January-February 2020


Ophthalmologists bond over research interests

For their first surgery together, Dr. Randleman and Dr. Perez-Straziota performed enucleation and lens extraction on a swordfish in Los Roques, Venezuela.

Dr. Perez-Straziota kept the lens, which she said dried out into a white cataract.

Dr. Perez-Straziota and Dr. Randleman operate together at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Perez-Straziota’s and Dr. Randleman’s 2019 family Christmas picture
Source (all): Claudia Perez-Straziota, MD


Dr. Perez-Straziota and Dr. Randleman first met working on research together and over time formed a relationship

Claudia Perez-Straziota, MD, and J. Bradley Randleman, MD, first met shortly after Dr. Perez-Straziota moved from Venezuela to Atlanta, Georgia. She was pursuing a position in clinical research and looking to eventually apply for an ophthalmology residency. Now, more than 10 years later, they have a 1-year-old son and are working in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Perez-Straziota completed medical school in Venezuela but was interested in pursuing clinical research in ophthalmology. She was directed to a variety of researchers at the Emory Eye Center after moving to the U.S., but no one had projects available­—except for Dr. Randleman.
“We met one morning after grand rounds, and I worked with him in clinical research for a year while I applied for internship and ophthalmology residency,” Dr. Perez-Straziota said.
Between completing clinical research projects and starting an internship at Emory University, it was a year before they saw each other again. “By the time I started ophthalmology residency, we started working on projects again and got reacquainted from a different perspective,” she said.
Since they worked together before being in a relationship, Dr. Perez-Straziota said they had to get used to being together outside of a research setting. “We try to maximize our interactions in terms of professional conversations,” she said. “I’ve always learned from him, and I continue to learn from him. He’s been my mentor, my best friend, and one of the people who I admire the most in my life.”
Dr. Perez-Straziota and Dr. Randleman still collaborate on projects, and they stay busy with travel to academic meetings and with their 1-year-old son, Eric. Dr. Perez-Straziota said adding a baby into the mix has been quite an adjustment.
Dr. Perez-Straziota works part time at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, while Dr. Randleman works there full time. They are still settling in to Cleveland after their relatively recent move, having previously lived and worked in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta. “Brad has known the chair at the Cole Eye Institute, Daniel Martin, MD, since they were both at Emory and was co-residents with Sunil Srivastava, MD, who is a uveitis specialist at Cole,” Dr. Perez-Straziota said of the opportunity that brought them to the Cleveland Clinic. She added that Dr. Martin was a mentor and someone Dr. Randleman always looked up to.
“The clinical entity as a whole is amazing, and the refractive center in particular is truly remarkable,” she said, emphasizing that the move has been positive for both of them. “It’s just a positive vibe.”
Aside from their careers in ophthalmology, Dr. Perez-Straziota and Dr. Randleman enjoy spending time with their family and are finding their new home in the suburbs more conducive to this. They take family walks with their dog, Tito, watch movies together, and go on outings to museums and symphony concerts, which they hope to enjoy more often as their son gets older.

About the doctors

Claudia Perez-Straziota, MD
Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

J. Bradley Randleman, MD
Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio


Perez-Straziota: perezsc@ccf.org

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