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Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship

The National Eye Institute (NEI) offers one- and two-year fellowships in uveitis and ocular immunology. The fellowships encompass clinical training in the medical and surgical management of patients with uveitis and immune-mediated diseases, with time allocated for laboratory and clinical research. There is also the option to do a combined uveitis/medical-retina fellowship.

Referrals to the ocular immunology and uveitis service come from all over the world, with about 1,200 patient visits per year. Clinics are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fellow is the primary surgeon for most of the operative cases scheduled on Wednesdays. The clinical faculty members for the uveitis service include:

Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H. Chief, Laboratory of Immunology
Chi-Chao Chan, M.D. Immunopathology, Uveitis
H. Nida Sen, M.D., M.H.Sc. Director, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship Program

In addition, the NEI has a large staff of immunologists, basic-research and clinician scientists, and clinical trial specialists who interact with the clinical program. The goal of the fellowships is to train academically-minded ocular immunologists and uveitis specialists. Fellows will learn to institute and manage immunosuppressive agents for the treatment of severe inflammatory eye diseases, and be instructed on the surgical management of uveitis. Many of the patients seen at the NEI are subsequently enrolled into clinical trials. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in designing and conducting clinical trials and will develop the ability to write clinical research protocols.

The NIH offers clinical fellows a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates must hold an M.D. or equivalent degree, have completed at least 3 years of training in ophthalmology and be ABO eligible. The deadline to submit applications is September 30. Fellowships begin in July of the following year. Please refer to the San Francisco Matching Program ( website to register for the match and apply to the program.

If you have any questions regarding the fellowship program you may contact:

H. Nida Sen, M.D., M.H.Sc.
Staff Clinician
Director, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship Program
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive, Bldg. 10 Rm. 10N112
Tel: 301-435-5139
Fax: 301-480-5798

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Last Update: April 2011

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