Dr. Grier Educates Westborough Seniors on Eye Conditions

Dr. Grier

Justine Grier, OD, optometrist at our Eye Center, recently sat down with the host of Westborough TV’s Seniors on the Move program to discuss eye conditions. The conversation included an explanation of the different roles of opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, as well as easy-to-understand descriptions of various eye conditions that commonly affect seniors such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, eyelid conditions, contact lenses and more. Watch the video.

Dr. Faustina Discusses Ptosis Diagnosis

Dr. FaustinaMisha Faustina, MD, FACS, oculoplastic surgeon at our Eye Center, was featured on the American Academy of Ophthalmology One Network to share a systematic approach to diagnosing ptosis – drooping of the upper eyelid caused by disease, paralysis or a congenital condition. For effective diagnosis, Dr. Faustina proposes a comprehensive approach to reading the ptosis photo by first looking at the patients age, followed by the symmetry then severity of the ptosis, pupil symmetry, eye alignment, what the eyelid crease is doing, and if the brow is involved. To learn more, watch her One Network video.

Keeping a Close Eye on Halloween Safety

When talking about Halloween safety, we tend to think about the importance of flashlights, staying with a group and wearing bright colors, but do you ever think about eye safety? You should, according to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schaal recently took to Facebook to enlighten our followers about the dangers novelty contacts, masks and sprays can pose to one’s eyes as we transform ourselves into ghouls and goblins! Watch her Facebook Live video to learn the best ways to keep your eyes protected this Halloween!

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Bouley, Chapman, McQuaid, Yoon

Drs. Bouley, Chapman, McQuaid, Yoon

Neurologist Andrew Bouley, MD, earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He completed his neurology residency program at Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital and completed a multiple sclerosis fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Board certified in neurology, Dr. Bouley sees patients with multiple sclerosis, as well as general neurology patients, on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bouley, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Emergency Medicine Physician Justin Chapman, MD, earned his medical degree and completed his residency at our Medical School. He specializes in emergency medicine on the University Campus, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Pediatric Urologist Joseph McQuaid, MD, MPH, earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in urology at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed both research and clinical fellowships in pediatric urology at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical interests include all aspects of general pediatric urology and congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract. Also trained in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Dr. McQuaid sees pediatric patients on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. McQuaid, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Ophthalmologist Dan Yoon, MD, earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency program in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. Dr. Yoon specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology on the Hahnemann Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoon, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Dr. Schaal Profiled in WBJ for ‘Fresh Eyes on Ophthalmology’

Dr. Schaal

“In just two years’ time as the department chair of ophthalmology at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Shlomit Schaal, MD, Phd, has done about as much as a medical chair might hope to accomplish during a career,” wrote Worcester Business Journal reporter, Grant Welker, following a recent one-to-one interview with Dr. Schaal. Read the article. Learn why Dr. Schaal chose to accept the position at our Medical Center; how she and her team were able to bring the department’s booking times down from five months to same-day visits at some locations; and what other exciting changes are afoot for this innovative department.

Area’s First Pediatric Eye Unit Now Open at Our Medical Center

Dr. Johnston (photo courtesy of the Worcester Business Journal)

Parents used to have to drive all the way to Boston for their child’s eye surgery, but not anymore! Our Medical Center recently opened the first pediatric eye surgery unit in Worcester on our Hahnemann Campus. Suzanne Johnston, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, joined the eye team last month and performs surgeries at the Eye Center twice a month. “Convenient, closer to home access to expert eye care will make a huge difference in the lives of families and their children in this area,” said Shlomit Schaal, MD, chair of ophthalmology. Read the Worcester Business Journal story.

Donation for Kids with Cancer a Cut Above the Rest

Jason Mctigue: before and after

Jason Mctigue, a certified ophthalmic assistant at our Hahnemann Campus Eye Center, has made a very special donation to pediatric cancer patients. Jason used to have long hair, but had 14 inches cut in March that will be used to make wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment. “Being sick is awful,” said Jason. “So, if I can bring a slight sense of normalcy to a child’s life, then it will have been worth the three years of constant shampooing and neck pain!”

Dr. Schaal Featured in Retina Today


Dr. Schaal

Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Ophthalmogy Department and one of only four female retinal specialists in the United States serving in the role of ophthalmology department chair, was recently featured in a Retina Today article titled, “Women in Retina, Leading the Way.” In the article, Dr. Schaal expresses her gratitude toward her mentors for giving her opportunities for growth, and assures other women that they are capable of chairing a department if that’s what they aspire to do. She also encourages women to establish relationships, and seek guidance, advice and inspiration from other professional women who face similar challenges.

Expanding Eye Care Services: Northborough Location Opens Monday

Juan Ding, OD, PhD, Eye Center

The Eye Center is expanding! Beginning on Monday, April 2, our ophthalmology providers will provide comprehensive eye care at the Medical Group’s Northborough Crossing location. Services include adult and pediatric eye exams, refraction and contact lens fitting, and general and specialty care for the prevention, diagnosis and management of vision disorders. “We are pleased to offer this level of ophthalmology care in the community where our patients need it most,” said Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair, Ophthalmology and Vision Services. Eye Center providers also see patients on the Hahnemann Campus and at the Ambulatory Care Center, University Campus. To make an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Health Watch: Dr Faustina Discusses Eye Protection in Sports

When it comes to sports injuries, protecting your eyes may not be at the forefront of your mind. In this Health Watch, Misha Faustina, MD, ophthalmology, talks about some of the most common eye injuries in sports. Find out the best way to protect your child’s eyes during games and which sports tend to be the most susceptible to eye injuries.