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Tufts New England Eye Center
University of California, San Francisco
"I got into the retinal field because I was fascinated with the eye—how it works, why it sometimes doesn't—and wanted to make it my life's work to study it and help develop different ways to improve people's vision. I guess you could say I'm living my dream!"
Dr. Bryant’s medical education & training accomplishments are as diverse as they are distinguished. They started at Wayne State University School of Medicine where she was awarded prestigious scholarships for four consecutive years, won the school’s Distinguished Service Award, received honors for Outstanding Ophthalmology Research and earned the Distinction in Biomedical Research Award. While completing her residency at the University of California-San Francisco, she captured top honors for presenting the “Best Clinical Research Paper by a Resident” and won first place in the National Medical Association’s Rabb-Venable Ophthalmology Research Competition.
While finishing her fellowship at the Tufts New England Eye Center, Dr. Bryant was selected to represent The Retina Society in the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) “Ambassador” program. That honor enabled her to attend and participate in the AAO’s Mid-Year Forum, which featured a Congressional Advocacy Day, on which she and others visited with legislators and key care staff on Capitol Hill to discuss major issues facing the field of ophthalmology.
Dr. Bryant is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and served as a member of the AAO’s Consultant-Membership Advisory Committee. She is a Clinical Associate in the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and an Assistant Staff member of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Sonya Bryant Authors “Clinical Image” Write-up of Treatment For Patient’s Vitreous Hemorrhage in EC Ophthalmology
Dr. Sonya Bryant, assisted by RGW Fellow Joshua D. Levinson, authored a “Clinical Image” item for the September 2017 edition of EC Ophthalmology. The write-up detailed how a man who suffered a vitreous hemorrhage while hammering metal was treated with a Pars Plana Vitrectomy with Endolaser for the repair of a perforating globe injury.
Dr. Sonya Bryant Speaks With Local NBC Affiliate Station While Serving as Official Doctor at Summer Olympics in Rio
In conjunction with serving as one of the Official Doctors at the recently-completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Sonya Bryant conducted an interview with the NBC affiliate station (WRC/Washington, D.C.) to provide her professional and personal insights into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dr. Bryant, who provided medical care to athletes in basketball, boxing, diving, weightlifting and wrestling, told WRC reporter Wendy Rieger that she was selected from more than 100,000 applicants for a position. In addition to caring for the competitors, she also relied on her basic medical training to help a volunteer from Columbia who suffered a heart attack during the first week of the Olympics.
Dr. Sonya Bryant Interviews on News Ch. 8’s "News Talk" About Diabetic Retinopathy, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind Screenings at Holy Cross Community Clinics
Dr. Sonya Bryant was interviewed on News Channel 8’s "News Talk" in conjunction with an effort to raise awareness of—and promote screenings to identify—Diabetic Retinopathy among at risk populations in the region. RGW is teaming with the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind to conduct the screenings at the Holy Cross Community Clinics. Hispanics and African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the disease, and previous screening programs have found as many as a third of those screened had already developed significant cases of Diabetic Retinopathy.