Residents' Workshop

The Residents’ Workshop is open to all attendees at the conference. ACVO Members are encouraged to attend the ACVO Annual Meeting of the Voting Members which occurs at the same time. This session will be recorded for all members to view post-conference for free if they wish.

The course for 2019 is currently being arranged with the assistance of our good friend and ACVO Diplomate, Dr. Chris Murphy. Help us thank him for his efforts in coordinating this and the Keynote presentation.

Fundamentals of Microsurgery

This Workshop will focus on fundamental aspects of microsurgical training including establishing the appropriate mindset for approaching and performing microsurgery, the physics of suturing, fundamentals of the operating microscope and microsurgical instrumentation.


Nandini Gandhi MD  
Mark J Mannis MD, FACS     
Christopher Murphy DVM, PhD, DACVO 
Sara Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO

Speaker Biographies

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Nandini Gandhi, MD
About Dr. Gandhi

Nandini Gandhi was born and raised in Sacramento, California.  She attended Medical School at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa and her fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center.  She joined the UC Davis ophthalmology faculty in 2011.  She assumed the role of associate director of the residency program in 2013 and became director of the residency program in 2018. She is the Byron Demorest Chair in pediatric ophthalmology. She has been a leader in the development of the One Health integrated physician and veterinary ophthalmology microsurgical training program at UC, Davis.

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Mark J. Mannis, MD, FACS
About Dr. Mannis

Dr. Mark J. Mannis is the Fosse Endowed Chair in Vision Science Research, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, UC Davis Eye Center at the University of California, Davis. He also serves as Medical Director of Sierra Donor Services in Sacramento, California. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis and a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the University of Iowa. His primary research includes studies in the development of new anti-infective agents, corneal transplantation, visual rehabilitation of patients with corneal disease, and the management of oculodermal disease and diseases of the ocular surface. Clinically, he specializes in corneal surgery and diseases of the external eye. Dr. Mannis is editor/ author of six books including Cornea –published by Elsevier--a two-volume comprehensive text on the cornea and external eye co-edited with Jay Krachmer and Edward Holland, and cited as one of the 100 most important texts in ophthalmology of the 20th century, now in preparation for its 5th Edition. Dr. Mannis was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cornea and founding editor of Vision Pan-America: The Pan-American Journal of Ophthalmology.  He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals with over 200 published papers and is a reviewer for the Archives of Ophthalmology, Cornea, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Cornea and Contact Lenses. Dr. Mannis is a recipient of the R. Townley Paton Award in eye banking from the Eye Bank Association of America and was a recipient of the Lew Wasserman Award in research from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc. for his work in the development of antimicrobial peptides in ophthalmology. He has received the Moacyr Alvaro Gold Medal from the Federal University of Sao Paulo for contributions to ophthalmic education in Latin America and has received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Castroviejo Medal for his contributions to the subspecialty of the cornea and the Claes Dohlman Teaching Award (2017). He has served as one of the Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is President Emeritus of the Cornea Society as well as the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.  He conducts a busy referral practice in diseases of the cornea and external eye based at the University of California, Davis and is actively engaged in the residency and corneal fellowship training programs. Chris Murphy was his 1st corneal fellow.  He has been a leader in the development of the One Health integrated physician and veterinary ophthalmology microsurgical training program at UC, Davis.

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Chris Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
About Dr. Murphy

Dr. Murphy received his BS, DVM and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He then went on to the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) for his residency training in Comparative Ophthalmology at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He subsequently did a two-year corneal fellowship seeing human patients and conducting research on corneal wound healing at the School of Medicine, UC, Davis under the mentorship of Mark Mannis MD and Ted Reid PhD. Dr. Murphy previously served as a Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering and he is currently Distinguished Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis with his primary appointment being in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science in the School of Medicine where he also serves as Vice Chair overseeing Innovation and Entrepreneurial Activities.  Dr. Murphy has received a number of awards including the lifetime achievement award for research from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pfizer award for research excellence and the career achievement award from the Ocular Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. In partnership with Drs. Sara Thomasy and Paul Russell, he oversees a large, interdisciplinary, highly collaborative laboratory. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and 35 patents to his credit as well as numerous book chapters and has been durably funded by the NIH and other federal agencies. His research interests have focused on comparative ocular functional morphology and physiological optics, neuropeptides in corneal health and disease, how biophysical attributes of the extracellular matrix modulate fundamental cell behaviors in health and disease and ocular drug and device development. Clinically, he has interest and expertise in diseases and surgery of the anterior segment, exotic animal ophthalmology as well as visual capabilities and physiological optics in veterinary species. He has helped lead the development of the One Health Resident Microsurgical Training course for physician and veterinary ophthalmology residents at UC, Davis.

Dr. Murphy is a serial entrepreneur serving as a co-founder of a number of companies including Platypus Technologies LLC (a biotech startup based on the use of liquid crystals for reporting molecular interactions with nanostructured surfaces), Imbed Biosciences (an advanced wound care company), Ocular Services On Demand LLC (CEO; a distributed consortium of over 60 experts in vision science dedicated to assisting companies in the identification and development of ocular therapeutics and devices) and EyeKor Inc (CEO; focused on quality imaging data management services for human ocular clinical trials and preclinical drug development programs; Listed among the top 500 startup companies in the US by Inc in 2018). Dr. Murphy is also an avid fly fisherman, hobbyist blues harmonica player and co-author of the children’s book, Lucille Lost.

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Sara Thomasy DVM, PhD, DACVO
About Dr. Thomasy

Dr. Thomasy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis and is cross-appointed at the School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science.  She received her B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2000 and her DVM from UC Davis in 2005. She then completed a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from UC Davis in 2006. Following a one-year small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University, she completed a comparative ophthalmology residency at UC Davis in 2010. Dr. Thomasy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and served as a reviewer for several journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Acta Biomaterialia and Ophthalmology. She is an affiliate researcher at the California National Primate Research Center and co-runs a large, interdisciplinary vision science laboratory with Drs. Christopher Murphy and Paul Russell. Her research interests include large animal models for anterior segment disease, corneal wound healing, glaucoma, ocular pharmacology, and antiviral therapy for the management of feline herpesvirus.  She has been a leader in the development of the One Health integrated physician and veterinary ophthalmology microsurgical training program at UC Davis.

Past Resident Workshop Speakers & Topics

Presentations have been recorded since 2011 and are available to members through the online video portal.