Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology

Retina Fellowship Overview

Program Director

The Retina Fellowships at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are under the direction of Alice T. Lyon, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology.

Northwestern Ophthalmology Retina Fellowships

Program Overview

The Northwestern Retina Fellowships are designed for ophthalmology residency graduates seeking advanced subspecialty training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. Our programs are intensive medical and surgical training curricula designed to develop management expertise in vitreoretinal diseases, ranging from common conditions to never-before described diseases.

The two Retina fellowship programs Northwestern are: Diseases of the Retina - a one-year medical retina program, and Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery - a two-year medical and surgical program. Most of the clinical, surgical and research activity occurs at the Sorrel Rosin Eye Center, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF), located on the Northwestern medical campus in downtown Chicago. Our surgical fellows also work closely with colleagues at Retina Services of Illinois, LLC, a nearby private practice group affiliated with Northwestern for many years. Opportunities to care for children with complex ophthalmologic and retinal diseases occurs at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, also located downtown. The proximity of these training sites permits convenient collaboration in patient management, didactic programs, and research.

Fellows gain experience with state-of-the-art retinal imaging technologies such as spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, and ultrasound biomicroscopy. Our comprehensive educational program includes journal clubs, case conferences, imaging conferences, and grand rounds. Active engagement in resident teaching is an integral part of these fellowships.

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Left Image: Northwestern trainees at Research Day
Right Image: Retina team prepares to perform surgery

Research Opportunities

The Retina Study Center at Northwestern enjoys an outstanding reputation for world-class research in a number of diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and ocular complications of AIDs. This includesAREDS2: Age Related Eye Disease Study 2, DRCRnet: Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network and SOCA: The Study of the Ocular Complications of Aids, as well as multiple additional innovative research studies . Fellows actively engage in various studies which are expected to culminate in a major meeting presentation and peer-reviewed publication. Other scholarly activities include writing book chapters and review articles, book reviews and participating in the peer review process for articles submitted to major ophthalmology journals.

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Positions Offered

One medical and one surgical fellowship positions are offered annually at Northwestern. The surgical retina fellowship program is AUPO FCC compliant All our fellowships overseen by the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Northwestern University Retina Service Faculty

Amani Fawzi, MDAmani Fawzi, MD

Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Manjot Gill, MDManjot Gill, MD

Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Lee M. Jampol, MDLee M. Jampol, MD

Diseases of the Retina

Alice T. Lyon, MD
Alice T. Lyon, MD

Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

Rukhsana Mirza, MDRukhsana Mirza, MD

Diseases of the Retina

Northwestern University Retina Fellows

GargPooja Garg, MD

Surgical Retina

Residency: Beaumont Eye Institute, Michigan

Ilya Leskov, MD
Ilya Leskov, MD

Surgical Retina

Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Liu, MDJeffrey Liu, MD

Medical Retina

Residency: New York Medical College, New York

Contact Us

Alice Lyon, MD
Alice T. Lyon, MD
Phone: 312-503-3649

Alicia Frasz
Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-503-3649

Video Message

Alice Lyon, MD discusses the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Programs at Northwestern.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.