Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology

Uveitis Fellowship Overview

Program Director

The Uveitis Fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is led by Debra Goldstein, MD. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in July, 2012, Dr. Goldstein served as Director of the Uveitis Service at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Northwestern Ophthalmology Uveitis Fellowships

Program Overview

Northwestern University offers a one-year funded clinical and research fellowship in uveitis, providing experience in the medical and surgical management of complex ocular inflammatory diseases. On occasion, a second non-funded position is offered.

Uveitis fellows learn to diagnose and treat a wide range of inflammatory conditions including scleritis, acute and chronic anterior uveitis, intermediate and posterior uveitis secondary to sarcoidosis, toxoplasmosis, syphilis, Behcet’s disease, Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, herpes virus and serpiginous choroiditis, in addition to a number of other entities. The fellow will learn how to manage immunosuppressive therapy with methotrexate, mycophenolate, azathioprine, cyclosporine, alkylating agents and biologic agents. Fellows also perform complex cataract surgery and learn placement of intravitreal drug release devices. Fellows participate in resident and medical student teaching and attend weekly departmental Grand Rounds and other conferences.

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Research Opportunities

Research is a key component of the Uveitis Fellowship. Fellows will have at least one day each week of academic time, and may choose to participate in ongoing studies or design a project of their own. Support is given throughout the process, from project design and data analysis, to manuscript preparation. Projects are presented at the annual Uveitis Fellows Forum. Additionally, fellows present interesting patients or their research data at the Midwest Uveitis Society for Science and Education (MUSE) meetings held quarterly. The submission of at least one manuscript for publication is expected.


Positions Offered

One uveitis fellowship position is available each year. This program is AUPO FCC accredited and overseen by the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Uveitis Faculty and Research Interests

Andrea Birnbaum, MD, PhD

Andrea Birnbaum, MD, PhD

  • Diagnosis of ocular sarcoidosis
  • Diagnosis and management of syphilitic uveitis
  • Diagnosis and management of complicated ocular inflammatory conditions

Debra Goldstein

Debra Goldstein, MD

  • Novel medical and surgical treatment of uveitis
  • Ocular sarcoidosis
  • Ocular Behcet disease
  • Management of complicated ocular inflammatory conditions

Anjum Koreishi

Anjum Koreishi, MD

  • Scleritis
  • Ocular inflammation
  • Pediatric uveitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Ocular lymphoma
  • Cataract surgery

Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

  • Diagnosis and management of scleritis; anterior, intermediate and posterior uveitis; and ocular sarcoidosis
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Public Health Analysis and International Health

Northwestern University Uveitis Fellows

Mei Zhou, MD


Contact Us

Debra Goldstein
Debra Goldstein, MD
Phone: 312-908-8152

Alicia Frasz
Program Coordinator
Phone: 312-503-3649

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.