About Our Fellowships


The Havener Eye Institute faculty believe that fellowship training should be taken after residency out of a genuine desire for subspecialty practice, academic pursuits or research, rather than to supplement areas missed during a residency program. In order to be eligible for any of our fellowship programs, all applicants must be US citizens, graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program and must be eligible to obtain a full medical license in the State of Ohio. The Havener Eye Institute offers four different ophthalmology fellowship programs. These programs all offer numerous clinical, surgical, research and teaching opportunities.
Fellowship Programs

Fellowship Programs

Cornea and External Disease Fellowship

The anterior segment division at The Havener Eye Institute includes four, full-time geographic faculty. The fellowship is one year in duration. Clinical and surgical care are emphasized with ample research and teaching opportunities. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in keratoplasties (penetrating, DSAEK and lamellar), refractive surgery (if desired), cataract surgery, lens implant exchanges and pediatric anterior segment management. The fellow will participate in Grand Rounds and resident teaching conferences.



The fellow will act as an attending for resident anterior segment surgeries, traumas and clinics at both the Eye and Ear Institute as well as the Columbus VA. For the duration of their fellowship, the fellow will be expected to take primary call for the cornea division with time off approved by the fellowship director. The fellow will have twenty-two days of leave, which is inclusive of vacation, interviews and CME conferences. The fellow is encouraged to present papers at national meetings and will be given travel support to present at approved meetings.

In order to be eligible for our cornea fellowship program, all applicants must be US citizens, graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program and must be eligible to obtain a full medical license in the State of Ohio.  

Candidates who match at Ohio State for fellowship will be asked to sign a physician fellowship letter of offer which will have our standard non-solicitation and non-compete language. That language is currently for a period of one (1) year after termination of your employment agreement and pertains to a geographic radius of within 20 miles of any University facility where you regularly perform patient care services.  Please contact the program with any questions.

Rebecca Kuennen, MD
Co-Program Director, Cornea and External Disease Fellowship

Glaucoma Fellowship

The glaucoma division at The Havener Eye Institute includes three full-time faculty members and two part-time faculty members that assist with fellowship education. The duration of the fellowship is one year and the goal is to provide a wide array of clinical and surgical experiences in an educational environment. The fellow will primarily spend their time working in the attendings’ private clinic and will be in the operating room every week. In the OR, the fellow will also observe and participate in a variety of bleb and tube revisions as well as endoscopic photocoagulation, Express mini shunts, istents, goniosynechiolysis, transcleral ciliary body ablation and cataract surgery. The fellow will participate in Grand Rounds and resident teaching conferences.

The fellow will act as an attending for resident glaucoma surgeries and clinics at both the Eye and Ear Institute and the Columbus VA. For the duration of their fellowship, the fellow will be expected to take primary call for the glaucoma division with time off approved by the fellowship director. The fellow will have twenty-two days of leave, which is inclusive of vacation, interviews and CME conferences. The fellow is encouraged to present papers at national meetings and will be given travel support to present at approved meetings.

In order to be eligible for our glaucoma fellowship program, all applicants must be US citizens, graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program and must be eligible to obtain a full medical license in the State of Ohio.  

Candidates who match at Ohio State for fellowship will be asked to sign a physician fellowship letter of offer which will have our standard non-solicitation and non-compete language. That language is currently for a period of one (1) year after termination of your employment agreement and pertains to a geographic radius of within 20 miles of any University facility where you regularly perform patient care services.  Please contact the program with any questions.

Shelly Jain, MD
Program Director, Glaucoma Fellowship

Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship

The Vitreoretinal fellowship at the Ohio State University accepts one applicant each year and offers training in medical and surgical retinal diseases. The duration of the fellowship is two years and the fellow works closely with our 6 retina specialists at Ohio State. The fellow occasionally works with community faculty in the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases. In addition, there is exposure to uveitis as well as pediatric retina with faculty at Children's Hospital.

The fellows can expect to perform at least 400-500 primary vitreoretinal procedures in the OR as primary surgeon which include vitrectomies, scleral buckles, enucleations, brachytherapy and tumor biopsies. The fellows will also observe and perform a variety of clinic procedures including pneumatic retinopexy, intravitreal injections, lasers (which include pattern laser and micropulse technology) and photodynamic therapy.  

The fellow will act as an attending for resident retina surgeries and clinics at both the Eye and Ear Institute and the Columbus VA. For the duration of their fellowship, the fellow will be expected to divide primary call (among other retina fellows) for the retina division with time off approved by the fellowship director. The fellow will have twenty-two days of leave, which is inclusive of vacation, interviews and CME conferences. The fellow is encouraged to present papers at national meetings and will be given travel support to present at approved meetings.

In order to be eligible for our surgical retina fellowship program, all applicants must be US citizens, graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program and must be eligible to obtain a full medical license in the State of Ohio.  

Candidates who match at Ohio State for fellowship will be asked to sign a physician fellowship letter of offer which will have our standard non-solicitation and non-compete language. That language is currently for a period of one (1) year after termination of your employment agreement and pertains to a geographic radius of within 20 miles of any University facility where you regularly perform patient care services.  Please contact the program with any questions.

Michael Wells, MD
Program Director, Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship

Medical Retina and Ocular Oncology Fellowship

The medical retina and ocular oncology fellowship at Ohio State has strong clinical, teaching and research components. The duration of the fellowship is one year. The fellow works primarily with Dr. Colleen Cebulla but also spends time with the other five retina attendings. The fellow will participate in procedures, including brachytherapy, biopsy, lasers, injections and relevant diagnostic testing. There will be opportunities for the fellow to become familiar with commonly used imaging tests for retina and ocular oncology diseases. The department imaging equipment includes Optos, Topcon, Cirrus, Heidelberg, Quantel imaging equipment and an Iridex pattern scan laser with micropulse capability. In addition, adaptive optics imaging is performed on a research basis.

The fellow will act as an attending for resident retina clinics at both the Eye and Ear Institute and the Columbus VA. For the duration of their fellowship, the fellow will be expected to divide primary call (among other retina fellows) for the retina division with time off approved by the fellowship director. When on call, the medical retina fellow will have a surgical retina fellow as back-up for any surgical cases. The fellow will have twenty-two days of leave, which is inclusive of vacation, interviews and CME conferences. The fellow is encouraged to present papers at national meetings and will be given travel support to present at approved meetings.

In order to be eligible for our surgical retina fellowship program, all applicants must be US citizens, graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency program and must be eligible to obtain a full medical license in the State of Ohio.  

Candidates who match at Ohio State for fellowship will be asked to sign a physician fellowship letter of offer which will have our standard non-solicitation and non-compete language. That language is currently for a period of one (1) year after termination of your employment agreement and pertains to a geographic radius of within 20 miles of any University facility where you regularly perform patient care services.  The non-compete clause extends to the State of Ohio for any candidate wishing to practice ocular oncology upon fellowship completion.  Should candidates wish to do additional fellowship training after the completion of this program, the non-compete does not apply to seeking additional training programs in the State of Ohio. Please contact the program with any questions.

Colleen Cebulla, MD
Program Director, Medical Retina and Ocular Oncology Fellowship

Application Process

All Department of Ophthalmology fellowship programs participate in the San Francisco Match and we will only receive applications through the match. Please refer to the San Francisco Match website for details on how to register and apply through the match. Please note that there are no supplemental materials required in order to apply to one of our fellowship programs. All applicants will be notified via email of their status.

In order to be considered for any fellowship, all applicants must be a U.S. citizen and must be able to obtain a FULL and unrestricted medical license in the State of Ohio prior to starting a fellowship. View and review all licensure requirements before applying.

Interview dates:
  • Cornea Fellowship: October 19–20, 2018
  • Glaucoma Fellowship: TBD
  • Medical Retina Fellowship: October 25, 2018
  • Surgical Retina Fellowship: October 4, 2018 
For more inquiries, contact:

Meredith Hess
Meredith.Hess@osumc.edu
Ophthalmology Fellows

Ophthalmology Fellows

Irina Livshitz, MD Surgical Retina

Irina Livshitz 72017Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School:
University of Cincinnati
Ophthalmology Residency:
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Adnan Mallick, MD Surgical Retina

Adnan MallickUndergraduate: Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Engineering
Medical School:
SUNY-Downstate
Ophthalmology Residency:
Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine

Kelly Krespan, MD Cornea & External Disease

Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Ophthalmology Residency: Georgetown University
 

William Stevenson, MD Surgical Retina

StevensonWilliam-updateUndergraduate: Wichita State University
Medical School:
University of Kansas
Ophthalmology Residency:
University of Arizona

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