UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Huang, Alex A. Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis

Retina and Vitreous

Thank you for your interest in our two-year medical and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at the Shiley Eye Institute at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD it is our goal that the fellows are happy and have an outstanding educational and surgical experience.

The fellowship provides a comprehensive clinical experience in all areas of medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease with opportunities for in-depth subspecialty experiences in uveitis, oncology, retinal dystrophy, genetics, and pediatric retinal disease. The fellowship is directed by Dr. William Freeman and fellows are supervised by 8 retina specialists including a surgical retina/uveitis specialist, two surgical retina/ocular oncology specialists, an adult & pediatric surgical retina specialist, a surgical retina/electrophysiology specialist, and a medical retina/retinal dystrophy specialist.

This is one of the highest surgical volume fellowships in the state, and most fellows exceed 500 primary vitrectomies by the end of 2 years. Fellows treat diverse surgical pathologies from epiretinal membranes and macular holes to complex diabetic traction retinal detachments. In addition to vitrectomies, fellows quickly become proficient in various scleral buckling techniques including encircling bands, sponges, and radial elements, secondary IOLs (Yamane and sutured Akreos), cryotherapy, and pneumatic retinopexy. Our surgical experience includes opportunities to work with the BIOM, Resight, and contact visualization systems, Leica and Zeiss microscopes, and the Alcon Ngenuity and Zeiss DigitalOptics 3D heads-up visualization systems. Surgeries are performed using the Alcon Constellation Vision System. Surgeries take place in the dedicated ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located inside the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. In the clinic, fellows can use the Topcon PASCAL pattern laser to perform laser photocoagulation.

Fellows spend time at the Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla as well as the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla. In addition, the Jacobs Retina Center is a 13,000 sq. ft. clinical and research facility which directly adjoins Shiley and houses the latest clinical imaging devices, a clinical trials center, and basic science research laboratories.  Fellows have their own clinics at Shiley, Hillcrest, and the VA, and also see patients in attending clinics. Throughout the year, UCSD residents are assigned to the retina service and fellows will also interact with the international research fellows. Didactics include a weekly clinical conference, imaging conferences, and weekly grand rounds.

Fellows will be involved in research projects and funding is available to support presentations at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meetings as well as other local, regional, and national meetings. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend educational activities such as the Duke Fellows Advanced Vitreous Surgery course. Retina fellows typically author several peer-reviewed publications by the end of their fellowship.  We believe that involvement in research enhances clinical acumen and the ability of fellows to function as independent retinal specialists and consultants. Experience conducting research helps fellows learn to critically evaluate other’s research and stay current with developments in our field.

In addition to becoming experts in conventional therapeutic interventions, fellows are also co-investigators on the clinical trials conducted at Shiley. Fellows will gain experience administering experimental therapies including intravitreal injections of new drugs for neovascular AMD and geographic atrophy, intravitreal implants, small interfering RNA, and other new therapies as part of clinical trials.

Fellowship applicants: in addition to the SFMatch application, please send an email to jrcfreemanoffice@gmail.com with your curriculum vitae, OKAP and USMLE scores, a recent small photo, and any other material you think would be applicable. A letter of recommendation from your program chair and retina faculty is also recommended.

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