This fellowship combines the strengths of Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute’s refractive surgery and corneal disease faculty in a program that strives to offer the most comprehensive and advanced training in the subspecialty. This one-year program accepts 2 fellows each year.

This combined program offers a premier training experience to candidates interested in becoming experts in treating patients with diseases of the anterior segment, performing refractive surgery and engaging in academic activities such as research and teaching.

Fellowship Program Director

Teaching Faculty

The fellowship experience encompasses the full spectrum of routine and complex cases that present to Cole Eye Institute, one of the nation’s leading eye institutes and a major international referral center. Our fellows regularly report corneal surgical volumes above the 90th percentile. These procedures include high-risk corneal transplantation, DMEK, DSAEK, DALK, keratoprosthesis, LASIK, PRK, intracorneal ring segments, ocular surface reconstruction with amniotic membrane grafting, cataract surgery, and a variety of other anterior segment procedures. In 2018, each fellow logged over 250 primary surgeon cases, including >60 DMEK, >30 DSAEK, ~10 DALK, 10-20 PK, >40 LASIK, >10 PRK, and ~50 cataracts.

The program is designed to train the next generation of academic leaders in the fields of cornea and refractive surgery by providing a rich academic environment with multiple research opportunities and career mentorship support. However, our fellows are equally well-positioned to enter private practice with outstanding surgical and medical skills and a unique appreciation for the interfaces of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery.

Fellows participate in resident education through didactic lectures, Cornea Grand Rounds presentations biannually, journal club at faculty homes, corneal surgery and refractive surgery wet labs, and regular interaction with residents rotating on service.  Fellows have access to the state-of-the-art, 600 square-foot Timken Microsurgical Education Laboratory at Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. Research opportunities abound by virtue of the clinical pathology encountered each day and access to several active research programs in anterior segment areas (see below).

Major activities on the cornea and refractive surgery service:

Refractive Surgery

  • More than 2,000 refractive procedures performed each year: LASIK, PRK, SMILE, PTK, phakic IOL, refractive lens exchange, and topography-guided ablation

Corneal and External Disease

  • Treatment of corneal and ocular surface diseases (infectious, immune, traumatic, optical, dystrophic)
  • High volume of PKP, DMEK, DSAEK, DALK and corneal crosslinking

Corneal Research

  • Corneal biomechanics (computational modeling and elasticity imaging) (NEI)
  • Corneal cell biology and wound healing (NEI)
  • Anterior segment imaging and physiologic optics
  • Corneal crosslinking
  • Industry-sponsored drug and device trials
  • Intraoperative OCT for DMEK, DSAEK, DALK and more
  • Eye-banking, industry-sponsored drug trials for ocular surface disease