Director: Robert N. Weinreb, MD

Glaucoma Faculty:

Derek Welsbie, MD, PhD

Jiun Do, MD, PhD

Cristiana Vasile, MD

Sasan Moghimi, MD

Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Fellowship Program Coordinator: Marlene Virgen


The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) division of Glaucoma offers a one-year AUPO certified fellowship for glaucoma management and surgery at the Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute.  The goal is to provide fellows with a fundamental understanding of glaucoma pathophysiology, diagnostics, and clinical/surgical care accomplished using the most cutting-edge ophthalmic tools and advances. The environment supports this with world-renown glaucoma leaders and next-generation technological innovations to openly explore how we can continue to advance how to understand, diagnose, and treat glaucoma.

The Tradition:
More than 180 individuals have obtained clinical and/or research training in glaucoma at the University of California, San Diego. Many of these individuals hold distinguished academic positions and are glaucoma leaders throughout the world. Other fellows have distinguished themselves in their community in clinical practice or in industry. View our UCSD Glaucoma Fellows.

Clinical Experience:
Clinical experience consists of participation in glaucoma faculty clinics as well as independent fellows' clinics at the Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla and at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. Fellows gain surgical experience by performing independent and supervised surgery and working with faculty preceptors.

Shiley Eye Institute

UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and Ophthalmology Clinic

Shiley Eye Institute Operating Room and Team
The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute operating rooms are conveniently located on the third floor of the Shiley Eye Institute building.  This allows convenient access between clinical outpatient and surgical spaces for constant and seamless patient care between the two. The OR is thoughtfully designed with a spacious waiting area and both pre- and post-op spaces conducive to efficient case turn-over as well as patient satisfaction.  Fellows should anticipate spending 1-2 days a week in the operating rooms.
Fellows have a robust surgical experience with a wide variety of surgical procedures including:
·    MIGS procedures (iStent, OMNI, Hydrus, trabectome, and XEN)
·    Cataract and glaucoma surgery
·    Trabeculectomy with and without anti-metabolite
·    Glaucoma drainage device
·    Laser diode cyclophotocoagulation (standard and micropulse)

Fellowship Education and Scholarly Activity
The fellow holds an appointment in the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology as Clinical Instructor. Fellows also are expected to actively participate in numerous didactic activities of the Glaucoma Division and the Department of Ophthalmology. The Glaucoma division has monthly journal clubs, lectures, and weekly resident/fellow teaching conferences. There also are weekly Departmental Grand Rounds presentations throughout the year. The fellow will work closely with residents assigned to the Glaucoma service.
In addition to clinical and surgical experiences, all fellows participate in clinical or translational research and will have the opportunity to present their findings at local, regional, and national meetings. Fellows also have the opportunity for involvement in ongoing innovative clinical trials.
Opening in 2003, the Hamilton Glaucoma Center is dedicated to clinical and translational glaucoma research. This 13,500 sq. ft. facility is adjacent to the Shiley Eye Institute.  Each fellow has an office on the first floor.  The first floor also has space dedicated to clinical research in glaucoma.  There, the Imaging Unit at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center is one of the most technologically sophisticated and well-equipped in the world.   The second floor has laboratories and additional office space. Our renowned translational science laboratories and faculty investigators are accessible to meet and discuss unmet needs inspired by glaucoma clinical care at UCSD that can lead to project planning and research.

Hamilton Glaucoma Center with the Clinical Research Space, Glaucoma Surgical Innovations Lab and Training Center, and Fellow Offices

Faculty Testimonials 

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Applicants for fellowship training in Glaucoma who have completed an ACGME residency in the US (and Canada, if eligible for California licensure) must register for the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match online ( by submitting the required application and supplemental materials listed therein. The deadline for this process is September 15 of the year prior to the start of the desired fellowship-training year. The fellow must be eligible for a California Medical License, as medical licensure from the California Medical Board is required (

International applicants for glaucoma fellowship are considered outside of the SFMatch and should contact Marlene Virgen at for additional information. These positions focus on glaucoma research with an opportunity for clinical activities.

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