Vitreoretinal Fellowship – Program 4106

Vitreoretinal Program Overview (Video)

Virtual Tour of the Department of Ophthalmology

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

The first year is spent on the referral services of the retina faculty. Drs. David Birch, Kamel Itani, and other faculty demonstrate electrophysiology and ultrasonography. The participant scrubs in on roughly 200 cases during the year. Faculty surgical cases are performed at Clements University Hospital, while the participant's primary surgical responsibilities extend to service patients at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Parkland Hospital, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. At these hospitals, the participant is usually the primary surgeon. 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 participant performs retinopathy of prematurity examinations at Clements University Hospital and Parkland Hospital with the second-year retina resident; the participant examines all infants, and, together with a second-year participant, treats any high-risk eyes that are identified.

The second-year participant schedules two days of surgery per week at Parkland 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 (Lumera 700 with RESIGHT viewing system), 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, wide-viewing lens sets, and the Grieshaber MPC. Silicone oil and liquid perfluorochemicals are available. The BIOM and RESIGHT wide-angle viewing systems are also available in all surgical facilities.

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

The vitreoretinal participant and third-year resident rotating on the Retina Service at Parkland run the retina clinics. Generally, there are 30 to 40 patients from which up to 10 surgical cases are posted. The second-year participant is also involved in the medical and surgical care of patients at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and Children’s Medical Center, both of which have fully equipped ORs for vitreoretinal surgery.

Vitreoretinal Program Overview


Virtual Tour of the Department of Ophthalmology


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: August 31, 2022

2022 Interview dates: TBD

Stipend: PPGY5, no less than $72,800

AUPO/Fellowship Compliance Committee accredited: Yes


Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program applicants must register and submit an application through the SFMatchInterviews are required and granted by invitation only. The interview day will be virtual, conducted via online modalites. Candidates invited to interview may be requested to submit a CV, photo, and supplemental application.

Apply via SFMatch