Department of Ophthalmology Vitreoretinal Fellowship

A two year fellowship is offered in diseases of the retina and vitreous by the Vitreoretinal Section of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with one fellow applicant being accepted each year. The clinical fellowship provides an intensive and broadly based clinical experience with the goal of training the fellow to pursue a career in vitreoretinal disease in an academic or clinical practice environment.

The fellowship program has been designed to underline the firm belief that fellows trained in this subspecialty should become well versed in all the major diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease.

Duration of Fellowship:

The fellowship is two years with one fellow accepted per year. That is, every year there are two fellows on the clinical vitreoretinal service, a first year fellow and a second year fellow.

Description of Program:

The intensive two year program provides extensive training in all areas of medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease. The diagnostic modalities of fundus biomicroscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, OCT imaging, clinical diagnostic electrophysiology, visual psychophysics, and echography are used extensively. Therapeutic techniques of cryotherapy, scleral buckling, vitreoretinal surgery, and argon/krypton/diode laser photocoagulation are emphasized. During the training program, the fellow works closely with each member of the Vitreoretinal Section.

The retina faculty at the Eye Institute also participate in a number of nationally funded and non-funded studies. There are numerous opportunities for fellows to become involved in both clinical and basic science research.

The section is responsible for 20 lectures per year to the residents, as well as a weekly fluorescein conference. Clinical instruction is also given by fellows at the Veterans Administrative Hospital. Attending staff and fellows share responsibility for supervision and training of the residents.

For 2016-2017 the stipends are as follows:

PGYV – $64,610
PGYV1 – $66,690

The stipend is deposited directly in the individual's account once a month, on the last day of the month. MCW offers direct deposit at most banks, savings and loans, and credit unions in the greater Milwaukee area. The funds are available on payday. If the payday falls on a holiday or weekend, the funds are available the day before the holiday or weekend.


Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD


Application Process:


For application to this fellowship program, contact Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD Eye Institute, 925 North 87th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-4812 or call (414) 955-7840. Personal interviews are required.

Appointments of eligible applicants are coordinated through the Ophthalmology Fellowship match program. Applicants must register for the Ophthalmology Fellowship Match through the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Program, P.O. Box 7584, San Francisco, California 94120-7584. You can contact them by phone at (415) 561-8635 or visit the sfmatch website.

Current Fellows

Alessa Crossan, MD

Alessa Crossen, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
New York, NY

Clinton Warren, MD

Clinton Warren, MD
Wake Forest University
School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

Vitreoretinal Fellowship Director:

Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD
Professor of Ophthalmology


 Thomas B. Connor, Jr., MD







Thomas B. Connor, MD
Eye Institute
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-4812



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