Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director: Angie E Wen, MD
Participating Faculty: Sumayya Ahmad, MD, Masako Chen, MD, Anita Gupta, MD, Kira Manusis, MD, and Neha Shaik, MD
Length of Program: 1 year
Fellowship Positions: 1

The Cornea Fellowship program at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) is recognized nationally as an outstanding educational opportunity for careers in either academic medicine or private subspecialty practice. The goal of this AUPO-FCC approved fellowship is to train the individual to successfully manage a referral cornea practice.

During the fellowship, fellows will care for a wide variety of patients with complex disorders of the anterior segment that will enable them to develop advanced diagnostic and surgical skills for the entire spectrum of corneal and external disorders. The fellowship is comprehensive in scope and provides ample opportunity for clinically relevant research. The importance of clinical research is emphasized, and it is anticipated that the fellow will initiate and complete at least one research project during the year, which will be acceptable for presentation and/or publication.

The fellow will perform surgery with increasing autonomy as their skills progress. The surgical experience will include exposure to numerous cornea procedures, including penetrating, endothelial, and lamellar keratoplasty; keratoprosthesis surgery; and ocular surface and anterior segment reconstruction. The fellow will also have the opportunity to perform cataract surgery and manage IOL complications; gain experience with newer lens technology, such as femtosecond laser surgery, multifocal, and toric IOL's; and develop an understanding of the biometric complexities of patients with anterior segment disorders. There is also significant exposure to refractive surgery, including astigmatic keratotomy, PTK, PRK, LASIK, and intraocular lenses.

The Cornea Fellowship includes opportunities to attend and participate in national meetings, such as the AAO, ASCR, and ARVO. The fellow can also take advantage of the full educational opportunities offered within the Department of Ophthalmology at NYEE.

Application Requirements 

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai seeks to attract a diverse group of individuals who are committed to developing a deep understanding of ophthalmic disease with a specialization in corneas and external diseases, patient care, and vision research. Interviews are conducted by invitation only. NYEE’s Cornea Fellowship program participates in the Fellowship Matching Program sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. To receive further information, contact the San Francisco Fellowship Matching Program at

Applicants should submit:

  • Completed SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) Form
  • 3 letters of reference