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Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2019)
  • Intern of the Year, Mount Sinai St. Lukes Department of Medicine (2016)
  • Behrens Memorial Prize, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2015)
  • Medical Student Fellow, Research to Prevent Blindness (2013)
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, Harvard University (2010)

Professional Education

  • Residency, Harvard/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Ophthalmology (2019)
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2015)
  • BA, Harvard College, Chemical and Physical Biology (2010)


All Publications

  • Reperfusion of retinal ischemia in retinal occlusive vasculitis with nicotinic acid and infliximab in Adamantiades-Behcet's disease. American journal of ophthalmology case reports Al-Moujahed, A., Hien, D. L., Akhavanrezayat, A., Pham, B. H., Tuong Ngoc, T. T., Doan, H. L., Yasar, C., Lajevardi, S., Nguyen, H. V., Nguyen, Q. D. 2021; 21: 101027


    To describe a case of ischemic retinal vasculitis in Adamantiades-Behcet disease (ABD) that demonstrated significant resolution of retinal ischemia following treatment with nicotinic acid and infliximab.Observations: A 12-year-old male with a history of recurrent oral ulcers, fevers, and failure to thrive was admitted to the hospital with fever, oral and perirectal mucositis, and poor oral intake one month before presentation to uveitis clinic. He was suspected to have ABD and was treated with three doses of intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone (30 mg/kg/day) which led to improvement in his systemic symptoms. One week after admission, he complained of decreased vision in both eyes (OU), during which he was found to have anterior uveitis in OU and was referred to the Uveitis Clinic. Upon examination, his visual acuity was 20/80 in OU. Intraocular pressures were within normal limits. Anterior chamber evaluation revealed 0.5+ cells and 1.5+ flare in OU. Posterior examination revealed pale optic nerve, sclerosis and vascular sheathing of retinal arteries, and collateral vessels in OU. Fluorescein angiography (FA) showed optic disc leakage and widespread retinal ischemia in OU. The patient was diagnosed with retinal occlusive vasculitis associated with ABD. He was initially treated with infliximab (5 mg/kg), systemic methylprednisolone, and mycophenolate mofetil. Three months later, his BCVA improved to 20/70 OU with slight improvement of retinal ischemia on FA. Nicotinic acid was added to his treatment regimen. Due to logistic challenges, he did not receive infliximab treatment during the subsequent three months. However, three months after beginning nicotinic acid therapy, FA revealed significant improvement of his retinal ischemia OU. Conclusion: To our knowledge, the index report is the first to show that nicotinic acid may improve retinal ischemia in vaso-occlusive retinal vasculitis and be an integral part of the treatment regimen of this sight-threatening condition.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajoc.2021.101027

    View details for PubMedID 33615039

  • Liquid biopsy proteomics of uveal melanoma reveals biomarkers associated with metastatic risk. Molecular cancer Velez, G., Nguyen, H. V., Chemudupati, T., Ludwig, C. A., Toral, M., Reddy, S., Mruthyunjaya, P., Mahajan, V. B. 2021; 20 (1): 39

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12943-021-01336-4

    View details for PubMedID 33627107

  • Anti-interleukin-6 receptor therapy with tocilizumab for refractory pseudophakic cystoid macular edema. American journal of ophthalmology case reports Pham, B. H., Hien, D. L., Matsumiya, W., Tuong Ngoc, T. T., Doan, H. L., Akhavanrezayat, A., Yasar, C., Nguyen, H. V., Halim, M. S., Nguyen, Q. D. 2020; 20: 100881


    Purpose: To describe the clinical course of a patient with refractory pseudophakic cystoid macular edema treated with interleukin-6 receptor antagonist tocilizumab.Observations: An 80-year-old Caucasian man with past ocular history significant for glaucoma (right eye) and iritis presented with cystoid macular edema (CME) in the right eye (OD). His ocular surgery history was significant for cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lenses in 1999 and YAG laser capsulotomy in 2014 in both eyes (OU). His medications at time of presentation included latanoprost and dorzolamide-timolol in OD for glaucoma, as well as prednisolone in OD for iritis. Upon examination, his visual acuity was 20/250 in OD and 20/20 in the left eye (OS). Intraocular pressure was 20mmHg in OD and 10mmHg in OS. Slit-lamp examination revealed no cells or flare in OU. Dilated fundus exam showed CME and a cup-to-disk ratio of 0.9 in OD and normal findings in OS. Initial spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) demonstrated intraretinal fluid in both outer and inner layers as well as mild subretinal fluid with an intact ellipsoid zone in OD. Fluorescein angiography revealed perifoveal leakage in OD. Laboratory evaluations, including infectious work-up, were unremarkable. While the patient's CME initially improved after initiation of therapy with topical prednisolone and oral acetazolamide, the CME later recurred after systemic acetazolamide was stopped due to intolerable side effects. Despite multiple therapeutic approaches, including topical and systemic corticosteroids (both oral and intravenous) and topical interferon alpha2b over the course of more than one year, the patient's visual acuity continued to worsen with increasing intra- and subretinal fluid in the macula. Due to the refractory CME, the patient was started on monthly infusions of anti-interleukin (IL)-6 receptor tocilizumab (8 mg/kg) with three days of methylprednisolone infusions (500 mg/day). After nine cycles of treatment, SD-OCT demonstrated restoration of normal foveal contour with complete resolution of CME.Conclusions and Importance: IL-6 inhibition with tocilizumab may be a safe and effective treatment for refractory CME. Further studies are needed to elucidate the nature and extent of therapeutic IL-6 inhibition in CME.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100881

    View details for PubMedID 32875161

  • Yet another case of ocular sarcoidosis. American journal of ophthalmology case reports Hien, D. L., Onghanseng, N., Ngoc, T. T., Hwang, J. J., Pham, B. H., Doan, H. L., Nguyen, H. V., Halim, M. S., Uludag, G., Sepah, Y. J., Do, D. V., Nguyen, Q. D. 2020; 19: 100825


    Purpose: To report a case of bilateral pan-uveitis resembling fungal and viral endophthalmitis in a patient who was ultimately diagnosed with sarcoidosis.Observation: A 64-year-old female presented with a four-day history of painless vision loss in the right eye. She presented with multiple concurrent systemic complaints, including a history of oral and genital sores, patches of hypopigmented skin on her forearms, and occasional shortness of breath. Upon further examination, she was noted to have bilateral pan-uveitis, which was more severe in the right than left eye. Posterior pole examination of the right eye revealed dense vitritis with multiple large whitish round balls that seemed suggestive of fungal or viral endophthalmitis. Initial therapies included intravitreal (IVT) foscarnet and intravenous (IV) acyclovir, followed by IV amphotericin B and oral voriconazole, which did not improve ocular signs and symptoms. Further evaluations ruled out infectious etiologies and lymphoma. Chest computerized tomography (CT) scan revealed findings suggestive of sarcoidosis, which was confirmed with lung biopsy. Anti-viral and -fungal treatments were discontinued, and the patient was started on IV methylprednisolone followed by oral prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil. Ocular symptoms improved, and the patient remained stable after treatment.Conclusion and Importance: The index report illustrates a case of ocular sarcoidosis that imitated the presentation of infectious endophthalmitis. Though ocular sarcoidosis is known to masquerade as a range of disorders and constitutes part of the differential diagnosis for infectious endophthalmitis, sarcoidosis has not been reported in recent literature to imitate the presentation of fungal endophthalmitis. The index case suggests that ocular sarcoidosis should be considered in the differential diagnoses of fungal endophthalmitis.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100825

    View details for PubMedID 32715157

  • Impending central retinal vein occlusion in patient with idiopathic cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis. American journal of ophthalmology case reports Akhavanrezayat, A. n., Hien, D. L., Pham, B. H., Nguyen, H. V., Tuong Ngoc, T. T., Al-Moujahed, A. n., Uludag, G. n., Karkhur, S. n., Doan, H. L., Nguyen, Q. D. 2020; 20: 100934


    To report a case of impending central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) associated with idiopathic cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV) that demonstrated significant resolution following treatment with intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone.A 27-year-old man presented to a tertiary Uveitis Clinic with a five-day history of blurry vision in the right eye (OD). He had a history of a purpuric rash and arthralgias five years ago and a biopsy-confirmed diagnosis of LCV controlled with colchicine two years ago in India. Recently, he presented with a recurrent rash and severe abdominal pain. After being evaluated by rheumatology and gastroenterology, he was placed on Helicobacter pylori treatment and high dose oral prednisone, which improved his skin and gastrointestinal symptoms. At the first ophthalmic exam, his systemic findings included lower extremity purpura. His best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 20/20 in both eyes (OU). Slit-lamp examination revealed no cells or flare in OU. Dilated fundus exam showed mild enlarged, tortuous veins, optic nerve hemorrhage, and intraretinal hemorrhages temporal to the macula in OD. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) demonstrated multiple hyper-reflective, plaque-like lesions involving the inner nuclear layer, consistent with paracentral acute middle maculopathy (PAMM). The patient was diagnosed with impending central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) in OD. Laboratory evaluations were unremarkable. Aspirin was initially started for the patient but was later held due to the worsening of retinal hemorrhage and retinal vein tortuosity at the one-week follow-up. The patient then received three doses of intravenous methylprednisolone, followed by systemic oral prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil. One month later, retinal hemorrhages, venous stasis, and skin manifestations resolved.Ocular involvement in LCV is rare and may present with different manifestations. The index case is the first report of impending CRVO in a patient with idiopathic LCV and without any other known risk factors for CRVO. Our report not only describes the unique course of LCV-related ocular involvement, but also introduces and underscores a potentially effective therapeutic plan.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ajoc.2020.100934

    View details for PubMedID 33015410

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  • Migration of a Fluocinolone Acetonide Intravitreal Implant Into the Anterior Chamber. JAMA ophthalmology Li, A. S., Nguyen, H. V., Do, D. V. 2020; 138 (10): e201388

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.1388

    View details for PubMedID 33030543

  • Complete RPE and outer retinal atrophy in patients receiving anti-VEGF treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. PloS one Eng, V. A., Rayess, N., Nguyen, H. V., Leng, T. 2020; 15 (5): e0232353


    IMPORTANCE: Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) is a leading cause of blindness with several intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents available for its management such as aflibercept, bevacizumab, and ranibizumab. However, direct comparisons between these three agents among the same patient population are limited.OBJECTIVE: To assess the rate and growth of complete retinal pigment epithelium and outer retinal atrophy (cRORA) in eyes with nAMD treated with aflibercept, bevacizumab, and/or ranibizumab.METHOD: Retrospective cohort study of patients with treatment-naive neovascular AMD seen at an academic hospital between October 2006 and February 2019. Study eyes were treated with intravitreal injections of aflibercept, bevacizumab, and/or ranibizumab and followed for two years.MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: cRORA prevalence, location, size, and growth rate. Eyes were imaged with Cirrus spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Presence and size of cRORA were calculated using the FDA-approved Advanced RPE Analysis software. Linear regression models were used to correlate cRORA progression with baseline demographic and ocular characteristics, anti-VEGF drug, and number of injections. Unpaired t-tests, ANOVA, and linear regression models were computed with SAS 9.4.RESULTS: 197 eyes from 158 patients (mean age 78.9, 62.9% women) received an average of 13 anti-VEGF injections over 24 months. 22% developed new cRORA. Mean cRORA area increased from 1.71 mm2 to 2.93 mm2. At 24 months, eyes with 11+ injections had significantly less cRORA area (11+ injections, 4.02 mm2; ? 10 injections, 2.46 mm2; p = 0.01) and growth rate (11+ injections, 0.41 mm2/year; ? 10 injections, 1.05 mm2/year; p = 0.02). Choice of anti-VEGF drug yielded no significant difference in cRORA progression.CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Treating nAMD with aflibercept, bevacizumab or ranibizumab demonstrated comparable cRORA development at 24 months. Number of injections inversely correlated with cRORA area and growth. These results warrant further investigation in the pathophysiology of cRORA in anti-VEGF treated eyes.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0232353

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