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Resident Spotlight – HongVan Le, MD

How did you become interested in ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is a challenging field, both clinically and surgically. However, you can make a significant impact on your patients’ vision and subsequently their quality of life by doing something as simple as prescribing glasses or performing challenging surgeries, like cataract surgery. It is this potential to change someone’s quality of life that initially drew my interest to ophthalmology

Why did you choose the UAB Department of Ophthalmology for your residency over other programs?
I chose UAB Ophthalmology because it has a reputation for training residents to be great clinicians, surgeons, and educators — no matter our chosen specialty.

Why should future residents consider applying to our residency program?
The UAB Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program is well-known as a clinically and surgically strong program, with a diverse patient population and a state-of-the-art training facility. I know the education offered here is one-of-a-kind.

Where are you from originally?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Where did you attend medical school?
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

When is your anticipated residency completion date?
I am in my second year of residency and hope to complete the program in June 2018.

How do you feel about Birmingham?
Birmingham feels like a home away from home for me. It has enough of the small-town feel with all the amenities of a large city.

What do you think will be your specialty focus in ophthalmology?
I enjoy all aspects of ophthalmology, but I particularly enjoy working with children, so pediatric ophthalmology really appeals to me.

Do you have any hobbies or pastimes that you enjoy when you aren’t training as a resident?
I enjoy thrift shopping, sewing, and baking.

What TV shows do you enjoy watching during your time away from the hospital?
I enjoy Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Supernatural.