From left to right: UPMC Glaucoma Fellowship Director Dr. Nils Loewen and Glaucoma Faculty Drs. Schuman, Miller and Conner.
Our mission is to train emerging clinician-scientists like you and to provide you with 1. excellent surgical skills, both new and classic ones, 2. current clinical knowledge and 3. compelling research opportunities. We want you to become a leading academic glaucoma specialists.
We offer 2 clincal glauocma fellowship positions that are AUPO certified:
The Department of Ophthalmology at UPMC is a nationwide technology leader and has a long track record of developing and implementing new devices, techniques and software, especially in Glaucoma.
Especially in Glaucoma, diagnosis and treatment decisions are increasingly technology and data-analysis driven, exceeding and supplementing the abilities of an unaided human observer. You will have the unique opportunity to master these new tools already before they become available on a larger scale. This allows you to efficiently pursue research projects during your fellowship with us.
The vision of our Chair, Dr. Joel Schuman, who is both a Professor of Ophthalmology and of Bioengineering, permeates our department, giving the translational and basic research activities here immediacy and weight: there are 12 investigators with R01 grants in our department and 17 total who contribute to a Vision Core research grant. Patient care, education and research are seamlessly integrated and physically located in the same building, in the Eye and Ear Institute. The lab space for research alone exceeds 20,000 sqft in the main building.
The tradition of UPMC's Glaucoma Service - to improve patient care by spearheading clinical and surgical technologies while also performing translational science - is continued under the leadership of the new Glaucoma Fellowship Director, Nils Loewen, MD, PhD who is also the Director of the Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery and the Director of Health Information Technology.
As our Glaucoma Fellow, you will become an active member of the Glaucoma Service, working closely with all full-time clinical glaucoma faculty — Joel Schuman, MD, Ian Conner, MD, PhD, Julia Polat, MD and Nils Loewen, MD, PhD — and the Glaucoma Resident in the clinical and surgical care of our glaucoma patients. The Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at UPMC is a one-year program, usually beginning in July.
A portion of the fellow's week is spent on this service, examining patients with faculty members and performing laser surgery, including trabeculoplasty, iridotomy, and cyclophotocoagulation.
Because of this, it is important that applicants already have very good cataract surgery skills to be able to handle the large amount of complex cataract surgery in this fellowship.
We operate at two surgical centers that allow up to 23 cases per day per single attending. In all, there are four dedicated, fully-equipped operating rooms with
Class 1 case counts are typically close to
Many of the surgeries the following link were performed by fellows:
Dr. Brown is a prolific computer programmer who wrote several Android applications with more than 50k installations and contributed to CT imaging software.
As a Clinical Instructor faculty member, the fellow participates in the on-call schedule with other faculty members. This involves backing up the residents for nighttime and weekend emergencies and occasionally assisting the residents in or performing emergency surgery.
The Fellow also participates in the Glaucoma Conferences and various other activities.
At UPMC, the environment to perform clinical research and basic research during a Glaucoma Fellowship is exceptionally strong. In some cases, a two-year fellowship can be arranged, with one year in the laboratory. There are also ample opportunities to work on basic research during a one-year fellowship, for instance in the Loewen lab or in any of the other labs.
To apply for a Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at UPMC, or to learn more about the Program, contact Ms. Siobahn Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-647-2256. All applications are handled through the Glaucoma Fellowship Match. Our program is in full compliance with the high standards set forth by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC).
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Eye & Ear Institute
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