Ophthalmology Fellowships

The Department of Ophthalmology's fellowship programs are among the best in the country and include:

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Cornea, Cataract, External Disease, and Keratorefractive Fellowship – Program 4273

International Cornea fellowship candidates: Please refer to International Cornea Fellowship – Program 4274 below.

Important Notice

Prerequisites: Candidates must have successfully completed ACGME (or Canadian equivalent) accredited ophthalmology residency training and be eligible to obtain a full Texas medical license. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.


Application due date: September 3, 2013
2013 Interview dates: October 18, October 25, November 1
2013-2014 Stipend: PGY5 $62,131
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Cornea fellowship applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatch. Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo, and supplemental application.

Preceptors: James P. McCulley, M.D., FACS (Director); R. Wayne Bowman, M.D.; H. Dwight Cavanagh, M.D., Ph.D., FACS; Ziad M. Husseini, M.D.; Sandhya Iyer, M.D.; Vinod Mootha, M.D.; Steven M. Verity, M.D.

The intensive clinical post-residency specialty training Cornea fellowship is for physicians who plan to devote their future academic or private practice to this subspecialty area of ophthalmology. The program provides outstanding, hands-on training in the seven major areas of corneal, keratorefractive, and anterior segment surgery and diseases:

  • Corneal surgery, including penetrating keratoplasty alone, IntraLase-enabled keratoplasty (IEK), DSEK variants in combination with other anterior segment procedures such as combined glaucoma and cataract surgery, lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and homologous or autologous keratoepithelioplasty limbal stem cell grafts, amniotic membrane grafts, temporary keratoprosthesis, and permanent keratoprosthesis;
  • External diseases, including the diagnosis and management of all types of infections, immune, traumatic, and protozoan diseases;
  • Contact lens, corneal topography, keratoconus, and management of lens-related complications;
  • Refractive surgery, including excimer laser (conventional, custom optimized, and wavefront-driven custom), PRK, PTK, LASIK, LASEK, IntraLase, intra-corneal rings (Intacs®), and management of surgically induced astigmatism;
  • Eye banking methods and administration at our world-class Eye Bank;
  • Diagnostic confocal microscopy;
  • Small-incision, clear-corneal phacoemulsification cataract surgery, with new presbyopic and toric IOLs, and phakic IOLs.

The corneal faculty preceptors have active subspecialty practices covering all these areas, and experienced track records in training fellows. Fellows have hands-on involvement in all cases, and are given the opportunity to perform many surgical procedures as primary surgeon, including phaco, PK, DSEK, PRK, LASIK, and wavefront-guided custom ablations. There is structured interaction with residents in a very busy, high-volume training program that uses Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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Glaucoma Fellowship – Program 4139

Important Notice

Prerequisites: Candidates must have successfully completed ACGME (or Canadian equivalent) accredited ophthalmology residency training and be eligible to obtain a full Texas medical license. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.


Application due date: September 3, 2013
2013 Interview dates: September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8
2013-2014 Stipend:
PGY5 $62,131
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Glaucoma fellowship applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatch. Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo and supplemental application.

Preceptors: Jess T. Whitson, M.D., FACS; Karanjit Kooner, M.D.

The one-year glaucoma fellowship program gives participants extensive exposure to the medical and surgical management of difficult glaucoma problems.

With ample hands-on training in the latest surgical techniques, fellows will complete more than 100 cases as primary surgeon, and another 300 to 400 cases as assistant over the year. Fellows will spend time on the glaucoma service at the county hospitals of Dallas and Tarrant counties (Parkland Memorial and John Peter Smith Hospitals) with clinical faculty supervision, as well as with the two full-time faculty preceptors, who have busy private practices.

Further clinical experience will be gained at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The clinics have state-of-the-art equipment and excellent ancillary support. Research opportunities are abundant and encouraged.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Fellowship

Important Notice

Prerequisites: Candidates must have successfully completed ACGME (or Canadian equivalent) accredited ophthalmology residency training and be eligible to obtain a full Texas medical license. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.


Application due date: September 3, 2013
Application: 2013 Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery fellowship application
2013 Interview date: October 18
2013-2014 Stipend:
PGY5 $62,131
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. To apply, submit an application (download above), along with three letters of reference, CV, and USMLE scores. In addition to the application, please submit a digital photograph of yourself (shoulders and head), and email to adriana.jenkins@utsouthwestern.edu, or mail to the address on the application form.

Preceptors: R. Nick Hogan, M.D., Ph.D.; Kamel Itani, M.D.; F. Ray Jones, Jr., M.D.; Ronald Mancini, M.D., FACS

The program provides outstanding hands-on training in the medical and surgical management of difficult neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic, and orbital cases in adult, adolescents, and children.

Surgical procedures performed by the fellow as primary surgeon include all neuro-ophthalmic, oculoplastics, and orbital surgery cases. The fellow will spend time between four faculty preceptors who have busy private practices and extensive track records in training previous fellows.

There is structured interaction with residents in a very busy, high volume training program that uses Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Medical Center, and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. In addition, the preceptors admit private patients to Zale Lipshy University Hospital and St. Paul University Hospital. All hospitals have fully equipped operating rooms.

Clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including Humphrey visual field analyzers, Heidelberg Retina Topography, and Optical Coherence Tomography. Typically, previous years indicate that the fellow performed well over 100 cases as primary surgeon and have assisted in more than 200 other procedures.

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Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship – Program 4099

Important Notice

Prerequisites: Candidates must have successfully completed ophthalmology residency training, and be eligible for a Texas medical license, or Physician in Training (PIT) permit. Graduates of foreign medical schools must be ECFMG certified. Individuals requiring a visa must be eligible to obtain an ECFMG-sponsored J1 training visa.


Application due date: September 3, 2013
2013 Interview dates: September 27, October 11
2013-2014 Stipend: PGY5 $64,076
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Pediatric ophthalmology fellowship applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatch. Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo, and supplemental application.

Preceptors: David R. Weakley, Jr., M.D. (Fellowship Director); Serena X. Wang, M.D.

The UT Southwestern Medical Center Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship position offers an outstanding opportunity for the highly qualified individual to obtain extensive, high-volume medical and surgical training in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. The program is developed to provide a comprehensive experience in treating a broad range of medical and surgical problems in strabismus and children's eye diseases including: amblyopia and strabismus, pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, retinoblastoma, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, and pediatric oculoplastics.

Children's Medical Center Dallas (CMC) serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility at our institution.

The ophthalmology service at CMC currently employs three full-time academic orthoptists, and several additional ancillary support staff. Three residents from the UTSW Department of Ophthalmology rotate at CMC at any given time. Approximately 20,000 office visits and 1,400 surgical procedures are provided by the CMC ophthalmology service annually. Thirty ophthalmologists (both full-time and clinical faculty) are on the CMC staff, including 10 pediatric ophthalmologists and 20 other ophthalmology subspecialists.

The fellow is involved in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology at CMC including examination of patients in clinics, consults, surgery, and resident teaching. Extensive exposure to adult strabismus evaluation and surgery is also an integral part of the fellowship at participating adult institutions, offices, and day-surgery facilities.

The fellow works closely with the fellowship sponsors, David R. Weakley, Jr., M.D. and Serena X. Wang, M.D., as well as other pediatric ophthalmologists on the staff of Children's Medical Center Dallas and clinical faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Additionally, the fellow will work with full-time faculty in other ophthalmologic subspecialties at CMC in the clinics and operating rooms.

Full-time and clinical faculty are actively involved in numerous ongoing clinical studies.

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Vitreoretinal Fellowship — Program 4106

Important Notice

Prerequisites: Candidates must have successfully completed ACGME (or Canadian equivalent) accredited ophthalmology residency training and be eligible to obtain a full Texas medical license. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.


Application due date: September 3, 2013
2013 Interview dates: September 27, October 18
2013-2014 Stipend:
PGY5 $62,131
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Vitreoretinal fellowship applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatch. Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo, and supplemental application.

Clinical Faculty Preceptors: Yu-Guang He, M.D. (Fellowship Director); David Birch, Ph.D. (Electrophysiology); Gary A. Pesicka, M.D., M.B.A.; Rafael Ufret-Vincenty, M.D.; Richard Winslow, M.D.

Research Faculty Preceptor: Jerry Y. Niederkorn, Ph.D.

The goal of the two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at UT Southwestern is to provide graduates the widest possible exposure to surgical and medical retina. The fellowship is suitable for individuals considering a career in private practice or academic ophthalmology.

The first year of fellowship is spent on the referral services of the retina faculty. Drs. David Birch and Kamel Itani, as well as the other faculty teach electrophysiology and ultrasonography. Faculty surgical cases are performed at St. Paul University Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The fellow scrubs on roughly 200 cases during the year.

Primary surgical responsibilities extend to service patients at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. At these hospitals, the fellow is usually the primary surgeon with staff supervision. Extensive exposure is provided to wide angle viewing systems in vitreous surgery, silicone oil surgery, and perfluorochemical vitreous substitutes. Experience in macular and subretinal surgery is also provided.

One half day per week of unstructured time for research may be available for interested individuals. Research activities are strongly encouraged and submission of an abstract for presentation at a major scientific meeting is expected.

The first year fellow performs retinopathy of prematurity examinations at St. Paul University Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital with the second year retina resident; the fellow examines all infants, and if needed, treats any high-risk eyes that are identified, together with a second-year fellow.

The second-year fellow schedules two days of surgery per week at Parkland Memorial Hospital and performs approximately 300-400 cases as primary surgeon during the year. The operating room is fully equipped with a Zeiss microscope with video camera, an argon and diode laser with endo and indirect delivery systems, Constellation® vitrectomy/laser system, fragmatome, illuminated forceps and scissors, a complete array of retinal instruments from Grieshaber, Mentor, DORC, and Synergetics, as well as subretinal instruments from DORC, sew-on lens sets, the Grieshaber MPC, and the Richard James silicone oil injection system. Silicone oil and liquid perfluorochemicals are available. The BIOM and VOLK wide-angle viewing systems are also available in all surgical facilities.

The second-year fellow supervises fluorescein angiography readings by the second-year (Parkland Memorial Hospital) retinal residents.

The fellow and third-year resident rotating on the retina service at Parkland Hospital run the retina clinics. Generally, there are 30 to 40 patients from which up to 10 surgical cases are posted. The second-year fellow is also involved in the medical and surgical care of patients at John Peter Smith Hospital, which has a fully-equipped OR for vitreoretinal surgery.

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Other/International Training Opportunities

International Cornea Fellowship — Program 4274

Application due date: September 3, 2013
2013 Interview date: November 22
Prerequisites: Highly motivated candidates must have oral and written command of the English language. Applicants must be permanent residents, or eligible to obtain an ECFMG-sponsored J1 training visa. All candidates training on a visa must have plans to return to their home country at the conclusion of their fellowship training. Candidates must be eligible to obtain a Physician in Training (PIT) permit from the Texas Medical Board prior to beginning the fellowship.
2013-2014 Stipend: PGY5 $62,131
AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes

Cornea fellowship applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatch. Personal, onsite interviews are required and are granted by invitation only. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo, and supplemental application.

Preceptors: James P. McCulley, M.D., FACS (Director); R. Wayne Bowman, M.D.; H. Dwight Cavanagh, M.D., Ph.D., FACS; Ziad M. Husseini, M.D.; Sandhya Iyer, M.D.; Patrick Kelley, M.D.; V. Vinod Mootha, M.D.; Steven M. Verity, M.D.

The International Cornea Fellowship is a two-year minimum clinical and research training program. This fellowship gives fellows the opportunity to engage in intensive, hands-on clinical training in all major areas of corneal, keratorefractive and anterior segment surgery and diseases, and directed research. These areas include:

  • Cornea surgery
  • External disease
  • Small-incision, clear-corneal phacoemulsification cataract surgery with presbyopic, toric, and phakic IOLs
  • Refractive surgery
  • Eye banking
  • Contact lens
  • Diagnostic confocal microscopy and other advance imaging

The cornea faculty preceptors have active subspecialty practices covering all these areas, and extensive track records in training international fellows. Fellows have hands-on involvement in all cases, and are given the opportunity to perform many surgical procedures (as primary surgeon by the second year), including phaco, PKP, DSAEK, PRK, LASIK and WaveFront-guided custom ablations.

There is structured interaction with residents in a very busy, high-volume training program that uses Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children's Medical Center Dallas, and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The fellow will be involved in supervised clinically related research projects with specific focus and short duration. Each of the preceptors has ongoing projects and fellows are free to choose their involvement in research that includes both surgical and medical treatment studies. In-depth involvement in one or more trials is encouraged. In addition, there are several basic scientists in the department with established research interests in the cornea or anterior segment of the eye. Each has a fully equipped laboratory with ongoing funded projects available to participating fellows.

Second-year fellows may continue research projects begun in the first year of fellowship training, and are additionally provided opportunities to participate in more substantive projects. Research in the second year is also performed under the supervision of a preceptor. The training provided the fellows is intended to enable them to act as principal investigators by the end of the fellowship.

Joint Subspecialty Ophthalmic Fellowship (Cornea and Vitreoretinal) at the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital

    The Department of Ophthalmology sends post-doctoral fellows and faculty to work at the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Israel, which provides eye care to as many as 66,000 people in need each year.

    The humanitarian and cultural backdrop provided by the Hospital is immense: St. John is a Christian organization with a hospital in a Jewish country, benefiting Arab Palestinians, who are mostly Muslim. The Jerusalem hospital is home to an outpatient clinic and ophthalmology training program. With 25,000 worldwide members, the U.K.-based international charity of St. John is recognized by the U.N., and St. John volunteers carry out philanthropic activities in more than 40 countries.

    Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology (India)

    Senior residents and fellows are welcome to spend a minimum of two weeks at the Srikiran Institute, a tertiary eye care center located in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. The Institute exposes visiting physicians to pathology unique to the developing world, and offers them the opportunity to participate in outreach camps in nearby villages to screen hundreds of patients to identify individuals who may benefit from surgery or treatment at the base hospital.

    Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)

    Application due date: August 13, 2013
    2013-2014 Stipend: PGY5 $64,076
    A one year hands-on pediatric ophthalmology fellowship is available for one qualified Latin American ophthalmologist through the PAAO in the Department of Ophthalmology at Children’s Medical Center. The position will include the opportunity for direct patient medical and surgical interactions as well as the opportunity to participate in significant clinical research activities. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Visit the Latin America/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at UT Southwestern section of the PAAO website for more information and to download the 2014 application form.

    Program Preceptors/Faculty: David R. Weakley, Jr., M.D.; Serena X. Wang, M.D.; Yu-Guang He, M.D.; Steven M. Verity, M.D.; Kamel Itani, M.D.; and R. Nick Hogan, M.D., Ph.D.

    Applicant Qualifications

    1. PAAO member
    2. General ophthalmologist, age 35 years or younger, from Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean.
    3. Fluent in both written and spoken English. Candidates must have taken the TOEFL exam and submitted their results with their application; this is mandatory. Candidates will be interviewed by telephone to gauge their English-speaking ability.
    4. Willing to commit for one or two years of training.
    5. Completion of a recognized ophthalmology residency program in Latin America.
    6. Applicants with additional training in, or those currently practicing pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus, will be given preference.
    7. Established medical and surgical competence and good depth perception.
    8. Highly recommended by chairperson and training program director.
    9. Commitment to return to Latin America at the conclusion of fellowship training program

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