Retina Fellowship

Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Training

The Department of Ophthalmology sponsors a two year Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship. The fellow rotates on his/her own separate service with his preceptors and alternates with the other attendings on a monthly basis throughout the year. The Retina Service is also covered by a second year resident who shares weekend call.
The fellowship program is a well-preceptored, moderately high volume retina practice with a nice mix of primary and referral vitreo-retinal conditions. We appreciate your interest in the Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System. The fellowship is under the guidance of Brian Conway, MD, Irfan Khan, MD, Eugene Shildkrot, MD, and Paul Yates, MD, PhD.

Vitreo-Retina Fellowship

This fellowship is designed to provide extensive training in all aspects of medical and surgical management of vitreo-retinal diseases.  Teaching material for the fellowship comes primarily from the outpatient clinics. The experience is well-balanced between the medical and surgical aspects of vitreo-retinal disease. The service does approximately 300 cases a year for surgical vitreo-retinal problems, equally balanced between vitrectomy and scleral buckling procedures. Approximately 1,000 fluorescein angiograms are performed each year in the photography unit for the evaluation of medical retinal problems. The clinic also sees patients with ocular tumors, primarily malignant melanoma. A clinical electrophysiology laboratory is also available for the evaluation of patients with retinal dystrophy. Patients with retinoblastoma and with retinopathy of prematurity are managed in collaboration with our pediatric ophthalmologists, Dr. Bruce Carter and Dr. Christian Carter.

Requirements

The candidate is required to have completed residency training in ophthalmology. He/she must have a Virginia Medical License prior to matriculation into the program. The training period commences on July 1 and concludes on June 30 two years later; one position every other year is offered. Salary is commensurate with PGY-5 level.

Faculty

Brian P. Conway, MD is Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1964 from Georgetown University.  Following studies in economics, he received his MD in 1968 as well from Georgetown University.  He completed his ophthalmology residency in 1975 from John Hopkins University, Wilmer Eye Institute, followed by a fellowship in 1976 in diseases and surgery of retina and vitreous at University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Irfan R. Khan, MD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology.  He received his undergraduate degree in 2007 from Benedictine University.  Following studies in biology, he received his medical degree in 2011 from St. Louis University School of Medicine.  He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2015, followed by a fellowship in uveitis 2016 at John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

Eugene Y. Shildkrot, MD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.  He received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from Cornell University.  Following studies in Russian literature and biology, he received his medical degree in 2004 from New York University School of Medicine.  He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wayne State University, Kresge Eye Institute, followed by a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery 2012 at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary as well as a fellowship in ocular oncology in 2010 at Hamilton Eye Institute of University of Tennessee, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Paul A. Yates, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from California Polytechnic State University.  Following studies in electronic engineering, he received his MD and PhD in 2001 from University of California in San Diego.  He completed his ophthalmology residency in 2005 at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, followed by a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery in 2007 at Tufts University, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

Facilities

Patients are seen in ophthalmology offices in both the downtown medical center and an ambulatory care center within 10 minutes of the downtown area. The clinic has complete examining and diagnostic facilities, lasers, and a minor procedure room.  Outpatient surgery is performed both in the UVA Hospital and an out-patient surgery center. The fellow assists in patient evaluation and surgery of private patients and conducts independent clinics and surgery.

Resources and Responsibilities

The Department conducts a comprehensive program of lectures and conferences for residents and fellows and offers CME-certified meetings for community and regional ophthalmologists. The fellow is expected to take an active role in all educational activities, attending Grand Rounds and participating in the weekly conference on Intravenous Fluorescein Angiography and Ocular Imaging lectures and journal clubs. The fellow is expected to participate in resident training by supervising resident surgery (pre-operative evaluation, surgery, and post-operative management).

A full-time departmental research assistant is employed to conduct phase III and IV studies. The fellow is required to conduct clinical research on medical or surgical management of patients and is encouraged to optimize basic research opportunities.

Application Process

This program is registered with the Retina Fellowship Match Program (#4276). Potential applicants should access this site for match registration information.

To apply for the fellowship, submit a letter of application accompanied by a curriculum vita, a personal statement, and at least three letters of recommendation to the SF Match. Additional information may be addressed to:

Mary Smith
Retina Fellowship Program Administrator
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 800715
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0715
Email: MES5BK@virginia.edu
Phone: (434) 982-0855
Website: www.uvaeye.com

Eugene Y. Shildkrot, MD
Retina Fellowship Program Co-director
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 800715
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0715
Phone: (434) 982-0855
Website: www.uvaeye.com

Paul A. Yates, MD, PhD
Retina Fellowship Program Co-director
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Virginia Health System
Department of Ophthalmology
P.O. Box 800715
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0715
Phone: (434) 982-0855
Website: www.uvaeye.com

For further information please contact:

Mary Smith, MPH
Retina Fellowship Administrator
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Virginia Health System
P.O. Box 800715
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0715
Phone: (434) 982-0855
E-mail: mesmith@virginia.edu

Ophthalmology Fellowship Match
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
Phone: (415) 447-0350
Fax: (415) 561-8535

Additional Information

As the year progresses, the fellow assumes a gradually increasing level of surgical responsibilities. It is our intention that by graduation the fellow will be comfortable with any type of vitreo-retinal surgery.

The vitreo-retinal fellow directs the Ophthalmic Imaging Conference during which all of the interesting cases seen in the Department over the previous week are reviewed. This helps to ensure that the fellow reviews all interesting medical retinal problems.

In addition to reviews of clinical material and reports of interesting cases, the academic and research interests of the service center on the use of animal models and tissue culture techniques to study the problems of proliferative vitreo-retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy, and on the use of computerized vitreous fluoro-photometry to assess the blood-retinal barrier and to follow the course of various ocular disease states. The vitreo-retinal fellow is encouraged to participate in these studies or in any studies of his own initiation.

Applications are accepted through the Central Application Service (CAS) which is run by the San Francisco Matching Program.

Teaching Conferences

The fellow gives a weekly conference on Intravenous Fluorescein Angiography and Ocular Imaging using interesting teaching cases. The conference is held each Wednesday, from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, immediately prior to Grand Rounds.

The fellow also presents Grand Rounds presentations three times per year.

Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research and presentations at national meetings.

Benefits

For information concerning salaries, benefits, parking, meals, etc., please check the UVA Human Resources faculty page.

Environment

Any training program is colored, in part, by the milieu of the surrounding academic center. The Health System at the University of Virginia lies adjacent to the central grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s original academical village. Charlottesville and Albemarle County attracts cultural and cosmopolitan functions out of proportion to its 125,000 population supplemented by the 23,000 students of the University of Virginia. From http://charlottesville.org:

Charlottesville offers an impressive variety of cultural, social, and recreational opportunities. There are 26 neighborhood and jointly funded parks and an extensive series of walking trails that run through parkland, residential areas, and along the beautiful Rivanna River.

There is also a thriving art, music and theater community that keeps the creative spirit alive in Charlottesville. A recently opened 4,000 seat Charlottesville Sprint Pavilion amphitheater draws big named acts into the downtown area and hosts a weekly Friday After Five concert in the spring through the fall, a local favorite to kick off the weekend. The downtown pedestrian mall is one of the most successful of its kind in the country and boasts over 150 shops and award-winning restaurants. A magnet for art, music, dining, shopping and entertainment, the mall is now home to a newly renovated Paramount Theater, one of few community-supported restorations of historic theaters in the country. The 1,200 seat theater has hosted nationally-known entertainers. The 16,000 seat John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ) opened in 2006 and has already hosted national caliber events such as The Dave Matthews Band, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel and Cirque du Soleil. JPJ was recently voted as the Best New Entertainment Venue in the Country.

Other popular activities in the area include world-class tennis, golf, hiking, ballooning, horseback riding and racing, tubing, fishing, biking, camping, and the occasional hunting for antiques. The area also boasts a thriving wine touring and tasting business. The nearly 30 local vineyards make up the state’s largest collection with several wineries winning national recognition.

The nation’s capital is only 120 miles away and there are excellent regular air connections to Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Detroit. The Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, 20 miles from Charlottesville, along with the nearby Appalachian Trail provide some of the best hiking in the United States. Snow skiing is within an hour’s drive, with night skiing available. Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, the vistas of the Shenandoah Valley and the rivers and mountains of West Virginia provide some of the best whitewater canoeing and rafting in the world. Medical students, Housestaff, and Faculty have a share in the stimulating and picturesque ambiance of University life within Piedmont Virginia.