The overall objective of this fellowship is to offer an exceptional blend of clinical opportunities and research experience in an academic setting. Our goal is to teach competent and compassionate practitioners the medical judgment and skills required of a Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation specialist.

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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 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.


One fellow is selected yearly for this one-year fellowship.   Interviews are offered to candidates after a review of the application material.  The position is offered through the San Francisco Matching Program  (see for registration and information).  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.


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).


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


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.


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.  Experience in bench science is desirable although not strictly necessary.

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.

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



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