The Boston Eye Group is Committed to Education and Clinical Research
The Boston Eye Group is committed to the highest level of total eye care. Our commitment to Education and research falls within our dedication to be at the fore front of ophthalmology. Here are some of Boston Eye Group achievements in that regard:
- Establishment of a fellowship training program. Amit Todani MD was the first fellow to be trained at the Boston Eye Group in conjunction with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
- Teaching conferences at the Harvard Dept. of Ophthalmology as well as surgical training of Harvard fellows.
- Course in Cataract, Corneal and refractive surgery at the Annual meeting American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. This course is attended by many physicians from around the world.
- Publication of textbooks and research articles in several areas of Ophthalmology.
- Studying and improving the LASEK procedure.
- Tracking Cataract and Lasik surgical outcomes to continuously refine our results.
Currently Boston Laser team is working on a ground-breaking research project aiming at implanting a sensor chip to measure intraocular pressure on a continuous basis. Our team was the first in the world to implant such a device.
Fellowship Program Description
Refractive Cornea and Cataract Surgery Fellowship
The fellowship at the Boston Eye Group is oriented towards training in Refractive surgery and advanced cataract surgery. It also includes a fair number of cornea cases but this is not the main emphasis of the fellowship. This is a heavily hands-on surgical fellowship established in 2007 and would fit those looking for the below:
- Additional Refractive training after a Cornea fellowship.
- A career with a clinical practice (private or academic) oriented towards Refractive surgery (laser surgery, corneal inlays, phakic implants) or Refractive cataract surgery (femtosecond lasers, refractive implants).
- A career with a clinical practice (private or academic) oriented towards Comprehensive ophthalmology with the ability to comfortably perform refractive surgery, refractive cataract surgery and corneal surgery.
Fellows who have graduated in the past were comfortable performing cornea cases (PK,DSEK,DMEK,DALK,KPRO….) although it is not the primary goal of the fellowship.The fellow will also perform corneal crosslinking and intacs for keratoconus. The fellowship will prepare the surgeon for management of complex situations including IOL exchange and sutured IOLs.
Boston Eye Group is a major center for cornea, cataract and refractive surgery in Boston. The fellow will become proficient and certified in the following technology: Allegretto Wavelight, Visx Star S4 Intralase IFS and FS60, Catalys femtosecond laser, Avedro’s crosslinking system.
The fellow spends the majority of his/her time at the Brookline office of the Boston Eye Group. There are typically 2 OR operating sessions per week in addition to a full day of laser vision correction. There are clinical sessions with Dr. Joe Ciolino at MEEI or other specialists in Boston.
The fellowship has 1 international affiliate where the fellow is able to perform cornea cases:
Dr. Miguel Lopez (Dominican Republic) – 1 surgical week per year (15-20 cornea cases).
Typical weekly schedule:
Monday am: OR
Monday PM: Clinic (Brenner)
Tuesday am: Medical Clinic (Melki)
Tuesday pm: Fellow clinic
Wed am: OR
Wed pm: Refractive Clinic (Melki/Brenner)
Thu all day: Medical Clinic w Dr. Melki
Friday all day: Refractive lasers
The fellow will join any surgeon affiliated with the fellowship performing cornea surgery. Surgery always takes precedence over clinic.
The fellow is encouraged to participate in either ongoing clinical research projects or be involved in writing reviews or case-reports. Fellow duties include participation in literature peer-review.
Some of the current research projects:
- New method to quantify epithelial ingrowth after LASIK
- Biometry outcomes of ICL versus Cataract surgery
- Comparison of hyperopic outcomes between the VISX and Allegretto laser
- Rose Bengal and Green laser: a new Crosslinking method
The fellowship position is salaried at 50K per year and includes both health insurance and malpractice coverage (exact details available). Call is for the practice only and is split with other physicians in the practice.
Expected Surgical numbers 2018-2019: (Primary surgeon)
Refractive procedures: 450-500 (mostly LASIK/PRK)
Cataracts: 60-70 (includes femtosecond laser)
Phakic IOL: 5-10
Sutured IOL: 5-7
Corneal grafts: 45-50 (split between various types)
Weekly Research Meeting at BEG
Monthly Cornea Club with Dr. Melki at MEEI
Monthly Refractive club at MEEI w various faculty
Various conferences at MEEI including visiting professors etc…
Samir Melki MD PhD (Director, Boston Eye Group)
Jason Brenner MD, Cornea specialist who joined the BEG in 2016 after completing a fellowship with Dr. Melki.
All applicants interested in the fellowship should apply through the common application service of the SFMatch. Questions can be directed to Joanna Smoller at firstname.lastname@example.org. **Please note that due to visa regulations, individuals who require a Visa (i.e non-US citizens or Non-Green card holders) cannot be considered at this time for a clinical fellowship. Canadian citizens are welcome to apply.