Retina Service Fellowship

The Retina Service was instituted in 1960 by the Board of City Trusts as the first specialty service at the Wills Eye Hospital. Since 1960, the Retina Service has been instrumental in training over 152 retinal fellows in the diagnosis and management of retinal and vitreous diseases. These past fellows are now in practice in all parts of the United States and Canada, as well as in Puerto Rico, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Retinal Fellowship Program combines surgical duties with clinical and academic responsibilities. The Retina Service presently offers a two-year combined medical/surgical fellowship. The fellowship begins on early July each year and is completed two years later on June 30th. Scheduled hospital obligations generally extend from 7am - 6pm, daily. There are occasions when the schedule may run past 6 pm. Fellows are allowed to schedule two weeks vacation in each year of the fellowship.

Retina Fellowship Applications are available at The SF Match application process opens on Monday, June 2, 2014.  All applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible. Applications will not be accepted after August 15, 2014.  The 2014 Fellowship Interview process will consist of a dinner, Friday, October 24, 2014 with Interviews held on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Commitments to both dates are mandatory. Please contact Peggy Semen, Fellowship Coordinator, Retina Service, at 215-928-3095 or at if you have any questions.

Please note: the following information will be required when you submit your application through SF Match:

  • A copy of your medical school transcript.
  • A copy of FLEX or USMLE all THREE parts.
  • Your ophthalmology fellowship match number.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Your letters of recommendation may be written by associates or professors. They should be addressed to:

Arunan Sivalingam, MD
Fellowship Director
Wills Eye Retina Service
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Additional Items requested to complete our application process:

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • USMLE all 3 parts
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Digital photo.

Please submit these items directly to Peggy Semen at Wills Eye Retina Service by email to