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    Tony Succar, MScMed(OphthalSc), PhD

    TitlePostdoctoral Scholar Research Associate
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentOphthalmology
    AddressHC4 1450 San Pablo Street 5th Floor
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033-6103
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      Diseases of the retina are the most prevalent causes of irreversible visual impairment and blindness which can profoundly impact activities of daily living, independence and quality of life. Dr. Tony Succar's translational research is investigating the morphologic changes and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying retinal diseases by integrating advanced diagnostic algorithms for imaging analyses using: 1. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA), 2. Retinal Oximetry and 3. Microperimetry. Correlations between these next generation imaging modalities can lead to earlier detection of retinal diseases, subsequently, initiating earlier treatment strategies which may halt the progression of blinding diseases and potentially save sight. Furthermore, Dr. Succar is investigating the neural and vascular changes occurring in the retina and the brain using OCTA and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify biological markers for risks of developing stroke and cognitive impairment.

      Prior to joining the USC Trojan family, Dr. Succar worked as a Clinical Associate Lecturer at The University of Sydney Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, where he earned his Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) in the development of an extraocular retinal prosthetic bionic eye for persons with severe visual impairment. He was subsequently awarded The University of Sydney Postgraduate Scholarship in Vision and Eye Health Research where he completed his PhD in the development of a Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic, on which medical students can sharpen their clinical reasoning skills by formulating a diagnosis and treatment plan on virtual patients with simulated eye diseases.

      PUBLICATIONS

      Textbook Chapter

      • T Succar and J Grigg (Targeted Publishing Date – January 2019) Book Chapter: The Role of Educational Technology in Promoting the Inclusion of Rural Clinical Schools for Ophthalmology Teaching using Virtual Patients. Textbook: Innovations in Higher Education in Teaching and Learning (IHETL): International Perspectives on Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education - Strategies for Fostering Inclusive Classrooms - Volume 3. Editors: J Hoffman, P Blessinger. Emerald Group Publishing.

      Journals

      • T Succar, S Ghahghaei, DC Fletcher, L Walker (2016). Restoring Functional Stereopsis in AMD with Dichoptic Training. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 57 (12), 5177-5177

      • T Succar (2017) Vision Rehabilitation for Penetrating Ocular Stab Wounds Following a Domestic Violence Knife Attack: A Case Study. Visibility 11 (1&2)

      • K Green, T Succar, A Kashani (2017) A Role for OCTA in Daily Retina Practice: A review of practical applications and limitations of OCTA for the assessment of patients with diabetic retinopathy. Retina Today, 56-59

      • Succar T, McCluskey P, Grigg J. (2016) Implementing a Competency Based Ophthalmology Curriculum for enhancing Medical Student Teaching. Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology 6 (1), 59-63

      • T Succar, L Walker, K Kendrick, A Mies, D Fletcher. (2016). Reading Function Improves with Task Lighting. Visibility 9 (3 & 4), 6-7
      • Succar T, Grigg J, Beaver H, Lee A. (2015) A systematic review of best practices in teaching ophthalmology to medical students. Survey of Ophthalmology.

      • Gurbaxani, A., Wei, M., Succar, T., McCluskey, P., Jamieson, R., Grigg, J. (2013), Acetazolamide in Retinoschisis: A Prospective Study. Ophthalmology. 121(3), 802-803.

      • Succar, T., Zebington, G., Billson, F., Byth, K., Barrie, S., McCluskey, P., Grigg, J. (2013), The impact of the Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic on medical students' learning: a randomised controlled trial. Eye. 27(10), 1151-1157.


      Conference Presentations

      Envision Conference (2017). Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa, Glendale, Arizona

      • Presentation: Low Vision Patients’ Satisfaction with Telerehabilitation Encounters. A Bittner, T Succar, P Yoshinaga, A Bowers, J Shepherd, N Ross

      Vision 2017 (2017), 12th International Conference International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR). The Hague, The Netherlands.

      • Presentation: Low Vision Patients’ and Providers’ Satisfaction with Telerehabilitation. N Ross, P Yoshinaga, A Bowers, T Succar, J Shepherd, A Bittner

      Vision 2017 (2017), 12th International Conference International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR). The Hague, The Netherlands.

      • Presentation: Development and Implementation of a Model for Delivering Remote Telerehabilitation Services to Low Vision Patients. A Bittner, T Succar, P Yoshinaga, A Bowers, J Shepherd, A Jacobson, N Ross.

      Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2017). Baltimore, Maryland.

      • Presentation: Providers’ Ratings of their Experiences with Delivering Remote Telerehabilitation Services to Low Vision Patients. N Ross, P Yoshinaga, A Bowers, T Succar, J Shepherd, A Bittner

      The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2017). Baltimore, Maryland.

      • Presentation: Low Vision Patients’ Satisfaction with Telerehabilitation Encounters. A Bittner, T Succar, P Yoshinaga, A Bowers, J Shepherd, A Jacobson, N Ross.

      Innovations in Medical Education Conference. February 24-25, (2017). Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.

      • Presentation: Improving Medical Student Ophthalmology Teaching with Virtual Patients.
      T Succar, J Grigg

      Innovations in Medical Education Conference, February 24-25, (2017). Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.

      Presentation: The Impact of an Exemplar-Based Teaching Model in an Online Master of Medicine Program. T Succar, C Petsoglou, J Grigg, G Hendry

      Envision Conference. Denver, Colorado. September (2016).

      • Presentation: Improving Binocular Function in Macular Degeneration using Dichoptic training. T Succar, S Ghahghaei, D Fletcher, L Walker
      Envision Conference. Denver, Colorado. September 2016.

      • Presentation: Feasibility of Telerehabilitation for Low Vision. A Bittner, P Yoshinaga, T Succar, J Shepherd

      Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology. Seattle, Washington. 2016.

      • Presentation: Restoring Functional Stereopsis in AMD with Dichoptic Training. T Succar, S Ghahghaei, D Fletcher, L Walker

      Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), 50th Annual Meeting. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 2016

      • Presentation: Best Practices in Teaching Ophthalmology to Medical Students: A Systematic Review. T Succar, J Grigg, H Beaver, A Lee

      Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), 50th Annual Meeting. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 2016.

      • Presentation: Application of Virtual Technology for Medical Student Ophthalmology Teaching. T Succar, J Grigg

      Envision Conference, Denver Colorado, September, 2015.

      • Presentation: Task Lighting Enhances the Reading Function of Participants with Low Vision. Accepted for oral presentation. T Succar, L Walker, K Kendrick, A Meis, D Fletcher

      Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) conference, Denver, Colorado. May, 2015

      • Presentation: Functional Impact of Task Lighting on Reading with Low Vision. Accepted for poster presentation. T Succar, L Walker, K Kendrick, A Meis, D Fletcher

      Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZHAPE) conference. Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, 2014

      • Presentation: Are We Doing Enough To Prepare Our Students For Real-World Placements? Accepted for oral presentation L Surmon, T Succar, V Thakkar, A Bialocerkowski, W Hu.

      Australasian Society for computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Macquarie University, December, 2013

      • Presentation: 'Application of Cytoscape to the analysis of diagrams of mechanisms underlying patient problems' Wang, S., Surmon, L., Langendyk, V., Hegazi, I., Succar, T., Mason, G. and Hu, W.

      Nepean Scientific Day, University of Sydney, 2013

      • Presentation: A New Vision for Teaching in the Medical Curriculum: The Virtual Ophthalmology Curriculum. Tony Succar
      Awarded: Best Oral Presentation in Educational Research

      Australian and New Zealand Association Health Professional Education, Melbourne 2013.

      • Presentation: The Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic. Tony Succar and John Grigg.

      Sydney University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Curriculum Development Conference Sydney, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC), The University of Sydney, Sydney 2012

      • Presentation: Engaging Students with Technology. Tony Succar

      Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Canberra 2011
      • Presentation: The Impact of the Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic (VOC) on The University of Sydney (USYD) Medical Graduate Learning Outcomes. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Sydney University ELearning Research Fest 2011: Computer Supported Learning and Cognition

      • Presentation: The Virtual Eye Clinic: A New Vision for Teaching in the Medical Curriculum. Oral Presentation Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) APAO Sydney 2011
      • Presentation: Virtual Eye Clinic for Teaching. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Australasian Society for computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Sydney 2010

      • Presentation: A New vision for Teaching Ophthalmology in the Medical Curriculum: The Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Adelaide 2010
      • Presentation: A New Vision for Teaching Ophthalmology in the Medical Curriculum: The Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      • Presentation: Evaluation of the Revised Sydney Medical School Ophthalmology Curriculum: A Pilot Investigation. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Beijing 2010

      • Presentation: The Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic Integrating into a Teaching Program. Tony Succar and John Grigg

      Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Bali 2009

      • Presentation: An Introduction to the Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic. Tony Succar, Peter McCluskey and John Grigg

      The Annual COSSOM Scientific Conference. Prince of Wales Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, University of New South Wales. 2006.

      • Presentation: Electrical Stimulation of The Visual System. Tony Succar, Vivek Chowdhury and Minas Coroneo


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      1. Succar T, McCluskey P, Grigg J. Enhancing Medical Student Education by Implementing a Competency-Based Ophthalmology Curriculum. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2017 Jan-Feb; 6(1):59-63. PMID: 28161917.
        View in: PubMed
      2. Succar T, Grigg J, Beaver HA, Lee AG. A systematic review of best practices in teaching ophthalmology to medical students. Surv Ophthalmol. 2016 Jan-Feb; 61(1):83-94. PMID: 26363187.
        View in: PubMed
      3. Gurbaxani A, Wei M, Succar T, McCluskey PJ, Jamieson RV, Grigg JR. Acetazolamide in retinoschisis: a prospective study. Ophthalmology. 2014 Mar; 121(3):802-3.e3. PMID: 24309554.
        View in: PubMed
      4. Succar T, Zebington G, Billson F, Byth K, Barrie S, McCluskey P, Grigg J. The impact of the Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic on medical students' learning: a randomised controlled trial. Eye (Lond). 2013 Oct; 27(10):1151-7. PMID: 23867718; PMCID: PMC3806573.