The ophthalmic genetics and visual function division of Casey Eye Institute offers a clinical and research ophthalmic genetics fellowship for a one year period. The ophthalmic genetics fellowship is mentored by three ophthalmic geneticists in a rigorous academic environment where the ophthalmic genetics fellow will be immersed in clinics, clinical trials, and translational research. The ophthalmic genetics fellowship includes training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and genetic counseling of infants, children, adults, and families with a wide range of ophthalmic genetic disorders that include inherited retinal degenerations, genetic syndromes, and metabolic syndromes, and learn to distinguish them from autoimmune and uveitic masqueraders. The ophthalmic genetics fellow will become adept with the utilization and interpretation of multimodal imaging, visual electrophysiology, psychophysical testing, and genetic diagnostics. The ophthalmic genetics fellowship also includes exposure to the Translational Clinical Trial Center (TCTC) and Oregon Retinal Degeneration Center (ORDC). The TCTC is currently involved in multiple international clinical trials that include natural history studies, neuroprotection, and gene therapy. As such, the ORDC receives patient referrals from around the world with over 1000 patient visits per year.
During the ophthalmic genetics fellowship, the fellow will participate in clinics three days a week, and two days a week the fellow will have time to pursue a clinical or translational research project. The ophthalmic genetics fellowship clinical faculty members and staff include:
- Richard G. Weleber, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, Molecular and Medical Genetics
- Mark E. Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
- Paul Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
- Rebecca Clark, M.S., C.G.C., Genetic Counselor
- Catie Schlechter, M.S., C.G.C., Genetic Counselor
Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree, passed USMLE Steps I/II/III or equivalent, and successfully completed at least three years of training in an ophthalmology residency. There are numerous funding sources and fellowship grants for domestic candidates, so individuals interested in the ophthalmic genetics fellowship should contact us by October 1st in order to meet most deadlines. International candidates are also encouraged to contact us, but must secure their own funding.
If you have any questions regarding the ophthalmic genetics fellowship program, please contact:
Mark E. Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D.
3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97209
Prior graduates of the ophthalmic genetics fellowship include:
- La-ongsri Atchaneeyasakul, M.D., Siriraj Hospital Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
- Albert O. Edwards, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Retina, LLP, Eugene, OR
- Kean T. Oh, M.D., Associated Retinal Consultants, P.C., Novi, MI
- Kevin Gregory-Evans, M.D., Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
- Peter J. Francis, M.D., P.h.D., Oregon Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Sherwood, OR
- Michel Michaelides, M.D., FACS Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, England
- Mark E. Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D., Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR
- Paul Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR
- Nieraj Jain, M.D. (current fellow)