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.
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).
Under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Pepple, 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 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
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 trauma call in rotation with other attendings and fellows.
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 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.
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 upon 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.
Matthew McKay, MD (2020-21)
Joon-Bom Kim, MD (2018-19)
Jessica Weinstein, MD (2017-18)
Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi, M.D. (2016-17)
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. (2011-12)
Kathryn L. Pepple, MD, PhD
- Teaching Faculty
Thellea Leveque, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
- Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Boyd K. Bucey Professor
Director of UW Medicine Eye Institute
- Kathryn Pepple, MD, PhD
- Cecilia Lee, MD, MS