Washington University has a strong commitment with outstanding facilities and faculty to provide a comprehensive clinical fellowship in Cornea and External Disease. Our fellows have gone on to establish successful and impactful practices in academic, hospital-based, and private sectors after completing their training.
Our clinical and surgical facilities are completely modernized to optimize teaching and education. To assist in surgical education, we have a state-of-the-art 14 station microsurgical lab with full video capabilities at every station and direct access to corneal practice tissue through the eye bank.
Under the instruction and mentorship of 5 active faculty members, we have one of the highest clinical and surgical volumes for any corneal fellowship program. Fellows will have extensive experience in the management of a broad range of infectious and immunologic disorders, dystrophies and degenerations, anterior segment tumors, and traumatic and chemical injuries. Rigorous cornea lectures, cornea pathology conferences, journal clubs, and grand rounds will reinforce critical thinking skills and scientific discussion.
Fellows are supervised as the primary surgeon on a wide variety of both standard and cutting edge procedures. Refractive surgical training includes laser-assisted astigmatic keratotomy, PRK and LASIK with femtosecond laser. Fellows will perform 75 – 100 penetrating and lamellar (DALK, DSEK and DMEK) keratoplasties in adult and pediatric populations, 75 – 100 cataract surgeries (phacoemulsification, toric and premium IOLs, and FLACS), 10 – 20 cases of ocular surface reconstruction (KLAL, SLET, AMT), and a variety of superficial corneal and conjunctival procedures.
Fellows are given a Washington University and VA faculty appointment with teaching and patient care responsibilities. Opportunities for active laboratory and clinical research are available.
Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with our Cornea faculty including Chairman Todd Margolis, MD, PhD, Augustine Hong, MD, Andrew Huang, MD, MPH, Anthony Lubniewski, MD, and Stephen Wexler, MD.
More about the program
The Fellow will be responsible for several weekends of trauma call in the adult hospital throughout the year. Weekends are split between all other subspecialty fellows. The first and third year residents are responsible for ER and inpatient consults. The fellow, when on call, will attend surgical trauma cases. The fellow will be a resource for urgent cornea issues that the resident service cannot handle.
Research projects are available for the fellow’s participation. The fellow is encouraged to submit a minimum of 1 publication.
The fellow is given 3 weeks of vacation with dates provided to the program well in advance.
The fellow is encouraged to attend at least 1 meeting with a scientific presentation. The fellow is also encouraged to attend the annual Cornea Fellows Education Summit.
Prior fellows from our Department are practicing around the world. They hold chair and faculty positions at academic departments, leadership roles in ophthalmology, run efficient private practices, and are involved in medical consulting.
Additional duties and resources:
Fellows will attend Grand Rounds on a weekly basis and will present at Grand Rounds at least once during the year. There are numerous educational lectures and research conferences that the fellow may attend if interested. Journal club occurs several times a year and is mandatory. The fellow has the opportunity to participate in a board review course, and mock oral board review held on campus in the spring.