Ophthalmic Genetics Fellowship

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 clinical trials at Oregon Retinal Degeneration Center (ORDC) and the Casey Eye Institute Reading Center. The ORDC 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. 

The ophthalmic genetics clinical fellowship is composed of clinics three days a week. 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:

Clinical fellowship

Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree, successfully have completed at least three years of training in an ophthalmology residency, passed USMLE Steps I/II/III and be eligible for an Oregon Medical License. There are numerous funding sources and fellowship grants for domestic candidates, so individuals interested should contact us by September 1st of the year prior to anticipated start (i.e., 10 months before a July 1st start) in order to meet most deadlines. Many of our candidates have successfully competed for career development awards from the Foundation Fighting Blindness (http://www.blindness.org/sites/default/files/pages/pdfs/FFB-Clinical-Fellows-Program-2016.pdf). 

International candidates are also encouraged to contact us, but must secure their own funding prior to acceptance. Sponsoring institutions must provide funds prior to commencement of the fellowship. 

Clinical research fellowship

Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree and must have successfully completed at least three years of training in an ophthalmology residency. Completion of the USMLE is not required, but please note these are unpaid positions and candidates must seek their own funding for living expenses and fees.

Research fellowship

Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a strong interest in research in ophthalmic genetics. Completion of an ophthalmology residency is not required, but please note these are unpaid positions and candidates must seek their own funding for living expenses.

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 97239
email

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., Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Talal Alabduljalil, BMBCH, FRCSC, Current Fellow
  • Abdullah Al-Qahtani, MD, Current Fellow