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 165 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 in early July each year and is completed two years later in June. 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 1, 2016.  All applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application as early as possible. Applications will not be accepted after August 21, 2016.  The 2016 Fellowship Interview process will consist of a dinner, Friday, October 28, 2016 with Interviews held on Saturday, October 29, 2016. 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.

Additional items to be sent to Wills Eye Hospital to complete our application process:

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

Should you wish to send any additional letters of recommendation, they should be sent directly to:

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


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