Grace M. Richter, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
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    Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsMD2009
    Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealthMPH2009
    USC Roski Eye InstituteOphthalmology Residency2013
    University of California, Los Angeles- Jules Stein Eye InstituteGlaucoma Fellowship
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    Washington University2002Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant
    2000  - 2003Robert C. Byrd Scholar
    2001  - 2003Charles E. Thoele Scholarship
    2000  - 2004Washington University Arts and Sciences Scholar
    2004Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
    Columbia University2005NIH Research Fellowship
    Columbia University2005  - 2007Louis and Rachel Rudin Scholar
    Columbia University2007  - 2008Wyman Merit Scholarship in Public Health
    ARVO/National Eye Institute2009Travel Grant
    Department of Ophthalmology, USC2011Travel Grant
    Department of Ophthalmology, USC2012Research Travel Grant
    Department of Ophthalmology, USC2011  - 2012Medical Knowledge Award
    2014  - 2015Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow

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    Grace M. Richter, MD, MPH, graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in biochemistry and international studies. She then went to Columbia University for her Medical Degree, as well as her Masters in Public Health. After completing her ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California, she served as the assistant chief of service for ophthalmology at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship as the David Mays II Glaucoma Fellow at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute prior to returning to USC. Her research endeavors focus on ocular epidemiology and improving glaucoma diagnostics, and she has published and presented widely in these areas. Finally, Dr. Richter is passionate about international ophthalmology and enjoys volunteering her time to perform and teach manual small incision extracapsular cataract surgery in developing areas of the world.

    Dr. Richter has significant experience in ocular epidemiology and continues to work with Dr. Rohit Varma on his population-based eye studies such as the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. She is also interested in recent advancements in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and has written a comprehensive review on this topic. Dr. Richter is interested in glaucoma imaging techniques in order to improve our ability to diagnose glaucoma. Most recently, she is studying optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to characterize the optic nerve head in glaucoma, and is interested in using OCTA to characterize vascular risk factors for glaucoma. Finally, Dr. Richter is interested in studying the long-term effects of dietary habits on various eye diseases, including cataract, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

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    Defining the Relationships of Retinal Microcirculation with Glaucoma, Systemic Disease, and Ocular Anatomic Factors in African Americans
    NIH/NEI K23EY027855May 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Nelson AJ, Chang R, LeTran V, Vu B, Burkemper B, Chu Z, Fard A, Kashani A, Xu B, Wang R, Varma R, Richter GM. Ocular Determinants of Peripapillary Vessel Density in Healthy African Americans: The African American Eye Disease Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 08 01; 60(10):3368-3373. PMID: 31917454.
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    2. Chang R, Nelson AJ, LeTran V, Vu B, Burkemper B, Chu Z, Fard A, Kashani AH, Xu BY, Wang RK, Varma R, Richter GM. Systemic Determinants of Peripapillary Vessel Density in Healthy African Americans: The African American Eye Disease Study. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov; 207:240-247. PMID: 31229463.
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    3. Chang R, Chu Z, Burkemper B, Lee GC, Fard A, Durbin MK, Reznik A, Xu BY, Kashani A, Varma R, Wang RK, Richter GM. Effect of Scan Size on Glaucoma Diagnostic Performance Using OCT Angiography En Face Images of the Radial Peripapillary Capillaries. J Glaucoma. 2019 May; 28(5):465-472. PMID: 30789527.
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    4. Xu BY, Pardeshi AA, Burkemper B, Richter GM, Lin SC, McKean-Cowdin R, Varma R. Differences in Anterior Chamber Angle Assessments Between Gonioscopy, EyeCam, and Anterior Segment OCT: The Chinese American Eye Study. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Mar; 8(2):5. PMID: 30941263.
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    5. Xu BY, Pardeshi AA, Burkemper B, Richter GM, Lin SC, McKean-Cowdin R, Varma R. Quantitative Evaluation of Gonioscopic and EyeCam Assessments of Angle Dimensions Using Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2018 Nov; 7(6):33. PMID: 30619653.
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    6. Richter GM, Chang R, Situ B, Chu Z, Burkemper B, Reznik A, Bedrood S, Kashani AH, Varma R, Wang RK. Diagnostic Performance of Macular Versus Peripapillary Vessel Parameters by Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Glaucoma. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2018 Nov; 7(6):21. PMID: 30564510.
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    7. Richter GM, Sylvester B, Chu Z, Burkemper B, Madi I, Chang R, Reznik A, Varma R, Wang RK. Peripapillary microvasculature in the retinal nerve fiber layer in glaucoma by optical coherence tomography angiography: focal structural and functional correlations and diagnostic performance. Clin Ophthalmol. 2018; 12:2285-2296. PMID: 30510397.
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    8. Chen X, Richter GM, Caprioli J, McCannel TA. MACULAR MICROCYSTS IN SCHWARTZ-MATSUO SYNDROME. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2018 Fall; 12(4):367-370. PMID: 28002286.
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    9. Xu BY, Burkemper B, Lewinger JP, Jiang X, Pardeshi AA, Richter G, Torres M, McKean-Cowdin R, Varma R. Correlation between Intraocular Pressure and Angle Configuration Measured by OCT: The Chinese American Eye Study. Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2018 Nov-Dec; 1(3):158-166. PMID: 31025032.
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    10. Chow A, Burkemper B, Varma R, Rodger DC, Rao N, Richter GM. Comparison of surgical outcomes of trabeculectomy, Ahmed shunt, and Baerveldt shunt in uveitic glaucoma. J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2018 Jun 18; 8(1):9. PMID: 29915970.
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    11. Richter GM, Madi I, Chu Z, Burkemper B, Chang R, Zaman A, Sylvester B, Reznik A, Kashani A, Wang RK, Varma R. Structural and Functional Associations of Macular Microcirculation in the Ganglion Cell-Inner Plexiform Layer in Glaucoma Using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography. J Glaucoma. 2018 03; 27(3):281-290. PMID: 29394201.
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    12. Richter GM. The Promise of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2017 11; 124(11):1577-1578. PMID: 29055364.
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    13. Do JL, Sylvester B, Shahidzadeh A, Wang RK, Chu Z, Patel V, Richter GM. Utility of optical coherence tomography angiography in detecting glaucomatous damage in a uveitic patient with disc congestion: A case report. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Dec; 8:78-83. PMID: 29260124.
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    14. Kashani AH, Chen CL, Gahm JK, Zheng F, Richter GM, Rosenfeld PJ, Shi Y, Wang RK. Optical coherence tomography angiography: A comprehensive review of current methods and clinical applications. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2017 09; 60:66-100. PMID: 28760677.
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    15. Richter GM, Wang M, Jiang X, Wu S, Wang D, Torres M, Choudhury F, Varma R. Ocular Determinants of Refractive Error and Its Age- and Sex-Related Variations in the Chinese American Eye Study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 07 01; 135(7):724-732. PMID: 28520882.
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    16. Richter GM, Zhang X, Tan O, Francis BA, Chopra V, Greenfield DS, Varma R, Schuman JS, Huang D. Regression Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Disc Variables for Glaucoma Diagnosis. J Glaucoma. 2016 08; 25(8):634-42. PMID: 26900833.
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    17. Richter GM, Coleman AL. Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery: current status and future prospects. Clin Ophthalmol. 2016; 10:189-206. PMID: 26869753.
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    18. Richter GM, Choudhury F, Torres M, Azen SP, Varma R. Risk factors for incident cortical, nuclear, posterior subcapsular, and mixed lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino eye study. Ophthalmology. 2012 Oct; 119(10):2040-7. PMID: 22771048.
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    19. Richter GM, Torres M, Choudhury F, Azen SP, Varma R. Risk factors for cortical, nuclear, posterior subcapsular, and mixed lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2012 Mar; 119(3):547-54. PMID: 22197433.
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    20. Varma R, Richter GM, Torres M, Foong AW, Choudhury F, Azen SP. Four-year incidence and progression of lens opacities: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 May; 149(5):728-34.e1-2. PMID: 20181327.
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    21. Richter GM, Chung J, Azen SP, Varma R. Prevalence of visually significant cataract and factors associated with unmet need for cataract surgery: Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2009 Dec; 116(12):2327-35. PMID: 19815276.
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    22. Richter GM, Sun G, Lee TC, Chan RV, Flynn JT, Starren J, Chiang MF. Speed of telemedicine vs ophthalmoscopy for retinopathy of prematurity diagnosis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul; 148(1):136-42.e2. PMID: 19376496.
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