Residency Program at Casey Eye Institute

The best in ophthalmic education

The residency program is at the heart of OHSU Casey Eye Institute's mission: to eliminate preventable blindness and improve quality of life through leadership in the art, science, and technology of 21st century eye care. We seek to train the very best of the next generation of ophthalmologists for this vision in a supportive and nurturing environment.

As the only ophthalmology residency program in the state of Oregon, we care for a diverse population of patients from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The department is a top recipient of NIH funding with a nationally recognized faculty in all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology. The residents also spend a significant portion of their training at VA Portland Health Care System, where a superb faculty dedicated to teaching provide thoughtful guidance to residents as they take the lead in care of our veterans. As a part of their final year, the residents have an urban comprehensive ophthalmology experience at Devers Eye Institute (3 miles away), with outstanding support of the dedicated faculty.

Leveraging the academic and clinical resources of these institutions, we hope that we will not only train residents with the best and the latest knowledge and skills, but the passion and vision to lead and push our field forward.  

Current residents

Casey Eye Institute ophthalmology residents 2019-2020

Marcus Altman, M.D., Yale Medical School

Ian Danford, M.D., M.S., University of Pennsylvania

Michael Gale, M.D., Oregon Health and Science University

Sarah Glass, M.D., Vanderbilt University

Miles Greenwald, M.D., University of Iowa

Michal Gutowski, M.D., University of Washington

Caitlin Kakigi, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Joel Kaluzny, M.D., Northwestern University

Nathan Law, M.D., Baylor Medical College

Nathan Lambert, M.D., University of Utah

Ross Passo, M.D., Oregon Health and Science University

Joseph Simonett, M.D., Northwestern University

Kellyn Smith, M.D., University of Missouri

Alexander Walters, M.D., University of South Carolina

Claudine Yee, M.D., Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School

Applying to our program

We offer five positions through the San Francisco Matching Program. Please apply through the SF Match website.

We do not require any supplemental material. The deadline for application is September 15. We send notifications for interviews shortly after the application deadline.

Our interview dates for 2019 are:

Saturday, November 23
Saturday, December 7

The interview day consists of presentations about the program by faculty and residents, four to five interviews with two to three faculty members each, lunch and a tour of the facilities. Candidates are invited to an informal dinner with the residents in downtown Portland. We do not rank candidates without interviewing and we do not offer alternate dates. Last year, we offered interviews to 46 candidates out of 534 applications received. Detailed information about the day is included with the invitation to interview. 

We are looking to recruit a diverse group of residents who show outstanding promise as future ophthalmologists. We review the applications in a holistic fashion, and do not select candidates based on a single criteria.

For additional information about the application process, please contact: Susan Minnieweather at 503-494-9255.

Doctor discussing an image with two residents

Clinical rotations

Clinical rotations are offered at OHSU, Portland VA Medical Center, and Devers Eye Institute at Legacy Health. In the first year, residents build fundamentals through comprehensive ophthalmology clinics and exposure to retina, uveitis, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, and pathology. In the second year, residents continue developing as ophthalmic surgeons and consultant, with emphasis on hospital consultations, glaucoma, cornea, and pediatric ophthalmology. Throughout PGY-2 and PGY-3 year, residents have a half day of continuity clinic every week at OHSU, where they have the opportunity to direct the care of a panel of patients longitudinally. The final year offers opportunities for independent clinical management and intensive surgical experience. 

PGY-2 Oculoplastics / Pathology Retina / Uveitis Cornea / Peds Neuro-Ophthalmology VA PGY-2
PGY-3 Cornea Glaucoma Pediatrics Consult VA PGY-3
PGY-4 VA Senior A VA Senior B Retina OHSU Senior Devers

We are planning on an Integrated Internship starting in year 2021, which is the first year that ACGME will recognize a fully integrated (as opposed to a coordinated preliminary internship) 4 year program.

Surgical Education

Residents learn skills through simulation labs

Before the residents operate in the patient eye, they are led through a curriculum of wet lab and the EyeSi surgical simulator. The faculty provide individualized instruction for residents and the program provides dedicated time for the residents to practice and improve. By the end of the second year, the residents perform 30-40 cataract surgeries as the primary surgeon.  In the final year of the program, the residents perform routine and complex surgeries with an emphasis on quality, safety, and efficiency. Over the last few years, the residents have graduated with around 200 primary cataract surgeries on average.

Lectures and conferences

Lectures and conferences are held every Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 -6:30 p.m.. Informed by tradition, education science, and a vision for life-long continuous improvement, the lectures and conferences complement the clinical learning by providing forum for case-based discussions, interactive learning, and wellness. Some key features include:

  • Casey Eye Institute-Devers Eye Institute Collaborative Grand Rounds feature local and renowned guest faculty from around the world to present topics of contemporary interest in ophthalmology
  • Case-based Conferences are organized by subspecialties and interests. The current offerings include multidisciplinary case conference; surgical conference; imaging conference; posterior segment conference; anterior segment conference; consult conference; peds-neuro-plastics conference.
  • Basic and Clinical Science Course focuses on the core medical knowledge and goes through all subspecialty areas every year.
  • Journal Clubs are held monthly and hosted by faculty on rotating basis. The residents discuss the classic landmark articles as well as important recent publications with the faculty in a non-threatening environment.
  • Wellness Conference focuses on practical skils to improve resilience and wellness during residency.

Research opportunities

Dr. Pennesi and his research team study ocular genetics and inherited eye diseases.

Casey Eye Institute offers exceptional research opportunities with a large complement of clinical and research faculty engaged in projects who are eager to work with residents. Every resident is expected to engage in a research project and the department provides support with dedicated research time, a statistician, as well as support for presenting original works at national meetings.

In the spring of each year, the residents present their work at the Casey Eye Institute Research Day. You can find last year’s Research Day program here to see a sampling of scholarly work done by our residents. View a list of peer-reviewed publications by our residents.

Find a sampling of our faculty research activities.

Service opportunities

The mobile clinic van travels around Oregon providing free vision screenings to adults

Many of our residents come to Casey with an amazing record of service and they continue to make a difference while they are here. The residents play a central role with the Casey Community Outreach Program Mobile Clinic , which provides free, on-site vision screening throughout Oregon through partnership with community agencies. Led by the residents, the Respectacle chapter of Casey Eye Institute contributes to the campaign to eliminate preventable blindness by cleaning, measuring, and matching donated eyeglasses for distribution in resource-poor settings.

The residents also have an opportunity for a 2 week-long experience to serve in a regional or international setting. We do not envision these as a chance for the residents to supplement their surgical experience, but for adding value for our partners by providing our unique expertise. Examples of recent resident service rotations include performing needs assessment for a residency training program in Myanmar; assisting in cataract teaching course in South Africa; assisting in wet lab course in Angola; and extended vision screening program in rural Oregon.

Mentorship

Casey Eye Institute matches every resident with a faculty member through our mentorship program. The purpose of the program is to leverage our faculty’s experience and insight to support residents’ wellness, focus their career development and optimize their learning. Through regular meetings and informal conversations, the mentors advise the residents on their growth and act as their advocate. We believe that mentorship is a key element in helping residents achieve their potential at Casey.

Living in Portland

Casey residents bond during a rafting trip at their annual team building activity.

Portland, Oregon is famous for its natural beauty and vibrant city life. Situated at the confluence of Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Portland offers easy access to the Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge. With a mild climate all year around, the city offers great parks, walkable neighborhoods, and a sophisticated public transit system. Local music, food and drinks regularly draw national attention, yet the restaurants and entertainment remain accessible.   

In recent years, Portland's housing market has become more expensive, but remains more affordable than other cities on the West Coast with good options close to the hospital.

View of Willamette River and bridge across Portland

Living in Portland

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More questions?

The residents have compiled answers to the frequently asked questions by the applicants about our program, including vacation policy, call, salary, and parking. To learn more, contact:

Susan Minnieweather, Education Manager

OHSU Casey Eye Institute
Residency Program
3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland OR 97239

Residency program Leadership

Education ManagerSusan Minnieweather

Program Director - Thomas Hwang, M.D.

Associate Program Director - Daniel Tu, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Program Director - John Clements, M.D.

Associate Program Director - Ambar Faridi, M.D.

Class of 2019

Matthew Duggan, M.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at Duke Eye Center

Timothy Boyce, M.D., Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at University of Iowa

Kishan Gupta, M.D., Ph.D., Cornea Fellowship at UCLA

Bradley Henriksen, M.D., Pediatric Fellowship at Casey Eye Institute

Travis Redd, M.D., M.P.H., Cornea Fellowship at UCSF / Proctor Institute

Class of 2018

Brock Alonzo, M.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at University of Utah

Brigid Marshall, M.D., Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis

Meryl Sundy, M.D., Comprehensive Practice, Bend, Oregon

Jonathan Young, M.D., Ph.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at UCLA

Class of 2017

Erin Boese, M.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at University of Michigan

Hillary Stiefel, M.D., Ocular Pathology Fellowship at Casey Eye Institute

Dongwouk Park, M.D., Medical Retina Fellowship at Cole Eye Institute

Bryce Radmall, M.D., Oculoplastics Fellowship at University of Iowa

Fran Wu, M.D., International Ophthalmology Fellowship at Emory; Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at Cullen Eye Institute

Class of 2016

Daniel Lattin, M.D., Service Year in American Samoa; Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at Duke

Nisha Naggarkatti-Gude, M.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at Devers / Casey Eye Institutes

Rasna Sandhu, M.D., Comprehensive Practice, Portland, Oregon

David Simons, M.D., Ph.D., Glaucoma Fellowship at Devers / Casey Eye Institute

Akshay Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Duke; Uveitis Fellowship at Casey Eye Institute

Blake Acohido, M.D., Comprehensive Faculty, Devers Eye Institute

Erin Boese, M.D., Glaucoma Faculty, University of Iowa

Roger Dailey, M.D., FACS, Oculoplastics Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Ambar Faridi, M.D., Medical Retina Faculty, Casey Eye Institute-Portland VA

Laura Gadzala, M.D., Oculoplastic Faculty, Devers Eye Institute

Matthew Giegengack, M.D., Cornea Faculty, Wake Forest University

Seema Gupta, M.D., Comprehensive Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Griffin Jardine, M.D., Pediatric Ophthalmology Faculty; Associate Residency Program Director, University of Utah

Donna Kim, M.D., Comprehensive Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Kamden Kopani, M..D, Residency Program Director and Cornea Faculty at Tufts University

Laura Kopplin, M.D., Ph.D., Uveitis Faculty at University of Wisconsin

Andreas K. Lauer, M.D., Chair, Casey Eye Institute

Lori Lombardi, M.D., Comprehensive Faculty, Casey Eye institute

John C. Morrison, M.D., Glaucoma Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Joseph Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., Retina Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer, M.D., Cornea Faculty, UCSF, Proctor Institute

Manjool Shah, M.D., Glaucoma Faculty, University of Michigan

Kuldev Singh, M.D., Glaucoma Faculty, Stanford Byers Eye Institute

Eric Steele, M.D., Oculoplastics Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Hillary Stiefel, M.D., Ocular Pathology and Comprehensive Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Eric Suhler, M.D., Uveitis Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Shandiz Tehrani, M.D., Glaucoma Faculty, Casey Eye Institute

Daniel Tu, M.D., Ph.D., Comprehensive Faculty, Casey Eye Institute – Portland VA

David J. Wilson, M.D., Director, Casey Eye Institute

Jonathan Young, M.D., Ph.D., Glaucoma Faculty, Devers Eye Institute