Vitreoretinal Fellowship

The Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College is a 2-year AUPO certified fellowship that encompasses both medical and surgical vitreoretinal training. Throughout their fellowship, fellows gain a comprehensive experience in the surgical and medical management of both adult and pediatric vitreoretinal disease. Overall, it is estimated that each fellow graduates with approximately 300 surgical cases as primary surgeon with every case supervised by a fellowship trained vitreoretinal specialist. Our surgical faculty include Dr. Donald J. D'Amico (Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology), Dr.Anton Orlin (Director, Vitreoretinal Fellowship), Dr. Mrinali P Gupta (Director, Medical Retina Fellowship) Dr. Szilard Kiss (Division Chief, Retina Service), Dr. Michael Nissen, Dr. Sangwoo Lee (New York Mets team Ophthalmologist), and Dr. Charles Mango, all of who staff and supervise surgical cases. The surgical experience is varied and includes primary retinal detachments, PVR/tractional and diabetic detachments, macular surgery, pediatric retinal surgery, primary scleral buckling, vitrectomy in keratoprosthesis, endoscopic approaches, and scleral sutured IOL procedures. A priority of our fellowship is that our fellows gain exposure to a variety of different surgical techniques.

In addition to their clinical training, fellows are 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 resident 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, fellows will have the support to present their research at local, national, and international meetings (e.g. Retina Society, ASRS, AAO, ARVO, Nantucket Retina). Weill Cornell Medical College Vitreoretinal Fellows also have the privilege of submitted to attend the Vit-Buckle Society Meeting and of scribing the Aspen Retina Detachment Society Meeting held each spring.

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 Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellows share retina call responsibilities. During the first year of fellowship, the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellow is also responsible for sharing Trauma call (involving staffing senior residents for open globe repairs) with all other Ophthalmology Fellows in the department.

Our goal is to provide our Vitreoretinal Fellows with the experience and necessary tools to flourish in the world of academic medicine or private practice. We have a track record of placing graduating fellows in premier private practices and into faculty positions academic centers. We are committed to providing them with the support necessary to succeed both during and after their fellowship training.

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 Retina fellowship program is AUPO-compliant. More application information is available via SF Match. For information on our current Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellows, please click here.


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

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