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 AUPO. 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 the glaucomas.
Our fellowship is unique in that it offers two distinct training grounds to develop the fellows’ clinical and surgical strengths—each of our two fellows spend 6 months at both a large urban academic medical center and at a large, multi-specialty private practice. Fellows work closely with the attending specialists in both the clinic and operating room, with regular one-on-one didactic sessions and formal lecture series.
Throughout the year, the fellows will obtain hands-on, primary surgeon experience for the development of the requisite surgical skills in procedures such as trabeculectomy, tube shunt implants, anterior segment laser procedures, transcleral and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation, and complex cataract surgery in glaucoma patients. Fellows will also be exposed to innovative techniques, such as Schlemm’s canal directed surgery, and will participate in the care of pediatric glaucomas. A well-equipped surgical wetlab is available for practicing surgical skills. The fellows will also be experienced with the latest adjunctive testing including: interpretation of visual fields and progression algorithms, optic nerve head and retinal nerve fiber analysis with OCT and HRT, ultrasound biomicroscopy and anterior segment OCT, and other psychophysical tests. Under the tutelage of the attendings, fellows will refine and improve their diagnostic acumen, and techniques for gonioscopy and optic nerve evaluation.
Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical and/or laboratory research according to his or her individual interests. Both Tufts/NEEC and OCB have been involved in trials of medications and devices of major pharmaceutical and surgical companies, and national multi-center randomized controlled trials. The vast majority of fellows have published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals based on their work during their fellowship year.
Our current clinical faculty includes nine full-time fellowship-trained glaucoma specialists, offering many decades’ worth of experience as well as a broad range of clinical and surgical expertise and research interests. We take pride in the fact that our fellows are given the opportunity to work closely with each member of our faculty and believe this to be at the core of the training we seek to provide.
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 provides a superb preparation for future glaucoma specialists.
New England Eye Center Faculty
Susan Liang, MD
Dr. Liang completed her residency in ophthalmology at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan, and a glaucoma fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Liang specializes in medical and surgical management of glaucoma, cataract and diseases of the anterior segment. Her special interest is Geriatric Ophthalmology.
Cynthia Mattox, MD, FACS. Fellowship Director
Dr. Mattox completed her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School and her glaucoma fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tufts and Director of New England Eye Center Glaucoma and Cataract Services. Her special interests include surgical management of glaucoma and complex secondary glaucomas.
Chandru Krishnan, MD
Dr. Krishnan completed his residency at New England Eye Center and his glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is the director of New England Eye Center’s residency program. His special interests include medical and surgical management of glaucoma, and research in imaging technology in glaucoma patients.
Amy Parminder, MD
Dr. Parminder completed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, and her glaucoma fellowship with New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. She also completed fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Dr. Parminder practices part time with NEEC as a glaucoma specialist.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston Faculty
Husam Ansari, MD, PhD
Dr Ansari completed his residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his fellowship in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He served on the full-time staff at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania before joining Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston where he specializes in treatment of high risk glaucoma eyes and complicated glaucoma surgery.
A. Robert Bellows, MD
Dr. Bellows completed his residency at Yale University School of Medicine and his glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Now retired, Dr. Bellows continues to participate in the fellowship, providing wetlab training in glaucoma surgical techniques.
Laura Fine, MD
Dr. Fine completed her residency in ophthalmology at The University of California, San Francisco and her glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Fine specializes in glaucoma, cataract and disease and surgery of the anterior segment.
B. Thomas Hutchinson, MD
Dr. Hutchinson completed his residency and fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Now retired, Dr. Hutchinson continues to participate in glaucoma conferences at OCB.
James Hung, MD
Dr. Hung completed his residency in ophthalmology Georgetown University Hospital and a glaucoma fellowship at Tufts/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. His interests include medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, cataracts and diseases of the anterior segment.
Tom C. Hsu, MD
Dr. Hsu completed his residency at Tufts/New England Eye Center in Boston, followed by a glaucoma fellowship at Tufts/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. He specializes in the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, and other diseases of the anterior segment.
Claudia U. Richter, MD
Dr. Richter completed her residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Her special interests include the natural history of pigmentary glaucoma, lasers in the treatment of glaucoma and complications of glaucoma.
Bradford J. Shingleton, MD
Dr. Shingleton completed his residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. His special interests include cataract implant and refractive surgery and surgical treatment of co-existing cataract and glaucoma.
- The fellowship appointments run from July 7 to July 6 each year.
- The fellow takes emergency call with attending surgeon back-up.
- Usually two fellowship positions are awarded annually. The Tufts/New England Eye Center/OCB Fellowship program participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match Program of the AUPO. (OMP 747.36)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All letters of recommendation and additional materials should be sent to the OMP.