Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology


Program Director

The Ophthalmology Residency Program at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University is under the leadership of Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD full-time faculty practicing at Northwestern’s Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Chris Chambers, MD full-time faculty also practicing at NMFF, serves as the Assistant Program Director.

Program Overview

This three-year residency program has been continuously accredited by ACGME since its inception in 1967. A preliminary year in internal medicine, surgery, or a transitional program is required from an accredited institution.

Paul Bryar, MD

As Director of the Ophthalmic Pathology Division at Northwestern, Paul Bryar, MD shares his insights on this very popular rotation.

Michael Rosenberg, MD

Michael Rosenberg, MD discusses the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service and makes a promise to incoming residents.

Robert Feder, MD

Why train at Northwestern? Robert Feder, MD shares his special insight and discusses the Cornea-External Disease Rotation.

Clinical Experience

Annually, ophthalmology residents spend eight focused rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Residents participate in outpatient clinics and inpatient consultative services at all 3 hospitals. Sub-specialty training occurs in cornea and external disease, retina, glaucoma, uveitis, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, pathology, contact lens, and low vision.

Opthalmology Residency Program
Residents Pedro Cervantes, MD (at slit lamp) and Stephen Watson, MD examine a patient.

Surgical Experience

A comprehensive surgical curriculum spans the entire three years of training with gradual immersion into the operative experience. The curriculum includes didactic lectures, wet labs, surgical courses, and simulator training. All ACGME surgical requirements are satisfied, and all aspects of ophthalmic surgery are taught to residents, including refractive surgery.

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Left Image: Resident Mohamed Gendy, MD in the operating room.
Right Image: Residents Jasleen Singh, MD (left) and Nataliya Danylkova, MD work together in the cadaver lab.

International Experience

A three-week elective cataract rotation in Chandigarh, India is offered to second-year trainees. Residents typically perform 50 phaco procedures in a state-of-the-art surgi-center during this rotation.

Northwestern Ophthalmology Residency Program
Resident Grace Wu, MD (far right) joins some of the Grewal Eye Institute staff in Chandigarg, India.

Didactic Experience

Each Friday morning is dedicated to classroom learning. The didactic curriculum includes Grand Rounds case conferences, specialty lectures, retina imaging conferences, and small group problem-solving sessions. Guest lecturers are frequently invited and annual interdisciplinary and bioethics conferences are held.

Northwestern Ophthalmology Residency Program
Residents participate in a Friday morning didactic session.

Research Experience

Second and third-year residents participate in a clinical research project of their choosing, presenting project outcomes at the annual Northwestern Ophthalmology Research Day in June. Working with a faculty mentor, residents are supported throughout the entire process.

Dr. Pyatetsky
Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD
Program Director 

Jeanine A. Baqai, MD
Assistant Program Director

Contact Information

Program Director
Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

Program Administrator 
Alicia Frasz