Oculoplastics Fellowship

The fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery in the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is a two-year program accepting one fellow every two years. The fellowship is designed to provide advanced education and research training in the clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disease processes, orbital and periorbital trauma, as well as aesthetic and reconstructive surgery specializing in the face, orbits, eyelids and lacrimal system.

The Program

Fellows spend time at University of Louisville Hospital,
which is a level 1 trauma center, and the acclaimed Kentucky Lions Eye Center, as well as in the private practices of the attending physicians. They also have the opportunity to participate in interesting cases taking place at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, under the supervision and mentorship of William R. Nunery, M.D., F.A.C.S., and H. B. Harold Lee, M.D. Fellows will perform or assist faculty in approximately 750 surgical cases a year, and will have significant hospital and clinical responsibilities with appropriate faculty supervision. In addition, fellows will actively participate in teaching activities for ophthalmology residents and will direct hands-on anatomy courses for ophthalmology residents and medical students.

Faculty & Mentorships

occuplasFellowshipFellows work closely with faculty, receiving the full benefit of their attention, knowledge and expertise. Fellows also benefit from the close, collaborative relationship of the department’s faculty as a whole, which encourages access to experts in all aspects of ophthalmology.

Most of the fellow’s training time is spent with Dr. Nunery, the fellowship director. Dr. Nunery completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, an ophthalmology residency at Indiana University, and an oculofacial plastic and orbital surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Nunery is a member and past president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has over 25 years of surgical experience and specializes in surgical intervention for orbitofacial trauma, orbit tumors, eyelid malposition and reconstruction, development and reconstruction of the anophthalmic sockets, ophthalmic Graves’ disease, and oculofacial cosmetic and rejuvenation procedures.

While at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center, fellows have the opportunity to interact with many other members of the University of Louisville Ophthalmology faculty.

Scholarly Activities, Research & Labs

Fellows participate in and present at weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, as well as monthly Trauma Conferences, and national meetings of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Fellows are also expected to actively write and publish their own research.

Cadaver labs and animal research labs are accessible for use by the fellow. There are also basic slides labs and a number of specialty labs available for projects as they choose.

Careers After Fellowship

occuplasFellUpon completion of their program, fellows go on to prestigious jobs in academic medicine, research and private practice. Past fellows have found success in positions at Indiana University, University of California-Irvine, State University of New York Downstate, Tokyo Medical College, Beijing Tongren Hospital and the University of Louisville, among others.

Success After Fellowship

Graduating fellows have gone on to direct oculoplastics programs at institutions such as Kansas University and the University of California – Irvine. Fellows are also well-trained to seek careers in private practice.

Application & Questions

For more information on the fellowship or the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, please contact Fellowship Coordinator Erin Moody at 502-852-0710 or erin.moody@louisville.edu.