Uveitis & Ocular Inflammation Fellowship



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. 


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


Under the direction of Kathryn Pepple, MD, PhD, 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. 


The overall objective of our Uveitis 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.  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.



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.


Salary is paid at an approximation of the Program Year level using the 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.

Eligibility and Selection Policy

The University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology welcomes applicants for our AUPO-certified fellowship programs in vitreoretinal surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and uveitis and ocular inflammatory disease, as well as our ASOPRS-certified fellowship program in oculoplastic surgery.  Current residents and graduates of accredited ophthalmology residencies are eligible for consideration.  Preference will be given to graduates of ACGME-accredited residencies and individuals eligible for full licensure in the State of Washington.  The Department of Ophthalmology is committed to developing a diverse physician workforce and welcomes applications from individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds. Our program recruits applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Recruitment is based on applicants’ qualifications and ability to do the job. Selection criteria for our fellowships include a record of outstanding patient care; a record of scholarship in ophthalmology; enthusiasm for serving as teacher to junior fellows, residents, and students; excellent communication skills; and a record of exemplary professionalism.

Education & Training

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.


The uveitis fellow will take uveitis service after hours call and may participate in supervising residents on trauma call in rotation with other attendings and fellows

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UW Department of Ophthalmology

908 Jefferson St.. Seattle, WA 98104 (academic offices)
Harborview Medical Center (mailing address)
Box 359608, 325 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.543.7250
Fax: 206.685.7055


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