About the Program

Patient Care

Patient care is supervised by our faculty both clinically and surgically.

Fellow responsibilities include clinical experience and surgical management, both outpatient in the Department of Ophthalmology and inpatient at the newly constructed University of Iowa Children's Hospital, located in on-site.

Fellow's surgical experience includes approximately 300 surgeries. This includes approximately, 230 strabismus surgeries, varying in range from common to complex, with a strong representation of adult strabismus, oblique and vertical muscle surgery, re-operations and adjustable suture techniques.  On average, fellows are involved in 15-20 pediatric cataract surgeries per year and learn nasolacrimal surgery including nasolacrimal duct probing and stenting. The fellow participates in weekly retinopathy of prematurity examinations with faculty guidance, and participates in treatment with the retina service. The pediatric ophthalmology fellow also works with the glaucoma and oculoplastics services to achieve a broad experience in surgical management.


The William E. Scott Chair for Pediatric Ophthalmology Education allows for visiting pediatric ophthalmology lecturers to present several times per year. This fund additionally supports monthly service conferences.  Daily departmental morning conferences cover a wide range of ophthalmology topics, and weekly board review lectures allow fellows to prepare for written qualifying exams.

Fellows are involved in teaching of residents rotating through the service, in the clinic, morning rounds and while under faculty supervision in the operating room.

The fellowship has enjoyed a long history of excellent fellow graduates. The fellowship began in 1974 under the direction of Dr. William E. Scott.  Fellow graduates have gone on to work in academic and private practice settings throughout the United States and Canada. 

Pediatrics groupResearch

Fellows are encouraged to participate in research and present at regional and national meetings, including the AAPOS annual meeting.  A travel stipend for national meeting presentations is provided. Fellows also present at the annual University of Iowa Ophthalmology Residents' and Fellows' Research Day.

Faculty research interests include juvenile inherited eye diseases and development of novel treatments, as well clinical and surgical outcomes of strabismus and cataract. In addition to ongoing clinical and basic research, the department participates in Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) studies. Fellows are encouraged to contribute to research efforts, with dedicated faculty guidance and mentorship.

Salary and Benefits Summary

Fellow salary is based on a post-graduate training level (PGY-5: $60,800 for 2015-2016). A travel stipend for fellows who are presenting at regional or national scientific meetings is available. Benefits are discussed in more depth on this site.

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