Medical Retina Fellowship

Program Description

The Medical Retina Fellowship is a one year clinical training program, providing participants the opportunity to interact daily with world-renowned faculty, in state-of-the-art facilities, with excellent support staff, including full time photographers, ultrasonographers and electrophysiologists.

Fellows work directly with our diverse clinical retina faculty, which includes recognized experts in general medical retina, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, inherited retinal dystrophies, pediatric retina, ocular oncology, ocular imaging, and stem cell technology. Interested fellows will also have the opportunity to routinely perform cataract surgery under the guidance of faculty from the comprehensive ophthalmology service.

Upon completion, fellows will have the following competencies:

  • Diagnosis and management of routine and complex medical retina patients (including those with uveitis, inherited retinal dystrophies, and ocular malignancies)
  • Multiple types of in-office procedures (such as intraocular injections, retinal lasers, pneumatic retinopexy, and cryotherapy)
  • Interpretation of ultrasonography, electroretinography, and other more commonly performed types of retinal imaging.

The W. K. Kellogg Eye Center is a tertiary care referral center that not only services a large volume of routine care patients each year, but also cares for patients with some of the most complex pathologies.  Fellows work daily with faculty in clinic, and see patients independently at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center once a week. 

Fellows also participate in teaching conferences, such as imaging conference, electroretinography conference, research conference, and grand rounds. Participation in research is encouraged and supported. Multiple clinical and laboratory research opportunities are available through our numerous Retina faculty.  

The Kellogg Eye Center is participating in the Retina Fellowship sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (www.sfmatch.org).

We invite you to contact us at MedRetinaFellowship@med.umich.edu with any additional questions.

Clinical Training Site

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

How to apply

To apply for the University of Michigan's Medical Retina Fellowshi, please submit your application to the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match. We are not able to accept applications directly.

Ophthalmology Fellowship Match
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
Phone: 415-447-0350

Program Director

Susan G. Elner, MD
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-764-4182
Fax: 734-936-3815

Assistant Director

Anjali R. Shah, MD
Phone: 734-615-2479

Retina Service Faculty

Dr. Cagri Besirli

Cagri G. Besirli, MD, PhD

Skillman Career Development Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-232-8404
Grant Comer, MD, MS

Grant M. Comer, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-615-2479
Dr. Laxmi Devisetty

Laxmi Devisetty, MD

Instructor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-763-6967
Dr. Susan Elner

Susan G. Elner, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic office: 734-764-4182
Dr. Thomas Gardner

Thomas W. Gardner, MD, MS

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Professor, Internal Medicine - Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes
Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Senior Scholar, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
Associate Chair, Research
Academic Office: 734-232-8404
Dr. Mark Johnson

Mark W. Johnson, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-615-2479
Dr. Philip Lieu

Philip Lieu, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-232-8404
Dr. Yannis Paulus

Yannis M. Paulus, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Academic Office: 734-764-4182
Dr. Rajesh Rao

Rajesh C. Rao, MD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Emerging Scholar at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute
Academic Office: 734-232-8404
Dr. Julie Rosenthal

Julie M. Rosenthal, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-615-2479
Dr. Anjali Shah

Anjali Shah, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-615-2479