Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery

Cornea Fellowship Faculty

Soroosh Behshad, MD, MPH
Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD
John Kim, MD (Fellowship Director)

Application Requirements

The following documentation is required in addition to your C.A.S. application form. Send documents electronically to laura.brewer@emory.edu:

  • Current Photograph
  • Letter from chairman (if not included in your C.A.S. application)
  • Letter from residency director (if not included in your C.A.S. application)

Cornea Fellowship Program Overview

The Emory University Department of Ophthalmology is composed of 30 full-time faculty members. Drs. Soroosh Behshad, John Kim and Yousuf Khalifa comprise the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery section. The cornea service maintains an unusually large outpatient and surgical practice.

The clinical and research interests of the members of the cornea faculty are varied and complimentary. While all members treat a wide range of pathology and offer cataract surgery and Keratoplasty, each have particular expertise. Dr. Khalifa heads the resident cornea education and infectious disease programs. Dr. Kim heads the cornea fellowship education and advanced keratoplasty (including keratoprosthesis) programs.

The goal of the fellowship program is to train individuals for a career in full- or part-time academic ophthalmology with a subspecialty in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery. The program seeks to provide a solid clinical background and to expose the fellow to research in basic and/or clinical science.

The clinical program consists of rotations with each of the faculty members of the cornea service. The fellow will participate in outpatient evaluations with the faculty member, take primary responsibility for inpatient services, and will occasionally be called upon to deal with outpatient problems without supervision.

In addition, the fellow will assume a role in resident teaching, including staffing of resident clinics and attending resident surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital or the Atlanta VA Medical Center (approximately one-half day per week alongside Dr. Khalifa). The fellow will be expected to complete at least one clinical research project during the clinical fellowship year in the area of their choosing. The outpatient and surgical load is heavy, and the fellow should anticipate a busy year. The fellow will participate in surgical procedures consistent with his/her level of expertise.

There are usually 10-20 applications for each of the available positions. Therefore, only a limited number of applicants will be invited to Emory for an interview at a mutually convenient time.

The Cornea and External Disease Fellowship participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match.

The fellow will receive a secondary appointment as an Associate in the Emory University School of Medicine.

The deadline for applications is September 1 of the year prior to the July 7 starting date for a fellowship.


Last updated: 09/08/2016

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