Residency Training

The Cole Eye Institute Residency Training Program's mission is to produce superbly trained clinical and academic ophthalmologists and to inspire residents to become leaders in patient care, teaching, and vision research.

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The Cole Eye Institute opened its doors in 1999 and is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in the world. Our staff of internationally recognized experts care for more patients than any other eye institute in the United States and we have the most active, continuous medical education programs in the country.

Our Residency Program meets all the requirements of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The three-year program is divided into required rotations and residents work under the direct supervision of the staff during all rotations.

Applications for residency must be processed through the Ophthalmology Match Program (via the Central Application Service)www.sfmatch.org.

During training, residents spend the majority of their time at Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, rotating among the division's nine specialty departments:

  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Retina and Vitreous
  • Uveitis, Ocular Inflammatory Disease, and Immunology

The Cole Eye Institute exclusively provides the only resident-run clinical and surgical services at Metro-Health Medical Center, the city’s only level I trauma center. Residents also rotate at Cleveland Clinic Lorain and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center.

This rotation schedule provides a balanced exposure to all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology, ensuring graduates the ability to perform general ophthalmology with skill, knowledge, and confidence. Each resident receives substantial one-on-one training from our core faculty members. We feel this provides the best opportunity to study disease processes and their medical and surgical management. This arrangement also provides excellent supervision and optimal continuity of patient care in the outpatient and hospital settings.

The Timken Microsurgical Education Laboratory

Cole Eye Institute Residency LabIn addition to providing a top-notch clinical experience, Cole Eye Institute teaches its residents to be excellent surgeons. In 2013, the Timken Microsurgical Education Laboratory was established as a formal addition to the surgical curriculum. Dr. Jeffrey M. Goshe, the residency Program Director, is also the laboratory’s principal instructor.

First year residents spend four hours per week in the 600-square-foot space located on the first floor of the Cole Eye Institute, learning advanced microsurgical techniques from Cole Eye Institute ophthalmologists using the latest technology in ophthalmic surgical education.

Cole Eye Institute Residency LabEach resident spends over one hundred hours practicing with OR-grade surgical instruments, microscopes, and phacoemulsification equipment to create the most realistic possible training experience.

After completing this extensive surgical training, residents begin performing cataract surgery as the primary surgeon in the second year of residency. The median number of primary cataract surgery cases is greater than 140 for recent graduating residents.

Research & Resources

Residents are also expected to participate in clinical and basic research activities utilizing the staff's expertise. Residents complete independent clinical research projects which involve reviewing the literature, developing a hypothesis, and designing and executing the study. Research activities are carefully supervised by an experienced clinical investigator. Residents are expected to submit and present their research at national meetings and to write several papers for publication based on their research activities. Each June, ophthalmology residents, fellows, and staff participate in the annual Residents' and Alumni Meeting, a scientific forum for the presentation of research projects.

Additional facilities available to assist residents include an up-to-date ophthalmic library that features journals, reference texts, videos, and CD-ROMs. Diagnostic and treatment resources include argon diode and dye lasers, corneal topography, electrophysiology, endothelial microscopy, excimer lasers, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, optical nerve head analyzers, optical coherence tomography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and ultrasonography.

Get more information about residency and fellowship programs at Cleveland Clinic.

Rotations

Each year of training is divided into four 13-week rotations. The rotations provide a balanced exposure to all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology, ensuring graduates the ability to perform general ophthalmology with skill, knowledge and confidence.

Current Residents

First-Year Residents (PGY-2)

Brandon Baartman, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Daniel Feiler, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine

Preethi Ganapathy, MD, PhD
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

Vishal Parikh, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Second-Year Residents (PGY-3)

Maria Choudhary, MD
Aga Khan Medical College

Joseph Griffith, MD
University of Miami School of Medicine

Nathaniel Sears, MD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/CWRU

Adam Weber, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine

Third-Year Residents (PGY-4)

Katie Hallahan, MD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/CWRU

Priyanka Kumar, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Tal Rubinstein, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Jack Shao, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Graduating Class 2010 - 2014

Baseer Ahmad, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship; Retina Consultants of St. Louis

Eric Ahn, MD
Albany Medical College
Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship; Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship; Casey Eye Institute; Portland, OR

Elisabeth Aponte, MD
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Glaucoma Fellowship; University of Iowa

Mary Beth Aronow, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Ophthalmic Oncology Fellowship; Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Medical Retina Fellowship; National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

John Au, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Cornea/External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship; Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Aimee Chappelow, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Associate Staff; Lorain Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic

Igor Estrovich, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Glaucoma Fellowship; Devers Eye Institute; Portland, OR

Jeffrey Goshe, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cornea and External Disease Fellowship; Devers Eye Institute; Portland, OR

Christopher Hood, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Cornea/External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship; Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan

James Kim, MD, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School
Glaucoma Fellowship; Duke Eye Center, Duke University

Breno Lima, MD
Federal University of Goias, Brazil
Uveitis/Medical Retina Fellowship; National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Jedediah McClintic MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship; Wake Forest University Medical Center

Stephen McNutt, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Associate Staff; Independence Family Health Center, Cleveland Clinic

Benjamin Nicholson, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Medical Retina Fellowship; National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Theodore Pasquali, MD
University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine
Cornea/External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship; Durrie Vision; Overland Park, KS

Karolinne Rocha, MD, PhD
State University of Londrina, Brazil
Associate Professor; Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina

Reecha Sachdeva Bahl, MD
George Washington University School of Medicine
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Fellowship; Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan

Sumit Sharma, MD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Fellowship: Duke Eye Center, Duke University

Ahmad Tarabishy, MD
University of Jordan Medical College
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship; Havener Eye Institute, Ohio State University

Georgios Trichonas, MD
University of Athens School of Medicine
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Xiang Werdich, MD, PhD
Beijing Medical University
Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Medical Retina Fellowship; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

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