Fellowship Training

Stanford University Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship 

Stanford University offers an ACGME-accredited one-year Ophthalmic Pathology fellowship program for ophthalmology or pathology-trained residents.  The fellowship draws on the rich case material available from Stanford Healthcare System, Byers Eye Institute, and the VA Palo Alto.  Fellows review and diagnose eye, orbital, and ocular adnexal specimens.  Ample teaching, research, and educational elective opportunities are available with significant support provided by the Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology at Stanford.  Information about requirements, stipends, and benefits are available at:



Please send applications and inquiries to:  eyepathology@stanfordhealthcare.org

Fellowship Training - Ocular Oncology

Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco

Director: Armin Afshar, MD, MBA


This one-year clinical and research fellowship provides training in adult and pediatric ocular oncology. The training program is centered at UCSF (Dr. Armin Afshar), with additional experiences at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco (Dr. Michael Seider). It offers experience in a wide range of medical and surgical therapies, various forms of phototherapy, imaging techniques, and other investigations. Examples of surgical procedures include intraocular tumor biopsy, tantalum marker insertion for proton beam radiotherapy, plaque brachytherapy, endoresection, and conjunctival tumor excision. The Fellow will join an extensive multi-disciplinary team, which includes nurses, psychologists, geneticists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and basic scientists, delivering holistic care to patients and their families. Genetic tumor analysis is performed using the latest techniques, such as next generation sequencing. Uveal melanomas are biopsied routinely so as to estimate prognosis according to histological and genetic data, as well as clinical features. Special measures have been introduced to enhance communication with patients and to provide psychological support. The oncology service functions in a highly-organized infrastructure, with well-defined protocols for enhancing risk management as well as maximizing opportunities for clinical and basic science research.  This fellowship has been awarded the Certificate of Fellowship Program Compliance by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. Fellows are encouraged to visit other ocular oncology centers, to broaden their experience, and to participate at national and international conferences. The Department of Ophthalmology at UCSF has an excellent teaching program. By the end of their training, Fellows should have the expertise to provide an up-to-date ocular oncology service and to conduct clinical research. Eligible candidates must have completed an accredited US Ophthalmology Residency program and by eligible for California medical licensure. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Afshar at Armin.Afshar@ucsf.edu.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, 

Ocular Oncologist

The Department of Ophthalmology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is expanding and seeks an outstanding Ocular Oncologist at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor level.  We are seeking an outstanding individual who is board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  Candidates must possess an M.D.  degree and be eligible for Texas licensure.  Successful completion of at least one year of fellowship training or an established reputation in Ocular Oncology is required.  Duties will include sharing responsibility with existing faculty for didactic and clinical training of residents and fellows in general and Ocular Oncology diseases as well as clinical care of patients at faculty practice sites.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated medical and surgical skills.

UTSW is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas.  NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are among the most advanced in the world. At UT Southwestern, more than 200 dedicated professionals, from more than 30 different departments, provide over a dozen major cancer care programs that advance the treatment and prevention of cancer through innovative treatments, leading-edge clinical trials and the latest technology.  Extensive collaboration opportunities are therefore available.

Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to the address below:

Dr. James P. McCulley

Professor and Chairman

Department of Ophthalmology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd. MC 9057

Dallas, TX   75390-9057

Email:  nancy.mcculloch@utsouthwestern.edu


UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Ophthalmic Oncology Fellowship
Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Arun D. Singh, MD, Program Director

Peruvian National Eye Institute Fellowships
Lima, Peru
Contact Dr. Jose Avendano, Director Laboratorio de Patologia Ocular Instituto de Oftalmologia Tingo Maria 398, Breña Lima - Peru Telefax 51 1 425-5304Click here to know more on Eyepathology Fellowships

University of Iowa, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Pre- or post-residency fellowship – 1 year
Program Director: Nasreen A. Syed, MD
Peggy Harris: peggy-harris@uiowa.edu

Methodist Hospital Fellowhip
The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas offers an ACGME accredited (selective pathology) one-year Ophthalmic Pathology fellowship. The fellowship is available for Pathology or Ophthalmology trained residents. The fellowship is tailored for each background to assure adequate training. For example, pathology trained fellows will have rotations in the ocular plastics/oncology service while ophthalmology trained fellows with have rotations in surgical pathology. Fellows will have the opportunity to review approximately 1,000 ocular specimens (adult and pediatric) that include enucleated eyes, exenterations of the orbit, eyelid, conjunctiva, lacrimal sac, lacrimal gland, orbit and intraocular biopsies and cytology.Click here to know more

L. F. Montgomery Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
Emory Eye Center, Atlanta
Dr. Hans Grossniklaus
Pre-residency fellows, post-residency fellows and international scholars
S.F. Match

Fellowship Training in Ophthalmic Pathology
A number of academic institutions offer fellowship training in ophthalmic pathology. Some of the fellowships are offered to either ophthalmologists or pathologists. Although most fellowship positions are limited to candidates who have completed residency training in either pathology or ophthalmology, a few programs do offer pre-residency fellowships. Some of the fellowships combine clinical training in ophthalmic pathology with basic science research.A number of fellowship programs use the San Francisco Fellowship Matching Program.
Please contact for a complete list: http://www.sfmatch.org/

Institutions in the United States offering ophthalmic pathology fellowships:
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Post-residency fellowship for pathologists

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Post-residency fellowship
Victor M. Elner, MD, PhD
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Telephone: (734) 763-8096
FAX: (734) 936-2340
Email: velner@umich.edu

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.
Section of Immunopathology, Laboratory of Immunology
Dr. Chi-Chao Chan
Post-doctoral Fellowship in Ocular Immunopathology

University of Utah
John Moran A. Eye Center
Dr. Nick Mamalis
Pre-residency fellowship
Nick Mamalis, MD,
Ophthalmic Pathology,
John A. Moran Eye Center
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Phone: (801) 585-6586
Fax: (801) 581-3357 (attn: ophthalmic pathology)
Email: nick.mamalis@hsc.utah.edu

University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Madison, Wisconsin
Heather Potter, M.D.
Post-residency FellowshipContact:
Michele M. Kempfer
600 Highland Avenue, Room K6/454 CSC
Madison, WI 53792-4673Phone: 608-262-9092 Fax: 608-263-0543Email: michele.kempfer@wisc.eduhttp://www.ophth.wisc.edu/education/fellowship-program/ophthalmic-pathology-fellowship/

The Ophthalmic Pathology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a one-year pre- or post-residency fellowship.  The responsibilities of the fellow are both clinical and research oriented.  The fellow evaluates all specimens received by the lab, including both gross dissection and microscopic examination with sign-out of cases to the attending ophthalmic pathologist, Dr. Heather Potter.  There are opportunities to participate in either basic science research or histopathologic studies reviewing the substantial library of former cases seen by the laboratory.  The fellow is also involved in several education opportunities including teaching the ophthalmology residents and medical students while on the service and leading OKAP directed lectures.

The UW Eye Pathology Lab, established in 1925 by F.A. Davis and directed for many years by Daniel Albert, is the only dedicated eye pathology in Wisconsin.  The laboratory evaluates specimens received not only from ophthalmologists within the state of Wisconsin but also from pathology laboratories across the United States including California, Texas, New Mexico, and New Jersey.  Given the many unique specimens seen by our service, there is ample opportunity for case reports and photo submissions.

Application for the pre-residency fellowship should include the following:

  1. Either your SF match application printout OR your CV + Official USMLE STEP 1 and 2 score reports.
  2. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  3. Personal statement reflecting upon how this fellowship will help you (1 page max)

Though typically a one-year fellowship beginning on July 1st, applicants are welcome to begin earlier in order to allow for more submissions of case reports and research prior to applying for residency.  Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Michele Kempfer (michele.kempfer@wisc.edu) for more information about the program.

Institutions in Canada and South America offering
ophthalmic pathology fellowships:

University of Ottawa Eye Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pre- or post residency fellowships
Seymour Brownstein, MD FRCSC
Director, Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
Professor of Ophthalmology & Pathology
University of Ottawa Eye Institute
501 Smyth Road, Room 3818
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1H 8L6
Tel: (613) 737-8824
Fax: (613) 737-8826