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Director: Robert N. Weinreb, MD

Fellowship Preceptors: Andrew Camp, MDJiun Do, MD, PhDSasan Moghimi, MDCristiana Vasile, MDDerek Welsbie, MD, PhDLinda Zangwill, PhD
Fellowship Program Coordinator: Marlene Virgen


The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) division of Glaucoma offers a one-year AUPO certified fellowship for glaucoma management and surgery. Clinical experience consists of participation in glaucoma faculty clinics as well as independent fellows clinics at the UCSD Medical Center in La Jolla and at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. Fellows will gain surgical experience by performing independent and supervised surgery and assisting faculty preceptors.

Fellows are exposed to numerous surgical procedures seen in glaucoma practice, including, but not limited to:
·    MIGS procedures (iStent, OMNI, Hydrus, trabectome, and XEN)
·    Cataract extraction and intraocular lens implant (monofocal, toric, multifocal, complex, and combination surgeries)
·    Trabeculectomy with and without anti-metabolite (mitomycin C and 5-fluorouracil)
·    Glaucoma drainage device placement (Ahmed, Baerveldt, and Clear Path)
·    Laser diode cyclophotocoagulation (traditional and micropulse)

Knowledge and experience of glaucoma diagnostics also will be instilled. The Imaging Unit at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center is one of the most technologically sophisticated and well-equipped in the world. Our renowned translational science laboratories and faculty investigators are accessible for project planning and research.

The fellow will hold an appointment in the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology as a Clinical Instructor. Fellows also are expected to actively participate in teaching activities in the Department of Ophthalmology. The Glaucoma division has monthly journal clubs, lectures, weekly resident/fellow teaching conferences, and weekly Departmental Grand Rounds presentations throughout the year. The fellow will work closely with the residents assigned to the Glaucoma service. In addition to clinical and surgical experiences, all fellows are expected to participate in clinical or basic science research and to present findings at local, regional, and national meetings. Fellows also have the opportunity for involvement in ongoing clinical trials.

Applicant Information

Applicants for fellowship training in Glaucoma who have completed an ACGME residency in the US (and Canada, if eligible for California licensure)  must register for the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match online ( by submitting the required application and supplemental materials listed therein. The deadline for this process is September 15 of the year prior to the start of the desired fellowship-training year. The fellow must be eligible for a California Medical License, as medical licensure from the California Medical Board is required (

International applicants for glaucoma fellowship should contact Marlene Virgen at for additional information.

UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest + VA San Diego Healthcare System

More than 150 individuals have obtained clinical and/or research training in glaucoma at the University of California, San Diego. Many of these individuals hold distinguished academic positions and are glaucoma leaders throughout the world. Other fellows have distinguished themselves in clinical practice or industry.

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