ARVO's Got Talent

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ARVO's Got Talent

Ivan the Eye  

Thank you to all the ARVO members who submitted entries showcasing your special skills for the ARVO's Got Talent competition! ARVO representatives reviewed all video submissions and shared the highest-scoring ones below for colleagues, family, friends and fans to vote for their favorite.

Voting is now closed. The winning videos will be announced during the ARVO Foundation Gala on May 2 (7 - 8pm EDT). Winners will receive:

  • Grand prize — free 2022 Annual Meeting registration; tickets to ARVO Foundation Gala and WEAVR Event
  • Second place — tickets to the 2022 ARVO Foundation Gala and WEAVR Event
  • Third place — tickets to the 2022 ARVO Foundation Gala

 

Submissions

 
Krithika Iyer

Interpretive Dance

This choreography is my humble attempt at portraying the pain of miscarriage and the devastating impact it has on a mother who dreams of motherhood. The song — Chinnanjiru Kiliye — is beautifully composed in the Tamil language and brought to life by singer Sid Sriram's heart-wrenching voice.

 

 
Sohaib Rufai

Hotel California*

Rufai is an NIHR academic ophthalmology resident at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) London and Leicester Royal Infirmary. He performs this duet with his cousin, Rayan Q, a law graduate from the London School of Economics. The duo recently performed to fundraise for GOSH Children's Charity.

* original song by The Eagles

 
Gail Siegel

Somewhere Over the Rainbow*

This performance celebrates the power of the retina that allows us to visualize color.

* original song by Harold Arlen

 
Koosha Ramezani

Performance on the Tombak

The "Tombak" is the chief drum of Persian music. Also referred to today as Tonbak, Donbak and Dombak, these all originate from the name it was known by during the Pre-Islamic ages, Dombalag.

 
Deepayan Kar

Everything I Wanted* (from my PhD!)

Kar is a PhD candidate in the AMD Histopathology Lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.

* original song by Billie Eilish

 
Heather Anderson

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy*

Double vision — a self piano duet.

* original music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 
Zachary Koretz

Mind-reading Magic

The Amazing Zachary is a PGY3 ophthalmology resident at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.

 
Abdhish R. Bhavsar

My many talents

 
Eduardo Martinez

COVID in Madrid

Original song with music, lyrics and video by Eduardo Martínez and Clara Benedí (thanks Carlos Sánchez and James Germann for your great help!)

 
Junsang "Chris" Cho

At My Worst*

Cho is a third-year medical student at University of Missouri Columbia.

* original song by Pink Sweat$