The University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology offers a comprehensive 1-year medical retina fellowship. We are a state referral institution with an extremely high volume of retinal patients with common and complex conditions. The fellowship takes place in our state-of-the-art clinic in the retina, uveitis, and ophthalmic-genetics services with the supervision and training of eight full-time faculty members. The fellow will also have the opportunity to teach our residents and medical students in the clinic or lectures. A significant amount of research opportunities are available in retinal imaging, uveitis, and inherited eye diseases.


All applicants must register through the ophthalmology fellowship match under the National Residency Matching Program. To register for the fellowship match, contact http://www.sfmatch.org/. In addition to the requirements by the fellowship match program, we would like all applicants to submit an updated curriculum vitae and an official transcript record from their medical school. Those supplemental materials can be mailed to the fellowship program director at:

Michelle Abou-Jaoude, MD

Program Director. Medical Retina Fellowship

Medical Retina and Ophthalmic Genetics 
University of Kentucky Advanced Eye Care
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences 
110 Conn Terrace, Ste. 550
Lexington, KY 40508-3206

Shelby Lynn 

Fellowship Coordinator. Contact Shelby with any fellowship questions.


The interview process will be scheduled for Zoom interviews at a mutually agreed upon time in late September or October. While we wish could show you our program and meet with you in person, we welcome the increased access and lower costs of remote interviews.

Please see the attached document for more information about our program:

Full-Time Faculty

  • Michelle Abou-Jaoude, MD (Program Director)
  • Andrew Pearson, MD (Ophthalmology Chair)
  • Peter Blackburn, MD (Surgical Retina)
  • Claire Fraser, MD  (Surgical Retina)
  • Aditya Bansal, MD (Surgical Retina)
  • Ana Bastos, MD (Medical Retina and Cataract)