Medical Retina Fellowship

The Medical Retina Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College is a 1-year fellowship that encompasses training in medical retina. Throughout their fellowship, fellows gain a comprehensive experience in the surgical and medical management of both adult and pediatric vitreoretinal disease, including training in ROP screening and treatment, uveitis, retinal degenerations, and ocular oncology. Our retina faculty include Dr. Donald J. D'Amico (Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology), Dr. Mrinali P Gupta (Director, Medical Retina Fellowship), Dr. Anton Orlin (Director, Vitreoretinal Fellowship), Dr. Szilard Kiss (Division Chief, Retina Service)

In addition to their clinical training, the Medical Retina Fellow is required to take part in clinical and/or basic science research projects. The department is currently involved in a number of major clinical trials and our faculty have numerous national/international research collaborations. Fellows will have full access to the Margaret M. Dyson Vision Research Institute, which is the main basic science laboratory for the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Dyson Institute is centrally located in the basic science building at Weill Cornell Medical College. Currently, there is a staff of over 25 scientists in 6000 square feet of renovated space in an open laboratory environment. The Dyson Institute plays a central role in managing a NEI-funded Tri Institutional Training Program in Vision Research TTPVR, with 28 faculty members from Weill Medical College, Rockefeller University and Sloan-Kettering Institute. The Dyson Institute has outstanding facilities for biochemistry, molecular biology and optical microscopy studies of the retina. We also have a microsurgical laboratory and do extensive work with an oxygen induced retinopathy model and a laser CNVM model. All investigators share major facilities and equipment in the Dyson Institute equally, and this open research environment is particularly advantageous for junior investigators, since it provides them with the opportunity to use state of the art equipment to establish their independent lines of research and funding.

As a result of their research, the Medical Retina will have the support to present their research at local, national, and international meetings (e.g. Retina Society, ASRS, AAO, ARVO, Nantucket Retina). Fellows have a significant teaching role as they are involved with instruction to medical students and ophthalmology residents. Fellows are responsible for fluorescein conference and take part in weekly didactic sessions given by both visiting and full time faculty. The Medical Retina fellows share Trauma call with the other fellows in the Ophthalmology department, during which they staff open globe repair surgeries with senior residents.

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

Our goal is to provide our Medical Retina Fellows with the experience and necessary tools to flourish in the world of academic medicine or private practice. We are committed to providing them with the support necessary to succeed both during and after their fellowship training. More application information is available via SF Match. For information on our current Medical Retina Fellows, please click here.


"For more information on the Medical Retina fellowship, please contact our office at 646-962-2053.

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