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Ophthalmology Residency

Training Future Leaders in Ophthalmic Medicine

The Ophthalmology Residency at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin provides a transformative educational experience that shapes residents’ practice and delivery of health care through a profound understanding of the principles of value-based, patient-centered, integrated health care delivery for the management of ophthalmic disease. 

Learn more in a welcome letter from program director Gene Kim, M.D., or by watching the introductory video below from department chair Jane Edmond, M.D.

The Ophthalmology Residency is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute.

Training Facilities

Residents spend their residency in Austin at Dell Medical School-affiliated hospitals, clinics, research laboratories and surgery centers. Each training site provides a rich environment for team learning and community participation in teaching, research and patient-centric/value-based care. The diversity of facilities gives residents the opportunity to observe how ophthalmology is practiced in both academic and private practice settings.

In addition to the facilities below, residents participate in patient care in Dell Med’s primary teaching hospitals — Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas — where they perform in-patient and emergency room consultations, assist faculty in surgery and perform surgery as the primary surgeon under faculty supervision.

Health Transformation Building.

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of Dell Medical School, and it is home to the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute. The Eye Institute is home to both faculty and resident clinics. The Eye Institute clinic is adjacent to the Ambulatory Surgery Center, which is where faculty and resident surgeries are performed. The resident clinics care for the uninsured and under-insured population of Travis County.

Residents are under the supervision of Moe Aung, Eileen Bowden, Eric Crowell and Gene Kim.

Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E Teague Veteran's Center.

The Austin Outpatient Clinic of the Central Texas Veterans Administration Health Care System provides general and subspecialty eye care for many Austin metro area veterans. Third- and fourth-year residents rotate at VA outpatient clinics for four months per academic year. Residents are the primary clinician and surgeon for patients under their care.

Residents are under the supervision of Christopher Helpert and Olivia Lee.

Faculty members affiliated with both the Ophthalmology Residency and Austin Retina Associates pose together in a professional group portrait in business attire.

Austin Retina Associates is a large private practice of fellowship-trained vitreo-retinal surgeons. The practice has a robust research arm that facilitates the participation of faculty, residents and medical students in national collaborative research studies. Residents rotate through the practice and receive major portions of their vitreous and retinal training from physicians in the practice.

Residents are under the supervision of James Dooner, Shelley Day Ghafoori, Clio Harper, Mark Levitan, Jose Martinez, Peter Nixon, Philip Storey, Robert Wong and Edward Wood.

Retina Consultants of Austin.

Retina Consultants of Austin is a private practice of fellowship-trained medical and vitreo-retinal surgeons. Residents rotate through the practice and receive significant portions of their vitreous and retinal training from physicians in the practice.

Residents are under the supervision of Sandra Chexal and Chirag Jhaveri.

Group photo of TOC Eye and Face members.

TOC Eye and Face is a private practice of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists who subspecialize in diseases of the orbit and oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Residents receive most of their oculoplastic training and surgical experience here.

Residents are under the supervision of Richard Allen, Sean Blaydon, Vikram Durairaj and Tanuj Nakra.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Residents gain exposure to pediatric ophthalmology and pediatric and adult strabismus at Dell Children’s and Dell Children’s Eye Center, supported by a group of fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologists. Residents have the opportunity to experience inpatient and outpatient practice settings.

Residents are under the supervision of Amber Fenton, Megan Geloneck, Lan Hoang and Kathryn Maier.

Austin Eye ophthalmology practice.

Austin Eye is a comprehensive ophthalmology and refractive surgery practice in Austin. Residents receive advanced refractive surgical training at this site. They assist in surgery and learn all aspects of refractive anterior segment surgery and LASIK.

Residents are under the supervision of Shannon Wong.

Five members of Eye Associates of Central Texas pose together in a portrait, each wearing their medical white coats.

Residents gain exposure to cornea, external disease and refractive surgery during this rotation.

Residents are under the supervisions of Lena Dixit, Kimberly Golde and Ravi Patel.

Learn More & Apply: Ophthalmology Residency

About the Application Process

Applications to the residency program should be submitted through the SF Match Central Application Service.

Training Leaders in Ophthalmology & Medicine

The residency’s curriculum is uniquely designed to provide residents with a comprehensive foundation of medical and ophthalmic knowledge and skills.

Meet the Program Faculty

Explore the profiles of the faculty members affiliated with the Ophthalmology Residency.

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