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Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship

Fellowship Highlights

Meet the Program Directors

Vitreo-retinal fellowship

The UC Davis Health System Eye Center Vitreo-Retina Surgical Fellowship has a greater than 20-year tradition of training excellent retinal specialists in practice in both academic and private practice around the world.

The culture and design of the program is meant to train fellows to become capable and experienced surgeons and clinicians. Moreover, there is a wealth of basic science and clinical research opportunities available that complements each fellow’s training whether they go into private or academic practice.

Currently, this is a two-year fellowship with one new fellow matching each year. Every fellow will work with our three full-time clinical vitreo-retinal faculty members at the UC Davis Eye Center located in the Lawrence Ellison Ambulatory Care Center in our Sacramento Campus, and an additional vitreo-retinal faculty during their time at the Mather Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Faculty involved in the fellowship program are:

Lawrence S. Morse, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
UC Davis Eye Center
Director of Retina Service
Vitreo-Retinal Diseases

Susanna S. Park, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
UC Davis Eye Center
Director of Ocular Oncology
Vitreo-retinal Fellowship Director
Vitreo-Retinal Diseases & Ocular Oncology

Ala Moshiri, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
UC Davis Eye Center
Vitreo-Retinal Diseases

Mohamid Ashrafzedeh, M.D.
Vitreo-retinal Diseases
Veterans Administration Hospital, Mather, CA

Program Details

The two-year fellowship is AUPO FCC compliant and will provide an in-depth surgical and medical training in diagnosis and management of a broad variety of vitreo-retinal disorders including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, trauma, uveitis, hereditary retinal degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity and oncology. 

Fellows will operate with one of four vitreo-retinal surgeons and will learn and perform surgeries for a wide variety of retinal problems, ranging from complex retinal detachments including anterior and posterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy, complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy including tractional retinal detachment, primary and secondary scleral buckling procedures, submacular surgery for removal of subretinal hemorrhages and subfovealchoroidalneovascular membranes, posterior segment trauma,  and diagnostic and therapeutic vitrectomies for complex uveitis and endophthalmitis.

Laser photocoagulation for peripheral and macular retinopathies including stage 3 retinopathy of prematurity and photodynamic therapy for various macular pathologies are performed in abundance. In addition, a growing oncology service provides training in diagnosis and  management of various intraocular tumors including melanoma and retinoblastoma. The fellowship training also includes formal training in ultrasonography and electroretinography interpretation.

Both medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases are emphasized through direct interaction in clinical and surgical situations. A weekly fluorescein angiogram conference and professor/grand rounds will also provide didactic discussions. An update on research activities and review of retina literature arediscussed at a weekly retina service research conference.  Fellows also participate in the quadrennial departmental journal club.

We have a broad mix of patients, ranging from private to medically indigent, which provides for a balanced vitreo-retinal fellowship experience. Fellows participate in several clinical trials which are being conducted to provide insight into conducting clinical research.  

Fellows also are expected to complete at least one research project each year and present at a national meeting (e.g. ARVO, AAO) and the departmental symposium.  Research mentorship is provided by the faculty.  Travel support is provided by the department with some restrictions.

Requirements

  • Full California medical licensure (not a training license)
  • Clinical positions cannot be offered to individuals who are International medical school graduates and do not qualify for full California licensure

Applications

Applications for fellowship  are accepted through the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Program, SF Match beginning in July of each year. Completed applications must be received by  date indicated in our on line profile at SF Match. Candidates will be notified in early September  about the interview process, which will take place in Sacramento at the UC Davis Eye Center over one of  two Saturday sessions in October and November– interviews at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings are not offered at this time.