Four New Physicians Join Wills Eye Hospital

The doctors will join the Cataract and Primary Eye Care, Glaucoma, and Retina Services

PHILADELPHIA, July 19, 2022 – Wills Eye Hospital today announced that Jordan D. Deaner, MD, Lauren Hock, MD, Jeffrey F. McMahon, MD, and Sarah Michelson, MD will join its medical staff. Michelson and McMahon have been hired to the specialty eye hospital’s Cataract and Primary Eye Care (CPEC) service, Deaner will join the retina service, and Hock will join the ranks of the Glaucoma service.

Three of the four physicians are Wills Eye alumni. McMahon and Deaner both graduated from the hospital’s residency program in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and both served as Co-Chief Resident during their final year. Hock is a 2022 fellowship graduate having just completed a year of subspecialty training with the Glaucoma Service. Michelson is coming back to Philadelphia after time spent as a resident and clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. McMahon and Michelson will split their time between the CPEC Service at Wills Eye Hospital and the Wills Eye Physicians offices in King of Prussia (Dr. Michelson) and Plymouth Meeting (Dr. McMahon).

“We are excited by the expertise and energy this new group of physicians will bring to our CPEC, Glaucoma, and Retina departments,” said Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital. “It’s wonderful to welcome back familiar faces and bring new professionals into the Wills Eye family. Wills Eye patients now have a wealth of excellent new physicians to rely on in addition to our existing world-renowned faculty.”

Deaner brings a remarkable record of experience to his new position as a Wills Eye physician on staff with Mid-Atlantic Retina. Appointed an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, his accolades include receiving the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award and the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award. Deaner is a graduate of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and has completed a uveitis and ocular inflammatory disease fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Duke University Eye Center.

As a fellowship-trained Glaucoma Specialist at Wills Eye Hospital, Hock is joining a team dedicated to providing world-class glaucoma treatment and care. During her time in the Wills fellowship program, she was awarded the Rick Bay Excellence in Eyecare Education Scholarship for integrity, compassion, partnership, and dedication to the greater good. She also received the Arbisser Top Gun Award from the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences which is awarded to the resident, fellow, or junior faculty member who has the most forward-thinking, creative idea or solution to a current issue or need in the. Hock graduated with top academic honors from Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed her internship and ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinic.

McMahon returns to Wills Eye from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital where he served as assistant professor on the full-time faculty with a busy clinical and surgical practice. Among his many accomplishments, he received the Donald J. D’Amico Teaching Award from Weill Cornell Medical College in 2020 and has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles in basic sciences, clinical ophthalmology, and resident education. McMahon is a graduate of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida. He is involved in international ophthalmology and has completed mission trips to Kenya, Haiti, and Peru.

Michelson served as Graduate Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and Clinical Lecturer for Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Michigan Medicine before coming to Wills. While at the University of Michigan, she received the Terry J. Bergstrom Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Her career is already notable for multiple research recognitions, academic mentoring and lectureships, and peer-reviewed publications. Michelson is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and received her undergraduate degree at Drexel University.

“This is a bright, talented cohort of young professionals and we are looking forward to watching them grow and succeed in their positions at Wills Eye,” said Joseph P. Bilson, Chief Executive Officer, Wills Eye Hospital. “Their academic and professional experience align with our mission of preserving and protecting vision in our community and across the globe.”

For more information on Wills Eye Hospital, please visit www.willseye.org.


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