Program Description

The Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at Washington University is an extremely well-rounded training ground for fellows to excel across diverse career paths. Our graduating fellows have established successful practices in academic universities, hospitals, and private practices.

We opened a new refractive surgery suite in 2022 owned and operated by Washington University with very active involvement of the fellows, further increasing the large surgical volume that our trainees are engaged in as primary surgeons. Therefractive surgery suite is run by Dr. Stephen Wexler, one of the busiest refractive surgeons in the Midwest.

Our clinical and surgical facilities are all optimized for teaching and education and we have a state-of-the-art 14 station microsurgical lab with full video capabilities at every station. In addition, our local eye bank offers the newest techniques in tissue preparation for corneal surgery.

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. As primary surgeon, fellows consistently perform  90 -100+ adult and pediatric keratoplasties  (PKP, DALK, DSEK and DMEK and DSO), 75 – 100 cataract surgeries, 5 – 10 ocular surface reconstructions (KLAL, SLET, AMT), and a wide variety of superficial corneal and conjunctival procedures every year.   Fellows will have extensive experience in the management of a broad range of corneal and external disease pathology. Rigorous cornea conferences and journal clubs will reinforce critical thinking skills and scientific discussion. Opportunities and mentorship for active laboratory and clinical research are available. Fellows will have a junior faculty appointment at the university and VA Hospital and participate in resident education and surgical training.


Augustine Hong, MD

Length of Fellowship

1 year

Number of positions per year


Starting Date

Approx. July 7

Application deadline

August 30
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Yes- PGY5 scale
WUSTL- Stipend Scale

Actively involved in resident education


Research required

Yes- Clinical or Basic

Block time assigned to research


Address (for supplemental Items)

Washington University
Ophthalmology Fellowship & Residency Coordinator
Attn: Amy Jones
660 S. Euclid Ave.
MSC 8096-0029-9400
St. Louis, MO 63110 
Tel: (314) 362-5722

To complete your application,
please email a photo and COMPLETE medical school transcript to the Fellowship Coordinator.

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 Time:
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.

Scientific Meetings:
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.

Career Planning:
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.