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    Techie-turned ophthalmologist tinkers through fellowship

    Merging IT skillset with medicine




    Still tinkering

    Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Dang makes it a point to continue tinkering in his spare time. One of his favorite ways to incorporate his love for technology and programming with his family is with Lego Mindstorms.

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    “It’s the coolest toy ever invented,” he explained, admitting he had to have the new gadget even before he had children. The product offers users (children and adults alike) the ability to learn basic programming to create a robot that can accomplish a specific task.

    “You can make it a game with your kids,” he said. “I like engaging my daughter in terms of being creative. We have a really great time with it.”

    Dr. Dang and his 4½-year old daughter create various projects, such as creating a robot that pushes balls off the table without falling over itself, and creating a mechanism that makes a buzzing sound every time the door is opened so they can know when his 10-month-old is “on-the-move.”

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    “I still love to tinker with technology,” he said. “It’s a creative outlet for me that I find fun, but long gone are those days of 12-hour programming sessions!”

    Upon completing his fellowship in 2017, Dr. Dang will practice at The Retina Institute in St. Louis.


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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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