OSLI Retina

January/February 2013

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8 Questions with Carmen Puliafito Questions with Dr. Puliafito Starts on page 104 wife and I had to be apart for 2 years during my retina fellowship training – she in New York City, me in Miami – and I don't think either of us regrets it. specialists, work consumes more of my time than I would I like. I think I'm going to make "work-life balance management" a new hobby. Have you ever been fortunate enough to witness or to have been part of medical history in the making? If so, please explain. What do you enjoy doing to relax? My retina fellowship started at the convergence of a paradigm shift in the management of medical retinal diseases. We were managing most of our wet AMD patients with verterporfin photodynamic therapy, with or without intraocular triamcinolone acetonide, in 2003 and 2004. Then, in 2005 I was fortunate enough to work with Phil Rosenfeld, Stephan Michels, and yourself to test the feasibility of using intravenous bevacizumab (Avastin, Genentech/ Roche) for patients with neovascular AMD. From this early work, we then translated that experience with intravenous bevacizumab with what we knew about that drug and its similarity to intravitreally delivered ranibizumab (then only available in clinical trials but with promising phase I and II results) to be the first to use intravitreal bevacizumab on patients with neovascular AMD. Our experience in these first few patients was truly surprising and delivered remarkable anatomic and visual results. The rest is history. What are your hobbies outside of practicing medicine? I enjoy working with computers, computer networking, home automation, all sorts of gadgetry, and spending time with the kids. I love cinema, especially the espionage and thriller genres. Like most retina Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina · Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013 I enjoy spending time with our two children – Aidan, 4 years old, and Sophia, 2 years old. With both of our busy busy work schedules, it is relaxing to just sit back and watch our kids have fun with each other and enjoy just being kids. What's up next for you? After seven years on the faculty of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, I have decided to pursue new opportunities. My wife, Arlanna, and I will be relocating to Lexington, Kentucky in July 2013. I will be joining the Retina Associates of Kentucky with my great friend from my BPEI retina fellowship — John Kitchens, MD — and three other great partners. I am looking forward to working with this group that has been in existence for 35 years, collaborating with the University of Kentucky in the training of surgical and medical retina fellows, and enjoying the high quality of life in the great town of Lexington. Arlanna will be working as a pediatric ophthalmologist in Lexington. It goes without saying that it will be sad to leave BPEI, especially with the patient relationships I've formed, the camaraderie of the fellow faculty and staff, and the dedication to the Institute, but this move is going to be a positive change for my family and me. Disclosure: Dr. Moshfeghi is a consultant to Genentech/Roche, Regeneron, and Valeant. 103

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