About Midwest Retina

Founded in 2002, Midwest Retina (MWR) has grown quickly into the largest retina-only private practice in Central Ohio with seven physicians that come from a variety of different training backgrounds. Two physicians have subspeciality experience in the treatment of uveitis and two physicians have subspeciality experience in pediatric retinal diseases. Our practice has a team-based culture where physicians, fellows, and staff work together to deliver world-class care for all of our patients.

Fellowship Duration and Positions

We offer a position each year for a comprehensive two year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery that begins July 7th of the designated year and will run for 24 consecutive months so that we have two full-time vitreoretinal surgery fellows.

Fellowship Experience

Our fellowship is unique since it is private practice based. We not only train our fellows in the diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina, but also prepare them to be successful in practice by teaching them how to communicate with referring providers, establish strong patient physician relationships, and be savy in practice management.


The fellows will gain a broad experience across the spectrum of both pediatric and adult vitreoretinal conditions. There will be ample clinical experience in the interpretation of OCT and fluorescein angiograms, intravitreal and periocular injections, focal lasers, panretinal photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy, and prophylactic retinopexy/cryopexy. Fellows will be sub-investigators on multiple clinical studies which is useful if fellow decides to be principal investigator in future practice.

Of note, the fellows will not be doing injection clinics or travel to satellite clinics. They will be in the main offices in Columbus building their clinical skills and accumen.


The surgical exposure is extensive and, at the end of the fellowship, the fellows will feel comfortable with all aspects of vitreoretinal surgery. The fellows can expect to be involved in more than 500-600 surgical cases with approximately 300-350 of these being performed as primary surgeon (>90% of case). The fellows will gain competency with 23 and 25 gauge vitrectomy on both the Alcon Constellation and Bausch & Laumb platforms for a variety of indications. Retinal detachments are repaired through pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling, and vitrectomy surgery on a case by case basis. There will also be exposure in the management of complex retinal detachments including giant retinal tears, diabetic tractional detachments, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. In the end, the fellows will feel comfortable managing all surgical cases from the simple to the most complex.

Retina Subspecialty Exposure

There will be additional exposure to uveitis and pediatric retina as two physicians also have additional supspecialty experience in the treatment of uveitis and two physicians have supspecialty experience in the treatemnt of pediatric retinal diseases (including ROP). Depending on fellow interest, he/she can attend retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) rounds. There will be ample opportunity to work with all physicians over the course of the two years to learn a variety of approaches to vitreoretinal diseases.


o First Year Fellows have the opportunity to attend Mass. Eye and Ear Course, Duke Course, ARVO.
o Second Year Fellows have the opportunity to attend ASRS, AAO, and Fellows Forum.
o Reimbursement is available for travel if the fellow presents.

Fellowship Call

The fellows will be expected to take primary call alternating every 2 weeks for the practice throughout the fellowship with faculty backup. Increasing autonomy will be given as experience grows.

While the fellows will not be responsible for primary hospital call, he or she will have privileges at Nationwide Children's Hospital and OhioHealth's Grant Medical Center. The fellow may be asked from time to time to see inpatient retinal consults at these institutions though this typically occurs no more than 1-2 times per month. Moonlighting for primary ophthalmology call at OhioHealth's Grant Medical Center will be availbale to fellows when they are not on primary call for the practice.

Fellow Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the Ohio State University Graduate Medical Education payscale for PGY 5 - $65,774 and PGY 6 - approx. $67,825.
Additionally, there is an opportunity to take additional call at consultant rates for the Grant Hospital when not on primary call for the practice to supplement your salary.

Additional benefits include:
• Credentialing and Licensing – Application fees and dues covered
• Professional Liability Coverage – Provided, Occurrence based with no tail coverage required
• Health Insurance – High Deductible plan with Health Savings Account, Midwest Retina pays premiums
• Dental Insurance – Midwest Retina pays premiums
• Paid Time-Off - 2 weeks (personal and meeting time)
• 9 Paid Holidays (Offices Closed)

Fellowship Application

Applications will be accepted through the SF Match with an application deadline of August 12th, 2022.

Thank you for your interest in our fellowship program!