New England Eye Center - Advanced Eye Care

Glaucoma Fellowship Program

Each year the New England Eye Center/Tufts University School of Medicine (NEEC) and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB) sponsor a year-long clinical fellowship in glaucoma. The fellowship is approved by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.  The program comes from a long tradition of over 35 years of training glaucoma specialists and providing extensive exposure to the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. 

Our fellowship program has substantial strengths including:

  • One of the largest glaucoma faculties in the country.
    • 13 active glaucoma clinicians, themselves trained at the best institutes.
    • Fellows benefit tremendously from learning a diversity of approaches to many aspects of glaucoma care, which is as much an art as it is a science.
  • Two distinct training grounds.
    • A large urban academic medical center and a large multi-specialty private practice.
    • Each fellow spends 6 months at each location and benefits from exposure to both types of practice settings.
  • A high-volume and broadly-scoped glaucoma surgical experience.
    • There is no glaucoma procedure that our faculty does not do.
    • Therefore fellows see and do everything:  trabeculectomy; Baerveldts, Ahmeds, and Moltenos; Express devices; trans-scleral and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation; iStent; Trabectome; canaloplasty; bleb revision; choroidal drainage; pediatric glaucoma procedures; and anterior segment laser procedures.
  • An emphasis on teaching post-operative care of the glaucoma surgical patient
    • Under the supervision of the faculty, fellows become completely versed in decision-making, providing emergency care, and managing complications. 
  • A commitment to cataract surgical training
    • Fellows perform dozens of complex and non-complex cataract procedures from start-to-finish.
  • A rich clinical research environment.
    • Tufts/NEEC and OCB are actively engaged in industry-sponsored drug and device trials (including MIGS trials).
    • Fellows may take advantage of our abundant patient populations and internal grant funding sources to devise their own prospective and outcomes-based clinical research.
    • Many past fellows have published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Introduction to professional leadership and service opportunities.
    • Several members of our faculty serve and have served in leadership and committee positions within important ophthalmology organizations.
    • Fellows benefit from this close exposure to the highest levels of professional service and networking

Boston is a particularly stimulating environment for advanced medical training and research both at Tufts and OCB. Beyond medicine, Boston is one of the nation’s most historic, diverse, and livable cities, offering a vast range of cultural and recreational amenities few can match.

Our fellowship program has been a solid foundation on which the careers of many leaders in the fields of glaucoma and ophthalmology have emerged. We believe that our program is one of the best in the country and provides superb preparation for future glaucoma specialists.

Faculty

New England Eye Center Faculty


Chandru Krishnan MD

  • Residency: Tufts/NEEC
  • Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital
  • Residency Program Director: Tufts/NEEC
  • In practice at Tufts/NEEC since: 2005
  • Residency program director, Tufts/NEEC

Susan Liang MD

  • Residency: St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Mt. Sinai Medical Center/Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Previous practice: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Boston Medical Center 2005-2009
  • In practice at Tufts/NEEC since: 2009
  • Committee on Aging, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Alan Lowinger MD

  • Residency: California Pacific Medical Center
  • Fellowship:  Tufts/OCB
  • In practice at Tufts/NEEC since: 2014

Cynthia Mattox MD FACS (Fellowship Co-Director)

  • Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at Tufts/NEEC since: 1992
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Tufts/NEEC
  • IRIS Registry Workgroup, Health Policy Committee, and  Associate Secretary/Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Vice-President/President-Elect Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society
  • Secretary, and Vice-President/President-Elect (as of 1/1/15), American Glaucoma Society

 

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston Faculty


Husam Ansari MD PhD

  • Residency: Wilmer Eye Institute
  • Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Previous practice: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2011
  • In practice at OCB since: 2011
  • Patient Care Committee, American Glaucoma Society
  • Editorial Board, Eye World Magazine
  • Reviewer, Glaucoma Program, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Edward Barnett MD PhD

  • Residency: University of Iowa
  • Fellowship: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Previous practice: Professor of Ophthalmology, Washington University in St. Louis (2001-2013)
  • In practice at OCB since: 2013
  • Course Instructor, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Laura Fine MD (Fellowship Co-Director, OCB)

  • Residency: University of California-San Francisco
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at OCB since: 2003
  • Executive Board, New England Ophthalmological Society
  • Vice President, Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology for Service to Eye Care America

James Hung MD (Fellowship Co-Director, OCB)

  • Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Tufts/NEEC/OCB
  • In practice at OCB since: 2005
  • President, Center for Eye Research and Education

Tom Hsu MD

  • Residency: Tufts/NEEC
  • Fellowship: Tufts/NEEC/OCB
  • In practice at OCB since: 2009

Joshua Ney MD

  • Residency: Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • In practice at OCB since: 2013

Claudia Richter MD

  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at OCB since: 1982
  • Past Vice President, Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society

Bradford Shingleton MD

  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at OCB since: 1983
  • Past President, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Past Glaucoma Committee Chair, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Team Ophthalmologist, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution

 

Adjunct Faculty


David Walton MD (Pediatric Glaucoma)

  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice since: 1968
  • During their 6 months at OCB, fellows spend time in the clinic and the OR with Dr. Walton learning pediatric glaucoma.

 

Emeritus Faculty


A. Robert Bellows MD

  • Residency: Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at OCB from 1974 to 2011
  • Now retired, Dr. Bellows continues to participate in the fellowship by attending glaucoma conferences at OCB and providing wet lab training in glaucoma surgical techniques.

B. Thomas Hutchinson MD

  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • In practice at OCB from 1967 to 2012
  • Now retired, Dr. Hutchinson continues to participate in glaucoma conferences at OCB. 

Appointment

  • The fellowship appointments run from July 7 to July 6 each year.
  • Fellows must have a full and unrestricted Massachusetts medical license.
  • The fellow takes emergency call with attending surgeon back-up
  • Usually two fellowship positions are awarded annually.
  • The Tufts/NEEC/OCB Fellowship program participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match Program of the AUPO (OMP 747.36)

Application

Please click here to see our program profile on the San Francisco Match Web site – www.sfmatch.org. To register with the San Francisco Ophthalmology Matching Program (OMP), please contact them at 415-447-0350 or by email at help@sfmatch.org. All letters of recommendation and additional materials should be sent to the OMP.