Ophthalmology (Eye)

Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

Overview and mission

The Division of Ophthalmology is a comprehensive specialty pediatric practice, offering care for children with all eye and vision problems. The fellowship program, approved by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, optimizes the combination of educational and research opportunities available at both The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute. Direct, hands-on training with close interactions with faculty occurs on a daily basis, with the fellow involved in all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic clinical practice. The fellow will complete the fellowship with more than 250 surgical cases, including pediatric and adult strabismus, oculoplastic surgery, trauma and intraocular surgery. The fellow will be prepared to enter the comprehensive subspecialty practice of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, including primary and tertiary diagnosis and management of the full spectrum of medical and surgical pediatric ophthalmic disorders and pediatric and adult strabismus.

Fellowship training program director

Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD
Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Specific information regarding fellowship

Physicians in the Division of Ophthalmology provide clinical and surgical eye care within the Children's Hospital system, and care for patients with both routine and complex conditions related to visual development, eye disease, birth defects and injury. In addition to amblyopia, strabismus, developmental eye and visual problems, subspecialty clinics are staffed by full-time faculty as well as consultants from the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute in pediatric oculoplastics, pediatric neuroophthalmology, pediatric retina, retinopathy of prematurity, craniofacial anomalies, ophthalmic genetics, and pediatric glaucoma. Adult strabismus clinics are operated in collaboration with the Scheie Eye Institute.

The Division of Ophthalmology provides comprehensive outpatient consultations, diagnostic testing, ambulatory surgery and follow-up care to more than 15,000 children annually, with approximately 1,500 surgical procedures performed per year. Subspecialty procedures include surgical correction of complex strabismus, ocular and orbital tumors, lacrimal abnormalities, congenital and acquired orbital and eyelid problems, pediatric cataract and intraocular lens implantation, pediatric glaucoma surgery, and pediatric retinal surgery. Clinical services available within the Division include orthoptics, aphakic contact lenses, electroretinography, visual evoked potential, ultrasonography, non-invasive functional visual testing, and complete ocular photography.

For children undergoing eye surgery, the hospital team includes specialists in pediatric anesthesiology, nursing and critical care medicine. For children with complex or multi-medical conditions, our pediatric ophthalmologists collaborate with specialists in genetics, plastic surgery, neurology and oncology, many of whom are noted by "Best Doctors in America" as tops in their field. Coverage for neonatal ophthalmology from Children's Hospital includes our own neonatal intensive unit as well as the newborn nurseries at Pennsylvania Hospital, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The fellow is part of a pediatric ophthalmology team that includes University of Pennsylvania ophthalmology residents and medical students, elective trainees from the pediatric residency program at Children's Hospital, orthoptists, ophthalmic technicians, and professional administrative staff. The clinical teaching environment is outstanding, with top training programs in all pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties as well as world class clinical and basic research throughout the institution.

General information on outcomes of fellows

Since 1978, 35 fellows have been trained in Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Graduates have entered both academic and clinical positions throughout the United States. Over 120 publications and presentations have developed directly from the clinical research done by fellows during their training.

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