Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Fellowship

The Weill Cornell Department of Ophthalmology is pleased to offer an outstanding Cornea, Cataract & Refractive surgery fellowship. There are currently two 1-year fellowship positions which commence on July 7 of each academic year. The primary goal of our dynamic 7-person Cornea faculty is to provide our fellows with comprehensive, hands-on, advanced training in cornea, cataract and laser refractive surgery. Fellows are expected to participate in the day-to-day care of patients on the cornea service. During this time they will work closely with the assigned attending, resident, rotating students and technicians. Clinic days are typically followed by an in-depth informative chart review where patients are discussed and questions answered. As a large referral practice and a known center of excellence, the cornea department handles a wide variety of complex anterior segment pathology. The surgical experience is robust with an emphasis on doing rather than watching. The fellows operate biweekly on average. In years past, each fellow has been able to complete approximately 160 cataracts (15-20% with premium IOLs and another 15-20% complex). Fellows perform approximately 20-30 keratoplasty procedures as primary surgeons including penetrating, DSAEK/DMEK, anterior lamellar and the Boston keratoprosthesis. We have incorporated a tiered fee schedule to encourage fellow-performed laser vision correction cases. Typically the fellows will perform between 20-30 refractive cases as the primary surgeon, utilizing both customized surface ablation and intralase-LASIK using the wavefront-guided VISX S4. Weill Cornell is also home to one of the largest burn centers on the east coast, and recent fellows have become quite experienced in complex anterior segment reconstruction, the treatment of severe burn patients, Stevens-Johnson syndrome & OCP as well as the surgical management of ocular trauma. Participation in research is encouraged as there are numerous opportunities for both basic science and clinical projects. All fellows at the Weill Cornell Eye Associates are credentialed as junior attendings and therefore are capable of operating independently. Our fellows are integral members of the ocular trauma service and also assist with inpatient corneal consultations in conjunction with the residents and consult service.

We are pleased to announce we have recently instituted a biannual surgical mission to Mauritius in conjunction with the T.E.S. Foundation. These surgical missions, staffed by a fellow and a corneal attending from Weill Cornell, provide advanced corneal care to an underserved patient population. Through generous eyebank tissue donations, our surgical teams are able to perform about 20-30 corneal transplants during each week long trip.

Due to its overemphasis of cornea cases, we do not participate in the AUPO FCC program. Our fellows graduate with true competency to independently and confidently perform advanced refractive and complex cataract surgery, laser vision correction surgery, and corneal transplantation surgery.

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This program does not require supplemental materials in addition to the CAS.

All applicants must be eligible for a full medical license per the New York State Education Office of Professions in Medicine. *International medical graduates must also be eligible for an H1B visa (eligibility includes passing all 3 steps of the USMLE and reporting results to Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology prior to the Match deadline). The requirements of full licensure can be viewed here

The Weill Cornell Cornea fellowship program is AUPO-compliant. More application information is available via SF Match. For information on our current Cornea fellows, please click here.

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Phone: 646-962-2053

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