Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Program at Penn has two current fellows. The fellowship program is designed to train future expert clinicians and physician-scientists. All fellowship training is for the duration of 1 year.

Candidates interested in pursuing formal training in clinical research can apply to the Department of Ophthalmology K12 grant program. This program provides post-doctoral training under the guidance of a mentor. The Lead Mentor in this program is currently Dr. Laura Balcer.

K12 participants complete the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (M.S.C.E.) Degree program in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). The M.S.C.E. program provides rigorous training in clinical research methodology through a combination of didactic coursework and supervised completion of a research project (Master's Thesis). Core coursework for the M.S.C.E. degree includes the following:

  • Introductory Epidemiology (EP 510)
  • Introductory Biostatistics (EP 520)
  • Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research (EP 521)
  • Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology (EP 532)
  • Measurement of Health in Epidemiology (EP 542, or other health measurement course)
  • Issues in Research Protocol Development (EP 560)
  • Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature (EP 570)
  • Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research (EP 610)

Additional elective courses are available, including some related to pediatrics. Descriptions of the CCEB programs and course schedules are available at

For Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellows with a particular interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) research training, funding for years beyond the 1-year clinical fellowship may also be sought from the National MS Society.

Since 1994, the Neuro-Ophthalmology Program has trained 13 fellows, most of whom have current positions at academic medical centers. Former and current fellows include the following:

Year Name Background Current Position
1994-95 Katrinka Heher, MD Ophthalmology, Wilmer Tufts University Faculty: Oculoplastics
1995-96 Laura Balcer, MD, MSCE Neurology, Penn University of PennsylvaniaNeuro-Ophthalmology Faculty
1997-98 Jeff Bennett, MD, PhD Neurology, University of Colorado University of Colorado Faculty
1998-99 Victoria Pelak, MD Neurology, Penn University of Colorado Faculty
1999-2000 Tammy Movsas, MD Ophthalmology, Washington D.C.  
2000-01 Robert Shin, MD Neurology, Penn University of Maryland Ophthalmology Faculty
2001-02 Dina Jacobs, MD Neurology, Penn University of PennsylvaniaFaculty
2002-03 Madura Tamhankar, MD Ophthalmology, Penn University of Pennsylvania, Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty
2003-04 Ken Schindler, MD, PhD Ophthalmology, Penn University of Pennsylvania,Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty
2004-05 Gabrielle Bonhomme, MD Ophthalmology, Penn University of Pittsburgh Faculty
2005-06 Benjamin Osborne, MD Neurology, Georgetown Georgetown University Faculty
2006-07 Christopher Glisson, DO Neurology, Michigan State Michigan State University

Melissa Wang Ko, MD

Jennifer Hall, MD

Neurology, Penn

Ophthalmology, Penn

SUNY Syracuse

Wills Eye Hospital

2008-9 Sashank Prasad, MD Neurology, Penn Brigham and Women's Hospital
2009-10 Robert Avery, DOHeather Moss, MD, PhDStacy Pineles, MD Neurology, CHOPNeurology, PennOphthalmology/UCLA DC Children's (DC)University of IllinoisJules Stein/UCLA
2010-11 Jennifer Graves, MD, PhD Neurology, Penn  
2011-12 Colin McClelland, MDRyan Walsh, MD


Ophthalmology, Wash. UNeurology, Mayo-Jacks.  

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