Dr. Helen A. Merritt, Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Helen Merritt

Helen A. Merritt, M.D.

Technical Writings
Curriculum Vitae

Helen A. Merritt, M.D.
Mailing AddressEyesthetica
1513 South Grand Ave Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Office Locations1513 South Grand Ave Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90015
3400 Lomita Blvd Suite 401, Torrance, CA 90505
PhoneOffice 213-234-1000 x1004
Cell214-450-4503
E-Mailhelen@eyesthetica.com
Language FluencyEnglish, Spanish
Predoctoral Education
Medical:The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Doctor of Medicine, May 2011
Pre-Medical:The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of the Arts, Biology, May 2007
Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Sciences, August 2002 - May 2004
Postdoctoral Education
Fellowship:Eyesthetica and the USC Roski Eye Institute, Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, July 2015 – July 2017
Residency:The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, July 2012 – June 2015
Internship:The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Austin Regional Programs, Transitional Year Residency Program, June 2011- June 2012
APPOINTMENTS
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
Professional Society Memberships
2015-presentAmerican Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Member
2012- presentAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology, Member
2010Alpha Omega Alpha, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
2007Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Texas at Austin
Honors and awards
2015Award for Most Outstanding Resident Research Presentation, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
2013Barry Uhr Memorial Prize in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, First Prize, Texas Ophthalmological Association Podium Presentation
2011Outstanding Student in Clinical Rotations, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
2007Distinguished College Scholar, The University of Texas at Austin
Local and National Service
2015Advocacy Ambassador, AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum, Washington D.C.
2014Advocacy Ambassador, AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum, Washington D.C.
2013Advocacy Ambassador, AAO Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum, Washington D.C.
Current Research Projects
1Merritt H, Samimi DB, Dresner SC. The modified skin muscle flap for lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
2Merritt H, Dresner SC. From enucleation to evisceration and back again: a history and editorial of how we remove the eye.
3Merritt H, Burnstine MA. Skin and canthal-preserving entropion repair. Submitted for publication.
4Burnstine MA, Gavrila J, Merritt H, Erb M, Samimi, DB, Dresner, SC. Effects of government regulatory changes on reimbursement for ophthalmology consultations at a level II trauma center in Los Angeles.
5Merritt H, Pfeiffer M, Richani K, Phillips M. Concurrent ocular trauma in the setting of acute orbital fracture.
Publications
1Merritt H. Silent Sinus Syndrome. Review. EyeWiki. Nov 2013. http://eyewiki.org/Silent_Sinus_Syndrome.
2Merritt H, Bakhoum, MF, Sniegowski, M, and Esmaeli, B. A 66-year-old woman with extensive conjunctival melanosis. Digit J Ophthalmol. 2014 May 8;20(2):32-4. PMID: 24821131
3Merritt H, Sniegowski M, and Esmaeli B. Merkel cell carcinoma of the eyelid and periocular region. Cancers (Basel). 2014 May 9;6(2):1128-37. PMID: 24821131
4Yin V, Merritt H. Warnek CL, Esmaeli B. Number of excisions required to obtain clear surgical margins and prognostic value of AJCC T category for patients with eyelid melanoma. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul 22. PMID: 25053759
5Yin VT, Merritt H, Esmaeli B. Targeting EGFR and sonic hedgehog pathways for locally advanced eyelid and periocular carcinomas. World Journal of Clinical Cases. 2014 Sep 16;2(9):432-8. Review. PMID: 25232546
6Merritt H. Evisceration. Review. EyeWiki. Nov 2014 http://eyewiki.org/Evisceration.
7Pfeiffer ML, Merritt H. Enucleation. Review EyeWiki. Nov 2014 http://eyewiki.aao.org/Enucleation.
8Merritt H, Yin VT, Pfeiffer ML, Wang W, Sniegowski M, Esmaeli B. Treatment challenges with benign bone tumors of the orbit. Ocul Oncol and Path. 2015; 1:111-120.
9Yin VT, Merritt H, Sniegowski M, and Esmaeli B. Eyelid and ocular surface carcinoma: diagnosis and management. Clin Dermatol. 2015 Mar-Apr;33(2):159-69. PMID: 25704936
10Merritt H, Pfeiffer ML. Phillips ME, Richani K. Erdheim-Chester Disease with orbital involvement: case report and ophthalmic literature review. Orbit 2016 Jun 20:1-6. PMID: 27322549
11Pfeiffer ML. Hacopian A, Merritt H, Phillips ME, Richani K. Complete Vision Loss following Orbital Cellulitis Secondary to Acute Dacryocystitis. Case Reports in Ophthalmological Medicine Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 9630698. PMID: 27803829.
12Merritt H, Pfeiffer ML. Phillips ME, Richani K. Enucleation versus evisceration in patients with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Orbit. 2017 Feb 1:1-4. PMID: 28146369.
Presentations
1Nakra T, Stanciu N, Connor M, Merritt H, Qasiem N. Transoral filler injections to the tear trough and midface. (Poster) ASOPRS 2011 Fall Scientific Symposium.
2Merritt J, Merritt H, Corona J. Ectropion repair combining pedicle flap rotation with horizontal lid shortening and Quickert sutures. (Poster) ASOPRS 2011 Fall Scientific Symposium.
3Merritt H, Merritt J, Corona J. Frontalis fascia suspension with a large, curved general surgical needle. (Poster) ASOPRS 2011 Fall Scientific Symposium.
4Merritt H. Esmaeli, B. Case Report: Late metastasis of sebaceous carcinoma. (Podium Presentation) MD Anderson 2013 Orbital Oncology Conference.
5Merritt H, Merritt J. Ectropion repair combining pedicle flap rotation with horizontal lid shortening and Quickert Sutures; Case Series Update. (Podium Presentation) TexMed 2013/ Texas Ophthalmological Association Annual Meeting.
6Merritt H, Wang N. Management decisions with conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma. (Podium presentation) Women in Ophthalmology 2013 Spring Symposium.
7Yin V, Warneke C, Merritt H, Esmaeli B. Surgical margins for eyelid melanoma and prognostic value of AJCC T designation. (Poster) ASOPRS 2013 Fall Scientific Symposium.
8Merritt H, Merritt J. Canalicular reconstruction with an “open sky” approach utilizing the pigtail probe. (Podium Presentation) ASOPRS 2013 Fall Scientific Symposium.
9Yin V, Merritt H, Wang W, Esmaeli B. Treatment challenges for benign mesenchymal tumors of the orbit. (Poster). ESOPRS 2014 Annual Meeting.
10Merritt H. Pfeiffer ML. Esmaeli, B. Case Report: Bilateral festoons secondary to Pemtrexed chemotherapy. (Podium Presentation) MD Anderson 2015 Orbital Oncology Conference.
11Merritt H, Pfeiffer ML, Esmaeli, B. Case Report: Cicatricial ectropion secondary to mycosis fungoides. (Podium Presentation) MD Anderson 2015 Orbital Oncology Conference.
12Pfeiffer ML, Merritt H, Richani K, Phillips ME. Clinical and Radiographic Features of Extraocular Muscle Entrapment. Poster Presentation) 2015 ARVO May 3-7, 2015, Denver, Colorado
13Merritt H, Kellaway J, Chuang AZ, Blieden. Trends of Outpatient Follow-up after Traumatic Lid Laceration Repair. (Poster) 2015 ARVO May 3-7, 2015, Denver, Colorado
14Merritt H, Kellaway J, Chuang AZ, Blieden. Trends of Outpatient Follow-up after Traumatic Lid Laceration Repair. (Poster Presentation) University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Memorial Hermann TMC House Staff Research Day. (Poster) Houston, TX. May 2015.
15Pfeiffer ML, Merritt H, Richani K, Phillips ME. Clinical and Radiographic Features of Extraocular Muscle Entrapment. (Podium presentation) ASOPRS 2015 Fall Scientific Symposium.
16Crowell EL, Pfeiffer ML, Merritt H, Adesina O, Phillips M, Richani K. Canalicular system eyelid laceration repair with MASTERKA: a case series. Memorial Hermann TMC House Staff Research Day. (Poster) Houston, TX. May 2016.
17Merritt H. Dresner SC. Rate of Exposure after Enucleation with Oblique Muscle Coverage over a Porous Polyethylene Implant. (Poster Presentation). ASOPRS 2016 Fall Scientific Symposium.
18Merritt H. Burnstine MA. Canthal-Preserving Entropion Repair. (Video Presentation). ASOPRS 2016 Fall Scientific Symposium.
19Merritt H. Considerations in Floppy Eyelid Syndrome: Old and New Perspectives. Podium Presentation. 2017 USC Oculoplastic Surgery Subspecialty CME Conference.

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