Ophthalmology (Eye)

Oculoplastic Fellowship

Overview and mission

The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) sponsors a two-year oculoplastic fellowship. For the qualified candidate with a career interest in reconstructive and cosmetic oculoplastic surgery, this program offers a blend of supervised and independent activities. Interaction with different services at the Center for Human Appearance at both the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an opportunity for learning "cutting edge" techniques involving concepts in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

The fellow who successfully completes this program will have mastered the basic and complicated surgical techniques used in the care of both children and adults and will have learned a team approach to the management of complicated problems, especially as they relate to craniofacial disorders. It is our expectation that the fellowship period will serve as the springboard for each oculoplastic fellow to contribute significantly to the evolution of this challenging and rewarding surgical subspecialty.

Fellowship program director

James A. Katowitz, MD
Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-2791
katowitz@email.chop.edu

Division chief

Monte D. Mills, MD
Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-5761
mills@email.chop.edu

Specific information by years and/or rotation

First year

The responsibilities of the fellow correspond to an increasing sophistication in dealing with complex oculoplastic programs at a major teaching center. During the first year, the fellow is primarily involved with all clinical activities. The fellow participates in the decision-making process and outlines treatment for routine and complicated problems in the ophthalmology clinics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Scheie Eye Institute and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. The fellow also has direct input into the ophthalmology resident teaching program of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, counseling residents as to appropriate therapy and supervising the completion of that therapy.

The fellow works closely with physicians who specialize in cosmetic surgery and with additional oculoplastic surgeons. The oculoplastic fellow can also participate in a variety of clinical activities with staff physicians at the Center for Human Appearance (CHA) at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and The Children's Hospital.

Second year

The second year of the fellowship affords greater opportunity to work with other members of the oculoplastic service and to pursue electives at both The Children's Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in such affiliated subspecialties as Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Dermatology and Radiology. Other electives may also be arranged in Ocular Oncology and Neuro-Ophthalmology. Additional experience in orbital surgery is also available at Columbia University.

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