Global Ophthalmology (GO-E) Fellowship

Global Ophthalmology Faculty

Yousuf Khalifa, MD, Interim Director
Jacquelyn O’Banion, MD, MSc, Assistant Director of GO-Emory, Fellowship Director

Application Requirements

The following documentation is required. Send documents electronically to 

Application Deadline: September 1
Interviews: mid-September

Global Ophthalmology Fellowship Training Program Overview

Emory’s Global Ophthalmology department offers an exciting fellowship to interested American ophthalmologists. Global Ophthalmology Emory (GO-Emory) is committed to improving access to eye care both in Georgia and internationally by applying public health principles to the delivery of eye care for those most in need.  GO-Emory works with organizations such as Helen Keller International and Sightsavers International to employ the World Health Organization and Vision 2020 initiatives to prevent eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide.

The fellowship is unique in that it allows for unlimited customization based on the fellow’s interest.

The fellow may elect to have a completely clinical year based in Ethiopia with shorter rotations spend working with some of our partners across the globe. The fellow may elect to mix clinical with research and apply for a Fogarty Fellowship which is a year-long, mentored research fellowship, to carry out high quality eye health research under the guidance of leading experts in the field of public health and eye care at consortium sites around the globe. Additionally, those especially interested in public health approaches in eye care can elect to extend the fellowship to a second year and take courses in public health at the Rollins School of Public Health as well as work on ongoing blindness prevention programs here in Georgia.

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In collaboration with Emory University, the GO-Emory program has an existing partnership with Addis Ababa University, and Emory Eye Center actively supports their ophthalmology services. During his/her time in Ethiopia, the Fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience and make meaningful contributions to ophthalmic care delivery in low income settings, participate in resident education, and develop new strategies to improve access and care in Ethiopia.

Grady Memorial Hospital
Known as one of the busiest public hospitals in the US, Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta partners with Emory University and Morehouse University to staff its clinics. The ophthalmology department, staffed by Emory Eye Center faculty and residents, sees approximately 18,000 clinic visits and 1,200 surgical cases a year.  With Atlanta's diverse and international population, the Grady Eye Center sees a high volume of clinically challenging cases. The GO-Emory Fellow will have a clinic at Grady and be involved in numerous community projects such as the diabetic screening program and migrant farmer initiative.

Rollins School of Public Health
Ranked in the top 10 of US schools for Public Health, RSPH is a leader in global research with ties to the Centers for Disease Control and the Carter Center.  The GO-Emory Fellow will be enrolled at RSPH where he/she will have access to expertise and mentorship from leaders in the public health field. This training will help prepare the Fellow for completion of their field research project and strengthen their clinical practice in eye care delivery.

Research Expectations
Fellows are expected to complete a research project aimed at improving eye care.


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