Fellowship Training

Dr. Wright teaching international fellows.

Dr. Wright teaching international fellows.

Ophthalmologists specializing in pediatric ophthalmology undertake this intensive fellowship training after completing their medical school, internship, and ophthalmology residency training have been completed. It is the pinnacle of the medical educational process and provides the basis for a meaningful career in pediatric ophthalmology. We recognize this and strive to provide an outstanding training program. We accept one United States fellow and two to four international fellows per year. Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic credentials and personal character. Preference will be for applicants who will return to underserved areas, and for those with clinical research and teaching aspirations.

United States Fellowship Program

This is a one-year program that has been approved, certified, and monitored by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). Training includes both hands-on experience and didactic sessions. The fellow will have personalized interaction with program faculty, concentrating on clinical and surgical experience (with a strong attention to surgical technique). The average number of surgical cases during the fellowship year is over 200. Education emphasizes clinical acumen, surgical skills, research, and the need for practicing humanistic medicine.

International Fellowship Program

Directed by Dr. Wright, this 6-month observational fellowship program offers comprehensive clinical and research experiences for our non-U.S. and non-Canadian fellows. The program focuses on research in the field of ophthalmology as well as the application of this research to clinical and surgical diagnosis and treatment. Through gainful interactions with program faculty, observational opportunities in clinical practices, and research endeavors, international fellows gain lifelong knowledge and skills to improve ophthalmic care around the world.

To Apply: Applicants for our International Fellowship Program should contact our Coordinator for more information and assistance at wrightcenter2020@gmail.com or call our office – 310-652-6420.

Previous Fellows

US Fellow Dates of Fellowship Place of Residence
Edward Brown, M.D. 1984 – 1985 San Diego, California
Andrea B. Lanier, M.D. 1986 – 1987 Fresno, California
Laurie E. Christensen, M.D. 1987 – 1989 Los Angeles, California
John H. McVey, M.D. 1988 – 1989 Jackson, Mississippi
Andrew P. Terry, M.D. 1989 – 1990 Mobile, Alabama
Ann Stout, M.D. 1990 – 1992 Los Angeles, California
Talia Kolin, M.D. 1991 – 1992 Los Angeles, California
Amy Aiello Leverant, M.D. 1992 Phoenix, Arizona
Dean Fiergang, M.D. 1995 – 1996 Baltimore, Maryland
Peter Spiegel, M.D. 1996 – 1997 Iowa City, Iowa
Dean Bonsall, M.D. 1998 – 1999 Camden, New Jersey
Robert Rhee, M.D. 1999 – 2000 Toledo, Ohio
Edward Guthrie, M.D. 2000 – 2001 Birmingham, Alabama
Pauline Hong, M.D. 2001 – 2002 Chicago, Illinois
Lisa S. Thompson, M.D., 2004 – 2005 Chicago, Illinois
Tinny T. Dinh, M.D. 2007 – 2008 Chicago, Illinois
Yi Ning Strube, M.D. 2009 – 2010 Loma Linda, California
Rebecca Leenheer, M.D. 2010 – 2011 Chicago, Illinois
International Fellow Dates of Fellowship Country of Residence
Sheue-Shya Chuang, M.D. 07/1989 – 08/1989 Taiwan, China
Byung-Moo Min, M.D. 1989 – 1990 Daejeon, Korea
Chan Park, M.D. 1989 – 1990 Seoul, Korea
Leslie Bruce-Lyle, M.D. 1990 – 1991 Saudi Arabia
Michael Branley, M.D. 06/1991 – 09/1991 Australia
Margaret Muh-Chiou Lin, M.D. 1991 – 1992 Taiwan, China
Yang Shan, M.D. 1991 – 1992 Harbin, China
Jeong-Min Hwang, M.D. 1992 Seoul, Korea
Jyoti Raina, M.D. 1994 – 1995 London, England
Adolfo Guemes, M.D. 1996 – 1997 Buenos Aires, Argentina
M. Gabriela Salvador, M.D. 1999 – 2000 Salta, Argentina
Ossama M. A. El-Hakim, M.D. 01/2000 – 06/2000 Cairo, Egypt
Loren Ong, M.D. 07/2000 – 06/2001 Cebu, Philippines
Suleyman Karaatli, M.D. 12/2001 – 03/2002 Ankara, Turkey
Nancy Suarez, M.D. 08/2002 – 10/2002 Trujillo, Peru
Mario Najera-Covarrubias, M.D. 08/2002 – 06/2003 Monterrey, Mexico
Mehmet Cem Mocan, M.D. 10/2002 – 06/2003 Ankara, Turkey
Fernanda Moreira, M.D. 07/2003 – 06/2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lizbeth Vincecnio-Regner, M.D. 01/2004 – 06/2004 Cebu, Philippines
Eugenia Maria Cruz, M.D. 03/2004 – 07/2004 San José, Cost Rica
Leticia Procianoy, M.D. 01/2005 – 02/2005 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Gernot Winkler, M.D. 05/2005 – 08/2005 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Moataz Gheith, M.D. 07/2005 – 10/2005 Cairo, Egypt
Yutthaphong Imsuwan, M.D. 12/2005 – 05/2006 Pathumthani, Thailand
Mi Ra Park, M.D. 09/2005 – 08/2006 Seoul, Korea
Hanan Enany, M.D. 04/2007 – 11/2007 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Francisco Conte, M.D. 03/2008 – 09/2008 Santiago, Chile
Claudia de Paula Faria, M.D. 04/2008 – 10/2008 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ben Chung, M.D. January 2009
Faisal Ghadhfan, M.D. 07/2009 – 12/2009 Kuwait
Nihal Samy, M.D. 10/2009 – 11/2009
Jenney Cen, M.D. 01/2010 – 06/2010 Shanghai, China
Farhan Al-Swelmi, M.D. 04/2010 – 06/2010 Saudi Arabia
Khadijah Alattas, M.D. 03/2011 – 06/2011 Saudi Arabia
Yang Shiqiang, M.D. 02/2011 – 02/2012 Tianjin, China
Cheuk Sing Yam, M.D. January 2012 Hong Kong, China
Milorad Ljutica, M.D. 01/2013 – 03/2013 Belgrade, Serbia
Ching-Ju Hsieh, M.D. 02/2013 – 04/2013 Taipei City, Taiwan
Ishita Anand, M.D. 01/2014 – 06/2014 New Delhi, India
Harsha Vardhan Reddy G., M.B., D.O. 10/2014 – 11/2014 Hyderabad, India
Mohamed Ali Ramzy Elgarf, FRCS 11/2014 – 12/2014 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Visiting Professor Dates of Fellowship Country of Residence
Connie Lai, M.D. May 2005 Hong Kong
Seo Wei Leo, M.D. 10/2005 – 11/2005 Singapore
Hilary Tsang, M.D. January 2006 Hong Kong
Sonal Farzavandi, FRCS (Edin) 08/2006 – 11/2006 Singapore
Monica Stoppani, M.D. 01/2007 – 03/2007 Milan, Italy
Yuko Emoto, M.D. 03/2008 – 06/2008 Tokyo, Japan
Hirofumi Emoto, M.D. 03/2008 – 06/2008 Tokyo, Japan
Chung Yin Chu, M.D. January 2009 Hong Kong
Aynur Zohrabova, M.D. 06/2009 – 09/2009 Baku, Azerbaijan
Sevinj Salmanova, M.D. 06/2009 – 09/2009 Baku, Azerbaijan
Sidky Abdelmoaty, M.D. 07/2009 – 09/2009 Kuwait
Amro Salah, M.D. 07/2010 – 10/2010 Egypt
Ghassan Zein, M.D. August 2010 Kuwait
Helena Buch Hesgaard, M.D. September 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark