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
Dr. Melki and the Boston Eye Group have supported a fellowship position in Cornea and Refractive Surgery since 2007. This is a hands-on, clinical fellowship designed to prepare young ophthalmologists for a career in either the academic or private practice setting.
The fellowship emphasizes training in cornea and refractive procedures as well as advanced cataract surgery. The fellow will perform and participate in the following corneal procedures: penetrating keratoplasty, DALK, DSEK, DMEK, keratoprosthesis, Intacs, PTK, pterygium excision/ conjunctival transplant, and amniotic membrane transplants. Similarly the fellow is involved in advanced cataract surgery including femto-assisted cataract surgery and refractive IOLs including a variety of IOLs and the Visian phakic ICL. The fellow will also perform corneal crosslinking 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 and LensX femtosecond lasers, Avedro’s crosslinking system.The fellow spends the majority of his/her time at the Brookline office of the Boston Eye Group except for Mondays, which are spent at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI). There are typically 2 OR operating sessions per week in addition to a full day of laser vision correction. The fellow also spends time with other cornea specialists including Priyanka Sood MD, Jason Brenner MD at BEG and Christina Moon MD at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There are also sessions with Dr. Joe Ciolino at MEEI.
The fellowship has 2 international affiliates where the fellow is able to perform cornea cases.:
- Dr. Mark Fava (McMaster University) – 8-10 surgical days per year (about 4 cornea cases per day)
- Dr. Miguel Lopez (Dominican Republic) – 1 surgical week per year (15-20 cornea cases)
Typical weekly schedule:
- Monday am: OR
- Monday PM: MEEI Clinic (Melki)
- 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 (alternates half days MEEI clinic twice a month)
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 and includes both health insurance and malpractice coverage. Call is for the practice only and is split with other physicians in the practice.
Expected Surgical numbers 2017-2018: (Primary surgeon)
- Corneal grafts: 45-50 (split between various types)
- Refractive procedures: 400-450 (mostly LASIK/PRK)
- Cataracts: 60-70 (includes femtosecond laser)
- Phakic IOL: 5-10
- Sutured IOL: 5-7
- Pterygium: 15-20
Weekly Research Meeting at BEG Monthly Cornea Club with Dr. Melki at MEEI Monthly Refractive club at MEEI with Dr. Pineda/Jurkunas Various conferences at MEEI including visiting professors etc…
Samir Melki MD PhD (Director, Boston Eye Group) Priyanka Sood MD, Cornea specialist who joined the BEG in 2015 after serving as faculty on the Cornea service at Cornell University Jason Brenner MD, Cornea specialist who joined the BEG in 2016 after completing a fellowship with Dr. Melki Christina Moon MD, Director, Cornea service at Beth Israel Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Mark Fava MD, Cornea specialist affiliated with BEG and McMaster University
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.