Retina Fellowship

Medical Retina Fellowship

Section of Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases
Emory Eye Center
Emory University School of Medicine

Blaine Cribbs, MD
Andrew Hendrick, MD
G. Baker Hubbard III, MD
Nieraj Jain, MD
Ghazala Okeefe, MD (Medical Retina/Uveitis)
Purnima Patel, MD
(Medical Retina/Uveitis)
Jiong Yan, MD (Fellowship Director)
Steven Yeh, MD

Additional  Application Requirements

The following documentation is required in addition to your C.A.S. application form. Send documents electronically to

  • Current Photograph
  • Letter from chairman (if not included in your C.A.S. application)
  • Letter from residency director (if not included in your C.A.S. application)

Fellowship Overview

This fellowship consists of training in the medical management of diseases of the retina and vitreous. The training is provided by the Retina Section of Emory Eye Center at Emory University. The program provides an intensive, broadly based clinical experience in retinal and vitreous disease, with the goal of training the physician to pursue a career in an academic environment.

Training is provided in all major diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in retinal and vitreous disease. Particular emphasis is placed on indirect ophthalmoscopy, fundus biomicroscopy, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, ocular coherence tomography and autofluorescent imaging, and ultrasonography. Extensive experience is provided at Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), and The Emory Eye Center. The fellow will also provide supervisory and teaching support for the residency program, in resident outpatient clinics devoted to treating a wide range of retinal and vitreous diseases.

The medical retina fellow will be devoted to evaluate routine and complex clinic referral patients at the Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital and CHOA with retina faculty member. Proficiency with ultrasonography, OCT, Autofluorescent imaging, Color Fundus Photography, retinal angiography and Electro-retinogram (ERG) will be developed. In addition to the Emory clinic, the fellow will see patients at the retinal/uveitis clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital. Research projects should begin as soon as possible and complete by the end of the year for presentation. These may be clinical research or laboratory projects.

The clinical activities of the section are as follows:

1. Photocoagulation

An extensive program of photocoagulation in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity and macular disorders is an ongoing part of the retina work at Emory University. Multiple types of laser are used including slit-lamp delivery of red, yellow, and green wavelengths, indirect diode laser, photodynamic therapy, and transpupillary thermotherapy. Patients from the Grady Memorial Hospital (both adult ophthalmology clinic and neonatal intensive care unit) provide an extensive experience in photocoagulation. Intravitreal injection of emerging therapeutic agents plays an important role at all facilities.

2. Angiography and Ocular Coherence Tomography

Ophthalmic photographers at The Emory Eye Center and the Grady Memorial Hospital perform fluorescein angiograms. Pediatric FAs are performed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta using the RetCam. Indocyanine green angiography is performed at the Emory Clinic. The retina fellow is encouraged to learn the techniques of retinal photography. Primary responsibility for reading fluorescein angiograms done at Grady will be assigned to the fellow so that he/she may interpret these studies in consultation with members of the Retina staff. Autofluorescent imaging and OCT are performed at The Emory Eye Center. Fellows learn to interpret and help teach the skills to residents in the Flourescein Angiogram/OCT conference.

3. Emory Retina Clinic

The fellow sees private patients with Retina staff members during their office hours. These patients all have complete diagnostic ophthalmologic examinations with concentration on the retinal diagnostic procedures. Residents work along with members of the Retina Section at all times, and the fellow is responsible for some supervision and training of the residents, together with the attending staff.

4. Grady Retina Clinics

During each week, members of the resident staff collect interesting and difficult patients in the field of retinal disease for presentation at the retina clinics at the Grady Memorial Hospital. The fellow sees these patients and decides on their management in consultation with the Retina Staff physician. A major portion of these retina clinics, one of the largest of outpatient clinics nationwide, is devoted to the care of diabetic retinopathy.

5. Electrophysiology and Ultrasound

An active laboratory program is ongoing in both ultrasound and electrophysiology. Two full-time technologists are present. Standard A- and B-scan techniques are utilized in addition to high resolution anterior segment techniques in the Ultrasound Laboratory. The Electrophysiology Laboratory is a computerized facility offering VEP, electroretinography, electrooculography, dark adaptation and color vision testing facilities.

6. Retina Conference

All fellows, faculty and researchers with an interest in retinal disease meet every Thursday morning at 7AM for a weekly conference. Interesting cases, ongoing research projects and pertinent journal articles are discussed.

7. Fluorescein/OCT conference

A monthly fluorescein conference is held weekly at 7AM. Interesting fluorescein angiograms and OCT images are presented to the residents by the fellows with input by the members of attending retina staff.

8. Annual Conference Attendance

The medical retina fellow may choose to attend the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, or the annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists. Attendance is predicated on the acceptance of a research presentation of the fellow's choice.

9. Collaborative Clinical Studies

The Emory Retina Service has participated in almost every NIH sponsored clinical trial evaluating retinal disease. Current ongoing NIH studies include: the Complications of AMD Treatment Trials (CATT), the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (II), and Studies of the ocular Complications of AIDS. In addition, there are many ongoing industry-sponsored studies.

10. Subspecialty Experience

The Emory Retina Fellowship provides extensive experience in all vitreoretinal subspecialties. Each fellow will rotate with faculty members who have specific interests and expertise in uveitis, inherited retinal disease, pediatric retina, and intraocular tumors. Ample opportunity is provided for fellows to develop their own subspecialty interest and to perform clinical research in these areas.

The fellow will receive a secondary appointment as an Associate in the Emory University School of Medicine.

The deadline for applications is August 29 of the year prior to the July 7 starting date for a fellowship.


Last updated: 04/03/2017

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