Leah Bonaparte, MD

"Dr. Bonaparte and the Cape Fear nurses are AMAZING and unbelievably patient and professional. They work with small children and do an amazing job with caring for your little ones"

- Crystal W. 

Education

Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship, Storm Eye Institute, Charleston, South Carolina. July 2017-Present

Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York. Ophthalmology Residency. Graduated in July 2017

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. M.D. Graduated in May 2013

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. Graduate Studies. Master of Science in Clinical Research. Graduated in May 2013

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. B.S. in Psychology. Graduated in May 2008

Ashley Hall, Charleston, South Carolina. High School Diploma. Graduated in May 2004

Work Experience

Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York. Ophthalmology Resident:  July 2014-June 2017

  • Served as Chief Resident in 2016-2017

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. Internal Medicine Intern:  July 2013-June 2014

Duke Annual Fund, Durham, NC, Student Caller:  January- April 2008

  • Phoned alumni and parents of Duke students to raise income to cover the costs of running the University
  • Further developed interpersonal and communication skills             

Research Experience

Ophthalmology Clinical Research- Residency:  May 2014 -June 2017

  • Analysis of refractive outcomes of pterygium excision performed by resident surgeons. Authors: Gapsis BC, Bonaparte LA, Adepoju TO, Cetina P, Morcos MM. Oral and poster presentation. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Symposium on Cataract, IOL, and Refractive Surgery. New Orleans, Louisiana. May 2016. Received Honorable Mention in Cornea category.

Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR), Medical University of South Carolina: July 2012-June 2013

  • Gained knowledge of how to select an appropriate study design to address a clinical research question, evaluate inferential statistics, and apply professional and ethical standards for the conduct of research
  • Conducted a research project on predictors of visual acuity in pediatric patients with bilateral cataracts under the mentorship of Dr. M. Edward Wilson
  • Received a Master of Science in Clinical Research in May 2013 

Clinical Research on Health Disparities: June 2009-August 2009

  • Administered a multidimensional instrument to 225 primary care patients seen at the MUSC Internal Medicine clinic
  • Received background knowledge on health disparities, health survey development and use, biostatistics, and statistical analyses
  • Gained insight into clinical research and how it can be used to make a difference in my future practice and the medical community as a whole

Publications

  • Visual acuity and its predictors after surgery for bilateral cataracts in children. Bonaparte LA, Trivedi RH, Ramakrishnan V, Wilson ME. Eye (Lond). 2016 Sep;30(9):1229-33.
  • Review of surgical treatment of bilateral congenital cataracts. Yeates SW, Wilson ME, Trivedi RH, Bonaparte LA. Journal of AAPOS. February 2013, volume 17, issue 1.

Presentations     

Nassau University Research Day:  May 2015 and May 2016

  • Nailed It! A case of penetrating open-globe injuries: evaluation and review of surgical repair at Nassau University Medical Center. Authors: Bonaparte LA, Alexander J, Leidl MJ, Hatsis A, Morcos MM. Poster presentation at Nassau University Research Day. May 2015.

MUSC Storm Eye Institute Grand Rounds:  September 2011

  • Grand Rounds presentation entitled, “The Acute and Chronic Management of Corneal Chemical Burns”

Travel Experience:  June 2012

  • Traveled with fifteen other MUSC medical students to Thomonde in central Haiti for weeklong medical mission work sponsored by Project Medishare
  • Had the privilege to care for many, learn more about tropical medicine, foster relationships with new colleagues, and view the world from a new and different perspective
  • Interested in visiting other developing and Third World nations in the future to provide care for the underprivileged

Graduate School Affiliations/Memberships

College of Medicine Student Council, Class Vice President:  September 2008-May 2012

  • Assisted the class president and took lead in the president’s absence
  • Brainstormed, organized, and planned community service projects, fundraising opportunities, and social events for the entire class
  • Served as a Student Council liaison

American Medical Association, General Member:  August 2008-May 2013

Medical Student Ophthalmology Interest Group, General Member:  September 2009-May 2013

  • Volunteer at Fight for Sight, a community-focused program dedicated to improving eye health of medically underserved individuals in Charleston, SC
  • Served as Secretary for the 2011-2012 school year
  • Shadowed Dr. M. Edward Wilson during the summer of 2009

Students Interested in Pediatrics, General Member: September 2009-May 2011

MEDCOM Leader:  August 2009- May 2010

  • Advisor to a group of nine first year medical students to help ease the transition into medical school
  • Assisted these students during Year 1 orientation and met several times throughout the year to answer questions and address any concerns

Student Ambassador:   January 2009-May 2010                     

  • Mentor for newly-accepted students to MUSC    
  • Served these students by answering their questions as well as sharing experiences pertaining to medical school       

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentor:  August 2009-May 2013

  • Served as a mentor to three first year medical students; help in their transition into medical school           

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, General Member:  February 2006-May 2013

  • Participated in community service activities, social events, and programming designed to serve the Duke and Durham communities
  • Served as Historian in the Iota Mu Chapter for the 2007-2008 school year at Duke
  • Former member of Gamma Xi Omega, the AKA Graduate Chapter in Charleston, SC

Undergraduate Affiliations/Memberships

Duke in Greece, Study Abroad Program:   May-July 2006

  • Studied the birth of reason in ancient Greece
  • Toured museums, read and discussed ancient philosophical text, and traveled to various regions in Greece

Duke University Black Pre-Health Organization (DUBPHO), Secretary: September 2005-May 2008

  • Participated in community service, tutoring, and programming designed to provide academic, social, and moral support to students who are pre-medical, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary
  • Maintained accurate records of all executive meeting proceedings, wrote minutes of every executive meetings, and relayed messages to DUBPHO’s general body 

Duke Mentoring Program, General Body Member and Mentor:  September 2005-May 2008

  • Helped first and second year student with their transition to Duke University life, academically and socially
  • Provided academic enrichment exposure to resources and informal social support to freshmen and sophomores

Scott House, Member and Co-President: September 2005-May 2008

  • Selective housing group designed to increase to promote women’s studies classes on campus
  • Provided programming and held Rush events each year to open membership to other students

Health Careers Internship Program, Volunteer: January-May 2005

  • Provided service to nursing staff, patients, and families
  • Assisted patients with concerns or problems in the role of patient advocate
  • Attended rounds with physicians

Dance at Duke University, General Member: January- May 2005

  • Joined a student-run organization that promoted the expression of African-American culture through dance
  • Learned many styles of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, and spiritual techniques
  • Performed in Spring 2005 concert

Duke Summer Alumni Medical Mentorship Program:  June-August 2005

  • Shadowed a thoracic surgeon in Roper Hospital, Charleston, SC

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