Retina and Vitreous Surgery Fellowship

Ochsner Retina and Vitreous Surgery Fellowship Program

The Section of Retina and Vitreous Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology offers an AUPO FCC two year fellowship in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous. One fellow will be accepted to the program every two years. The candidate must be eligible for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology and must also be eligible for an unrestricted Louisiana State Medical License.

Why Ochsner?

Founded in 1942 by five physicians, Ochsner Health System is one of the largest independent academic health systems in the United States and Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit health system. The Ochsner Eye Center and the Section of Retina and Vitreous Surgery are a vital part of this care system providing treatment for eye problems caused by chronic disease processes.

Be a Part of Our Team

Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans

The Ochsner retina and vitreous surgery fellow is an integral member of the retina service and the Department of Ophthalmology. As the retina and vitreous fellow, you will be responsible for:

  • Evaluation and care of clinical and surgical patients at Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans.
  • Developing and refining skills in examining patients with both macular and peripheral retinal diseases, in the interpretation of fluorescein angiograms and other diagnostic testing, in performing out-patient laser and cryo surgery, in retinal reattachment surgical procedures, and in advanced vitrectomy procedures.
  • Organizing and supervising a monthly retina and fluorescein angiography conference.
  • Instructing the ophthalmology resident and medical students rotating on the retina service.
  • Assisting the ophthalmology resident in answering retina consults and referrals on patients admitted to the Ochsner Medical Center.

Leonard Chabert Medical Center (LCMC)

In addition to the retina clinic at Ochsner Medical Center, the retina fellow is responsible for staffing and administrating the retina clinic at Leonard Chabert Medical Center, a part of the Louisiana state hospital system, located in Houma, LA and managed by Ochsner Health System. The fellow is responsible for:

  • Performing all of the retina and vitreous surgery at LCMC with the assistance of the Ochsner retina staff.
  • Performing or assisting the retina resident with all of the retinal laser surgery done at LCMC.
  • Fluorescein angiography interpretations at LCMC.

During the fellowship, the fellow will participate in daily patient directed cased based discussions, regularly scheduled morbidity/pathology/complications conferences, quarterly journal clubs and weekly grand rounds. The fellow is also encouraged to attend retina conferences offered at both the LSU and Tulane Ophthalmology Departments, as well as to attend the national ophthalmologic meetings that are held in New Orleans.

The fellow is encouraged to write at least one paper during the fellowship and also to develop a research project.

Fellowship Leadership and Faculty

D. Anthony Mazzulla, MD

  • Program Director

Joseph Benevento, MD

  • Teaching Faculty

Laurence W. Arend, MD, FACS

How to Apply

Interested applicants should register for the match at the SFMatch website.

Contact Information:

Katherine Cunningham
Phone: 504.842.0543
E-Mail: kcunningham@ochsner.org

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