Fellowship Training

NYU Langone Health Glaucoma Fellowship

NYULH Department of Ophthalmology offers a one-year glaucoma fellowship in adult and pediatric glaucoma under the direction of Drs. Joseph F. Panarelli and Lama Al-Aswad. In addition to Drs. Panarelli and Al-Aswad, participating faculty include Drs. Anna Do, Poonam Misra, Joel S. Schuman, and Gadi Wollstein. Glaucoma fellows rotate with all members of the glaucoma service in the faculty group practice (FGP) during the year and work with each faculty member in the operating room. The fellows also participate in a "fellows' clinic" where they have autonomy while still working under the supervision of a glaucoma faculty member. The faculty member signs off on each case that is seen in the Bellevue clinic and is present for any glaucoma surgical case that is generated from this clinic. Fellow clinical experiences take place at NYULH’s Ambulatory Care Centers at 222 East 41st Street and at 240 East 38th Street in Manhattan, NYULH Tisch and Kimmel Hospitals, and at Bellevue Hospital Center, a New York City Health and Hospitals facility.

Clinical/Surgical Exposure

While working in the clinic setting, the fellows evaluate both new and established glaucoma patients and are expected to develop complete assessments and management plans based upon their clinical examination and the patient’s diagnostic testing.

The fellows are expected to become proficient in performing traditional glaucoma surgeries (trabeculectomy, tube shunt surgery) as well as dealing with the complications from such procedures (tube shunt/trabeculectomy revision, choroidal drainage, etc).

Newer microinvasive glaucoma procedures (iStent inject, Hydrus microstent, Kahook dual blade (KDB), Gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT), Endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP), and Xen gel stent) are performed by various members of the glaucoma service. Each fellow has an opportunity to first practice these procedures in the wetlab and then perform these surgeries under the guidance of an experienced glaucoma surgeon.

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery and toric/multifocal IOL placement are also be taught by members of the glaucoma service, and fellows have the opportunity to become certified to use these technologies during their training.

It is a priority for our trainees to attend national training sessions specifically designed for fellows. These conferences typically offer didactic sessions followed by a hands-on wetlab with faculty from around the world.


Fellows are required to conduct a research project while at NYU and are expected to present their original work at a regional, national and/or international meeting. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to work with full time faculty who are actively involved in various types of clinical trials (medication, laser, surgical device, imaging, etc.).

The Glaucoma Fellowship Program is registered with the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) fellowship compliance program and meets guidelines set forth by the AUPO FCC.

Information and Central Application Service forms relating to the Fellowship Matching Program can be obtained from: SF Match.

Deadline for receipt of application is September 1, 2020.

Fellowship Contact:

Katina During
Education Program Manager

Carol Conforme
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator