The Southwest Combined Cornea and Glaucoma fellowship is a true anterior segment fellowship aimed at providing a solid experience in both areas of sub-specialization and preparing applicants for diverse future practice settings. The core experience will be in complex cataract surgery, medical and surgical cornea and glaucoma management; this is also coupled with a refractive experience in both laser vision correction and refractive cataract surgery.
Program Director: Alexander Davis, MD, PhD
Additional Faculty: Rachel Davis, MD; Kenneth Downes, MD
Program length: 1 year (beginning in July)
Number of positions: 1
SF Match number: 7034
About This Fellowship
During this fellowship the applicant will examine patients and perform surgeries in both an academic and private practice setting; being exposed to the different technologies, instruments, and techniques at both institutions. The fellow will divide time among Drs. Alexander Davis (Academic Cornea and Refractive), Rachel Davis (Academic Glaucoma), and Kenneth Downes (Private Practice Cornea and Refractive). During this time, the fellow will gain hands-on experience in the pre-operative evaluation, performance and post-operative care of the full spectrum of cornea, glaucoma and anterior segment surgical procedures.
These will include penetrating, lamellar and endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK, DMEK), limbal stem cell and amniotic membrane transplantation, glaucoma laser surgery, MIGS surgery (including GATT, Kahook Dual blade, ABiC, iStent inject, Hydrus, and Xen), trabeculectomy, tube shunts, pterygium surgery, complex cataract surgery and MSICS (manual small incision extracapsular cataract surgery), secondary intraocular lens implants (including scleral sutured lenses), anterior segment reconstructive procedures such as iris repair, repair of corneal trauma, and refractive surgery (PRK, PTK, LASIK and incisional procedures).
Additionally, the fellow will manage infectious and inflammatory corneal disorders, ocular surface disorders, full spectrum of mild – severe glaucoma, secondary glaucomas as well as rare anterior segment disorders and post-traumatic eyes. Research is supported but is not required.
All applicants must be:
- Board eligible in ophthalmology
- Have performed an ACGME-accredited ophthalmology residency or equivalent
- Eligible to obtain a full medical license per the New Mexico Medical Board
As part of the role of an attending physician, the fellow will have their own clinic as well as staff residents as appropriate and generate additional surgical volume for non-specialty related cases (eg. Cataract surgery). The fellow will also participate in grand rounds and other lectures throughout the academic year and be expected to present at least one grand round and/or journal club during their time.
Fellows will also assist with UNM hospital and private practice call, and coordinate care as necessary with other call providers.
The fellow will be allotted vacation and sick time during the duration of their fellowship. All vacation must be approved by the fellowship director and planned in advance.
The Southwest Combined Cornea and Glaucoma fellowship participates in the San Francisco Match Program: #7034.