Alumni News

Raymond Areaux, MD

Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Areaux, MD on the birth of their daughter!

Adelaide Marie Areaux 5/19/14
7 lbs, 5 oz

Josh Levar, MD

Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Josh Levar on the birth of their son!

Seth Matthew Levar 11/6/12
8lbs 2oz 20 3/4 inches

William Park, MD

has signed with (Loyola alum) Kevin Kovach at the Kovach Eye Institute and will be heading a new Naperville office.

Michelle Andreolli McMahon, MD

Congratulations to Mr. Timothy and Dr. Michelle Andreolli McMahon on their wedding March 2, 2009 in Paris, France. Amour!

Joseph Doe, MD

forwarded a local newspaper article on his expanding practice in Gaylord, Michigan, entitled "Technology helps treat vision problems" .

Brent Hayek

Madagascar Trip - 11/20/2012
It was great! I trained a number of ophthalmologists there in plastics--particularly ptosis. Did a lot of surgeries with them. The local docs were great and overly accommodating. Hotel was nice, food good--a lot of French influence. Saw some lemurs as well.

I spoke at a national meeting. They need more training. They do a lot of cataract (small incision extra cap). They have 2 phaco machines in the country, but seldom used because they need someone to train them so they feel comfortable. They want a cornea, peds, and retina doc to come. They cannot repair a retinal detachment--you're out of luck unless you fly out of the country (if you have the money). They also want someone to teach them phaco. I plan to go back next year.

Matthew Kim, MD

Holiday Card from 2010





Derrick Montgomery, MD

News from 2010
Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Derrick Montgomery on the birth of their daughter, Victoria, born in March 2010!

Brent Hayek, MD

News from 2009
Emory Eye Center top ten ranking in 2008-2009

Matthew Kim, MD

News from 2008
Congratulations to Jessie and Matthew Kim on the birth of their beautiful new daughter, Ellie Hanna Kim, born on April 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm. She weighed 6# 12 oz and measured 19 3/4 " long.

News from 2007
Hello, fellow-Loyolans!

How is Loyola? I'm sure everyone is doing fantastic. Well I'm finally done with my fellowship at UC Irvine. I just want to inform you guys on what we (Jessie - my wife and I) are doing in Southern California.

My wife is now the head designer at the Three Dots, Inc., in Garden Grove, CA. She is very busy and successful! I'm so happy for her. Check out her company site.

I have joined the Terry Eye Institute in Fullerton, CA, as the cornea and refractive surgery specialist. The address is 270 Laguna Road, Suite 100, Fullerton, CA 92835. I'm very excited about this opportunity. The plan is to become a partner next year. Also, I am an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine and a cornea consultant at Long Beach VA Medical Center. I love teaching, so I will be involved with the academics as a volunteer faculty at UC Irvine.

I hope to see you guys soon. ASCRS meeting will be in Chicago next year. I will try to stop by Loyola during that time. My wife and I miss you guys. Take care!


Matthew H. Kim, MD, MS

John Galasso, MD, PhD

wrote: Hi, hope all is well. Jack is doing great. Please share the photos with people in the office. Happy Holidays! - John

Brent Hayek, MD

News from 2006
Brent sent these photos and says "Happy Holidays"


  1. Steinert RF, Kim MH. "Penetrating and Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty". In Roger F. Steinert and David Huang (eds), Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography, Slack Incorporated, 2008: Chapter 5, pp. 49-61.
  2. Farid M, Kim MH, Steinert RF. Results of penetrating keratoplasty performed with a femtosecond laser incision: Ophthalmology 2007; 114:2208-2212.

Published Abstracts:

  1. Hayek B1A, Barry M2, Lacy-Hulbert A2, Hynes RO2, Esmaeli B1A, McCarty J1B. A Novel Mouse Model to Study the Pathogenesis of Eyelid Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Head and Neck Surgery: Section of Ophthalmology, Cancer Biology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; 2Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. ARVO Abstract # , 2007.
  2. Naimi E. Hatef, Hayek B, Nguyen M, Ho V, Hsu A, Esmaeli B. Upper Eye Lid Reconstruction with Acellular Dermal Graft (AlloDerm) in Cancer patients. The Section of Ophthalmology/Dept. of Head and neck Surgery, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. ARVO Abstract # , 2007.
  3. Kim MH, Khanna A. Bilateral Exudative Retinal Detachments in the Tubulointerstitial Nephritis and Uveitis Syndrome Secondary to Posterior Scleritis. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 1(2): 98-100, Spring 2007.

Christy Delaney-Richardson, MD

Congratulations to Christy and Bob Richardson on their December 2007 wedding!

Rukhsana G. Mirza, MD

Mirza RG, Johnson MW, Jampol LM, Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL "Optical Coherence Tomography Use in Evaluation of the Vitreoretinal Interface: A Review." Surv Ophthalmology, 2007 Jul-Aug;52(4):397-421

Ahsan Khan, MD

News from 2011
Dr. Ahsan Khan, ophthalmologist and Director of the Gift of Sight program, will be running the Southern California Half Marathon in Irvine on January 7, 2012 to raise money and awareness for the Gift of Sight project of Humanity First, USA.

Please visit Dr. Khan’s fundraising link and support Humanity First, USA. With your help, we will be able to continue restoring vision to those in need around the world.

Aveen Banich, MD

News from 2005
In October 2005 Jim and Aveen Banich celebrated the birth of their new daughter, Claire Elizabeth. Claire was welcomed home by her sister Madeleine and her brother, Luke. Congratulations to them all!

Eric Snyder, MD

News from 2007
Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year from the Eric Snyder, MD Family
Eric, Sonya, Sophia, Isaac and Nathaniel

Steven Slezak, MD

and his team of 31 spent time in Sumpango, Guatemala which is 45 minutes outside Guatemala, City.

Sumpango, Guatemala Team - An Amazing Team!

  • 7 physicians
  • 2 pharmacists
  • 8 nurses/physician assistants
  • 4 optical
  • 4 logistics
  • 6 interpreters
Jeffrey Zimm, MD Family
Holiday Card from 2010
Jeffrey Zimm, MD Family
Holiday Card from 2008
Jeffrey Zimm, MD Family
Holiday Card from 2007

Alan Chow, MD

Founder, COO & CSO of Optobionics Corporation

Alan Chow was born in Hong Kong in the early 1950s, and moved with his family to the United States in 1958. His father was a mechanical engineer, his mother a chemical engineer. Chow pursued a career in medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his ophthalmology residency from Loyola University's medical school. He continued his education and postdoctoral fellowships at George Washington University and the Johns Hopkins University Wilmer Eye Institute, where he studied eye genetics.

Dr. Chow, with his brother Vincent, invented a silicone retinal implant microchip to treat diseases of the retina, in particular, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This artificial device has made possible significant visual improvements with virtually no adverse side effects. Thirty million people worldwide are afflicted with age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, two potentially debilitating eye diseases for which there is no cure. This device, which offers hope to patients that have gone blind as a result of AMD or RP, is thinner than a human hair and can be implanted during a two-hour operation.

Dr. Chow is currently the Chief Operating Officer – Founder of Optobionics Corporation. Dr. Chow has received honors, grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Westinghouse Corporation, NASA, and the Heed and Knapp Fellowships. Venues highlighting his work include TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, ABC World News, NIGHTLINE, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Good Morning American and DATELINE. In January 2004, he was honored by the World Economic Forum’s G20 in Switzerland as a World Technology Pioneer. Chow is a practicing physician, as well as, a reviewer for multiple academic journals and a spokesman and faculty for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an active inventor and is a named author of 15 patents.

Lawrence S. Evans, MD, PhD

who was 60, died May 22, 2004 in Hinsdale Hospital due to cardiomyopathy and renal failure.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Evans earned a BS in mathematics in 1965 from Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1971 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Roosevelt University, Chicago from 1969-1972. He left Roosevelt University to pursue a degree in medicine, but returned to the faculty as a part-time lecturer in the Departments of Mathematics and Economics from 1977-1979.

Evans began his medical education at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, earning a degree in medicine in 1975. He entered the combined Ophthalmology Residency Program at Loyola University Medical Center/Hines VA Hospital, graduating in 1979. Evans was Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981, and completed a fellowship in uveitis/inflammatory disease at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago in 1987.

Evans joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood as a part-time clinical instructor in 1979. Upon his Board certification, he was appointed assistant professor of ophthalmology, where he served as a full-time faculty member specializing in uveitis and inflammatory disease and director of the low vision service until his retirement in 1996 due to ill health. During his medical career, he also served on the staff of the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill., Dreyer Medical Clinic, S.C. in Aurora, Ill., and DuPage General Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill.

An accomplished researcher and dedicated educator, Evans authored more than 16 articles and book chapters, 14 abstracts, and presented numerous lectures at local, regional and national meetings.

He served on several departmental and hospital committees while at Loyola and was a member of the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology Board of Directors. During his career he served as a consultant to various corporations and scientific institutes and is credited with the invention of the capsule forceps with iris retractor, manufactured by Karl Ilg Company.

Evans was a member of the Institute of Mathematic Statistics, the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology, and was a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

In his leisure time, Evans was a model train enthusiast. He enjoyed geometry and did volunteer work in both locally and abroad, participating in a variety of vision screenings and low vision fairs as well as mission trips to the Mercy Hospital in Abak, Nigeria with FOCUS, Inc. (Foreign Ophthalmic Care from the U.S.).

Dr. Evans is survived by his daughter, Katherine Evans of San Francisco, Cal., and his sister, Margaret King of Strongsville, Ohio. At the family’s request, donations in Dr. Evans’ memory may be made to the Low Vision Fund of the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center.

photo from 2010

John J. Golden, MD

The Department of Ophthalmology mourns the passing of John J. Golden, MD. Born September 4, 1930 in Chicago, who was 77, died Monday, January 7, 2008, at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Dr. Golden worked as an ophthalmologist at Edward Hospital.

Golden began his medical education at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, earning a medical degree in 1955 and has been in the profession for 53 years. He began his ophthalmology residency at Cook County Hospital.

A regular “weekly” attendee of our department grand rounds and educational conferences, faculty, residents and medical students all benefited from his many years of experience and contributions to the education of the residents during these conferences.