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.
Overview - Clinical Fellowship
- Clinical Exposure and Responsibilities:
Wills Eye offers three clinical glaucoma fellowship positions annually. Fellows rotate through two month blocks with groups of faculty and have an opportunity to work with each group during both the first and second half of the year. Glaucoma fellows see patients in the attending physician's private clinics at Wills Eye Hospital. Fellows will occasionally have the opportunity to staff resident glaucoma clinic. Call is divided equally among the fellows with attending back-up and four weeks of trauma call each. Additionally, fellows are expected to staff residents in the Wills Eye Emergency Room for a few shifts a year, beyond which they can volunteer for paid shifts to supplement their salary. Fellows spend 1-3 days per week in the operating room. There are no weekend clinics. The fellowship program emphasizes education through experience and the fellows' role is hands-on.
The fellowship starts on July 7th, 2020 and is one year in duration.
- Surgical Exposure:
Fellows benefit from a broad range of surgical exposure, as they operate with 10 surgical faculty, who take care of a diverse patient population. The Wills surgical experience includes trabeculectomies, Ahmed and Baerveldt tube shunts, and Xen gel stents. In the era of minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS), we are proud of our increasing number of cataract surgeries, often in combination with iStents, iStent injects, Kahook dual blade (KDB), Trab360, gonioscopy-assisted transluminal trabeculotomy (GATT), endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation, toric IOLs, and sutured or scleral fixated IOLs. Importantly, fellows will gain have experience with complex surgical cases such as choroidal drainage, trabeculectomy revision, and tube revision and/or explantation. Fellows also play an active role in post-operative management of these surgical patients.
- Research/Educational Opportunities:
All fellows participate in research projects at Wills Eye and are expected to present original work at a national meeting, such as ARVO or AGS. The Wills Eye glaucoma service also runs a glaucoma research fellowship program whose participants focus on glaucoma research, but do not perform clinical care. Research fellows come to Wills from around the globe and are available to collaborate with clinical fellows on research projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their own research projects and to get involved in ongoing research at Wills, including clinical trials, imaging studies, and device trials.
Clinical glaucoma fellows host a bimonthly "Glaucoma Rounds" during which they present on glaucoma topics of their choice for residents and medical students. Journal clubs and surgical video review sessions are also scheduled throughout the year. Continuing with the tradition of the fellowship, one of the senior faculty members hosts weekly meetings with both clinical and research fellows, that touch on a range of topics from the evolution of glaucoma surgery to the art of the doctor-patient relationship. Additionally, fellows are expected to attend the weekly Wills Eye Chief Rounds where cases are presented by residents and the Wills faculty discuss diagnosis and management of complex ocular conditions. Wills Eye hosts an annual review course for the American Board of Ophthalmology's certification exam. Lecturers for the review course also deliver evening courses in the months prior to the exam for Wills fellows.
$50,000 Annual Salary. Fellows are given up to two weeks vacation with dates provided to the program well in advance.
Please visit www.sfmatch.org to complete your application and for instructions on how to apply to our fellowship program.
If you have further questions, please contact our coordinator, Carol Scattergood, by email at
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Last updated: August 4, 2020
Overview - Research Fellowship
The Wills Eye Hospital Glaucoma Research Center offers a 6-month to 2-year research fellowship designed to provide ophthalmologists with the experience necessary to become a successful clinical researcher. Our goal is to train research fellows to be able to contribute valuably to their local, national, and international communities by conducting high level, evidence-based research to advance the field of glaucoma.
Under the leadership of Fellowship Co-Directors, Dr. Spaeth and Dr. Hark, research fellows will acquire the skills necessary to:
- Perform a literature review
- Design evidence-based research projects
- Write research protocols and grant applications
- Submit research projects to an IRB
- Recruit patients for research studies
- Conduct ocular testing on research patients
- Perform medical chart reviews for retrospective studies
- Enter and analyze study data with biostatisticians
- Write and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals
- Submit and present research results at national meetings
- Participate in ongoing research team meetings
Current Wills Eye Glaucoma Fellows
Wendy Liu graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology and certificates in biophysics, materials science and engineering. She subsequently earned her MD with honors from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology, and PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard University. She graduated from the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Ophthalmology Residency Program, during which she was awarded the Gragoudas Folkman award for the best research proposal. Dr Liu's long term goal is to become a clinician scientist in the field of glaucoma. She aspires to provide exceptional care to patients, as well as to make groundbreaking discoveries in understanding the pathogenesis of glaucoma and to develop novel treatments.
Daniel Petkovsek graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences with specialization in Biochemistry. He first developed an interest in ophthalmology as an undergraduate through his research experience conducting photobleaching experiments to analyze the retinal signal transduction pathway. He then obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School where he graduated with honors in research. He subsequently completed his ophthalmology residency at Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic where he served as Chief Resident. During that time his research interests shifted to the utilization of intraoperative imaging to aid surgical performance and decision making. Dr. Petkovsek is excited to develop partnerships with his patients that last years to decades as he works to manage their chronic conditions. He aims to sustain an active role in the glaucoma community as both a contributor and lifelong learner in discussions of disease pathogenesis, clinical experiences and surgical technique.
Rahul Raghu completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. He then went on to receive his MBA in Healthcare Management at The Heller School of Management at Brandeis University. He subsequently earned his Medical Degree at Albany Medical College in New York, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Honor Society for outstanding academic achievement, in addition to being nominated by his peers to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Raghu completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Case Western/University Hospitals in Cleveland, where he served as Academic Chief Resident and received the award for Most Outstanding Resident prior to graduation. Dr. Raghu hopes to provide all his patients with the highest level of medical and surgical glaucoma care and is excited for the opportunity to learn from so many experts in the field at Wills Eye Hospital.
Wills Eye Glaucoma Fellowship Program Graduates
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
Glaucoma Clinical Faculty:
Elizabeth Dale, MD
Scott J. Fudemberg, MD
L. Jay Katz, MD, Director Emeritus, Glaucoma Service
Daniel Lee, MD
Marlene R. Moster, MD
Jonathan S. Myers, MD, Director, Glaucoma Service
Natasha Nayak Kolomeyer, MD
Michael S. Pro, MD
Reza Razeghinejad, MD, Fellowship Director
Courtland M. Schmidt, MD
Aakriti G. Shukla, MD
George L. Spaeth, MD, Director Emeritus, Glaucoma Service