Vitreoretinal Fellowship

The Casey Eye Institute-OHSU vitreoretinal fellowship is a two-year comprehensive, AUPO FCC compliant medical and surgical fellowship. Fellows work with experts in the subspecialty areas of medical retina, genetic eye diseases, uveitis, intraocular tumors and pediatric retina. They are also exposed to the evaluation and management of conditions common to the vitreoretinal specialist's practice. We hope to educate leaders in the field by providing excellent, well-rounded training in vitreoretinal diseases in a nurturing, supportive and respectful environment.

Dr. Flaxel and 2018 Fellows Dr. Taylor and Dr. Choi

Fellows work with the following faculty:

Steven T. Bailey, M.D.

J. Peter Campbell, M.D., M.P.H.

Michael  F. Chiang, M.D.

Christina J. Flaxel, M.D.

Thomas S. Hwang, M.D.

Michael L. Klein, M.D.

Andreas K. Lauer, M.D.

Phoebe Lin, M.D., Ph.D

Brandon J. Lujan, M.D.

Mark E. Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.

James T. Rosenbaum, M.D.

Alison Skalet, M.D., Ph.D.

Eric B. Suhler, M.D., M.P.H

Merina Thomas, M.D.

Robert C. Watzke, M.D.

Richard G. Weleber, M.D.

David J. Wilson, M.D.

Paul Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellows are exposed to the full range of today's diagnostic and treatment modalities. They are expected to be proficient in the appropriate use and interpretation of ocular echography, including standardized A-scan, time- and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, multifocal and Ganzfeld electroretinogram and electrooculogram by the end of the fellowship. Fellows are trained in a wide array of vitreoretinal procedures, including all modalities of laser photocoagulation, pneumatic retinopexy, intravitreal injections, photodynamic therapy, scleral buckling, vitrectomy with 20-, 23-, and 25-gauge instrumentation and a variety of surgical viewing systems that include the BIOM, the AVI and the endoscopic viewing system. The surgical simulator as well as a wet-lab with vitrectomy instrumentation are available for practice purposes.

Highly trained surgical support staff and well-maintained, state-of-the-art equipment are available at all sites and attending supervision is available for every case. Eye-only operating rooms and staff, as well as amenities such as ready-made intravitreal antibiotics, ensure prompt and efficient completion of emergency cases. Well-trained technicians are present at all clinics, and most sites have photographers trained in phlebotomy for angiography.

The fellowship consists of rotations that include exposure to subspecialty clinics in uveitis, ophthalmic genetics, pediatric retina, as well as general medical and surgical retina.  A wide range of pathology and a diverse patient population are encountered through the rotations as the fellows are entrusted with increasing clinical and surgical independence and responsibilities.

The fellows are responsible for organizing and presenting at the biweekly posterior segment conferences and participate in quarterly retina journal club activity.  Weekly surgical conferences are held for the fellows to review surgical planning, outcomes, and techniques with the faculty.  Fellows' scholarly activities consist of clinical or basic science research as well as some clinical and didactic teaching for the residents. Exceptional laboratory experiences are available, including access to the National Primate Center, which has vitrectomy and advanced ocular imaging capabilities. Fellows are encouraged to submit their work to a peer-reviewed journal and are encouraged to attend national meetings where they have the opportunity to present their research.

There will be a complement of two fellows. We will be matching one position for the class entering 2017.

Clinical studies

We are involved in multiple clinical trials for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Retinal Vascular Diseases and Genetics. 

The Casey Eye Institute participates in the matching program sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). You may contact them regarding match information at (415) 447-0350 or