Overview

Mission

The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Washington is simple:  we seek to protect and improve vision through the treatment of eye disease.  We do so by practicing the state of the art in ophthalmology, extending the state through scientific research, and by sharing our knowledge with our students, our colleagues, and our community.  To that end, the Department offers a one-year or two-year comprehensive, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC) compliant Uveitis Fellowship. This competitive training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of uveitis and ocular inflammation. 

Accreditation

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology at University of Washington. The fellowship is approved by and monitored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC).

Goals

Under direction of Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD (Boyd K. Bucey Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of the UW Medicine Eye Institute) and Thellea Leveque, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, the uveitis fellow will fully participate in clinical care of a large and highly complex uveitis practice.  The fellow will also be expected to contribute substantively to ongoing research in ocular inflammatory disease at the University of Washington, joining one of the nation's most vibrant translational research efforts in uveitis. 

Objectives

The overall objective of our Uveitis Fellowship is to offer an exceptional blend of clinical opportunities and research experience in an academic settle.  Our goal is to teach competent and compassionate practitioners the medical judgement and skills required of a Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation specialist.  Fellows encounter a wide range of pathology and a diverse patient population throughout rotations and attending faculty members entrust fellows with increasing clinical independence and responsibility.  This AUPO approved training program is designed to provide exposure to all aspects of uveitis and ocular inflammation with pathology experience in ocular immune disease.

Education & Training

Clinical Experience

Research Experience

Research opportunities include study of pathogenesis of sarcoidosis; deep DNA sequencing for pathogen detection and discovery; and characterization of animal models of autoinflammatory eye disease.  Experience in bench science is desirable although not strictly necessary.

On-Call

The uveitis fellow will take trauma call in rotation with other attendings and fellows.

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Application

In our application process, one fellow is selected yearly for this 1-year or 2-year fellowship.  Interviews are offered to candidates after a review of all the application materials.  This position is offered through the San Francisco Matching Program (www.sfmatch.org).  Please see the dates and deadlines on the website.  Candidates who will have successfully completed their ophthalmology residency training and who are able to obtain a license to practice medicine in the state of Washington are considered.

Benefits

Salary is paid at an approximation of Program Year level using ACGME salary scale.  The fellow receives life insurance and health benefits through the University of Washington.  Fellows are provided with malpractice insurance for their fellowship-based activities.  The fellow has traditionally attended specialty meetings or conferences as part of their advanced training.

Fellows

Incoming Fellow

Jessica Weinstein, MD (2017-2018)

Current Fellow

Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi, M.D. (2016-17)

Past Fellow

Jack Sychev, M.D.  (2015-16)
Thuy Doan, M.D. (2014-15)
Kathryn Pepple, M.D., Ph.D. (2013-14)
Thellea Leveque, M.D.,Ph.D. (2013-14)

Program Information

Program Director
Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Boyd K. Bucey Professor
Director, UW Ophthalmology Eye Institute

Education Manager
Karynne Tsuruda
sayuri3@uw.edu

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