Young Ophthalmologists' Section

YOS is a WAEPS special interest group that meets several times a year for networking and learning in a fun, informal atmosphere. We will restart these in person gatherings when the Covid restrictions are lifted in 2021.

The Young Ophthalmologists Section (YOS) welcomes those ophthalmologists in their first 10 years of practice as well as those new to Washington State.  

If you would like to get involved with the Young Ophthalmologists' Section or to learn more about it please contact YOS Chair, Rahul Mandiga, MD at [email protected]m

To get on the email list for YOS, be sure that the YOS option is checked in your WAEPS profile or contact Executive Director Kimberly Conn in the WAEPS office: [email protected] and ask to be added to the email list.

Most recent YOS event:

Young Ophthalmologists Section enjoys time together at quarterly gathering on June 8, 2019 at the Flatstick Pub on South Lake Union.



Past events:

Friday, March 29 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.


The Lot No. 3
460 - 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA


Protecting our patients: how you can make a difference through advocacy
Guest presenter: 
Dr. Russell Van Gelder, current WAEPS president and former AAO president

Monday, November 5, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Art Marble 21, Bonfire Room
731 Westlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA  98109


Annual YOS Summer Sundeck Social
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The rooftop deck at:
Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Come join your colleagues for delicious appetizers and refreshing beverages on the lively rooftop deck. No charge for WAEPS members, their significant others and prospective members. 


The WAEPS YOS group had a joint social event with the young members of the Optometric Physicians of Washington on Saturday, June 9th at Lunchbox Laboratories in Bellevue. 

 Dr Janet Chieh & friends at joint event of WAEPS & OPW young members June 2018

Ophthalmologists, optometrists and their significant others enjoyed socializing at the first
joint gathering of the young professionals groups from WAEPS and OPW in Bellevue on June 9th. 

Post-annual meeting YOS reception was held at "Lot. No. 3" on March 30, 2018. 

“Advocacy 101:  why it’s important to protect your profession.”

February 8, 2018 at Cuoco in South Lake Union. 
Arrival and networking:  6:30 - 7 p.m.
Dinner and presentation begin at 7 p.m.
Featured presenter: WAEPS past-president Dr. Rachel Reinhardt  

Investing in Today's Market
with guest presenter: Brian Torgerson, CFP

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Wild Ginger

YOS gathered to learn about investment strategies at the October 24, 2017 program at
Wild Ginger featuring certified financial planner Brian Torgerson.

Annual YOS Summer Social Event
Thursday, August 31, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The rooftop deck at:
Mezcaleria Oaxaca
422 East Pine (Capitol Hill neighborhood)



YOS afternoon of food, fun and games

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Flatstick Pub in Pioneer Square
Come socialize and network with other young ophthalmologists and enjoy delicious tacos and tasty beverages.  No charge for WAEPS members and their guests.  We have a tee-time of 4 p.m. for a round of mini-golf!

YOS Reception Following the 2017 WAEPS Annual Meeting | March 31, 2017, 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Location: Blueacre Seafood (right around the corner from the conference venue)
1700 7th Avenue, (7th Avenue and Olive Way), Seattle
This will be a great opportunity to socialize and network with other young ophthalmologists and enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages.  No charge for WAEPS members. 
Thank you to the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology for support for this event!