Glaucoma 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 begins the first week in July 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.


Glaucoma Rounds: Clinical glaucoma fellows host a bimonthly "Glaucoma Rounds" during which attendings, clinical and research fellows present on glaucoma topics of their choice for faculty, residents and medical students. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendings will expand the discussion to elaborate on the presented topic.

Chief’s Rounds: 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.

Journal Club: On third Monday afternoons, attendings present and host a journal club reviewing the published glaucoma papers in major ophthalmology journals.

Monday Morning Sessions: 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. On some Mondays, the attendings may review the surgical videos on complex cataract and glaucoma surgeries.

Annual Saturday Morning Updates: Wills Eye Ophthalmology Update Series is the venue for physicians from (9) different ophthalmology service areas to present the latest procedures, research and treatment in their subspecialty.

Annual Board Review Course: 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.

Program Coordinator

If you have further questions, please contact our coordinator, Carol Scattergood, by email at
cscattergood@willseye.org, or by phone at (215) 928-3239.

Last updated: August 4, 2020