Ophthalmology Fellowship Programs

Pediatric Fellowship

The Loma Linda University Eye Institute offers a fellowship opportunity for candidates interested in receiving training in the care of children with eye and vision problems as well as adults with strabismus.

Through close daily interaction with faculty, the fellow will gain broad clinical training in the practice of pediatric ophthalmology, including the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Pediatric glaucoma
  • Pediatric cataract surgery
  • Nasolacrimal duct procedures
  • Congenital ptosis
  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • and pediatric ocular trauma

In addition, fellows are involved in all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of adults with strabismus.

The pediatric ophthalmology fellow serves as the chief liaison for the pediatric ophthalmology consult service at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and participates in ocular trauma call for the Loma Linda University Medical Center as well as the children’s hospital.

Fellows attend and participate in educational conferences such as departmental grand rounds, journal clubs and invited lectures as well as a monthly pediatric ophthalmology service conference. Numerous opportunities for teaching through lectures and direct interactions with ophthalmology residents, as well as for the pursuit of clinical research are available to our fellows.

The LLU Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship is a one-year program approved by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. A full PGY-5 stipend, including benefits, is provided. Applicants must obtain an unrestricted California Medical License for billing and credentialing purposes. Applicants must register for the ophthalmology fellowship match online through SF Match. The deadline for completing the application process is October 30 of the year prior to the start of the fellowship.

From Left to Right: Dr. Jennifer Dunbar, MD, Dr. Andrea Scholte, CO, Dr. Rosalynn Nguyen-Strongin, OD, Dr. Leila Khazaeni, MD, Dr. Fatema Esmail, MD, Dr. Timothy Winter DO

Vitreoretinal Fellowship

The Loma Linda University Eye Institute Vitreoretinal Fellowship is a two-year fellowship in vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery that combines clinical and research training. Clinical training occurs at Riverside University Health System, Loma Linda University Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. The fellowship offers exposure to diverse retinal pathology and high surgical volume. Fellows participate in the training of resident physicians, Grand Rounds presentations, Fluroescein Angiogram conferences, and teaching lectures. Research involves clinical research projects, and design and participation within the clinical trials of the Loma Linda University Eye Institute.

This fellowship is approved by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. A full PGY-5 (1st year) and PGY-6 (2nd year) stipend, including benefits, is provided. The ability to obtain a California Medical License is required for all potential candidates. Applicants must register for the ophthalmology fellowship match on-line through SF Match. The deadline for completing the application process is September 30th of the year prior to starting the fellowship.

From Left to Right Top:  Dr. K.V. Chalam, Md, PhD, MBA, FACS, Dr. Samuel C. Kim, MD, Dr. David Sierpina, MD

From Left to Right  Bottom: Dr. Joseph Fan, MD, Dr. Michael Rauser, MD, Dr. Diana Katsman, MD

About the Loma Linda University Eye Institute

The Loma Linda University Eye Institute is located east of Los Angeles in the region known as the Inland Empire. It is the primary provider of tertiary eye care in the Inland Empire. The beaches of Newport, Laguna, and Malibu are only 60-90 minutes to the West, with superb swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and sailing. Also 60 minutes to the West downtown Los Angeles, with its top-quality restaurants, world-renowned museums, opera, and other cultural opportunities. The Big Bear Mountain Ski resort is about 1 hour drive from LLUEI. The golf courses, shopping, and spas of Palm Springs are a 60-minute drive to the East and world-class Mammoth Mountain resort is a 6-hour drive to the North.