Medical Retina and Molecular Ophthalmology Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

Mission Statement

Our goal is to produce physician leaders. We are proud that graduates of our program become the 'go-to' retina doctors in their communities, respected educators, and high impact researchers. As a major tertiary care center, we have trained over 119 retina fellows since 1962 and strive to provide the best possible educational environment through daily retina didactics; diverse exposure to common, rare and complex medical and surgical pathology; training of fundamental and advanced surgical techniques; utilization of state-of-the-art innovations; ample research opportunities in the most exciting areas of medicine; and close mentorship with experienced, renown faculty who care deeply about your success.

Overview of the Retina Fellowships

The Retina Service of the Department of Ophthalmology has trained over 112 fellows since 1962. We currently offer one medical retina fellowship position per year and two surgical retina fellowship positions per year. These begin in July, with the medical fellowship for 12 months and surgical fellowship running for 24 months. Combined two-year medical retina/research fellowships are also available—for inquiries regarding the latter please email Dr. H. Culver Boldt (Director of Retina Fellowships).

Medical Retina Fellowship

One-year medical retina fellows spend time in the Retina Clinics where they evaluate and treat all medical retinal diseases, performing most laser photocoagulation treatments and intravitreal injections. There is no call taken by medical retina fellows. Medical retina fellows are actively engaged in clinical or laboratory research as well as conference preparation and teaching. 

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Other Retina Fellowships

Mina Chung, MD Inherited Retinal Diseases Fellowship

This 1-2 year-long fellowship is designed for ophthalmology residency (ideally vitreoretinal fellowship) - trained physicians to gain specialized expertise in 1) clinical diagnosis and treatment of inherited retinal diseases, 2) laboratory-based skills related to the molecular genetic diagnosis and pathophysiology of inherited retinal diseases, and 3) research skills necessary for advancing on academic career.

Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship

First Year of Surgical Retina Fellowship
During the first year the fellows spend a majority of their time in the Retina Clinics where they evaluate and treat medical retinal diseases, performing most laser photocoagulation treatments and intravitreal injections. The first year retina fellows do not take call for the first six months of fellowship, which allows time for reading and initiating research projects. The last six months of the 1st year, the fellows operate (typically for scleral buckle, vitrectomy, and plaque procedures) while taking retina call every other week. Any available remaining time is devoted to clinical or laboratory research as well as conference preparation and teaching.

Second Year of Surgical Retina Fellowship
The second year has a surgical emphasis with time split between the operating room and Vitreoretinal Clinics. As a major tertiary referral institution for Iowa and the surrounding 7 states, the fellow acquires extensive diagnostic and surgical experience in the management of simple and complex vitreoretinal disorders. The second year retina fellows do not take call for the last six months of fellowship. Vitreoretinal surgery is performed in both the main OR and ASC of the University of Iowa Hospital as well as the new Stead Family Children's Hospital that is connected directly to the University of Iowa Hospital.

Retina Research

Fellows are encouraged to be involved in clinical or laboratory research during the Fellowship. Each fellow must present a research project at least once during their fellowship at the department's annual Research Conference.

The Retina Service is actively involved in clinical and laboratory investigations. The Fellows have access to the Experimental Surgery Unit as well as all laboratories within the Department if arrangements are made with the appropriate supervisors of those laboratories. An EyeSi vitrectomy simulator is also available to fellows at the Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Research is usually performed within the department but can take place in another department or, occasionally, at another institution. The research interests of the faculty are varied, and many projects are in progress. Presentations of research are made annually during the Resident/Fellow Research Conference at the end of the academic year. The P.J. Leinfelder Award is given annually by a faculty committee to the fellow who has made the most significant contributions in preparing and delivering their research.

Visit our most recent Resident/Fellow Research Day program for examples of typical areas of research interest.

About the University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research

Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF)

University of Iowa Institute for Vision Research has its own pharmaceutical grade, clinical Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) facility that is wholly dedicated to novel gene and stem cell therapies for humans with genetic eye diseases. The Retina Service is a regular site for major nationwide collaborative studies including: 

  • Gene therapy for Leber Congenital Amaurosis Trial (phase II/III sponsored by Spark Therapeutics)
  • Gene therapy for exudative AMD (phase I)
  • Combination anti-VEGF/PDGF therapy for wet AMD
  • Combination anti-VEGF/ang-2 therapies
  • Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trials
  • Visual cycle modulator for dry AMD
  • AREDS and AREDS II
  • Comparisons of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trial (CATT)
  • VIEW1 (VEGF-trap)
  • The Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS)
  • Choroidal Neovascularization Prevention Trial (CNVPT)
  • Submacular Surgery Trials (SST)
  • Complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Prevention Trial (CAPT)
  • Protein Kinase C Inhibitor Study of Diabetic Retinopathy
  • The Vitreoretinal Service has functioned as both an investigative center and as the national Photography Reading Center for the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS).

Research studies in large and small animals utilizing novel therapies focused on gene replacement and autologous, CRISPR-corrected stem cells are being conducted by Drs. Elliott Sohn, Steve Russell, and Ed Stone at the UI Institute for Vision Research.

Faculty and Research Areas of Interest

Michael Abramoff

Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Develop novel methods for computer aided diagnosis and image analysis - combining clinical ophthalmology, visual neuroscience, and bioinformatics to study the phenotypes and genotypes of these diseases.
  • Our team has developed image analysis algorithms that simulate visual processing by the human brain to improve existing image analysis techniques. We are starting to test the image processing algorithms on larger groups of patients collected through our retinal imaging networks.
  • We aim to make computer-aided diagnosis and digital retinal imaging for the screening, diagnosis and measurement of diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma, patient friendly, low-cost and effective.

Elaine M. Binkley, portrait

Elaine M. Binkley, MD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Clinical and translational research in ocular melanoma and other posterior segment tumors
  • Clinical and translational research in von Hippel Lindau disease

H. Culver Boldt

H. Culver Boldt, MD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Clinical research on ocular melanoma and other ocular neoplasms
  • Clinical research on proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration

Timothy M. Boyce, MD

Timothy M. Boyce, MD

Research Areas of Interest

 

  • Clinical and translational research on ocular inflammatory and inherited retinal diseases.

James Folk

James C. Folk, MD

Research Area of Interest

  • Clinical and translational research on ocular inflammatory disease and  diabetic retinopathy

 

Karen Gehrs, MD


Ian Han, MD

Ian C. Han, MD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Clinical research involving multimodal retinal imaging for the discovery of imaging-related biomarkers, genotype-phenotype correlations, and novel insights into pathophysiology
  • Translational research involving rat models of retinal degeneration for the development of gene and stem cell therapy for inherited eye disease

Jonathan F. Russell, MD, PhD

Jonathan F. Russell, MD, PhD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Wide field OCT angiography, particularly for diabetic retinopathy
  • Multimodal retinal imaging to enhance diagnosis and pathophysiologic understanding of choroidal and retinal disease
  • Clinical and translational research in complex retinal detachment, severe ocular trauma, pediatric retinal disease, uveitis, and ophthalmic genetics

Steve Russell

Stephen R. Russell, MD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Research focus is on evaluating treatments for retinal disorders, typically through clinical trials.
  • Currently investigating gene replacement therapy to treat Leber's congenital amaurosis, as well as evaluating a light cycle inhibitor to treat the atrophic form of age-related macular degeneration termed geographic atrophy.
  • Currently working on electronic enhancement and sensory substitution approaches for low vision navigation and function.

Elliott Sohn

Elliott H. Sohn, MD

Research Areas of Interest

  • Translational and clinical research related to retinal diseases, especially:
    • Age-related macular degeneration: from stem cell therapies to clinical trials to basic mechanisms of the pathophysiology especially related to genotype
    • Diabetic retinopathy: tissue and image-based analysis in mice and humans with focus on pathophysiology and treatment
    • Inherited macular dystrophies and retinal degenerations: gene and stem cell therapies in pigs and humans (multiple clinical trials underway with more upcoming) as well as phenotype-genotype correlations

Edwin Stone

Edwin M. Stone, MD, PhD

Research Area of Interest

  • Diagnosis, mechanistic understanding, and treatment of a wide variety of inherited retinal diseases

Retina Fellowship Awards

Drs. Sohn, Lee, and Folk receive awardOur fellows are exceptional candidates for awards where they are recognized nationally and internationally. Recent retina fellows have won awards such as the Retina Society Fellow Research Award, VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation Research Award, and Heed Fellowship. Graduates of our program have won innumerable distinguished awards from non-ophthalmic and ophthalmic communities such as the Macula Society, Retina Society, ARVO, ASRS (co-founded by UIowa retina fellow alum), and AAO.

Schedule and Call

University of Iowa faculty have strong interests in medical retina and research, with several of our faculty not operating to focus on their areas of expertise (e.g. uveitis, inherited eye disease, imaging, tumors). The medical retina fellowship’s schedule is similar to the first-year vitreoretinal fellows with two important exceptions:

  1. 1 day per week is free from clinical responsibility to focus entirely on research (clinical or laboratory)
  2. No call (retina, anterior segment, or globe)

Publications

University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology affiliated publications by fellows who graduated 2010 - present.

2010

Agarwal, A., Law, J. C., & Tarantola, R. M. (2010). Late-onset retinal macular degeneration: an entity not to be overlooked. Retinal cases & brief reports, 4(3), 257-261. doi:10.1097/ICB.0b013e3181ae71b6

Roller, A. B., Mahajan, V. B., Boldt, H. C., Abramoff, M. D., Russell, S. R., & Folk, J. C. (2010). Effects of vitrectomy on age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmology, 117(7), 1381-1386. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2009.11.007

Tarantola, R. M., Folk, J. C., Boldt, H. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2010). Intravitreal bevacizumab during pregnancy. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 30(9), 1405-1411. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e3181f57d58

2011

Kay, C. N., Tarantola, R. M., Gehrs, K. M., Folk, J. C., Mahajan, V. B., Boldt, H. C., Syed, N. A., & Russell, S. R. (2011). Uveitis following intravitreal bevacizumab: a non-infectious cluster. Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging : the official journal of the International Society for Imaging in the Eye, 42(4), 292-296. doi:10.3928/15428877-20110603-04

Kinnick, T. R., Mullins, R. F., Dev, S., Leys, M., Mackey, D. A., Kay, C. N., Lam, B. L., Fishman, G. A., Traboulsi, E., Iezzi, R., & Stone, E. M. (2011). Autosomal recessive vitelliform macular dystrophy in a large cohort of vitelliform macular dystrophy patients. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 31(3), 581-595. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e318203ee60

Mahajan, V. B., Tarantola, R. M., Graff, J. M., Boldt, H. C., Abramoff, M. D., Russell, S. R., & Folk, J. C. (2011). Sutureless triplanar sclerotomy for 23-gauge vitrectomy. Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 129(5), 585-590. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.101

Roller, A. B., Folk, J. C., Patel, N. M., Boldt, H. C., Russell, S. R., Abramoff, M. D., & Mahajan, V. B. (2011). Intravitreal bevacizumab for treatment of proliferative and nonproliferative type 2 idiopathic macular telangiectasia. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 31(9), 1848-1855. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e31820d3feb

Tarantola, R. M., Elkins, K. A., Kay, C. N., & Folk, J. C. (2011). Photoreceptor recovery following laser photocoagulation and albendazole in diffuse unilateral subacute neuroretinitis. Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 129(5), 669-671. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.93

Tarantola, R. M., Folk, J. C., Shah, S. S., Boldt, H. C., Abràmoff, M. D., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2011). Intraoperative choroidal detachment during 23-gauge vitrectomy. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 31(5), 893-901. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e3181f4429b

Wendel, L. J., Goins, K. M., Sutphin, J. E., & Wagoner, M. D. (2011). Comparison of bifold forceps and cartridge injector suture pull-through insertion techniques for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea, 30(3), 273-276. doi:10.1097/ICO.0b013e3181eadb84

2012

Davis, A. S., Folk, J. C., Russell, S. R., Sohn, E. H., Boldt, H. C., Stone, E. M., & Mahajan, V. B. (2012). Intravitreal bevacizumab for peripapillary choroidal neovascular membranes. Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 130(8), 1073-1075. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.465

Kay, C. N., Abramoff, M. D., Mullins, R. F., Kinnick, T. R., Lee, K., Eyestone, M. E., Chung, M. M., Sohn, E. H., & Stone, E. M. (2012). Three-dimensional distribution of the vitelliform lesion, photoreceptors, and retinal pigment epithelium in the macula of patients with best vitelliform macular dystrophy. Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 130(3), 357-364. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.363

Kay, C. N., Elkins, K. A., & Folk, J. C. (2012). Resolution of refractory macular edema because of branch retinal vein occlusion after ozurdex implantation. Retinal cases & brief reports, 6(1), 72-75. doi:10.1097/ICB.0b013e3182051feb

Kay, C. N., Quiram, P. H., & Mahajan, V. B. (2012). 23-gauge pediatric vitrectomy using limbus-based trocar-cannulas. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 32(5), 1023-1027. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e3182533d85

Tarantola, R. M., Graff, J. M., Somani, R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2012). Temporal approach for small-gauge pars plana vitrectomy combined with anterior segment surgery. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 32(8), 1614-1623. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e318244536f

Tlucek, P. S., Folk, J. C., Orien, J. A., Stone, E. M., & Mahajan, V. B. (2012). Inhibition of neovascularization but not fibrosis with the fluocinolone acetonide implant in autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy. Archives of ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 130(11), 1395-1401. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.1971

Xu, X., Reinhardt, J. M., Hu, Q., Bakall, B., Tlucek, P. S., Bertelsen, G., & Abràmoff, M. D. (2012). Retinal vessel width measurement at branchings using an improved electric field theory-based graph approach. PloS one, 7(11), e49668-e49668. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049668

2013

Bakall, B., Folk, J. C., Boldt, H. C., Sohn, E. H., Stone, E. M., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2013). Aflibercept therapy for exudative age-related macular degeneration resistant to bevacizumab and ranibizumab. American journal of ophthalmology, 156(1), 15-22.e11. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2013.02.017

Braun, T. A., Mullins, R. F., Wagner, A. H., Andorf, J. L., Johnston, R. M., Bakall, B., Deluca, A. P., Fishman, G. A., Lam, B. L., Weleber, R. G., Cideciyan, A. V., Jacobson, S. G., Sheffield, V. C., Tucker, B. A., & Stone, E. M. (2013). Non-exomic and synonymous variants in ABCA4 are an important cause of Stargardt disease. Human molecular genetics, 22(25), 5136-5145. doi:10.1093/hmg/ddt367

Cunningham, M. A., Boldt, H. C., & Stone, E. M. (2013). Retinal detachment in a patient with leber congenital amaurosis. Retinal cases & brief reports, 7(1), 102-104. doi:10.1097/ICB.0b013e31827539a2

Cunningham, M. A., Li, Z., Liu, B., Yeh, S., & Nussenblatt, R. B. (2013). OX40 ligand expression abrogates the immunosuppressive function of retinal pigment epithelium. Journal of ophthalmic inflammation and infection, 3(1), 12-12. doi:10.1186/1869-5760-3-12

Cunningham, M. A., Tarantola, R. M., Folk, J. C., Sohn, E. H., Boldt, H. C., Graff, J. A., Elkins, K., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2013). Proliferative vitreoretinopathy may be a risk factor in combined macular hole retinal detachment cases. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 33(3), 579-585. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e31826b0c41

Cunningham, M. A., Tlucek, P., Folk, J. C., Boldt, H. C., & Russell, S. R. (2013). Sequential, acute noninfectious uveitis associated with separate intravitreal injections of bevacizumab and ranibizumab. Retinal cases & brief reports, 7(4), 355-358. doi:10.1097/ICB.0b013e3182964f7c

Russell, S. R., Sohn, E. H., Boldt, H. C., Folk, J. C., Tarantola, R. M., Kay, C. N., & Mahajan, V. B. (2013). Elimination of infusion bubbles and uncontrolled reflux in the alcon constellation vitrectomy vision system. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 33(4), 803-806. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e31826c20c6

Tarantola, R. M., Tsui, J. Y., Graff, J. M., Russell, S. R., Boldt, H. C., Folk, J. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2013). Intraoperative sclerotomy-related retinal breaks during 23-gauge pars plana vitrectomy. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 33(1), 136-142. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e31825e1d62

Tlucek, P. S., Folk, J. C., Sobol, W. M., & Mahajan, V. B. (2013). Surgical management of fibrotic encapsulation of the fluocinolone acetonide implant in CAPN5-associated proliferative vitreoretinopathy. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 7, 1093-1098. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S43939

Tozer, K., Roller, A. B., Chong, L. P., Sadda, S., Folk, J. C., Mahajan, V. B., Russell, S. R., Boldt, H. C., & Sohn, E. H. (2013). Combination therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration refractory to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents. Ophthalmology, 120(10), 2029-2034. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.03.016

2014

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., & Grant, L. W. (2014). Chronic myelogenous leukemia presenting with bilateral optic disc neovascularization. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 49(3), e68-e70. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2014.02.013

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Niles, P., Kardon, R., & Sohn, E. H. (2014). Unilateral manifestation of autoimmune retinopathy. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 49(4), e85-e87. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2014.04.007

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., & Russell, S. R. (2014). Spontaneous resolution of vitreomacular traction in two patients with diabetic macular edema. Case reports in ophthalmology, 5(1), 66-71. doi:10.1159/000360219

Chen, J. J., Sohn, E. H., Folk, J. C., Mahajan, V. B., Kay, C. N., Boldt, H. C., & Russell, S. R. (2014). Decreased macular thickness in nonproliferative macular telangiectasia type 2 with oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 34(7), 1400-1406. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000000093

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Sohn, E. H. (2014). Structural and functional changes after macular hole surgery: a review. International ophthalmology clinics, 54(2), 17-27. doi:10.1097/IIO.0000000000000011

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Sohn, E. H., Boldt, H. C., Mahajan, V. B., Gehrs, K. M., Russell, S. R., & Folk, J. C. (2014). Incomplete vitreomacular traction release using intravitreal ocriplasmin. Case reports in ophthalmology, 5(3), 455-462. doi:10.1159/000370024

Mears, K. A., Sobel, R. K., Shriver, E. M., & Sohn, E. H. (2014). Endophthalmitis secondary to globe penetration from hydrogel scleral buckle. International journal of ophthalmology, 7(3), 585-586. doi:10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2014.03.35

2015

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Boldt, H. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Scleral buckle hemorrhagic cyst masquerading as an orbital tumor. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 9, 343-345. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S76351

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Tarantola, R. M., Tegins, E. O., Lopez, C. A., Boldt, H. C., Gehrs, K. M., Sohn, E. H., Russell, S. R., Folk, J. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Long-term outcomes in patients undergoing vitrectomy for retinal detachment due to viral retinitis. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 9, 1307-1314. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S87644

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Mears, K., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Spontaneous dislocation of a fluocinolone acetonide implant (Retisert) into the anterior chamber and its successful extraction in sympathetic ophthalmia. Retinal cases & brief reports, 9(2), 142-144. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000119

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Rahim, K., Folk, J. C., & Russell, S. R. (2015). Factors associated with spontaneous release of vitreomacular traction. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 35(3), 492-497. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000000346

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Roybal, C. N., Elshatory, Y., & Gehrs, K. M. (2015). Multiplane peripheral vitreous dissection with perfluoro-n-octane and triamcinolone acetonide. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 35(4), 827-828. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000000528

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Tarantola, R. M., Folk, J. C., Boldt, H. C., Skeie, J. M., Mullins, R. F., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Effect of internal limiting membrane abrasion on retinal tissues in macular holes. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 56(5), 2783-2789. doi:10.1167/iovs.14-16355

Almeida, D. R., Zhang, L., Chin, E. K., Mullins, R. F., Kucukevcilioglu, M., Critser, D. B., Sonka, M., Stone, E. M., Folk, J. C., Abràmoff, M. D., & Russell, S. R. (2015). Comparison of retinal and choriocapillaris thicknesses following sitting to supine transition in healthy individuals and patients with age-related macular degeneration. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(3), 297-303. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.5168

Chen, J. J., Wendel, L. J., Birkholz, E. S., Vallone, J. G., Coleman, A. L., Yu, F., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). The metabolic syndrome and severity of diabetic retinopathy. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 9, 757-764. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S80355

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Roybal, C. N., Niles, P. I., Gehrs, K. M., Sohn, E. H., Boldt, H. C., Russell, S. R., & Folk, J. C. (2015). Oral mineralocorticoid antagonists for recalcitrant central serous chorioretinopathy. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 9, 1449-1456. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S86778

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Boldt, H. C. (2015). Combined Hamartoma of the Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelium Leading to the Diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis Type 2. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(9), e151289-e151289. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.1289

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Folk, J. C. (2015). Letter to the editor: posterior hyaloid removal. Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina, 46(4), 404-404. doi:10.3928/23258160-20150422-01

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Grant, L. W., Niles, P. I., & Folk, J. C. (2015). Letter to the Editor: Outer Retinal Tubulations and Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina, 46(6), 604-605. doi:10.3928/23258160-20150610-01

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Management of Choroidal Granulomas Involving the Macula in Corticosteroid-Intolerant Patients. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(11), 1351-1352. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.1951

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Sacher, B. A., & Boldt, H. C. (2015). Rapid involution of choroidal metastasis secondary to renal cell carcinoma with oral sunitinib. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(1), 109-110. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.3931

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Sohn, E. H. (2015). Sustained and expedited resolution of diabetic papillopathy with combined PRP and bevacizumab. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 50(5), e88-e91. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2015.05.020

Chin, E. K., Critser, D. B., & Almeida, D. R. (2015). Hemispheric Retinal Arteriovenous Anastomoses: (Wyburn-Mason Syndrome). JAMA ophthalmology, 133(11), e151687-e151687. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.1687

Kirkpatrick, C. A., Almeida, D. R., Hornick, A. L., Chin, E. K., & Boldt, H. C. (2015). Erlotinib-associated bilateral anterior uveitis: resolution with posterior sub-Tenon's triamcinolone without erlotinib cessation. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 50(5), e66-e67. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2015.03.013

Lenci, L. T., Chin, E. K., Carter, C., Russell, S. R., & Almeida, D. R. (2015). Ischemic Retinal Vasculitis Associated with Cataract Surgery and Intracameral Vancomycin. Case reports in ophthalmological medicine, 2015, 683194-683194. doi:10.1155/2015/683194

Mahajan, V. B., Chin, E. K., Tarantola, R. M., Almeida, D. R., Somani, R., Boldt, H. C., Folk, J. C., Gehrs, K. M., & Russell, S. R. (2015). Macular Hole Closure With Internal Limiting Membrane Abrasion Technique. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(6), 635-641. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.204

Mears, K., Bakall, B., Harney, L. A., Penticoff, J. A., & Stone, E. M. (2015). Autosomal Dominant Microcephaly Associated With Congenital Lymphedema and Chorioretinopathy Due to a Novel Mutation in KIF11. JAMA ophthalmology, 133(6), 720-721. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.199

Roybal, C. N., Sanfilippo, C. J., Nazari, H., Law, J. C., Bhaleeya, S., Chui Ming, G. C., Rao, N. A., Kiss, S., Agarwal, A., Sadda, S., & Sarraf, D. (2015). Multimodal Imaging of the Retina and Choroid in Systemic Amyloidosis. Retinal cases & brief reports, 9(4), 339-346. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000215

Skeie, J. M., Roybal, C. N., & Mahajan, V. B. (2015). Proteomic insight into the molecular function of the vitreous. PloS one, 10(5), e0127567-e0127567. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127567

2016

Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Shah, S. S., Bakall, B., Gehrs, K. M., Boldt, H. C., Russell, S. R., Folk, J. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Comparison of microbiology and visual outcomes of patients undergoing small-gauge and 20-gauge vitrectomy for endophthalmitis. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 10, 167-172. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S95906

Almeida, D. R., Mammo, Z., Chin, E. K., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Surgical Embolectomy for Fovea-Threatening Acute Retinal Artery Occlusion. Retinal cases & brief reports, 10(4), 331-333. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000257

Cham, A., Bansal, M., Banda, H. K., Kwon, Y., Tlucek, P. S., Bassuk, A. G., Tsang, S. H., Sobol, W. M., Folk, J. C., Yeh, S., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Secondary glaucoma in CAPN5-associated neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy. Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.), 10, 1187-1197. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S103324

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Chronic Recurrent Pseudophakic Endophthalmitis. JAMA ophthalmology, 134(4), 455-456. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.3638

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Strohbehn, A. L., Mahajan, V. B., Russell, S. R., & Folk, J. C. (2016). Elevated Intraocular Pressure Following Pars Plana Vitrectomy Due to Trapped Gas in the Posterior Chamber. Retinal cases & brief reports, 10(4), 334-337. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000256

Choi, C. S., Zhang, L., Abràmoff, M. D., Sonka, M., Shifera, A. S., & Kay, C. N. (2016). Evaluating Efficacy of Aflibercept in Refractory Exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration With OCT Segmentation Volumetric Analysis. Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina, 47(3), 245-251. doi:10.3928/23258160-20160229-07

Chung, A., Chin, E. K., & Almeida, D. R. (2016). Recurrent Vitreous Hemorrhage Despite Pars Plana Vitrectomy, Laser, and Injections. JAMA ophthalmology, 134(2), 231-232. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.2136

Elshatory, Y. M., Gauger, E. H., Kwon, Y. H., Alward, W. L. M., Boldt, H. C., Russell, S. R., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Management of Pediatric Aphakic Glaucoma With Vitrectomy and Tube Shunts. Journal of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, 53(6), 339-343. doi:10.3928/01913913-20160818-01

Huckfeldt, R. M., East, J. S., Stone, E. M., & Sohn, E. H. (2016). Phenotypic Variation in a Family With Pseudodominant Stargardt Disease. JAMA ophthalmology, 134(5), 580-583. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.5471

Lenci, L. T., Parke, D. W., 3rd, & Almeida, D. R. (2016). Pigmented Paravenous Retinochoroidal Atrophy. Ophthalmology, 123(10), 2112-2112. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.04.052

Roybal, C. N., Kucukevcilioglu, M., Huckfeldt, R., Elshatory, Y., Thurtell, M. J., & Folk, J. C. (2016). Treatment of Retinopathy and Macular Edema Secondary to a Carotid-Cavernous Fistula. Retinal cases & brief reports, 10(3), 225-228. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000234

Velez, G., Roybal, C. N., Colgan, D., Tsang, S. H., Bassuk, A. G., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Precision Medicine: Personalized Proteomics for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Inflammatory Disease. JAMA ophthalmology, 134(4), 444-448. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.5934

Weed, M. C., Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., & Stone, E. M. (2016). Distinguishing optic pathway glioma and retinitis pigmentosa with visual field testing. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 51(3), e94-e96. doi:10.1016/j.jcjo.2016.01.009

Xu, K., Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Delayed fungal endophthalmitis secondary to Curvularia. American journal of ophthalmology case reports, 3, 1-4. doi:10.1016/j.ajoc.2016.05.001

Xu, K., Chin, E. K., Mahajan, V. B., & Almeida, D. R. (2016). Intravitreal Foscarnet With Concurrent Silicone Oil Tamponade for Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Secondary to Viral Retinitis. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 36(11), 2236-2238. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000001174

Zheng, A., Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Tsang, S. H., & Mahajan, V. B. (2016). Combined Vitrectomy and Intravitreal Dexamethasone (Ozurdex) Sustained-Release Implant. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 36(11), 2087-2092. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000001063

2017

Caraballo, J., Binkley, E., Han, I., & Dowden, A. (2017). Intraoperative anaphylaxis to bacitracin during scleral buckle surgery. Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 119(6), 559-560. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2017.09.002

Chin, E. K., Almeida, D. R., Velez, G., Xu, K., Peraire, M., Corbella, M., Elshatory, Y. M., Kwon, Y. H., Gehrs, K. M., Boldt, H. C., Sohn, E. H., Russell, S. R., Folk, J. C., & Mahajan, V. B. (2017). Ocular Hypertension After Intravitreal Dexamethasone (Ozurdex) Sustained-Release Implant. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 37(7), 1345-1351. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000001364

Lee, S. Y., Cheng, J. L., Gehrs, K. M., Folk, J. C., Sohn, E. H., Russell, S. R., Guo, Z., Abramoff, M. D., & Han, I. C. (2017). Choroidal Features of Acute Macular Neuroretinopathy via Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography and Correlation With Serial Multimodal Imaging. JAMA ophthalmology, 135(11), 1177-1183. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.3790

Lenci, L. T., Chin, E. K., & Almeida, D. R. (2017). Central Retinal Artery Occlusion in a Young Hiv-Infected Patient on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. Retinal cases & brief reports, 11(2), 160-162. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000318

Mammo, Z., Almeida, D. R., Cunningham, M. A., Chin, E. K., & Mahajan, V. B. (2017). Acanthamoeba Endophthalmitis After Recurrent Keratitis and Nodular Scleritis. Retinal cases & brief reports, 11(2), 180-182. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000323

Tompson, S. W., Johnson, C., Abbott, D., Bakall, B., Soler, V., Yanovitch, T. L., Whisenhunt, K. N., Klemm, T., Rozen, S., Stone, E. M., Johnson, M., & Young, T. L. (2017). Reduced penetrance in a large Caucasian pedigree with Stickler syndrome. Ophthalmic genetics, 38(1), 43-50. doi:10.1080/13816810.2016.1275018

Velez, G., Roybal, C. N., Binkley, E., Bassuk, A. G., Tsang, S. H., & Mahajan, V. B. (2017). Proteomic Analysis of Elevated Intraocular Pressure with Retinal Detachment. American journal of ophthalmology case reports, 5, 107-110. doi:10.1016/j.ajoc.2016.12.023

2018

Bakall, B., Bryan, J. S., 3rd, Stone, E. M., & Small, K. W. (2018). Choroidal Neovascularization in North Carolina Macular Dystrophy Responsive to Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Therapy. Retinal cases & brief reports, 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000838. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000838

Boldt, H. C., & Binkley, E. (2018). Treating Small Choroidal Melanoma: Smaller Is Better. JAMA ophthalmology, 136(12), 1333-1334. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.3880

Feiler, D. L., Srivastava, S. K., Pichi, F., & Lowder, C. Y. (2018). Reply. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 38(1), e5-e6. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000001977

Nathaniel Roybal, C., Sledz, E., Elshatory, Y., Zhang, L., Almeida, D. R., Chin, E. K., Critser, B., Abramoff, M. D., & Russell, S. R. (2018). Dysfunctional Autonomic Regulation of the Choroid in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 38(6), 1205-1210. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000001677

Roybal, C. N., Velez, G., Toral, M. A., Tsang, S. H., Bassuk, A. G., & Mahajan, V. B. (2018). Personalized Proteomics in Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Implicate Hematopoietic Cell Recruitment and mTOR as a Therapeutic Target. American journal of ophthalmology, 186, 152-163. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2017.11.025

2019

Boldt, H. C., Murray, T. G., & Binkley, E. M. (2019). Studies Evaluating Visual Outcomes After Brachytherapy in Uveal Melanoma-Strengths and Limitations of Current Investigations. JAMA ophthalmology, 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.5122. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.5122

Conrady, C. D., Feistmann, J. A., Roller, A. B., Boldt, H. C., & Shakoor, A. (2019). Hemorrhagic Vasculitis and Retinopathy Heralding as an Early Sign of Bacterial Endophthalmitis After Intravitreal Injection. Retinal cases & brief reports, 13(4), 329-332. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000601

Han, I. C., Whitmore, S. S., Critser, D. B., Lee, S. Y., DeLuca, A. P., Daggett, H. T., Affatigato, L. M., Mullins, R. F., Tucker, B. A., Drack, A. V., & Stone, E. M. (2019). Wide-Field Swept-Source OCT and Angiography in X-Linked Retinoschisis. Ophthalmology. Retina, 3(2), 178-185. doi:10.1016/j.oret.2018.09.006

Wiley, L. A., Binkley, E. M., DeLuca, A. P., Workalemahu, G., Tatro, N. J., Luse, M. A., Kennedy, E. L., Folk, J. C., Scheetz, T. E., Ballas, Z. K., Tucker, B. A., Mullins, R. F., Han, I. C., & Stone, E. M. (2019). Autoimmune Retinopathy Mimicking Heritable Retinal Degeneration in a Patient with Common Variable Immune Deficiency. Retinal cases & brief reports, 10.1097/ICB.0000000000000941. doi:10.1097/ICB.0000000000000941

Xu, K., Chin, E. K., Bennett, S. R., Williams, D. F., Ryan, E. H., Dev, S., Mittra, R. A., Quiram, P. A., Davies, J. B., Parke, D. W., 3rd, Boldt, H. C., & Almeida, D. R. (2019). Predictive Factors for Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy Formation After Uncomplicated Primary Retinal Detachment Repair. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 39(8), 1488-1495. doi:10.1097/IAE.0000000000002184

2020

Binkley, E. M., Bena, J. F., Davanzo, J. M., Hinz, C., Boldt, H. C., & Singh, A. D. (2020). Gene Expression Profiling Prognostication of Posterior Uveal Melanoma: Does Size Matter? Ophthalmology. Retina, S2468-6530(2420)30002-30006. doi:10.1016/j.oret.2019.12.020

Coussa, R. G., Zhao, Y., DeBenedictis, M. J., Babiuch, A., Sears, J., & Traboulsi, E. I. (2020). Novel mutation in CTNNB1 causes familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) and microcephaly: case report and review of the literature. Ophthalmic genetics, 1-6. doi:10.1080/13816810.2020.1723118

2021

R. G. Coussa, E. H. Sohn, I. C. Han, S. Parikh and E. I. Traboulsi. Mitochondrial DNA A3243G variant-associated retinopathy: a meta-analysis of the clinical course of visual acuity and correlation with systemic manifestations. Ophthalmic Genet 2021;42(4): 420-430.  PMID: 33827363 url:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33827363/ doi: 10.1080/13816810.2021.1907598 

F. Antaki, R. G. Coussa, G. Kahwati, K. Hammamji, M. Sebag and R. Duval. Accuracy of automated machine learning in classifying retinal pathologies from ultra-widefield pseudocolour fundus images. Br J Ophthalmol2021; Online ahead of print. PMID: 34344669 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34344669/ doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2021-319030 

T. M. Boyce, S. Scott Whitmore, K. Varzavand, S. R. Russell, E. H. Sohn, J. C. Folk, E. M. Stone and I. C. Han. Long-Term Outcomes and Risk Factors for Severe Vision Loss in Autosomal Dominant Neovascular Inflammatory Vitreoretinopathy (ADNIV): Long-Term Outcomes and Risk Factors for Vision Loss in ADNIV. Am J Ophthalmol 2021. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34302771 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34302771/doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2021.07.015 

T. M. Boyce, D. B. Critser and I. C. Han. Profound Bilateral Choroidal Infarcts. Ophthalmol Retina 2021;5(3): 261.  PMID: 33678429 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33678429/ doi: 10.1016/j.oret.2020.12.011 

T. Kobayashi, A. L. Amram, K. Gehrs, D. Diekema and J. Barker. A 52-Year-Old Man With Uveitis and Altered Mental Status. Clin Infect Dis 2021;72(5): 873-875.  PMID: 33667312 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33667312/ doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa051 

A. E. Pouw, M. A. Greiner, R. G. Coussa, C. Jiao, I. C. Han, J. M. Skeie, J. H. Fingert, R. F. Mullins and E. H. Sohn. Cell-Matrix Interactions in the Eye: From Cornea to Choroid. Cells 2021;10(3). PMID: 33804633 PMCID: PMC8003714 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33804633/ doi: 10.3390/cells10030687 

A. M. Ricca, I. C. Han and E. H. Sohn. Stargardt disease masquerades. Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2021;32(3): 214-224.  PMID: 33653979 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33653979/ doi: 10.1097/icu.0000000000000750 

F. Antaki, R. G. Coussa, K. Hammamji and R. Duval. Revisiting the Problem of Optic Nerve Detection in a Retinal Image Using Automated Machine Learning. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila) 2021;10(3): 335-336.  PMID: 34383724 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34383724/ doi: 10.1097/apo.0000000000000398 

R. G. Coussa, S. Parikh and E. I. Traboulsi. Mitochondrial DNA A3243G variant-associated retinopathy: Current perspectives and clinical implications. Surv Ophthalmol 2021;66(5): 838-855.  PMID: 33610586 url:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33610586/ doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2021.02.008 

B. Bakall, J. S. Bryan, 3rd, E. M. Stone and K. W. Small. Choroidal neovascularization in north carolina macular dystrophy responsive to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy. Retin Cases Brief Rep2021;15(5): 509-513.  PMID: 30383557 url: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30383557/ doi: 10.1097/icb.0000000000000838 

Quick Facts

Benefits

Visit our GME site to find out about:

Board Certification Requirements

  • While Ophthalmology, as a specialty, is board certified, Ophthalmology subspecialty fellowships are not board certified. Visit the American Board of Ophthalmology for specifics on board certification requirements.

Patient volume in Retina 

  • Our patients represent all age groups and all socioeconomic strata and they present with virtually all acute and chronic conditions of the eye.
  • The UIHC is a tertiary care center and our department receives referrals for specialized services from Iowa and neighboring states. Some patients travel from outside the continent to be seen by our physicians.
  • In an average year there are approximately 20,000 retina/vitreous patient visits​

What's so good about Iowa?

  • Our faculty are really nice, and exceptionally dedicated teachers too.
  • We have a diverse faculty with wide-ranging clinical and research interests.
  • Some of our faculty are internationally known and have been with us for many years.
  • We also have several bright young faculty who bring new interests and enthusiasm to the practice.
  • All the subspecialties are represented in our training program.
  • Our programs, clinical and teaching are consistently ranked in the top ten nationally.
  • Our fellows are great people and they make exceptional ophthalmologists.
  • Iowa City is a highly intellectual community with premier arts events that are accessible to residents both in terms of cost and location.
  • We have an outstanding school system for children in grades K-12.
  • A great training program and a high quality of life.
  • We want you to succeed.

How to Apply

Only Central Application Service (CAS) applications will be accepted.

We take into consideration performance on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Central Application Services (CAS) applications, and CV, before extending an interview offer. Additional letters of recommendation are welcome, but not required. Ability to obtain an H1B visa and permanent Iowa license are required.

Required Application Materials:

  • CAS application
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Recent Photograph

If you have questions about the application process, please call or write:

Kim Tolsdorf, Retina Fellowships Coordinator
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, IA 52242
1-319-356-3185
kim-tolsdorf@uiowa.edu

Deadlines

The application period for both the Surgical and Medical Retina Fellowships begins through the Central Application Service of the SF Match on July 1, 2021. For your application to be considered, we must receive it by our deadline of Aug. 20, 2021. Please be sure to allow enough time to ensure our receipt of your application materials on time.

Orientation for new fellows begins July 1, so you must be available for that start date and be licensed in Iowa by June 30.

The Interview

InterviewQualifying applications will be invited to interview at our location in Iowa City.

  • Interiew dates: TBD

During that time you will be given a tour of the facilities, meet with our Retina faculty, and be given the opportunity to attend morning rounds and observe our clinic in action.


The Department of Ophthalmology is located on the first floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Listed below are some websites to give you more information

How to get to Iowa City

Where to Stay

General information about the Iowa City area

The University of Iowa campus

Maps, Parking, and Transportation

Our People

Retina fellows
L to R: Karam Alawa, MD (23R), Timothy Boyce, MD (21F), Razek Georges Coussa, MD (20F, 22F), Aaron Ricca, MD (18R, 21F), Edwin Stone, MD, PhD, and Elliott Sohn, MD.

Our people are the heart of our program. From the reception desk to the exam room, from laboratory to diagnostic suite, from the auditorium to the library, from administration office to faculty office you will find our people eager to help you become the best ophthalmologist you can be.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. We provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

2020 Macula Society

2020 Macula Society (L to R): Elliott Sohn, MD; Culver Boldt, MD; James Folk, MD; Edwin Stone, MD, PhD; Ian Han, MD; Stephen Russell, MD

Our Faculty

Faculty members in the Retina Service include

Michael D. Abramoff, portrait

Michael D. Abramoff, M.D.
Ph.D., Professor
Robert C. Watzke, MD, Professorship in Retina Research

Elaine M. Binkley, portrait

Elaine M. Binkley, MD
Assistant Professor

H. Culver Boldt, M.D.

H. Culver Boldt, M.D.
Professor and Fellowship Director
Marion and Frederick Fuerste, M.D. Professor of Ophthalmology

Timothy M. Boyce, MD

Timothy M. Boyce, MD
Assistant Professor

James C. Folk, portrait

James C. Folk, M.D.
Professor
Judith (Gardner) and Donald H. Beisner, M.D., Professor of Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Karen M. Gehrs, portrait

Karen M. Gehrs, M.D.
Professor

Ian Han, MD

Ian C. Han, M.D.
Associate Professor

Jonathan F. Russell, MD, PhD

Jonathan F. Russell, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Steve Russell

Stephen R. Russell, M.D.
Professor 
Dina J Schrage Professor of Macular Degeneration Research

Elliott Sohn

Elliott H. Sohn, M.D.
Associate Professor

Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.

Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor 
Seamans-Hauser Chair in Molecular Ophthalmology

All faculty members in the department are full-time members of the Department of Ophthalmology. The care of patients by the fellows is completely under the supervision of these staff members. No diagnosis is made or a surgical procedure planned or performed without their knowledge and direct supervision.

Our Current Fellows

Surgical Retina

Randy Bowen, MD, MS

Randy Bowen, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology, Madison, Wis.
  • Internship, University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City
  • MD, Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City
  • BS, Biology, Biochemistry, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Projected Completion Date: 2022

Please add:

Douglas Jin, MD

Douglas Jin, portrait

Education

  • Ophthalmology Residency, University of Oklahoma, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Projected Completion Date: June 2023

Razek Georges Coussa, MD

Razek Georges Coussa, portrait

Education

  • Fellowship, Medical Retina, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
  • Ophthalmology Residency, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal
  • MD, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Montreal
  • MPhil, Bioscience Enterprise, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
  • MEng, Biomedical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal
  • BA, Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal

Projected Completion Date: 2022

Medical Retina Alumni

(sorted by date of fellowship)

Michael A. Grassi, Chicago — Medical Retina & Molecular Ophthalmology (2003-2006)

Lucas J. A. Wendel, Iowa City, Iowa — Medical Retina (2010-2011)

Benjamin Bakall, Scottsdale, Ariz. — Medical Retina & Retinal Research (2011-2013)

Lorna W. Grant, Utica, N.Y. — Medical Retina (2013-2014)

Rachel M. Huckfeldt, Boston — Medical Retina (2014-2015)

Andrew R. Carey, Baltimore — Medical Retina (2015-2016)

Christine Clavell, MD — Medical Retina (2016-2017)

Christy M. Cunningham, Kansas City, Mo. — Medical Retina (2017-2018)

Laith M. Kadasi, MD — Medical Retina (2018-2019)

Razek Georges Coussa, MD — Medical Retina (2019-2020)

Chirantan Mukhopadhyay, MD — Medical Retina (2021-2022)

Contact Us

Vitreoretinal Fellowship Director

H. Culver Boldt, MD

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091

Administrative Support: Kim Tolsdorf, kim-tolsdorf@uiowa.edu​
Phone: 1-319-356-3185

Medical Retina Fellowship Coordinator

Kim Tolsdorf

Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091

E-mail: kim-tolsdorf@uiowa.edu
Phone: 1-319-356-3185

Ophthalmology Fellowship Training Program Director

Questions regarding ophthalmology fellowships in general should be directed to:

Scott A. Larson, MD

Department of Ophthalmology 
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1091

E-mail: scott-a-larson@uiowa.edu
Phone: 1-319-356-2859