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Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science Announces 2021-2022 Heed Fellows

May 11, 2021

The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation was created in 1946 to provide talented surgeons with funding for
postgraduate studies in ophthalmology and the ophthalmic sciences. The Foundation promotes this advancement by
providing postgraduate fellowship support, a $10,000 merit award, to outstanding ophthalmologists who will
pursue academic careers in ophthalmic patient care, education, and research.

Paula Wu Feng, MD

Dr. Paula Feng received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Biomedical Research from the University of California, Los Angeles with College and Departmental Honors. She was awarded numerous prizes including the University of California Regents’ and Chancellors’ Scholarship, Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Oppenheimer Award, and the Chancellor’s Service Award and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate Science Journal. Subsequently, she received an Intramural Research Associate Training Award at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Feng went on to graduate cum laude (highest departmental honors) from Yale School of Medicine, where she was awarded the Arnold White Thesis Prize for the most outstanding senior thesis in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and named a Farr Scholar. She completed her Preliminary-Medicine Internship at Greenwich Hospital, where she earned the residency program Browning Award for outstanding professionalism. She has coauthored forty peer-reviewed manuscripts. After her residency in ophthalmology at Yale, Dr. Feng will attend Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami for a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery.

Benjamin K. Young, MD, MS

Dr. Benjamin Young is a graduate of the combined BA/ MS four-year Vagelos Scholar in Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with honors, while minoring in Biophysics and Psychology, followed by a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. During this time, he received the University of Pennsylvania Medical Emergency Response Team Outstanding Service Award twice and the NCEMSF Collegiate Emergency Medical Service Organization of the Year Award. Dr. Young then obtained his medical degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He also earned the Warren Alpert Medical School Summer Assistantship Funding Award and Carpenters Travel Grant Award. Dr. Young was selected as Chief Resident during his ophthalmology residency training at Yale and the recipient of numerous awards such as the Susan H. Forster Resident as Teacher Award, Marvin Sears Clinical Excellence Award, Resident Research Day Award, and Consultant of the Month. He created the first podcast for ophthalmology residency education called “Eye for Ears”, which has earned a significant national and international audience and has received attention from AAO and AUPO. Dr. Young is currently a firstyear fellow in the Vitreoretinal Surgery program at the Kellogg Eye Center at University of Michigan.

Submitted by Liz Pantani on May 18, 2021