Awards

Department of Ophthalmology Awards

Ophthalmology Chief Resident

Leslie S. Jones, M.D. - 1999 – 2000

Ramu Gounder, M.D. - 2000 – 2001

Oluwatosin Smith, M.D. - 2001 – 2002

Hon -Vu Q. Duong, M.D. - Acting 2002-2003

Keesha Williams-Elliott, M.D. - 2003 – 2004

Crystan Schneider, M.D. - 2004 – 2005

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. - 2005 – 2006

Thomas G. L. Hunter, M.D. - 2006 – 2007

Gitane Patel, M.D. MPH - 2007 – 2008

Prisca Diala, M.D. - 2008 – 2009 

2009 – 2010 

2010 – 2011

Gawain Dyer, M.D. - 2011 – 2012

Ninita Brown, M.D. Ph.D - 2012 – 2013

Nikisha Richards, M.D. - 2013 – 2014

Chris Burris, M.D. - 2014 – 2015

Katrina Chin Loy, M.D. - 2015 – 2016

N/A - 2016 – 2017

Faisal Ridha, M.D. - 2017 – 2018

Alexandros Pappas, M.D. - 2018 – 2019

Arlen (Brent) Richard, M.D. - 2019 2020

Howard University Hospital – Department of Ophthalmology Awards

Best OKAP Score

Christopher Thiagarajah,  M.D. – 2005

Omolola Idowu, M.D. – 2006

Prisca Diala, M.D. – 2007

Gitane Patel, M.D. MPH – 2008

Nitin Kumar, M.D. – 2009

Salman J. Yousuf, D.O. – 2010

Gawain Dyer, M.D. – 2011

Ninita Brown, M.D. PhD – 2012

Christopher Burris, M.D. – 2013

Christopher Burris, M.D. – 2014

Christopher Burris, M.D. – 2015

Faisal Ridha, M.D. – 2016

Faisal Ridha, M.D. – 2017

Faisal Ridha, M.D. – 2018

Christina Lopez, M.D. – 2019

Rodney Guiseppi, M.D. – 2020

Best Research – Lois A. Young, M.D.

O’Neil Biscette, M.D. – 2005

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. – 2006 

2007

Gitane Patel, M.D, MPH – 2008

Prisca Diala, M.D. – 2009 

2010

Mona Kaleem, M.D. and Sir Gawain Dyer, M.D. – 2011

Salman J. Yousuf, D.O. – 2012 

2013 

2014 

2015 

2016

Mehul Patel, M.D. 2017, 

2017 

2018

Elizabeth Mathenge, M.D. 2020

Resident Teacher of the Year Award

Earl D. R. Kidwell, M.D. – 2005

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. MD Service Award      

Leslie S. Jones, M.D. –  2016

Earl Kidwell, M.D. –  2017

Naazli Shaikh, M.D. –  2018

Katrina Chin Loy, M.D. –  2019

Salman Yousuf, M.D. – 2020

Former Interns and Residents of Freedmen’s/Howard University Hospital

Dr. Roland & Waldean S. Nickens Scientific Forum/May & Howard University Scientific Research Forum/December

May, 1984 – Third Place Oral Presentation

May 6, 1992 – Second Place Oral Presentation

May 5, 1993 – Second Place Oral Presentation

May 7, 1997 – Fourth Place Oral Presentation

December 12, 1997 – Fourth Place Oral Presentation

May 6, 1998 – Third Place Poster Presentation

December 11, 1998 – First Place Poster Presentation

December 11, 1998 – Second Place Oral Presentation

May 10 & 11, 2000 – First Place Oral Presentation

December 14, 200 – Third Place Oral Presentation

May 5, 2004 – First Place Oral Presentation

April 26, 2005 – First Place Oral Presentation

April 25, 2006 – First Place Oral Presentation

April 25, 2006 – Third Place Oral Presentation

April 24, 2007 – Second Place Oral Presentation

Medical Student Departmental Award

Tamer E. Mansour, M.D. - 2001

Nadia Ameena Kazim, M.D. - 2002

Christopher Krishan Thiagarajah, M.D. - 2002

Vincent C. Fan, M.D. - 2003

Antoinette Abban, M.D. - 2004

Karla A. Blakes, M.D. - 2004

Erold Jean-Francois, M.D. - 2004

Carla I. Bourne, M.D. - 2005

Tracy Gutman, M.D. -  2006

Nitin Kumar, M.D. - 2006

Larry Ferdinand, M.D. - 2007

Naima Jacobs-El, M.D. - 2007

Anthony Craig, M.D. - 2008

Mona Athea Kaleem, M.D. - 2009

Saima Qureshi-Said, M.D. - 2010

Zafir K. Kalamadeen, M.D. - 2011

Nnaemeka G. Madubata, M.D. - 2011

Katrina Del Fierro, M.D. - 2012

Deidre Ammah, M.D. - 2013

Preema Mehta, M.D. - 2014

Mohammed Abou-Kassem, M.D. - 2016

Ruth Tessema, M.D. - 2017

Allyshah Allahdina, M.D. - 2018

Heran Gebreyesus, M.D. - 2019

Simran Soni, M.D. - 2020

Sachin Rajpal, M.D. - 2020

Howard University Hospital Medical Association Outstanding Resident Award

Betty-Jo Rawls Lloyd, M.D. – First Place June 1984

Ramu Gounder, M.D. – Third Place June 2001

Oluwatosin Smith, M.D. – First Place June 2002

Thomas G. L. Hunter, M.D. – Second Place June 2007

Roger P. Mason, Jr., M.D. Foundation Award

Natario L.Couser, M.D. - 2008

Thandeka Myeni, M.D. - 2009

Sir Garwain Dyer, M.D. - 2010

Mona Kaleen, M.D. - 2011

Nikisha Richards, M.D. - 2012, 

2013

2014 

2015 

2016 

2017

Alexandro Pappas, D.O. - 2018

Asima Bajwa, M.D. - 2019

NMA Ophthalmology Section Venable-Rabb Award

Resident

Godwin Okoye, M.D. - 2000               

O’Neil Biscette, M.D. - 2005    First Place

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. - 2005    Third Place

Prisca Diala, M.D. - 2008    First Place

Ninita Brown, M.D., PhD - 2011    Third Place

Cristina Lopez, M.D. - 2018    2nd Place

Medical Students

Larry Ferdinand, MSIII - 2006    Second Place

Roman Barnes Scholarship Award

Medical Students

Christopher K. Burris, MSIII  - 2007

Aaron C. Carter, MSIII - 2007

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society – Gamma Chapter of Washington D.C. – Howard University College of Medicine

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. - Postgraduate Inductee – 2005

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D.  - Faculty – 2013

Leslie S. Jones, MD - Faculty

Usiwoma Abugo, M.D. - Postgraduate Inductee

Bruce Rivers, M.D.  - Alumni

 

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. -
Members-In-Training Committee – 2005
 
Mona A. Kaleem, M.D. -
ARVO/Santen Travel Grant – 2012,
Moderator-Session on Vision Impairment and Visual Function – 2012
 

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Vincent C. Fan, M.D. - Storm Eye/ASCRS 2005 Excellence in Research Scholarship

Mona A. Kaleem, M.D. - ASCRS Foundation Resident Excellence Award 2013

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education/Ophthalmology Residency Review Committee

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. - Resident Member – 2007 AMA Representative

 

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Claude L. Cowan, Jr. M.D. - Board of Trustees – 1989-1993, Honor Award - 1990, Senior Honor Award - 2002

Leslie S. Jones, M.D. - Leadership Development Program – 2002 – 2003, Young Ophthalmologist Committee – 2005 – 2010, Achievement Award – 2012, Senior Achievement Award

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. Eye Net – Editorial Advisor – 1997 - 1998

Councilor – Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Society 2005 - Present

Leadership Development Program -2005-2006

Outstanding Participation at Congressional Advocacy Day 2006 –

Platinum Participation Award

Achievement Award - 2007

Distinguish Service Award – 2007

Surgery by Surgeons Award - 2008

Nominating Committee of the State Section of the Council - 2009

Awards Committee of the Academy – 2009

Representative to Vision 2020 USA Committee – 2009

Distinguish Service Award –  Council – 2011

OPHTHPAC Committee – 2012

Secretariat Award - 2012       

Division of Ophthalmology, Distinguished Service Award – Annual Meeting in New Orleans 1989

American Board of Ophthalmology

Associate Examiners

David H. Pendergrast, M.D.

Claude L. Cowan, Jr. M.D.

Leslie S. Jones, M.D.

2011 Board of Directors –

Claude L. Cowan, Jr. M.D.

Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. - Inaugural Community Service Award - 2003

American Glaucoma Society

Leslie S. Jones, M.D. - Clinician Scientist Fellowship - 2005

Women In Ophthalmology (WIO) Best Poster

Cristina Lopez    2018

Howard University Hospital Office of Graduate Education

Leadership Award

Faisal Ridha Al-Timimi, M.D. - 2018

University of Birmingham UAB's Distinguished Alumni Achievement

Award

Stephen G. Odaibo, M.D., M.S.  - 2018

Howard University Hospital/Howard University College of Medicine - Ninth Annual Spirituality and Medicine Seminar Series – Physician Honoree for 2006

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. – 2006

Roman- Barnes Distinguished Lecture – NMA Ophthalmology Section

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. – 2006

Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington – Physician Service Award – Honoree

Claude  L. Cowan, Jr., M.D. and the Cowan Family – 1992

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. – 2008

Professorship

Earl Kidwell, Jr., M.D, Wilmer Institute   November, 2019

Nominated Scholar

Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions

Katrina Chin Loy, M.D.   Boston, MA.– October 2020 - May 2021.

Howard University – Citation of Achievement

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D. – 2008

Super Doctors – 2011 - 2013

Robert A. Copeland, Jr. M.D.

Leslie S. Jones, M.D.

David M. Katz, M.D.

Top Doctors

Melissa D. Kern, M.D. –  2005, 2019    Washingtonian Magazine

David M. Katz, M.D.    Washingtonian Magazine

David M. Katz, M.D.    Northern Virginia Magazine

Earl Kidwell, Jr., M.D. –  2008    Northern Virginia Magazine

US News Top Doctors – 2011

Earl D. R. Kidwell, M.D.

Attending Positions at other Academic Institutions

Lois A. Young, M.D.  1964 – Director of Strabismus Service/Professor of Ophthalmology University of  Maryland

Claude L. Cowan, Jr. M.D.  1997 – Professor of Ophthalmology – Georgetown University

Joy Dixon Robinson, M.D. 1987 – Director of Ophthalmology Service –Hampton, VA - VA Hospital/ Assistant Professor – Eastern Virginia Medical School

William Boyd, M.D. 1988 – Instructor -  University of South Carolina Medical - Columbia

Angela P. Perry, M.D. 1991  -   Director of Oculoplastic Service/Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology – University of Maryland

Omofolasade B. Kosoko, M.D. 1993 – Associate Vice – President for Multicultural and Community Affairs at Creighton University Medical School Omaha, Nebraska

Daniel Laroche, M.D. 1996 – Clinical Assistant Professor – New York Eye and Ear Infirmary & New York Medical School

Annemaire Etienne, M.D.   Glaucoma Attending - Oschner Clinic – New Orleans, LA

Jennifer D. Harris, M.D. 1998 – FDA

Deborah Eezzuduemhoi, M.D. 2000- Director of Glaucoma Service - Texas Tech Medical School

Tosin Smith, M.D. 2003 – Director of Glaucoma Service – University of Mississippi

Raphael Costillo, M.D.  2005 – Retina Service - New York University School of Medical

Alfred L. Anduze, M.D. – Assistant Clinical Professor – University of South Florida

Anh Danh Phan, M.D. 2006 – Retina/Vitreous Service - Wake Forest University

Soheila Rostami, M.D. 2006 – Oculoplastic Service – George Washington University

Thomas G.L. Hunter, M.D. 2008 – Glaucoma Service – Duke University

Omolola Idowu, M.D. 2009 – Director of Glaucoma Service – University of Mississippi

Carla I. Bourne, M.D. 2010 – Glaucoma Service – University of South Florida

Anh Danh Phan, M.D. 2010 – Retina/Vitreous Service – University of Indiana

Tamer Mansour, M.D. 2011 – General/Oculoplastic Service – George Washington University

Nitin Kumar, M.D. 2012 – Retina/Vitreous Service – Henry Ford Hospital

Christopher Thiagarajah, M.D. 2012 – Georgetown Medical Center/Washington Hospital Center

Howard University Hospital Department of Ophthalmology Fellows

1985 – 1986 Cheryl G. Cauthen, M.D. – Vitreous/Retina

1985 - 1986  Hon Q. Duong, M.D. – Glaucoma

PUBLICATIONS:

2007 Publications

*Hunter T*, Kande V, Jones LS. Intraocular Pressure Fluctuation After Baerveldt Aqueous Tube Shunt Surgery IOVS 2007 E-Abstract 1270.

*Thiagarajah C*, *Patel G*, *Hunter T*, *Ngakeng V*, Copeland RA. Development of a Universally Accessible Ophthalmology Electronic Medical Record IOVS 2007 E-Abstract 2386.

*Blakes KA*, Copeland RA, Lee E, Myeni TN. Prevalence of Ocular Inflammation in Patients of African Descent With Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Howard University Hospital IOVS 2007 E-Abstract 5843.

*Biscette OM*, Caruso RC, Smaoui N, Rubin BI, Crawford MA, Meltzer MR, Chan CC, and Tsilou E. Clinical and Genetic Heterogeneity of Crystalline Retinopathies: Report of Two Families Without Bietti Crystalline Dystrophy. Retinal Cases & Brief Reports. 1(4):232-235, Fall 2007.

2008 Publications

*Blakes KA*, Levy-Clarke G. The Utility of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in the Evaluation and Assessment of Patients with Serpiginous Retinochoroidopathy IOVS 2008 E-Abstract 945.

*Idowu, O*, *Ford FD*, Cowan C. Barriers to Compliance in Glaucoma Patients IOVS 2008 E-Abstract 3606.

*Kumar N*, *Idowu O*, *Ford FD*, Copeland RA. Epidemiology of Ophthalmology Consultations in an Inner City University Hospital IOVS 2008 E-Abstract 4994.

*Bourne CI*, Deegan W. Evaluation of Central Retinal Artery Occlusion (CRAO) After Intravitreal Injection: Comparison of Pegaptanib, Bevaciizumab, and Ranibizumab IOVS 2008 E-Abstract 5564.

*Ford FD*, Shin S, Cowan C, Copeland RA. Surgical Technique for Management of Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome IOVS 2008 E-Abstract 5668.

2011    Yousuf, S.J., Kumar, N., Kidwell, E.D. Copeland. R.A., Rapidly Fatal Nasal Natural Killer/T-Cell Lymphoma: Orbital and Ocular Adnexal Presentation Orbit March 2011, Vol. 30, No. 2, Pages 120-121

2011    Ferdinand, L., Ngakeng, N.E., Copeland, R.A., Cornea Graft Rejection in African Americans at Howard University Hospital Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology 25 (2011) pages 285-289

2012    Co-Editor Copeland and Afshari Two Vol. Textbook Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Taylor, D., Afshari N.A., Copeland, R.A. Corneal Biomechanics Chapter 15 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Kaleen, M., Copeland, R.A., Phlyctenular Keratoconjunctivitis Chapter 31 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Kaleem MA,  Ramsahai S, del Fierro K, Rasul S, Onumah C, Copeland RA, Lerebours V, Gajjala J, Jones LS. Ocular Findings in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patients in Washington D.C. International Ophthalmology 2012 Apr;32(2):145-1

2012    Jacobs-El, N., Copeland, R.A., Ligneous Keratoconjunctivitis Chapter 42 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Qureeshi-Said, S., Copeland, R.A., Filamentary Keratitis Chapter 45 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Odaibo, S., Richards, N., Copeland, R.A. Metabolic Cornea Diseases Chapter 51 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    MomPremier, M., Copeland, R.A., Physical Injuries of the Cornea Chapter 56 Copeland and Afshari Prinicples and Practice of Cornea 2012

2012    Brown, N., Copeland, R.A., Cornea and Conjunctival Degenerations Chapter 60 Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea 2012 i