ASOPRS Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship (Odd Year)

Program Director: Michael Yoon, MD
Other Faculty: Suzanne Freitag, MDDaniel Lefebrve, MD; and Grace Lee, MD
Length of Program: 2 years
Fellows Accepted Each "Odd" Year: 1

Applicants must register with the San Francisco Match Program (program #4642). Applications are due 18 months before the start of fellowship. (e.g., Applications are due by December 31, 2019 for fellowship starting July 1, 2021.) Interviews are conducted between January and April.


All applicants must be eligible for a full 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, and reporting results to Mass. Eye and Ear prior to the Match deadline). The requirements of full licensure can be viewed at

Clinical Scope

This program provides comprehensive, hands-on training in all aspects of oculoplastic surgery, including eyelid, orbit, lacrimal, and cosmetic surgery. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Yoon and other faculty, and covers calls 50% of the time, staffing the Emergency Room for 1/2 day per week during a 6-month period of their training. In addition, the fellow will be actively involved in the residency training program, working alongside and directly supervising residents.

The fellowship's primary location is at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, but the VA Boston Healthcare System in Jamaica Plain is another major teaching site. The Boston VA is a busy regional referral center for all of New England, and the residents who staff the VA are from Mass. Eye and Ear and Boston University. Other hospital locations include: 

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

The fellow will interact with physicians in a variety of other specialties, including otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, dermatology, Mohs surgery, neuroradiology, plastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and other affiliated facilities.

There are two alternating rotations, shared with the other ASOPRS fellow, and lasting 6 months at a time. During each rotation, the fellow will spend about 2 days in clinic, 2.5 days in the OR, and 1/2 day of office procedures or elective time. The rotations allow for the fellow to work with all of the faculty preceptors. 

During the fellowship, a high volume of a wide variety of surgical procedures is achieved. 

Educational Activities

Mass. Eye and Ear has extensive formal didactics, which include weekly Grand Rounds and numerous courses and conferences. A 60 percent attendance rate or higher must be achieved at Grand Rounds, as a condition of receiving a certificate. Each fellow must also participate at least once in the Fellows' Course, which involves working with faculty to prepare a publishable manuscript.

The fellow is encouraged to pursue additional scholarly activities working with any of the preceptors or independently. Other teaching and learning activities on the ophthalmic plastic surgery service include Journal Club, an annual suture course, a biennial orbital dissection course, a biennial fracture plating course, and combined neuroimaging conference. 

Funding and Benefits

Please note: Clinical fellows must meet the requirements for full (unlimited) licensure in Massachusetts.

  1. Salary: $62,000/1st year; $66,000/2nd year (for 2-year fellows)
  2. Malpractice: Malpractice premiums, through the Harvard CRICO program, are paid for by the Oculoplastic Service.
  3. Health Insurance: Family health insurance will be provided through Mass. Eye and Ear. The fellow will need to contribute to this benefit as well, according to the guidelines of Mass. Eye and Ear.
  4. Vacation and Sick Leave: Each fellow is allowed 2 weeks (10 work days) of combined vacation/meeting time and (1) personal day per year (vacation does not accrue year to year). Requests for time away from the Service must be submitted in written form 60 days in advance for pre-approved by the Fellowship Director. Up to (5) additional days may be taken with the approval of the Fellowship Director for a major ophthalmology conference or academic meeting for which the fellow is a first author presenting original research (i.e., the fellow has not presented the data before). Mass. Eye and Ear's calendar also includes 9 legal holidays per year. Vacation should only be requested one week at a time and must not coincide with the vacation of another oculoplastic fellow. Vacation time may not be taken during ASOPRS spring or fall meeting dates.
  5. Professional Meetings: Attendance and participation at appropriate professional meetings is encouraged. Travel expenses not exceeding $1,500 and up to five days per academic year may be taken with the approval of the fellowship director for a major ophthalmology conference or academic meeting at which the fellow is a first author presenting original research (i.e., the fellow has not presented the data before). If the fellow is not presenting original research, then vacation time may be used and travel expenses up to $700 will be reimbursed per academic year.


Juan Carlos Jimenez Perez, MD. Current (2017). Residency - University of Puerto Rico.

Lora Dagi-Glass, MD. (2016) Academics, Columbia University. Residency - Columbia University.

Peter MacIntosh, MD. (2015) Academics, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Residency - John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Chicago).

N. Grace Lee, MD. (2014) Academics, Mass. Eye and Ear. Residency - University of Southern California.

Daniel Lefebvre, MD. (2012) Academics, Mass. Eye and Ear. Residency - Nassau University Medical Center.


Contact Deanna Giardullo for more information, or to request an application:

Deanna Giardullo
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-391-5982

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July 24, 2018