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Fellowship Program

The two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship program at RVT was established in 1997 with faculty who value teaching and training future vitreoretinal surgeons. The fellowship program is currently under the direction of Drs. Joseph Khawly, MD and Eric Holz, MD. Although we are a private practice fellowship, there is a strong academic concentration with weekly conference/lecture series. One fellow is selected every year through a competitive selection process and receives a comprehensive clinical and surgical training in the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical disorders of the retina and vitreous. During the two-year surgical retina fellowship, fellows work closely with each of the faculty members of RVT. Each physician has a diverse background of training that contributes to the unique fellowship experience. Including Drs. Khawly and Holz who have been in practice for over 15 years, they train with Dr. Arthur Willis who has been in clinical practice in Houston for over 35 years and with Drs. Hassan Rahman, Emmanuel Chang, and Jonathan Tzu who completed their training at the Emory University Eye Center, Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, MI, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute respectively.

The fellow participates in surgery and clinical decision-making from the beginning of their fellowship. In addition to acquiring a strong clinical and surgical understanding of vitreoretinal diseases, important aspects of the practice and business of medicine are also developed. There is repeated exposure to a variety of surgical techniques such as scleral buckles, vitrectomy, complex membrane dissections in addition to adult and pediatric retina during the fellows’ two year experience. The curriculum is divided into alternating 3-month blocks in which fellows work closely with each of the faculty members of RVT both in the operating room and clinic. A weekly retina conference provides an opportunity for the faculty to discuss interesting cases, medical and surgical retinal disease management, surgical techniques, and current literature with the fellows. Clinical research and attendance at national meetings are encouraged during the two years. Basic science research is also available to fellows who are interested with Dr. Emmanuel Chang, MD PhD in collaboration with Rice University.

Please visit www.sfmatch.org to apply through the Central Application Service. For more information about the fellowship program at RVT, please contact Anita Austin at 713.799.9975 or by email at AnitaA@retinatexas.com.

Current Fellows:

  • Alan Hromas, MD
  • Kim-Binh Mai, MD

Past Fellows:

  • Stephen Saxe, MD (1999): Southwest Eyecare - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Vincent Vann, MD (2000): RGV Retina Specialists - Edinburg, Texas
  • Mark Tafoya, MD (2002): Pacific Retina Care - Waipahu, Hawaii
  • James Lawler, MD (2004): Private Practice - Des Moines, Iowa
  • Brian Hajovsky, MD (2005): Ophthalmology Associates - Fort Worth, Texas
  • Moises Chica, MD (2006): Retina Consultants of San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas
  • Sara Holy, MD (2007): Retina Consultants of San Antonio - San Antonio, Texas
  • Nick Mayfield, MD (2008): West Georgia Eye Care Center - Columbus, Georgia
  • Ivan Castillo, MD (2009): Retina Institute - Bakersfield, California
  • Jeremy Aikey, DO (2010): Carim Eye and Retina Center - Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Ajey Alurkar, MD (2011): Omni Eye Services - Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bartlett Hayes, MD (2012): San Antonio Military Medical Center - San Antonio, Texas
  • Rahul Mandiga, MD (2013): North Carolina Retina Associates - Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Alla Kukuyev, MD (2014): University of Texas - Houston, Texas
  • Jessica Randolph, MD (2015): Almance Eye Center - Burlington, North Carolina