Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous
- Petros E. Carvounis, M.D., F.R.C.S.C.
- Robert Coffee, M.D.
- Alice R. McPherson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Cullen Eye Institute/Baylor College of Medicine
6565 Fannin St., NC 205
Houston, TX 77030
The Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College if Medicine, Fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous boasts an Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) certified, well-funded two-year post-residency training program. One or two positions are available each year commencing on July 7.
Aims and Objectives
Our aim is to train vitreoretinal specialists who, above all, will make excellent surgeons and will contribute to advances in the field. Vitreoretinal specialists trained at Baylor, besides outstanding surgical skill, will have a solid knowledge of medical retina and posterior uveitis, including the most recent advances in these fields. Additionally, fellows partake in clinical trials within the retina division and are also expected to conduct clinical research, present abstracts at national conferences, and contribute to the literature through peer-reviewed publications.
Description of Program
First Year: In the first year, the fellow spends two days and three half-days in the clinic with Dr. McPherson, working up all new and established patients. The fellow also has one half-day of laser procedures (400 laser procedures in the first year), a half-day of injections/continuity care, and a half-day of surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (approximately 60-100 vitrectomies). Additional surgical experience as primary surgeon is obtained during emergency surgery (approximately five scleral buckles) at the Ben Taub Hospital, Harris Health System. In the first year, the fellow is also expected to scrub in on approximately 200-500 cases performed by Drs. Carvounis or Coffee (including surgery for retinopathy of prematurity). The fellow is expected to conduct clinical research during the first year and if interested, facilities and projects in basic preclinical or transitional research are available.
Additionally, the fellow participates in didactic resident lectures (three times a year), in fluorescein angiography conferences, retina and uveitis Grand Rounds, and may be asked to participate in instructional courses directed by the faculty.
Second Year: In the second year, the fellow primarily operates on about 400 patients (about 75 at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, over 300 at Ben Taub Hospital) in addition to participating in surgery with Drs. Carvounis and Coffee. Additionally, the fellow has a half-day of injection clinic at the Ben Taub Hospital (over 300 intravitreous injections performed). The time in clinic is shared between Ben Taub Hospital (supervised by Dr. Carvounis) and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (supervised by Dr. Coffee).
The fellow is expected to conduct clinical research, participate in the fluorescein angiography conferences, retina and uveitis Grand Rounds, and may be asked to participate in instructional courses directed by the faculty.
Facilities / Equipment
All of the clinical and surgical activities take place in the Texas Medical Center (The BCM Ambulatory Surgery Center, Gramercy Outpatient Surgical Center, The Methodist Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center).
The clinical location for activities of the Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, is the Alkek Eye Center with an ambulatory surgery center on the ground level. The BCM Ambulatory Surgery Center is equipped with Alcon Constellation and B&L Stellaris machines.
The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a retina room in the day surgery suite equipped with a Zeiss microscope with non-contact, wide-field viewing (BIOM), an Accurus vitrectomy machine with Xenon light source with routine use of 25-, 23-, and occasionally, 20-gauge vitrectomy as indicated.
The Ben Taub Hospital, where much of the surgical training takes place, also has a ceiling-mounted Zeiss microscope with non-contact, wide-field viewing system (BiOM), an Accurus vitrectomy machine with Xenon light source with routine use of 23-, 25-, and occasional 20-gauge vitrectomy as indicated.
We participate in the San Francisco Match (www.sfmatch.org) for Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous fellowships. Please refer to the SFMatch website to register for the match and read about the new process for applying to Ophthalmology Fellowship training in 2008, which includes the Central Application System (CAS). Once registered, you can view our program listing on the SFMatch directory website for all required documents -- Medical School transcript and CV are requested to be submitted separately in addition to the CAS requirements.
This fellowship participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match. Please contact:
August Colenbrander, M.D.
P.O. Box 7784
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
For information concerning the application for the match (www.sfmatch.org).
Also note that while there is no official restrictive covenant, it is our expectation that the specialists we train will practice outside the wide Houston Metropolitan area, unless they join the faculty at Baylor.