Program Description

The pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is a one year program based at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
The fellowship is fully accredited by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. The Eye Center is Children’s Hospital is a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical eye unit.


Lawrence Tychsen, 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


Block time assigned to research

10% of time

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 Pediatric Ophthalmology faculty including Lawrence Tychsen, MD (Fellowship Director), Gregg Lueder, MD, Andrew Lee, MD and Margaret Reynolds, MD.

Andrew R Lee, MD

Andrew R Lee, MD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology; Director, Medical Student Education for Ophthalmology

Gregg Lueder, MD

Gregg Lueder, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Professor, Pediatrics

Margaret Reynolds, MD, MSCI

Margaret Reynolds, MD, MSCI

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Lawrence Tychsen, MD

Lawrence Tychsen, MD

John F. Hardesty, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Professor, Neurobiology; Professor, Ophthalmology in Pediatrics, Dept of Pediatrics

More about the program

The Eye Center Services:

The surgical practice is high volume, providing a varied and extensive experience for fellows and residents in the following disorders:

  • childhood and adult strabismus
  • pediatric glaucoma
  • developmental cataracts
  • pediatric refractive surgery
  • diseases of the lacrimal system
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • retinoblastoma
  • ptosis/oculoplastic/orbital disorders
  • pediatric neuro-ophthalmic disorders
  • pediatric eye trauma

The Eye Center also houses:

  • a Visual Diagnostics Laboratory

The Eye Center participates in the:

  • Craniofacial Deformities Team
  • Neurofibromatosis Team
  • Downs Syndrome Clinic
  • Cerebral Palsy Center

 The St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of the premier children’s hospital in the United States. It serves not just the children of St. Louis, but patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries. SLCH is recognized in the top 7% nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and has 390 licensed beds. Here, fellows are part of a busy inpatient ophthalmology consult service caring for a wide variety of ophthalmic problems in systemically ill children.

Surgical and clinical teaching is highly diverse given the background of our four faculty members. The fellow, likewise, is highly involved in teaching the residents surgically and clinically. Our program boasts an excellent balance between autonomy and supervised training. You will leave the program well prepared for when you become solely responsible for patient care.

Attending ophthalmologists, fellows, and residents in the Eye Center meet in a monthly Pediatric Ophthalmology Conference. The session includes reviews of pertinent literature and case presentations. A combined Pediatric Ophthalmology/ Neuroradiology Conference convenes once every two months to review imaging studies of the brain and orbit obtained from our Eye Center children.

Fellows in pediatric ophthalmology are encouraged to design, complete and present a clinical research project during their year at the Center, for presentation at the annual AAPOS meeting. Those who wish to complete a separate basic science/research fellowship will spend approximately 50% of time with clinical or surgical responsibilities, and 50% of time in the laboratory. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Grand Rounds are held weekly and include lectures from research faculty members, clinical faculty members, and case presentations. 

Clinical Fellows in pediatric ophthalmology who are graduates of residency programs in the United States or Canada receive a PGY 5 stipend per year, and must obtain a permanent license to practice medicine from the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.

All International Medical Graduates must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and provide evidence of having completed three (3) years postgraduate training in a program which is approved and accredited to teach post-graduate medical education by the Accreditation Counsel on Graduate Medical Education of the AMA in one (1) recognized specialty area of medicine. These requirements must be met before applying for the clinical fellowship position.