Allison Jarstad D.O.

Allison Jarstad is excited to bring her enthusiasm and passion for quality patient care as well as her endless energy to the SoCal Eye team. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Mathematics where she was awarded as a Scholar Athlete, and then received her medical degree in 2013 from Pacific Northwest University, where she was honored as Student Doctor of the Year and was a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Society. Allison then completed her ophthalmology training at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, followed by a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the University of California, Irvine where she was trained in LASIK, PRK, cornea transplant surgery, iris repair, intraocular lens exchange, secondary lens implantation, and femtosecond laser cataract surgery. She also specializes in diseases of the cornea and anterior segment and is a dry eye specialist.

Dr. Jarstad has always had a passion for international outreach work and after completing her surgical training, she then went to Stanford University where she was Clinical Faculty and completed a second fellowship in Global Ophthalmology, spending the majority of her time teaching ophthalmology and cornea transplant surgery in Africa and Asia, while volunteering with CureBlindness.org (formerly known as the Himalayan Cataract Project). Throughout her training and her career, she has volunteered in Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Allison has a particular passion for teaching, whether it is educating her patients on their eye health, teaching the staff members of her team here at SoCal Eye, or volunteering to teach ophthalmology residents and fellows at academic training centers in the USA and throughout the world.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, skiing, water sports, mountaineering (she has summited Mt. Adams, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro), taking barre and yoga classes at local studios, and spending time with her loved ones.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

7/2019 – Present 
SoCal Eye Physicians
Long Beach, CA
Cataract, cornea transplant, refractive surgery, anterior segment, ocular surface disease, ocular surface reconstruction, secondary IOL, pterygium, comprehensive eye exams

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

7/2018 – 7/2019
CLINICAL FACULTY and Global Ophthalmology Fellow (Dr. Geoff Tabin)
Stanford University Byers Eye Institute |Himalayan Cataract Project (www.CureBlindness.org) Palo Alto, CA
Operate and teach at high volume cataract campaigns in Africa and Asia
Teach ophthalmologists corneal and anterior segment disease, cornea transplant, pterygium, phaco and manual small incision cataract surgery in Africa and Asia
Organize the International Council of Ophthalmology Exam review course for African residents

07/2017 – 7/2018
FELLOWSHIP: Cornea and Refractive Surgery (Dr. Marjan Farid, Dr. Sumit (Sam) Garg, Dr.
Matthew Wade, Dr. Sanjay Kedhar) University of California Irvine Irvine, CA
PKP, ALK, DSAEK, DMEK, LASIK (VISX Star S4, Intralase), corneal cross linking (Avedro), limbal stem cell transplant, Boston keratoprosthesis type I placement and management of complications, pterygium excision with graft, ocular surface neoplasm excision, conjunctivochalasis surgery, iridoplasty, iris and scleral-fixated IOLs, IOL exchange, phacoemulsification, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (CATALYS), pars plana vitrectomy, manual small incision cataract surgery, tarsorrhaphy

07/2014 – 6/2017
RESIDENCY: Ophthalmology
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY
Residency Advisory Committee, Ophthalmology Liaison Residency Curriculum Committee, Resident Representative

07/2013 – 06/2014
INTERNSHIP: Transitional Medical Internship
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Syracuse, NY

08/2009 – 05/2013
MEDICAL SCHOOL: D.O. Degree
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Yakima, WA
Honors in Clinical Skills, Community and Behavioral Health (x2), Gastroenterology, Nervous System, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Women’s Health
Sigma Sigma Phi member, the Honorary Osteopathic Medical Fraternity Student Doctor of the Year 2013

08/2002 – 05/2006
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES: B.S. in Mathematics
University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Dean’s list, GPA: 3.54

01/2005 – 05/2005
STUDY ABROAD: Rome, Italy
Richmond University of London, Rome Campus Rome, Italy

MEDICAL LICENSURES AND BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

05/14/2017 – 05/31/2021
California Medical License – 20A15543

6/12/2019 – 5/30/2020 
Washington Medical License – OP60957833

03/2018
American Board of Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam – Passed

10/7/2018
American Board of Ophthalmology Oral Board Exam – Passed

05/30/2017
DEA License – FJ6795605

PUBLICATIONS

BOOK CHAPTERS

Jarstad A, Farid M. “ACIOL Complications and Management,” in Chang D, Argarwal A and Lee B (eds) Advanced IOL Fixation Techniques. Thorofare: SLACK Incorporated, 2019. Print.

Stagg, Brian, Balamurali K Ambati, and James Gilman. Diagnostic Ophthalmology. Salt Lake City: Amirsys Publishing, Inc., 2014. Print. (Contributed multiple chapters)

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Shumway C, Aggarwal S, Farid M, Muniz-Castro H, Jarstad A, Garg S, Kedhar S, Wade M. Penetrating keratoplasty using femtosecond laser: A comparison of postoperative visual acuity and astigmatism by suture pattern. Cornea. 2018.

Jarstad A, Carruth B, Puoplo N, Spitzer S. Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty for treatment of corneal perforation associated with morganella morganii keratoconjunctivitis. Submitted to JAMA Ophthalmology.

Jarstad J, Jarstad A, Chung, G, Tester R, Day L. Immediate postoperative intraocular pressure adjustment reduces risk of cystoid macular edema after micro-incision coaxial phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Korean J Oph. 2017 Feb;31(1): 39-43.

Moshirfar M, Imbornoni LM, Muthappan V, Williams L, Khalifa YM, Jarstad A, Sikder S. In vitro pilot analysis of uniformity, circularity, and concentricity of DSAEK donor endothelial grafts prepared by a microkeratome. Cornea. 2014 Feb;33(2):191-6.

Kinard K, Jarstad A, Olson RJ. Correlation of visual quality with satisfaction and function in a normal cohort of pseudophakic patients. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2013 Apr;39(4) :590-7.

Moshirfar M, Jarstad A, Khalifa YM. Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty: why does the donor tissue roll? Cornea. 2013 Apr;32(4):e52-3.

POPULAR PRESS PUBLICATIONS

Jarstad A, Farid M. “Next-Level Ocular Surface Management in the Cataract Surgery Patient.” Ophthalmology Management. May 2018.

Jarstad A, Garg S. “What’s in the Pipeline for Ocular Surface Disease.” Ophthalmology Management. May 2018.

PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

Oct 11, 2019
Yin H, Nord J, Cheng A, Jarstad A, Dhanireddy S, Verdier D, Weisenthal R. Evaluation of the long term visual outcomes of DSAEK and DMEK in the fellow eye of the same patient.
Podium presentation. 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum. Chicago, IL.

May 3-7, 2019
Jarstad A, Tran E, Tabin G. “Clinical and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Corneal Transplantation in Rwanda.” Poster presentation at 2019 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual conference. San Diego, CA.

May 5-9, 2017
Jarstad A, Carruth B, Schultze R, Spitzer S. “DSAEK for treatment of Morganella morganii corneal perforation.” Poster presentation at 2017 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual conference. Los Angeles, CA.

April 1-6, 2017
Meeker A, Jarstad A, Ko M. “Ophthalmic findings in a Hunter Syndrome patient on enzyme replacement therapy.” Poster presentation at 2017 North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society annual conference. Washington DC.

April 15-16, 2016
Jarstad A, Alpert, S. “The not so nice spice: two cases of vision loss following synthetic marijuana (“spice”) use.” Poster presentation at 2016 Annual Central New York Vision Forum. Syracuse, NY

April 15-16, 2016
Jarstad A, Grant L, Carruth B. “There really is no “safe cigarette” An unusual intraorbital foreign body.” Poster presentation at 2016 Annual Central New York Vision Forum. Syracuse, NY.

April 15-16, 2016
Jarstad A. “Glaucoma Management”. Podium presentation at 2016 Annual Central New York Vision Forum Technicians Meeting. Syracuse, NY.

Nov 18-21, 2012
Jarstad A, Jarstad J. Effects of immediate postoperative intraocular pressure adjustment in reducing the risk of cystoids macular edema after uncomplicated micro incision coaxial phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Poster presented at 2014 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology. Chicago, IL.

RESEARCH

06/2010 – 08/2010
RESEARCH ASSISTANT. University of Utah Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT Principal Investigator, Dr. Randall Olson, M.D.
AcrySof Glistenings
Clinical investigation of effect of glistenings on visual acuity and contrast resolution in patients 1-3 years following cataract surgery

01/2009 – 05/2009
RESEARCH ASSISTANT. Evergreen Eye Center, Federal Way, WA Principal Investigator, Dr. John Jarstad, M.D.
Determined accuracy of estimating immediate postoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) following cataract surgery and the effect of immediate postoperative IOP adjustment in preventing CME.

01/2004 – 08/2004
RESEARCH ASSISTANT. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Principal Investigator, Dr. Bob Palais

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Created mathematical algorithms to analyze DNA amplification, met weekly with a team of physicians, mathematicians and biologists at the University of Utah Hospital.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

01/2010 – 05/2011
TUTOR. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Yakima, WA.
Pathology tutor to medical students.

1/2009 – 6/2009
OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN. Evergreen Eye Center, Federal Way, WA
Prepared LASIK and cataract patients for surgery
Prepared sterile trays for surgery
Prepared patient for eye exam, perform OCT and visual field testing, and explain pre/post-operative procedures to patients

05/2006 – 12/2008
TAX & INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS ASSOCIATE. Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, WA
Interpreted tax law to prepare and file federal and state income tax returns
Assisted in Customs audits and documentation
Analyzed Customs processes to implement improvements in company policy
Researched tax regulations and changes in tax law

05/2005 – 08/2005  
OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN. Evergreen Eye Center, Federal Way, WA
Prepared LASIK and cataract patients for surgery
Sterilized and prepared surgical instrument trays
Counselled patients during eye exams, performed OCT and visual field testing, and explained pre/post-operative procedures to patients

05/2003 – 08/2003
OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN. Evergreen Eye Center, Federal Way, WA
Prepared LASIK and cataract patients for surgery
Sterilized and prepared surgical instrument trays
Counselled patients during eye exams, performed OCT and visual field testing, and explained pre/post-operative procedures to patients

TEACHING

Nov 2019
Lecturer – International ophthalmology and MSICS. University of California, Irvine, CA June 2019     Organizer and Instructor – MSICS course and wet lab. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

May 2019
Grand Rounds Presentation – Around the World in 365 Days: Life of a Global Ophthalmology Fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

April 2019
Lecturer – HSV Keratitis, corneal topography, acanthamoeba keratitis, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

March 2019
Lecturer – “HSV Keratitis,” St. Pauls Teaching Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 2019
Organizer and Lecturer – International Council of Ophthalmology annual exam review course, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Co-organized entire review course, lectured on pathology, microbiology, strabismus, low vision, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Feb 2019
Lecturer – Refractive Surgery, HSV Keratitis, Corneal topography, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana

Jan 2019
Lecturer – “Cornea Topography,” Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

Jan 2019
Lecturer – “Cornea Transplantation Techniques,” Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra Ghana Jan 2019 Lecturer – “Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency,” Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

Dec 2018
Lecturer – “Topography for the Anterior Segment Surgeon,” Biratnagar Eye Hospital, Nepal Dec 2018 Lecturer – “Introduction to Refractive Surgery,” Biratnagar Eye Hospital, Nepal

Oct 2018
Instructor – MSICS course, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL Sep 2018         Lecturer – Congenital corneal anomalies, corneal degenerations, cornea transplant surgery,
rejection and management. Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology. Kigali, Rwanda.

May 2018
Instructor – MSICS course, UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology.

April 2018
Lecturer – “Secondary Intraocular Lens Placement Techniques,” University of California, Irvine Dec 2017        Lecturer – “Keratolimbal Allograft for Corneal Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency,” Kansas University
Medical Center

Dec 2017 
Lecturer – “Herpes Simplex Virus and the Eye,” Kansas University Medical Center Oct 2017   Instructor – Microsurgery Course, UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology

Aug 2017
Instructor – Medical student ophthalmology course, University of California, Irvine

Aug 2016
Instructor – Medical student ophthalmology course, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Aug 2015         Lecturer – “Ophthalmic emergencies” and slit lamp tutorial. Crouse Hospital Department of
Emergency Medicine, Syracuse, NY

Aug 2015
Instructor – Medical student ophthalmology course, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY Aug 2014         Instructor – Medical student ophthalmology course, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY April 2013           Instructor – Medical student ophthalmology course, Pacific Northwest University of Health
Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Yakima, WA

2010-2011
Tutor – Pathology tutor, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Yakima, WA

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL WORK

4/2019 HIMALYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cornea surgery training with Dr. Argaw Shire, Dr. Demose Delelegn, and Dr. Helen Sisay at Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia.
4/2019 HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cornea surgery training with Dr. Dawit Gidday at Arbaminch Hospital, Arbaminch, Ethiopia.
3/2019 HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cataract outreach. Cape Coast, Ghana.
2/2019 HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cataract outreach. Old Fangak, South Sudan.
1-3/2019 HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cornea surgery training with Dr. Gladys Fordjour at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra, Ghana and. Dr. Kwadwo Amoah at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Cataract outreach at KBTH
9/2018 RWANDA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OPHTHALMOLOGY Cataract outreach. Kinihira, Rwanda.
9/2018 HIMALYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cataract outreach. Mekele, Ethiopia.
8/2018 HIMALYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cataract outreach. Arbaminch, Ethiopia.
8/2018 HIMALYAN CATARACT PROJECT/CUREBLINDNESS.ORG. Cornea surgery training with Dr. Muna Elisante. Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), Moshi, Tanzania
4/2018 MBS MINISTRY. Cataract outreach. Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jamaica.
11-12/2013 PROJECT HOPE. Ophthalmology elective at NRI Hospital in Vijayawada, Andrha Pradesh, India
  1. Directpatient care in clinics and operating theater
  2. Attend and speak at weekly conferences

2/2013
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SURGICAL OUTREACH. Combined general surgery and eye-glasses distribution mission trip to Morobo County, South Sudan.
Screen for refractive errors, distribute over 1300 donated eyeglasses
First assist and scrub for abdominal, general and hernia surgeries

6-7/2012      
OHIO UNIVERSITY INFECTIOUS AND TROPICAL DISEASE INSTITUTE. One-month eye-glasses screening and distribution trip throughout Ecuador.
Organized distribution of eyeglasses
Trained undergraduate students how to check vision, refract and perform tonometry

10/2011
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SURGICAL OUTREACH. Surgical trip to Dessalines, Haiti General surgery preceptor, Dr. Jason Cundiff
First assist and scrub for abdominal, general and hernia surgeries
Screen patients postoperatively and provide post-operative care

3/2010
REACH BEYOND BORDERS. Medical trip to Guatemala
Medical and dental work in remote villages of Guatemala

5/2009
DESERET INTERNATIONAL. Ophthalmology trip to Jakarta, Indonesia
Organize cataract screening, perform eye exams and distribute eye glasses

6/2007
DESERET INTERNATIONAL. Ophthalmology trip to Jakarta, Indonesia
Organize cataract screening, perform eye exams and distribute eye glasses

COURSES ATTENDED

Feb 15-18, 2018     
ASCRS and Cornea Society Fellows Educational Summit. Atlanta, GA. Sep 21, 2017  UCLA Phacoemulsification Course. Costa Mesa, CA

Aug 26, 2017
SEE International Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery Course. Santa Barbara, CA April 15-16, 2016          Central New York Vision Forum. Syracuse, NY

March 5-6, 2016
ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons Cataract Course. New York, NY Oct 3-4, 2015   CORE East Phacoemulsification Course. Washington, DC May

1-2, 2015
Central New York Vision Forum. Syracuse, NY

Mar 28-29, 2015    
CORE Central Phacoemulsification Course. Chicago, IL March 21, 2015    Annual Rochester Ophthalmology Course. Rochester, NY

Feb 21, 2015     
University of Texas Houston Phacoemulsification Wetlab. Houston, TX Feb 2-27, 2015          University of Texas Houston Basic Science Course. Houston, TX October 10, 2014 Annual Buffalo Glaucoma Symposium. Buffalo, NY

July 19-22, 2012   
Osteopathic Cranial Academy. Eugene, OR. Ophthalmology Practices and Principles Cranial Course

June 27-29, 2012   
Ohio University Tropical Disease Institute. Cuenca, Ecuador. International Research Training Course

May 31-June 4, 2012  
Southerland Cranial Teaching Foundation. Downers Grove, IL.

Oct 6, 2009   
Washington State Public Health Association Joint Conference on Health. Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA. Attendee.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

2/2019 – Present
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Knowledge Task Force member.

6/2015 – 6/2017
Residency Advisory Council Member
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

11/2014, 11/2016
Residency Admissions Committee Member
SUNY Upstate Department of Ophthalmology, Syracuse, NY

5/2015
Pacific Northwest University Ophthalmology Interest Group, Yakima, WA
Lectured to medical students interested in ophthalmology.

10/2014
Upstate Medical University Ophthalmology Interest Group, Syracuse, NY
Lectured to medical students interested in ophthalmology.

9/2012, 1/2012 4th Street Clinic, Salt Lake City, UT
Performed eye exams on homeless and uninsured patients.
12/2011 Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Clinical Photography Inventory, Vancouver, WA
Organized clinical photographs of pediatric diseases for pediatric practice
10/2011 Lions Club, Yakima, WA
Performed vision, hearing and blood pressure screening exams.
10/2011 Pacific Northwest University General Surgery Dept., Yakima, WA
Dissected cadavers and photographed clinically relevant anatomy for surgical lectures
10/2009 Pacific Northwest University President’s Gala Speaker
8/2009 Lions Club, Yakima, WA – Lunch meeting speaker

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

2017 to present
Cornea Society

2015 to present
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

2013 to present
American Academy of Ophthalmology

2009 to present
American Medical Association

2017 to 2018
Orange County Society of Ophthalmology 2009 to 2015    American Osteopathic Association

AWARDS, HONORS, DISTINCTIONS

2013 Student Doctor of the Year, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
2011 TOUCH (Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health) Award recipient
2009-2013 Sigma Sigma Phi member, the Honorary Osteopathic Medical Fraternity (equivalent to AOA)
2006 National Society of Collegiate Scholars, University of Utah

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Running (half marathons, 10K and 5K road races), skiing, yoga, surfing, mountain climbing (Mt. Kilimanjaro 8/2018, Mt. Kenya 2/2013, Mt. Adams 6/2012), attending live theater and concerts.