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Trish Weber
Program Manager

Meredith Hess
Program Coordinator


915 Olentangy River Rd, Ste 5000
Columbus, OH 43212

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in The Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science Residency Program. Our goal is to train future leaders in ophthalmology. The program offers strong didactics, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, subspecialty training in all areas of ophthalmology, research opportunities in all three years of residency training, and faculty covering all subspecialties at all residency clinic sites. The program meets all the requirements from the American Board of Ophthalmology and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Our faculty are committed to excellence in clinical training of ophthalmology residents. Primary surgical and patient management responsibilities reside in the resident class, as opposed to physicians in fellowship, and subspecialty consultation is available immediately from the faculty on site. We believe this arrangement enhances the educational process, provides immediate feedback on management decisions and promotes continuity and high quality patient care. Our graduates have been accepted to prominent clinical and research fellowships throughout the country. 


Application Process

The Ohio State University Ophthalmology Residency Program accepts applications through the San Francisco Match only. For more info and to download an application, visit SF Match. Candidates will also need to register through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the joint internship component of our program.

2019 Program Dates:
Application deadline: September 5
Interview dates: October 24, November 11, December 5
We will notify you of your interview status by October 18
Residency start date: July 1, 2021

It is imperative that your application contains a phone number, pager number and an email address where you can be reached from September through January. If you are doing an away rotation, please include that contact information.





First Year

During the first month of the year, residents attend a series of orientation lectures to ease the transition from internships in medicine to the practice of clinical ophthalmology. During this time, early training includes use of all facilities and equipment including slit lamp techniques and indirect ophthalmoscopy. Residents will develop such skills as ophthalmic history taking, refraction, basic eye examination and ophthalmoscopy by examining patients in the various ophthalmology clinics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital, the Columbus VA and the Dayton VA and in-patient hospital consultation services at Ohio State and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The first year includes introductory outpatient rotations and selected subspecialty rotations with full-time and community faculty. Experience with in-patient consults is found in an introductory pediatric ophthalmology rotation at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a rigorous consult service at OSUWMC, which also includes patients from the medical center's emergency department. During these rotations basic surgical skills in suturing peri-ocular tissues, simple external procedures and introduction to intra-ocular procedures will be learned.

Second Year

The second year consists of subspecialty rotations in retina, anterior segment and a subspecialty rotation of the residents’ choice. For the remainder of the year, the residents divide their time between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and both the Columbus and Dayton Veteran’s Administration clinic rotations.

The residents works closely with the attending faculty in the clinic and the operating room on the subspecialty rotations. The residents spend 4.5 months at Nationwide Children’s Hospital completing their pediatric ophthalmology rotation. Residents gain extensive surgical experience in strabismus, tear duct procedures and trauma cases. The clinic, a recently renovated and state of the art clinic is resident-run and is staffed by the attendings at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  

During the Columbus and Dayton Veteran’s Administration rotation, residents receive intraocular surgical experience.All surgical cases at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital are performed by the residents with attending staff. In addition, all laser procedures are performed by the residents and staffed by qualified attendings.

Third Year

The third year of ophthalmology residency training at Ohio State is divided between the OSU clinical sites (at the Eye and Ear Institute and Doan Hall Inmate Clinic), the Columbus VA and Dayton VA clinical sites.

For each of these rotations, the third residents split their time between clinic and the operating room, under the supervision of attending physicians. The OSU clinical rotations in the third year allow the residents to run their own clinic (with attending supervision) seeing a variety of patients from each of the subspecialties.

Resident Evaluations

Residents are assessed utilizing 360 evaluations, which includes feedback from faculty, fellows, peers, patients and staff.  Residents are assessed on their clinical skills, operative skills, medical knowledge, interpersonal communications, systems based practice and problem based learning.  Resident grand rounds presentations are also evaluated and residents are provided evaluation summaries after each presentation.  Ophthalmology residents are expected to participate in the annual Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) exam which is a standardized test administered annually to all ophthalmology residents nationally.

Utilizing the above evaluation tools, all residents are evaluated biannually by the Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology Clinical Competency Committee (CCC).  The committee consists of multiple faculty members from each of the clinical rotation sites.  The CCC assesses each resident’s competence with a specified list of milestones provided by the ACGME as well as deciding on promotion to the next residency level or graduation. In addition to the CCC assessment of each resident, the program director meets with the residents individually two times per year to address both strengths and weaknesses of their performance, to review all the various evaluation tools and comments, review surgical logs and review any individual issues.

Program Evaluations

Program evaluation is an ongoing process. The Residency Program Education Committee meets twice a year to formally evaluate curriculum, rotation goals and objectives, performance metrics (OKAP scores, board passage, etc.), faculty staffing and feedback provided by residents. Faculty, site directors and several residents serve on this committee. Program feedback is obtained through the ACGME Resident Survey performed annually, individual rotation and faculty evaluations from residents and exit interviews of graduating residents.

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise

Corneal and External Disease

Our faculty in the corneal and external disease division includes internationally recognized experts in keratorefractive surgery, contact lens and topographical mapping of the cornea. Residents participate in a wide variety of surgical experience, including various corneal transplantation procedures, refractive surgery and cataract surgery. The department has a long track record of basic science research in corneal biomechanics with research faculty doing work in this area.


The glaucoma division at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides the latest in surgical and medical management of glaucoma. A full range of advanced technologies, including YAG, argon ALT, SLT and diode lasers are available in the management of difficult glaucoma patients. The division participates in a number of nationally sponsored clinical trials. Surgical care includes various filtering technologies. The glaucoma division works closely with our research faculty and are internationally known for their work in intra-ocular pressure measurement as well as work in corneal biomechanics.


The neuro-ophthalmology section consists of two neuro-ophthalmologists within a large university medical center with technology supporting evolving imaging techniques, including various magnetic resonance imaging and CT scanning procedures. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center contains the largest coil magnetic resonance imaging unit in the country. A research tool, this unit provides among the highest quality images available anywhere in the world.

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Residents experience a wide variety of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery with three full time geographic oculoplastics faculty as well as multiple community faculty physicians who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in this field. Ptosis surgery, blepharoplasty, repair of complicated eyelid lacerations, dacryocystorhinostomy, enucleation and socket reconstruction are a few of the surgical techniques expected to be handled by resident staff physicians.

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Residents have clinical opportunities with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital. The residency program boasts an active resident outpatient clinic and inpatient service where each resident may expect extensive clinical and surgical experience in the area of pediatric ophthalmology, including ROP screening, exposure to ophthalmic manifestations of genetic, developmental and childhood diseases and trauma, strabismus and intraocular surgery. The experience may rival many pediatric fellowships and is a strong component of training at Ohio State.

Retina-Vitreous, Uveitis and Tumors

Experts in the retina and vitreous areas use a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing and treating of disorders of the retina and vitreous. These include high resolution fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, time domain and spectral domain OCT, Fundus Autofluorescence, ERG, VER and various ultrasound modalities. Residents are expected to order and interpret retinal imaging on their patients. Residents routinely perform laser treatments and intravitreal injections on their patients. The Retina Division participates in a number of NIH/National Eye Institute and private industry sponsored studies. In addition to doing laser treatments on their clinic patients, residents participate in repair of complicated vitreo-retinal surgical procedures. The retina service also includes an active ocular tumor service and is a regional referral center for  management of ocular melanoma and other ocular tumors.

Lectures and Symposia

Lectures and Symposia

Lectures and Symposia

Morning Lecture Series

The morning lecture series presented by faculty members makes up the core didactic component of the Ophthalmology Residency Program. Topics are developed with resident input at the beginning of each academic year. The lectures are designed to augment daily reading assignments and cover the subspecialty areas of cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, uveitis, optics and cataract surgery. Lectures are held Monday through Friday from 7–7:45am August through March.

Grand Rounds

Weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds sessions are held on Thursday mornings from 8:00–9:00am in the Eye & Ear Institute Conference Room. Presentations are given by attending faculty, fellows, residents and graduate students. Attendance is open to anyone who would like to participate. For those unable to attend the live presentations, there are video conferences the sessions live each week. Please contact for more information on how to participate remotely.

Resident Conferences

In addition to the core didactic lecture series and Grand Rounds, our residents participate in the following monthly sessions:
  • Imaging Conferences
  • Research Meetings
  • Resident Forum (monthly resident business meeting)
  • M&M / Surgical Education Conference
  • Resident Wellness Sessions
  • Journal Clubs 
Formal wet labs are also offered a few times throughout the year and the residents can work in their dedicated wet space as they wish.

Annual Postgraduate Symposium

The Annual Postgraduate Symposium in ophthalmology is co-sponsored by The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Continuing Medical Education. The symposium attracts more than 150 participants each year with an outstanding panel of nationally known speakers and strong local faculty.

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Annual Ophthalmology Research Symposium

Residents have an opportunity to present and hear research papers at the annual Ophthalmology Research Symposium, which draws local and regional participants.

Clinical Training Sites

Clinical training sites

Clinical training sites

We are very fortunate to have such a wealth of clinical settings and exposures with strong faculty at each location that will enhance the education of the prospective ophthalmology resident. Residents gain extensive and comprehensive clinical training in a host of settings on the medical campus of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and on other medical practice sites.

Ohio State Eye & Ear Institute

The Ohio State University Eye & Ear Institute, located near the main Medical Center, is a state of the art facility with its own outpatient surgery center. The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science is on the fifth floor. All exam rooms are fully-equipped, and the Department offers top-tier imaging equipment.

The Department of Ophthalmology has a minor procedure room, several laser suites with YAG, diode, ALT, SLT and all retinal laser modalities available.The Eye & Ear Institute offers multiple conference facilities to accommodate our didactic program and Grand Rounds. The resident office/lounge offers a beautiful skyline view of downtown Columbus. Residents spend time at the Eye &Ear Institute to complete all didactic components of the program in addition to subspecialty rotations and resident clinic rotations.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Residents cover the inpatient consult service at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and are staffed by attending physicians. The first year residents take primary call (backed up by a senior resident and attending faculty) for the Medical Center. Third year residents run the Doan Inmate clinic, staffed by attending faculty, a few half days per week.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children's Hospital is nationally known for excellence and provides the setting for training in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology. The hospital is located 10-15 minutes from the Eye & Ear Institute. During the first year, residents spend time on the pediatric ophthalmology consult service (with attending physicians), and in the second year each residents spends 4.5 months in the resident eye clinic and operating room.

Columbus VA/Dayton VA

The Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Columbus and Dayton offer a wealth of clinical and surgical experience and are valuable gems among the assets of this residency program. They provide opportunities for patient management and surgical experience. Both the Columbus and Dayton VA rotations are staffed by Ohio State attending faculty.

The Eye Center of Columbus

The Eye Center of Columbus houses multiple ophthalmic private practices. Our residents have the opportunity to work with Ohio State-affiliated community faculty to gain experience in the private practice setting.

Research Requirement

Research Requirement

Residents are required to develop, carry out and ultimately present a research project as part of their training program. Each resident is required to complete, or make significant progress, in one research project per year for presentation at the annual Department Research Symposium. While nearly all successful applicants have performed research as medical students, the emphasis and expectation is that rather than being handed a project already in the works by a faculty member, the resident will identify an area of interest and develop the hypothesis, materials, methods on his or her own with guidance and feedback from a faculty preceptor. The projects are "resident driven."

It is expected that each resident will submit at least one project for consideration at a national forum, such as ARVO, by the completion of residency. In prior years, the quality of this work has been outstanding, with many of the projects subsequently being presented at prestigious meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, ARVO, AAPOS and ASCRS. Many are published later in peer-reviewed journals.

Joint Internship

Medicine/Ophthalmology Joint Internship

Residents who match at Ohio State are required to complete their intern year at Ohio State. In partnership with Ohio State’s Internal Medicine Program, all six interns will spend 10, four week long blocks on general medicine, which includes emergency medicine and oncology. During three ophthalmology blocks, interns will:
  • Learn basic exam skills and techniques
  • Participate in all scheduled ophthalmology didactic sessions
  • Participate in individual pathology and neuro-radiology weekly sessions
  • Observe in the operating room, working with ophthalmology attendings and fellows
  • Access to the EyeSi surgical simulator

We feel that the joint internship promotes better continuity between the PGY-1 year and the PGY-2 year, allowing familiarity with The Ohio State University hospital system, the electronic medical records, and establishing professional relationships with Department of Ophthalmology faculty and residents. Interns start studying ophthalmology and mastering the basics before their ophthalmology residency even begins.

Interested applicants can apply for our ophthalmology residency through SF Match. As the medicine/ophthalmology internship is a required part of our residency, candidates also need to register with the National Resident Matching Program. Our joint internship program is listed with the NRMP as 1566140P0. Please remember you only need to be registered with NRMP so if interviewed you can be ranked.

There will not be a separate interview for the intern year, and matched ophthalmology candidates will not need to interview with the Department of Internal Medicine. Applicants who match with Ohio State for their residency are required to submit a NRMP rank list with the Ohio State medicine/ophthalmology intern year as specified above as their only selection.

Ophthalmology Residents


Anastasia Alex, MD

Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Katia Chavez, MD

katia chavezUndergraduate: Nova Southeastern University
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Caroline Craven, MD

caroline cravenUndergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Kristen Ann Mendoza, MD

kristen ann mendozaUndergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Chris Pappa, MD

chris pappaUndergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Jessica Scott, MD

jessica scottUndergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine


Lisa Chung, MD


Undergraduate: Ohio University
Medical School: 
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Mercy Kibe, MD

Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Jack Li, MD

Jack Li 2019Undergraduate: Yale College
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine

Julianne Matthews, MD

Julianne Matthews 2019

Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
Medical School: 
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Shane Seipel, MD

Shane Seipel 2019

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve

Greg Sovinski, MD

Greg Sovinski 2019

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine


Maggie Casey, MD

Maggie Casey 2019Undergraduate: Tufts University                               
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Jessica Crawford, MD

Jessica Crawford 2019Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Alyssa Darrah, MD

Alyssa Darrah 2019Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Tiffany Huang, MD

Tiffany Huang 2019Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Imran Khatri, MD

Imran Khatri 2019Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 

Mitchell Romito, MD

Mitchel Romito 2019Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine


Tara Cayton, MD

Tara CaytonUndergraduate: Macalester College
Medical School:
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Kyle Cotten, DO

Kyle CottenUndergraduate: Texas Christian University
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nayasha Madhan, MD

Nayasha MadhanUndergraduate: Drake University
Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Marlee Silverstein, MD

Marlee SilversteinUndergraduate: Columbia University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Adam Van Horn, MD

Adam Van HornUndergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Matthew Winkels, MD

Matthew WinkelsUndergraduate: Concordia College
Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine

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