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 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.
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.
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
Debra Goldstein, MD
Anjum Koreishi, MD
Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD
Northwestern University Uveitis Fellows
Mei Zhou, MD
Catherine Thuruthumaly, MD
Debra Goldstein, MD
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.