Glaucoma Fellowship Program

The one-year Glaucoma Fellowship Program promotes a fundamental understanding of glaucoma diagnosis and management by providing participants with extensive exposure to the medical and surgical treatment of a variety of different types of glaucoma. The diverse background of our four full-time faculty gives our participants a broad exposure to different management styles and surgical approaches to glaucoma. We offer exposure to a large, heterogeneous patient population including both the insured and uninsured, veterans, and pediatrics. Our participants are also actively involved in the surgical and clinical teaching of residents and medical students. Over the past 25 years, we have provided the opportunity for more than 35 glaucoma subspecialists to excel in a variety of clinical settings following completion of the program, both in academics and private practice.

With ample hands-on experience in the latest surgical techniques, participants will have the opportunity to complete more than 200 cases as primary surgeon, and several hundred more as assistant over the course of the year. Participants will have access to state-of-the-art surgical equipment and gain extensive experience in traditional and MIGS glaucoma surgery and phacoemulsification, including:

  • Trabeculectomy, with and without anti-metabolites
  • Drainage implant surgery (Ahmed and Baerveldt)
  • Combined phaco/trabeculectomy and phaco/tube shunt
  • Complex and non-complex cataract surgery
  • MIGS (iStent inject, ABiC, GATT, Trabectome, Kahook Dual Blade, OMNI, Hydrus Microstent, endocyclophotocoagulation)
  • Cyclodiode laser/Micropulse Cyclo G6
  • Pediatric glaucoma (trabeculotomy, drainage implant surgery)

With senior faculty support and assistance from residents, participants will manage the glaucoma service at the county hospitals of Dallas and Tarrant counties (Parkland Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital). Participants will also see private consultation patients with the four full-time faculty and assist them with their surgery. Further clinical and surgical experience will be gained at Children’s Health? Children’s Medical Center and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The clinics are equipped with the latest diagnostic instruments and have excellent ancillary support.

Glaucoma participants will split weekly back-up trauma call at Parkland Hospital with other subspecialists, and (along with senior faculty support) will be responsible for urgent glaucoma issues that the residents cannot handle. Time off, including vacation (12 days), sick leave (12 days), and interviews (5 days) will be granted by the department, along with travel reimbursement for up to two scientific meetings per year. Participants are required to partake in a research project of their choice during the year. Full-time faculty are actively involved in ongoing clinical studies and strongly support the participants in research endeavors.

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