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Ophthalmology Residency

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 will 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 will give residents the opportunity to observe how ophthalmology is practiced in both academic and private practice settings.

In addition to the facilities below, residents will participate in patient care at 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 will 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 clinic and faculty and resident clinics. It is also the primary training location for ophthalmology residents. The eye institute clinic is adjacent to the Ambulatory Surgery Center, which is where faculty and resident surgery is performed. The resident clinics will care for the uninsured and under-insured population of Travis County.

Residents will be under the supervision of 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. Dell Medical School is establishing teaching, patient care and research relationships with the VA. The plan calls for residents to obtain significant clinical and surgical experience during rotations at this facility.

Residents will be under the supervision of Christopher Helpert, Manuj Kapur and Olivia Lee.

Austin Retina Associates

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 will rotate through the practice and receive major portions of their vitreous and retinal training from physicians in the practice.

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

Retina Consultants of Austin.

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

Residents will be 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 will receive most of their oculoplastic training and surgical experience here.

Residents will be under the supervision of Sean Blaydon, Emily Bratton, Vikram Durairaj, Tanuj Nakra and Marie Somogyi.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Residents will have 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 and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists. Residents will have the opportunity to experience inpatient and outpatient practice settings.

Residents will be under the supervision of Amber Fenton, Megan Geloneck, Lan Hoang and Melinda Rainey.

Austin Eye ophthalmology practice.

Austin Eye, is a comprehensive ophthalmology and refractive surgery practice in Austin. Residents will receive the advanced refractive surgery training at this site. They will assist in surgery and learn all aspects of refractive anterior segment surgery. Additionally, Wong will teach residents refractive surgery techniques in the department’s surgery simulation laboratory.

Residents will be under the supervision of Shannon Wong.

Dell Med orange window coverings.

Residents will have exposure to pediatric and adolescent neuro-ophthalmology under the supervision of Jane Edmond and Harry Aung.

Learn More & Apply

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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