Clinical Programs

Ophthalmology Fellowship

The goal of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute, is to train future leaders in pediatric ophthalmology through clinical experience, research education and individualized career development. The strength of our fellowship training program stems from our faculty, institution, and clinical volume / complexity.

Our division performs over 800 annual surgeries. The fellow’s surgical experience includes approximately 270 total surgeries, including approximately:

  • 190 typical and complex strabismus surgeries including adult strabismus, thyroid eye muscle disease, paretic strabismus, restrictive strabismus, adjustable sutures and complex re-operations.
  • 25 cataract / IOL cases
  • 10 glaucoma surgeries
  • 30 nasolacrimal duct procedures including probing, dacryoplasty and stent placements
  • 8 ROP treatment cases (Avastin injection or laser photocoagulation)
  • Participation in the repair of open globes is available but not required.

Surgical wetlab and simulator opportunities are available for developing skills beyond the operating room. Additionally, subspecialty experiences are available in pediatric retina, cornea, uveitis, genetics, oncology, low vision, oculoplastics and aphakic contact lens management.

Our division has more than 27,000 patient encounters per year. We screen over 400 unique premature infants annually for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The fellow performs weekly ROP inpatient rounds with a faculty mentor.

State of the art Clinic Instrumentation

  • IOL Master®
  • Spectral domain OCT
  • Corneal topography
  • Automated visual field testing
  • Fundus photography
  • Anterior and posterior segment ultrasonography

Dedicated Ophthalmology Operating Room

  • Leica microscope and high definition digital video recording system
  • Alcon Constellation® anterior and posterior segment system
  • Diode laser
  • iTrack® trabeculotomy system
  • Bioptigen® handheld OCT
  • RetCam® imaging
  • Full field and multifocal ERG.
  • Endocyclophotocoagulation diode laser

Ongoing Research

  • Clinical:
    •G-ROP (Post-natal growth in ROP) multicenter study
    •INS-3 (Inositol for ROP) multicenter trial
    •Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group studies on cataract, ROP, strabismus, and amblyopia
    •Genetic analyses of conditions such as glaucoma, aniridia, and Stargardt disease
  • Basic science:
    •Light-mediated vascular development within the eye

Salary and Benefits

  • The present annual salary for fellows at the PGY-5 level is $58,700.
  • Benefits include health insurance, a moving expense allowance and a stipend for national meeting expenses.
  • Stipends to offset interview travel expenses are offered to a limited number of applicants.

Application Deadlines

Candidate interviews are by invitation from the program

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is a national leader in pediatric health care and attracts patients from all over the world. US News and World Report consistently ranks us among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation. Our research programs comprise the second highest recipient of National Institutes of Health funding (~$100,000,000) among all children's hospitals and pediatric departments nationwide. Cincinnati Children's is a freestanding hospital and is academically affiliated with the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.