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Department of Ophthalmology Education Ophthalmology Fellowships

Ophthalmology Fellowships

The Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Langone supports fellowship training in three programs at NYU Langone sites and other practices and clinics throughout New York City. The fellowships focus on three major subspecialties of ophthalmic care—medical and surgical care for vitreoretinal disease, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and glaucoma.

Vitreoretinal Fellowships

Two vitreoretinal fellowships are available to qualified candidates: the joint NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Vitreoretinal Fellowship and the Retina Chief Fellowship. The joint fellowship has one opening each year, and the Retina Chief Fellowship is offered every other year. Both programs offer rich and varied clinical experiences particularly focused on advanced pathology to support our mission of providing fellows with the most advanced medical and surgical training available in vitreoretinal diseases. At the end of your tenure, you are proficient in managing all aspects of vitreoretinal surgery and medical treatment. You also gain exposure to infectious and noninfectious posterior segment uveitis, pediatric retinal disease, and hereditary retinal degenerations. Both fellowships also have a significant research component, based on our belief that scholarly activity is critical to the development of future leaders in retina care.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Vitreoretinal Fellowship

During the two-year vitreoretinal fellowship, a joint program between NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University, you provide medical and surgical treatment to patients with retinal disease in a variety of clinical rotations at premier academic institutional practices, New York City public hospital clinics, and private practices. Sites include NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone; NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue; the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University Medical Center; Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; and Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York.

We accept one applicant into the program every year. To be considered for this highly competitive fellowship, you must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)–accredited ophthalmology residency. Prospective fellows apply through SF Match.

Retina Chief Fellowship

NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in conjunction with Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York, offers an additional two-year fellowship for candidates seeking intensive training in retinal diseases. One position is available every other year. In this role, you have the opportunity to provide medical and surgical retinal care to patients in a range of clinical settings. You can expect to gain comprehensive experience by rotating among a number of locations, including Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital; Bellevue; Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; and Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York.

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

This two-year fellowship is the only fellowship offered by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) in New York City. This comprehensive program prepares you to work at leading ophthalmic institutions.

As a fellow, you work at Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, and Bellevue with Richard D. Lisman, MD, chief preceptor of the fellowship. You also complete rotations at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; the Department of Ophthalmology and the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone; the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University Medical Center with Michael Kazim, MD; New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai with Elizabeth Maher, MD, and James Milite, MD; and Weill Cornell Medicine with Gary Joseph Lelli, MD.

Fellows work alongside our ophthalmology and plastic surgery residents at the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, where there are additional fellows in craniofacial, hand, aesthetic, and microvascular surgery. During the second year of the program, you can take electives in related subspecialties, including otolaryngology, dermatology, neuro-ophthalmology, interventional neuroradiology, aesthetic plastic surgery, pathology, lipostructure, laser surgery, and craniofacial surgery. ASOPRS fellows are required to complete oral and written exams, as well as a thesis. One fellow is accepted every year into this two-year program. Interested candidates may learn more through ASOPRS and apply through SF Match.

Glaucoma Fellowship

Two fellows are selected annually for this fellowship under the directorship of Joseph F. Panarelli, MD, chief of the department’s Division of Glaucoma Services, and Lama A. Al-Aswad, MD, MPH, the department’s vice chair for innovations. Fellows have rotations at NYU Langone Eye Center, Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, as well as Bellevue. In addition to working with the directors, fellows work with Anna Do, MD; Poonam Misra, MD; and Joel S. Schuman, MD, and receive a wide exposure to surgery, diagnosis and management of routine and complicated glaucoma, and advanced imaging. There are research components to the fellowship as well. Fellows interact extensively with ophthalmology residents and medical students. Interested candidates apply for this fellowship through SF Match.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our fellowships, contact Katina During, education manager, at katina.during@nyulangone.org or Carol Conforme, residency and fellowship coordinator, at carole.conforme@nyulangone.org.