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Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma and Dean McGee Eye Institute is a one-year fellowship. It is a funded, AUPO-FCC approved clinical and surgical fellowship, with an emphasis on both adult and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Anil D. Patel was fellowship-trained at the University of Iowa, while Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski was fellowship trained at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  Drs. James C. O’Brien and Andrew T. Melson completed their residency and fellowship training at the Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Drs. Patel, O’Brien and Melson provide clinical and surgical expertise in adult neuro-ophthalmology, while Dr. Siatkowski provides clinical and surgical expertise in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus. The referral area for Dean McGee Eye Institute includes not only Oklahoma, but southern Kansas, northern Texas, southeast Colorado, southeast Missouri, as well as western Arkansas. 

Surgical experience for the Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow includes both paretic and restrictive strabismus problems for the child and adult. There will be significant experience in horizontal, vertical, and oblique strabismus surgery, as well as transposition, posterior fixation, and adjustable suture technique. The fellow will learn these surgical techniques, and develop expertise by the end of the 12-month fellowship, depending on surgical skill level. Additionally, optic nerve sheath decompression and temporal artery biopsy will be taught. Particular expertise will be gained in diseases such as Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Thyroid Eye Disease, Optic Neuritis, stroke, and trauma. Botulinum toxin will be used extensively for Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm. Clinical research opportunities will be incorporated into the fellowship. The Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow will be expected to produce publishable clinical research under the careful guidance of the fellowship preceptors.

At the end of the academic year, the Neuro-Ophthalmology fellow will be able to develop an approach to complicated neuro-ophthalmic presentations, incorporating a careful history and examination technique, a careful and complete differential diagnosis, and pursue with confidence the appropriate work-up and treatment protocol, unique to each individual patient. The clinical experience is exceptional and offers plenty of opportunity to see a vast diversity of patients. 

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship is an approved program by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology's Fellowship Compliance Committee. Our fellowship program begins on July 7, 2019 and ends on July 6, 2020. This year's deadline for fellowship applications is November 1, 2018.

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