February 2019

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Couple shares both clinical interests and hobbies


by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer/Digital Editor


Dr. Loh and Dr. Trattler on their honeymoon in Switzerland

Dr. Trattler and Dr. Loh at the 2018 Hawaiian Eye meeting

Dr. Loh and Dr. Trattler celebrate the beginning of 2019 with their son.
Source (all): Jennifer Loh, MD

 

Dr. Trattler and Dr. Loh practice separately in Florida but travel frequently to meetings around the world

William Trattler, MD, and Jennifer Loh, MD, have found ophthalmology a key part of their personal and professional lives. The pair first met at an ophthalmology meeting in Florida. Now, years later, they enjoy combining their personal and professional lives, including traveling to various ophthalmic meetings throughout the year. They both practice in Miami, though in separate practices, and just celebrated the birth of their son in late 2018.
They first met at the Palm Beach Ophthalmology Society meeting in 2013, where Dr. Trattler was lecturing.
Today, Dr. Trattler practices at the Center for Excellence in Eye Care in Miami. Three years ago, Dr. Loh opened her own private practice in Miami, Loh Ophthalmology Associates, which is part of Eye Physicians of Florida. “We’ve never officially worked together in the same practice,” Dr. Loh said. “But being in the same field and sharing a lot of the same interests, we’ve collaborated on different projects, research, articles, and shared a love of going to conferences and meetings together.”
“I feel very lucky because every day we see interesting patients,” Dr. Trattler said, adding that they bounce ideas off of each other about cases that are challenging clinically and relating to patient education.
Dr. Trattler praised Dr. Loh for her leadership in starting her own practice. “There are so many challenges to starting your own practice,” Dr. Trattler said. “At the end of the day, what Jen found was that it gives you a chance to be a leader in the practice and help design the care you want to give to your patients.”
Dr. Loh added that the transition has been a challenge but in a good way. She said that Dr. Trattler has been a great supporter in building her practice. “We have this synergy together. Even though he’s not officially part of my practice, it’s wonderful having him there,” she said.
Both Dr. Trattler and Dr. Loh are involved in a number of organizations and research pursuits. Dr. Loh is the incoming president of CEDARS/ASPENS. She focuses on cataract and refractive cataract surgery as well as cornea and glaucoma, and uses many new technologies and products. Dr. Trattler also focuses on cataract and refractive procedures as well as cornea. He has been involved in numerous FDA clinical trials, including trials that have led to approval of various IOLs, anti-inflammatory medications used with cataract surgery, as well as crosslinking.
Dr. Trattler and Dr. Loh recently welcomed their newest family member, Daniel, who was born in mid-December. Dr. Trattler noted that their upcoming ophthalmic meeting obligations may change slightly with a newborn. “Our near-term free time is going to be focusing on our son,” he said.
They usually go to more than 15 meetings a year and still plan to travel. Dr. Loh admitted that sometimes it is hard to balance everything, but she said their shared work and interests helps at meetings.
Dr. Trattler agreed. “If either of us was in a different field, it would be difficult if we had competing meetings,” he said, adding that all the meetings help them become better doctors because there is so much to learn. The collaboration onsite with friends, colleagues, and industry is great, he said, and they feel fortunate to have meetings as the springboard to talk, learn, and debate because the field is dynamic and always changing.
Dr. Trattler said that they are both adventurous and enjoy activities like skiing, white water rafting, hiking, ziplining, and horseback riding.
Sometimes they’re able to do these activities with friends in and around meetings, like kayaking with whales in Hawaii. “We get a lot of energy from our friends and colleagues,” Dr. Trattler said. “The field of ophthalmology and the people make us better in so many ways. We’re lucky to have such a strong network of friends.”
They often joke that they see their friends from other parts of the country more often than they see friends locally, Dr. Loh said. “It gives you a strong network of support both personally and for your professional career.”

Contact information

Loh
: jenniferlohmd@gmail.com
Trattler: wtrattler@gmail.com

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