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Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Research Fellowship

We offer a 12 month fellowship in Cornea, Refractive and cataract surgery.

Our high-volume Cornea, Refractive and Cataract services are located at our state-of-the-art eye clinic located at Lavin Pavilion of Northwestern Medicine’s Chicago campus. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized Physicians, each of whom is dedicated to providing the most advanced medical care, teaching residents and fellows and conducting high-impact research resulting in the development of new knowledge and new therapies for vision-threatening diseases.

Our fellowship is unique in that it will not only provide a comprehensive and well-rounded subspecialty clinical and surgical training, but will also include opportunities for bench to bedside research projects.  In working closely with faculty, the fellow will receive hand-on training in clinical, diagnostic and surgical skills. The fellowship also includes dedicated time to investigate and perform research projects. The fellow will work with faculty to actively seek and collaborate with basic scientists at Northwestern. The fellow will coordinate with faculty to present at (quarterly) journal club meetings.  The fellow will also participate in Resident education in clinic, as well as during the Cornea didactic block. Preference will be given to candidates interested in a career track that involves dedicated time for basic science or clinical research in addition to clinical care.

This program is AUPO FCC accredited and candidates are selected through the SFMatch. This fellowship is generously supported by IDP Foundation Research Fellowship Scientists, Inc. 

How to Apply

One Cornea fellowship position is available each year. Applications should be submitted through San Francisco Match Website.          

The application deadline is September 16th.

Both U.S. and international applicants may apply.

In addition to the SF Match application, the following supplemental materials should be sent to Alicia Piatkowski (via email at

  • Personal statement including career goals
  • Copy of USMLE step scores
  • Current CV
  • Photograph

Contact Us


Surendra Basti, MD
Program Director
Phone: 312-908-8152

Alicia Piatkowski
Program Administrator
Phone: 312-503-3649


Jeanine A Baqai

Jeanine A Baqai

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Surendra Basti

Surendra Basti

Professor of Ophthalmology

Robert S Feder

Robert S Feder

Professor of Ophthalmology

Ramez I Haddadin

Ramez I Haddadin

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

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