Dr. Pershing is a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology and an AHRQ fellow in Health Care Research and Health Policy. Her research interests focus on improved utilization of evidence-based medicine to determine cost-effectiveness and relative outcomes of ophthalmic treatments. Through this, she aims to provide additional information to policymakers and clinicians in order to optimize treatment choices. She is also interested in health care innovation – technology as well as quality and delivery systems.
Dr. Pershing graduated from university summa cum laude in 2002, and with high honors from medical school in 2006. During medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, served as chapter president in her final year, and was honored with the President’s Clinical Science Award, Merck Award for Academic Excellence, and American Medical Women’s Association Commendation. She subsequently completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University, and presently sees patients at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford and teaches surgery to residents at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.
She also serves on the national board of directors of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, with focus on resident initiatives, and mentors undergraduate students through the Stanford Immersion in Medicine series. Dr. Pershing has had an interest in teaching since tutoring fellow students in college and medical school.