Academic Global Ophthalmology


Wills Eye has long been a global leader in the prevention and treatment of blindness.  Through our Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology we have sharpened our focus on the pressing needs of the millions of patients lacking access to high quality eye care.

Founded in 1832 with a mission to serve the “indigent blind and lame,” Wills Eye has trained more ophthalmologists than any other institution in the Western Hemisphere and annually continues to produce the largest number of new eye surgeons. Our physicians have developed examination and treatment techniques that have revolutionized eye care, including one of the most performed surgeries in the world, Charles Kelman’s phacoemulsification.

Having been around for so long, we recognize that major advances in eye care arise not just from the work we immerse ourselves in today but from creating exceptional educational systems and mentoring networks to foster the innovators of tomorrow.

Our primary focus globally is on education. We have nurtured relationships with local partners and are empowering them to tackle the devastating eye disease in their regions.  We believe that we can train and support high quality eye surgeons around the world who will become the advocates for the indigent and blind in their own backyards.

Wills Eye has the largest ophthalmology alumni network in the United States and this is our Center’s greatest asset. We have hundreds of brilliant and enthusiastic ophthalmologists who want to make a difference where they are needed most.

Please support and join us as we work with our global partners to eradicate avoidable blindness. Together we can do this.

Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellowship Program 

This training initiative is aimed at creating a culturally aware, surgically skilled ophthalmologist equipped to provide skilled medical and surgical care in low resource settings, and to integrate those skills into a foreign healthcare system in a sustainable manner. Those who train in Academic Global Ophthalmology will join the small but growing network of ophthalmologists interested in creating an academic approach to addressing the gaps in medical and surgical eye care around the world.

The Academic Global Ophthalmology Fellowship is a 1 year commitment to working with Wills Eye Hospital in its initiative to deliver and elevate the quality of eye care worldwide. The fellow spends 6 non-contiguous months abroad (Sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central America) and 6 months at Wills.

While abroad, the fellow's time is spent learning surgical techniques specific to developing world ophthalmology (ex. MSICS), teaching ophthalmologists and trainees, developing and strengthening ophthalmology residency programs abroad and implementing innovative Wills Eye programs aimed at the prevention of blindness. This fellowship offers the opportunity to deliver care in underserved regions under unique circumstances, and integrate into foreign healthcare systems with international peers.

While at Wills Eye, the fellow is an integral part of our resident teaching service, work with Wills faculty to refine their skills by continuing to see patients and perform surgery, works with local charity efforts in eye care, and spends time working on projects with our partners abroad. There is ample opportunity to conduct research while abroad or at Wills.

We accept applications for this position from residents in their final year of training, as well as subspecialty fellows interested in further diversifying their training to encompass this unique surgical and clinical skill set.

How to apply?

If you are interested in becoming a Wills Eye Academic Ophthalmology Fellow, please send a cover letter along with your CV and three letters of recommendation to Brad H. Feldman, MD, Director of the Wills Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology at

For more information, please contact Dr. Feldman or former AGO Fellow, Alessandra Intili, MD, at