Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Curriculum


The Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, is designed as a comprehensive two-year program dedicated to the preparation of the post-residency fellow for an academic or consultative ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive and orbital surgical practice. The fellow will divide time between Drs. Michael Yen, Katherine Williams, and Debra Shetlar and gain hands-on experience in the preoperative evaluation, performance and postoperative care of the full spectrum of eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgical procedures.

These will include blepharoplasty, blepharoptosis repair, eyebrow and forehead elevation, entropion and ectropion repair, dacryocystorhinostomy, orbital surgery and optic nerve sheath decompression. Additionally, the fellow will learn to manage infectious and inflammatory eyelid and orbital conditions such as thyroid eye disease and idiopathic orbital inflammation. The fellow will participate in resident education and in a monthly ophthalmic plastic surgery conference. Research is strongly encouraged.

The fellows see and work up at least 150 patients each week with a spectrum of ophthalmic plastic, lacrimal and orbital conditions in adults and children. All of these cases are seen under the supervision of the attending physician, with fellows presenting their findings to the physician for review and discussion of an implementation of a treatment plan. The fellow's surgical experience includes serving as the primary surgeon in cases performed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Ben Taub Hospital. These include the full spectrum of ophthalmic plastic, lacrimal and orbital disorders. In addition, fellow's surgical experience will include at least 400 eyelid and eyebrow surgeries, 100 lacrimal surgeries, and 100 orbital surgeries.