The Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine consists of one year of post-residency training in the Department of Ophthalmology under the direction of Drs. Masih Ahmed, Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, M. Bowes Hamill, Sumitra Khandelwal, Douglas D. Koch, Stephen C. Pflugfelder, and Mitchell P. Weikert. Two positions are available each year for the period from July 7 through July 6.
The fellowship is designed as a comprehensive program dedicated to the preparation of the fellow for an academic or consultative cornea, anterior segment, and refractive surgical practice. The fellow will divide time among the fellowship mentors in private, county, and Veterans Administration settings and will gain extensive hands-on experience in the preoperative evaluation, performance, and post-operative care of the broad spectrum of corneal and anterior segment surgical procedures. These include penetrating and lamellar keratoplasty, complex cataract and intraocular lens procedures, limbal stem cell and amniotic membrane transplantation, anterior segment reconstruction, early and late repair of corneal trauma, and refractive surgery (PRK, LASIK, and incisional procedures). Additionally, the fellow will learn to manage infectious and inflammatory corneal conditions as well as ocular surface and unusual anterior segment disorders. Fellows will get experience in staffing resident surgery.
Fellows are expected to initiate and complete an independent investigative clinical project and to present their results at a national meeting. They will also participate in data collection and patient care related to ongoing clinical trials.