Glaucoma Fellowship

Program Director: Lucy Shen, MD
Other Faculty: Teresa Chen, MD; Cynthia Grosskreutz, MD, PhD; Milica Margeta, MD, PhD; Courtney Ondeck, MD, MPhil; David A. Solá-Del Valle, MD; Allison Soneru, MD; Tavé van Zyl, MD; Janey L. Wiggs, MD, PhD (Glaucoma Service Director); Nazlee Zebardast, MD, MSc
Program length: One year
How to Apply: The Fellowship participates in the San Francisco Match Program: #4171.

Under the guidance of the Glaucoma Service faculty, fellows learn how to manage the most difficult glaucoma cases in an atmosphere that fosters career development through teaching and clinical research. Fellows actively participate in the clinical decision making and surgical care of a wide variety of glaucoma cases. Fellows will:

  • Evaluate patients
  • Take call
  • Provide consultation for inpatients at the Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Staff the Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Department
  • Respond to patient requests for information
  • Be available for emergency and routine visits
  • Prepare charts and patients for laser and incisional surgery
  • Assist and perform glaucoma laser and incisional surgery
  • Prepare articles for journal club
  • Teach residents and other students who rotate through the service
  • Other tasks, as deemed necessary

Our alumni are now leaders in the field, with many becoming glaucoma service directors, department chairpersons, and medical school deans.  


All applicants must be eligible for a full (unlimited) medical license per the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. International medical graduates must also be eligible for an H1B visa. (Eligibility includes passing all 3 steps of the USMLE test, and reporting of results to Mass. Eye and Ear before the Match deadline.) 

The requirements of full licensure can be viewed on the website.

Clinical Responsibilities

Facilities and Scheduling: Fellows will be involved in the delivery of care at:

  1. Mass. Eye and Ear's main campus in Boston (243 Charles Street)
  2. Mass. Eye and Ear Longwood (800 Huntington Ave.)
  3. Jamaica Plain VA Hospital, Jamaica Plain, MA

Both facilities are fully equipped to provide optimal glaucoma care with availability of dynamic contour tonometry and numerous forms of optic nerve imaging, including swept source OCT and enhanced depth imaging OCT.

Responsibilities: A detailed schedule of clinical responsibilities will be provided in July.

A major portion of the fellow’s time is committed to direct patient care on the Glaucoma Service. The medical management of glaucoma cases, as well as the pre- and postoperative care of surgical cases are essential to fellowship training. Fellows are encouraged to evaluate each case thoroughly, formulating differential diagnoses and management plans. 

Fellows assist in the operating room and are expected to ensure, to the best of their ability, that surgical plans are implemented. Fellows are also expected to assist with and perform scheduled cases, as well as add-on cases at the discretion of the attending and the call schedule.

Glaucoma fellows will take call for the Glaucoma Service approximately every third week. The on-call fellow is responsible for all emergency medical and surgical admissions to the Glaucoma Service during weeknights and weekends. An assigned attending will be on call at all times and available for immediate backup of complicated cases, admissions, or surgical procedures. Any changes to the on-call schedule must be processed through the manager of the Glaucoma Service. If the fellow is unable to provide on-call coverage on any given pre-assigned week, then he/she must find coverage from among the other staff in the call rotation.

Fellows are also expected to serve in the Emergency Department one session per week for six months.

Paging: Fellows receive a pager that must be worn during business hours and while on-call. Please respond to pages promptly. If you change the status of your beeper for any reason (in surgery, not available), make sure to promptly reverse the status on your return to clinical duty.

Mail: An in-box for mail and/or important messages is located on the Glaucoma Service. Fellows should check their mailboxes frequently for messages, patient-related matters, and other important correspondence.

Research Opportunities

With many opportunities for clinical research at Mass. Eye and Ear, fellows are encouraged to pursue research projects. Faculty can provide resources, assistance, and mentoring. 

Fellows who have strong academic inclinations should be aware that Mass. Eye and Ear holds a career development grant allowing the institution to extend a K12 award to a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist. K12 awards provide a graduating fellow junior faculty status with 80% protected time for research. While this is a competitive award, Mass. Eye and Ear fellows who demonstrate strong research potential will be given careful consideration. 

Educational Opportunities

Lectures: Glaucoma lectures are held Friday mornings (dates and times will be posted). These lectures are didactic in nature and cover all types of glaucoma and their treatments.

Journal Club: Glaucoma journal club ocurrs monthly. All faculty and fellows are expected to attend. Fellows and residents will present an interesting and important recent paper of their choice along with a relevant case presentation.

Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds is held on Thursday mornings at 8:00 am. All fellows must attend Grand Rounds. Once or twice per year, the fellow will be responsible for presenting a case at Grand Rounds.

Fellows Course: Each fellow is expected to write a review paper with faculty mentorship, which is submitted for publication. The theme of the Fellows Course dictates the topic for the paper.

Professional Societies: Our fellows are well represented among the memberships of the American Glaucoma Society, the Glaucoma Research Society, and the American Ophthalmological Society.

Salary and Benefits

Salary: $62,000/year

Malpractice Insurance: Malpractice premiums are fully paid by the Glaucoma Service.

Health Insurance: Family health insurance will be provided through the benefits program of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates. Depending on the plan selected, all or a large portion of the premiums is included in the benefits package.

Vacation and Sick Leave: Each fellow is allowed three weeks (15 work days) per year. All time away must be pre-approved by the Glaucoma Service Manager and by the attendings affected by the fellow’s absence. Vacation may not be taken at the beginning or end of the fellowship.

Professional Meetings: Attendance and participation at appropriate meetings is encouraged. Fellows will be allowed one week (five work days) to attend meetings, but coverage for missed clinics and call must be arranged. Fellows will be reimbursed for travel to meetings (AAO, ASCRS, ARVO, AGS, etc.) up to a maximum of $1,500 per academic year if they present at the meeting they attend.

How to Apply

The Glaucoma Fellowship participates in the San Francisco Match Program: Program #4171. 

Applications are due in mid-October and must include:

  • AUPO centralized application form
  • Three letters of reference

Only completed applications will be considered for an interview at Mass. Eye and Ear in late October or early November. 

Once matched, fellows must also complete a Mass. Eye and Ear staff application. 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Lucy Shen via email at or the fellowship coordinator, Joanna Berdet at

Page Last Updated

September 10, 2018