hadiya Johnson
Welcome! Hadiya will join the Department of Ophthalmology as a PCT 1, on May 14, 2007.

Robin Mikota

  • Joined the department of Ophthalmology. Welcome, Robin!
  • Robin received a Magis Award on November 27, from a patient called Provider Relations to compliment the staff at the LOC Ophthalmology Clinic. The patient praised Robin Mikota, RN, to be very caring and attentive to her needs.

Margret Josephine Deneen
Antionette Neri-Deneen
Toni & Mike welcomed their third bundle of joy "Margret Josephine Deneen" born 8-7-07 and weighed 8# - 7oz. Big sisters Suzie and Lauren are great helpers!dsda

Neha Patel, MD
August 2007 welcomes Neha Patel, MD, to the Department of Ophthalmology.

Stephen Reck, MD
Joined the Department of Ophthalmology in August 2007.

Peter Russo, OD
Dr. Russo received a Magis Star for treating a Loyola employee on March 12, 2007, who was at work when something flew into their eye. Dr. Russo treated patient immediately. Thank you, Dr. Russo and the resident who assisted him. "That's the Loyola Spirit!"

Jeff Slavinskas
Received a Magis Award on November 27, 2007, for always being "extremely helpful and pleasant." Along with Jeff, Dr. de Alba, Robin Mikota and Denise Goodie were recognized for their Magis Spirit.

Lezlie Sorensen
Ophthalmology welcomes Lezlie Sorensen as a Senior Secretary to the department in August.

R. Tracy Williams, MD
Dr. Williams was chosen for the SVS Optometrist of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of sports vision and/or the Sports Vision Section.

Tammy Wolfe
On January 4, 2007, Tammy, was nominated for a Magis Star due to her willingness to help others. (COOPERATION.) Tammy was asked to help Neurology and was more than happy to help out. "She is a great worker and Loyola is fortunate to have her as an employee!"

David K. Yoo, MD
Deer Park resident Dr. David K. Yoo joined Loyola University Health System as an assistant professor, department of ophthalmology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood. Yoo specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology as well as ophthalmic plastics and reconstructive surgery. The February 15 Hinsdale Doings Newspaper posted the annoucement.

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