The two-year fellowship provides extensive opportunities to develop independent judgment and technical skills in a patient-focused, fast-paced environment. Training in the evaluation of patients, interpretation of fluorescein and indocyanine angiography, ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography, laser photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy, pneumatic retinopexy, laser repair and prophylaxis of retinal detachments, and intra-vitreal injection techniques (including newly FDA-approved sustained-release drug delivery devices).
Approximately four days are spent between several private practice offices in the Cleveland- Akron area. Focus on furthering skills in the diagnosis and treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases, these settings also provided invaluable exposure to the daily requirements of managing a private practice.
The remaining time is spent in surgery, with most of the cases either at Akron General and Wright Surgery Center or Novus Clinic, both ambulatory surgery centers. The surgical volume during this two year fellowship is extensive, upwards to 200 surgeries within the first year. Focusing on surgical techniques in advanced vitrectomy techniques, scleral buckling, sub- retinal fluid drainage, ocular trauma repair and reconstruction, membrane peeling, repair of proliferative vitreo-retinopathy, pars plana lensectomies, and placement of posterior chamber glaucoma drainage devices.
- Program Director: Donald C. Stephens III, MD
- Faculty Physician: Nicole C. Beharry, MD
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All Fellowships go through SF Match.
PGY – 6
- Sandra Sofinski, MD — University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences