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.
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 special skills required of a cornea surgeon. Our fellowship graduates will be well trained to serve as both community practitioners and faculty members at academic medical centers. The patient populations we serve, and the institutions we cover, provide a rich experience in corneal and external diseases as well as refractive surgery.
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 special skills required of a corneal surgeon.
Fellows are expected to attend and participate in weekly Grand Rounds. The fellow will also be expected to assist with resident training in the OR, and lecture the residents on subjects related to the specialty.
Our division hosts a monthly meeting. This meeting is the forum to discuss research ideas, track progress on research projects, and review abstracts/presentations given at national meetings. This meeting is attended by faculty members from the cornea department as well as the resident on the service and fellow.
The fellow is also encouraged to attend the fellow’s program sponsored by the Cornea Society as well as local and regional meetings.
The fellow is required to complete a research project throughout the year. SightLife eye bank is available to assist with the project when applicable.
The Fellow is granted the academic title of Acting Instructor at the University of Washington. The fellow will participate in highly complex cornea and anterior segment pathology. Surgeries include the range of corneal surgery such as keratoprosthesis, PKP, DALK, DSEK, DMEK, scleral fixated IOL’s as well as ocular surface reconstruction as well as other surgeries. The fellow also gets to see and participate in refractive surgery. A sample of the basic fellowship schedule is included below.
Rotkis OR 1, 3
Shen clinic am
Shen OR 2, 4, 5
Rotkis OR 1, 3
Banitt OR 2, 4, 5
Fellow clinic pm
Rotkis clinic 1, 3
Shen clinic am 2, 5
VA OR 4
VA clinic 4th
Residents take primary call for the Department. The fellow takes second call for cornea emergencies. There is always a cornea attending on call to back up the fellow. The fellow takes primary open globe call on the same amount as all clinical instructors.
In our application process, one fellow is selected yearly for the one-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.
This non-ACGME fellowship salary is paid at an approximation of Program Year level using AAMC salary scale. Health benefits are available through the University of Washington with several plans to choose from. Dental, Life and A&D insurance are included with health plans at no additional cost. Fellows are provided with malpractice insurance for their fellowship-based activities. The fellow is expected to attend specialty meetings or conferences as part of their advanced training.
Recent Past Fellows
Wyatt Messenger, MD (2019-20)
Daniel Lemor, MD (2018-2019)
Alex Foster, MD (2017-2018)