Glaucoma Fellowship

The Glaucoma Fellowship at Wills Eye has been training glaucoma specialists for more than 55 years. During this time, the fellowship program has graduated leaders in the field of ophthalmology throughout the United States and around the world. Members of the glaucoma service and past fellows include presidents of the American Glaucoma Society, senior members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as ophthalmology department chairs and division chiefs.

The fellowship program strives to prepare glaucoma specialists with superior clinical skills, knowledge, and judgement who will make major contributions to their community. Fellows truly benefit from exposure to cutting-edge surgical techniques, state-of-the-art imaging technology, and diagnosis and management of complex glaucoma cases.

  • Current Wills Eye Glaucoma Fellows
    Dilru Amarasekera, MD



    Dilru has spent the majority of her life in the Greater Philadelphia area, having been raised in Exton, Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University, where she completed a joint 6-year BS/MD program with Sidney Kimmel Medical College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2018. Dilru went on to complete a Preliminary Medicine year at the nation's first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, followed by an Ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital. During her final year at Wills Eye, she served as co-chief resident. Dilru’s research interests include barriers to eye care, women in ophthalmology, and surgical outcomes in glaucoma. In her free time she enjoys frequenting the amazing restaurants in Philadelphia and spending time with her friends.
    Michael Izzo, MD



    Born and raised in Reading, PA, Mike graduated high school and then went on to study Biology at Boston College where he earned his bachelor of science degree and graduated cum laude. After college, he then earned his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine in North Philadelphia. Upon graduating from medical school, he completed his transitional internship at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center followed by ophthalmology residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he was honored to serve as chief resident. He is passionate about new diagnostic and therapeutic advances in managing glaucoma to improve patient outcomes, and he looks forward to learning from cutting edge leaders in the field while at Wills Eye. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and fiance.


    Tina Xia, MD



    Tina's hometown is Gainesville FL. She studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Brown University. Tina then earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, where she completed a fully-funded research year studying retinal stem cell cultures and graduated with honors. Tina trained at Washington University in St. Louis for her medicine internship and ophthalmology residency. In residency, Tina developed a strong interest in glaucoma and the meaningful care in glaucoma management. Tina strives to provide excellent surgical care and above all to maintain a patient-centered approach. She is excited to train with the diverse faculty at Wills Eye for her fellowship. Tina is having fun exploring the city of Philadelphia with her friends during her free time.
  • Wills Eye Glaucoma Fellowship Program Graduates
    2021-2022     Lauren Hock, MD; Rebecca Neustein, MD; Connie Wu, MD
    2020-2021     Wendy Liu, MD; Daniel Petkovsek, MD; Rahul Raghu, MD
    2019-2020     Lindsay Machen, MD; Robert Purgert, MD; Jason Flamendorf, MD
    2018-2019     Cindy Zheng, MD; Michael Lin, MD; Stephen Moster, MD
    2017-2018     Natasha Nayak, MD; Qian Qian Wang, MD; Alicia Menzes, MD
    2016-2017     Benjamin Abramowitz, MD; Edward Yung, MD; Alice Williams, MD
    2015-2016     Shipra Gupta, MD; Daniel Lee, MD; Qi Cui, MD
    2014-2015     Ardalan Aminlari, MD; Noelle Layer, MD; Sara Kuchar, MD
    2013-2014     Sonya Shah, MD; Timothy Sullivan, MD; Wanda Hu, MD
    2012-2013     Swathi Reddy, MD; Michael Waisbourd, MD; Michael Koval, MD
    2011-2012     Valerie Trubnik, MD; Jesse Richman, MD; Thandeka Myeni, MD