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Incoming Residents & Fellows Spotlight: Matthew “Matt” Elitt, MD

Matthew Elitt, MD

(First Year Resident, DOVS)

Where are you you from?

St. Louis

Where did you attend Medical School?

Case Western Reserve University

Favorite memory of Medical School

Participating in the spin out of multiple new therapies for myelin disorders, including multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis, and leukodystrophies.

Favorite memory of your intern residency year?

Getting to know my co-interns and quickly realizing they’re all amazing/fun people!

Why did you choose Ophthalmology?

It’s one of the few fields that gives you access to cutting edge technologies, including the newest therapeutic technologies, longitudinal patient relationships, and a good combination of surgery and clinic.

Why did you choose WashU?

I knew their high volume/high intensity training environment would give me the foundation to become proficient with my clinical and surgical skills before beginning my career as an attending. It also provided fantastic research opportunities on the backdrop of one of the top institutions in the country. Finally the residents that I met during on my interview day were all incredibly friendly and genuinely seemed to like each other!

How did you survive during quarantine?

With my wife, Alexa, and our soon-to-be 11-year old Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix, Dobby.

What are you most looking forward to during your residency?

Expanding on and becoming more independent in several areas, things I learned during my intern (prelim) year: intravitreal injections, YAG capsulotomy, and working up undiffrentiated ophthalmology patients on consults/call.

What are you not looking forward to during your residency?

Being away from my wife and dog while I’m at work!

What specialty are you most interested in?

Retina (medical or surgical) and/or ophthalmic genetics