Surgical Retina

Jerry Bovino, UI alum

"I loved my time at Iowa. It is an amazing place to train."

- Jerald Bovino, MD '78 (F), Co-founder, American Society of Retina Specialists
"My time at University of Iowa Iowa put me on the map.  The Iowa fellowship focused me on surgical advances and clinical research. Iowa fellowship committed me to a lifetime of fighting blindness."

- David Brown, MD, R’93, F’95
"I will always feel privileged to have completed my vitreoretinal surgery training at the University of Iowa. Incredible mentors in a welcoming community provided me with the necessary skills to excel in the challenging landscape of retinal disease. The willingness of diverse attending staff to include learners in complicated cases and research opportunities is crucial for the development of both clinical and academic excellence."

David Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD, F’15 | VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA (Minnesota)
  1. "Amazing teaching environment–the faculty are truly devoted to teaching. Not just in retina, but the entire department has morning rounds every day. There are excellent didactic sessions including fluorescein conference, inherited retinal disease rounds, and invited guest lecture series. The infrastructure of the department is geared towards teaching. There's a dedicated ophthalmology library with a full-time librarian who is a wizard with literature searches and pulling articles. The ophthalmic photography department has all of the latest technology and the photographers are excellent, so the photo files have beautiful photographs and even retinal drawings, going back to the 1950s.
  2. Living in Iowa City–coming from New York and Los Angeles I had some trepidation about moving to a small town, but it turned out to be an ideal environment for training. There's lots of outdoorsy stuff to do and I grew to appreciate the sense of community that comes from being a part of a small town. The patients are genuine down-to-earth people and, as a physician in training it is really nice not to have to worry about some of the challenges that come with a more urban/ inner city environment. The ophthalmology department is a tight knit community and the friends I made there are people I still keep in touch with to this day.

  3. Surgical training–the faculty have a good variety of backgrounds and case loads so the fellows get an exposure to a range of schools of thought about surgical approaches, including scleral buckling, pediatrics, and tumors. The hands-on experience, and more important, the thought process behind the surgical decision making, is excellent so you are prepared for anything by the time you graduate.

(I should know because I went to Los Angeles County Hospital/Children's Hospital LA after I graduated–I did call up Culver a bunch of times though)."

- Mina Chung, MD, F’00 | University of Rochester

Medical Retina

"My training at Iowa provided an excellent foundation for my current clinical practice and research activities in medical retina and retinal degenerations.  The retina faculty have an unwavering commitment to teaching, and I continue to value the relationships that I made over the year."

Rachel Huckfeldt, MD, PhD,  F’15 | Harvard/Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
"The University of Iowa medical retina fellowship is deeply committed to education with daily after clinic rounds. In addition to diagnosis and management of AMD, DME, and vein occlusions; there is also weekly focus on oncology, hereditary retinal disease, and uveitis with leaders in the fields."

Drew Carey, MD, F’16 | Johns Hopkins/Wilmer Eye Institute