Ophthalmology Cornea

Fellowship Programs

Ophthalmology cornea

The Corneal Fellowship at Legacy Health’s Devers Eye Institute provides training in the diagnosis and treatment of cornea, anterior segment and external diseases beyond the standards of the General Ophthalmology residency. This is an AUPO Accredited Ophthalmology Fellowship. The Cornea Fellow will gain clinical experience at Devers Eye Institute through exposure to and management of a large number of cornea patients within a tertiary care, international referral practice.

The Cornea Fellow will work directly with Dr. Mark Terry, as well as with his Corneal Associate, Dr. Michael Straiko. The surgical exposure with the fellow as primary surgeon is extensive with over 300 corneal transplants a year (5% DSAEK, 70% DMEK, 20% DALK, 5% PK), abundant cataract surgery, and extensive experience in the surgical procedures of anterior segment reconstructions, IOL complications and exchanges, anterior vitrectomy, Kpro, iridoplasty, artificial iris implantation, keratolimbal allografts, tumor excisions, amniotic membrane surgery, pterygium excisions with grafts and fibrin glue, tarsorrhaphies, ruptured globe repair, and a host of other subspecialty therapies. The Fellow will also perform surgery at our Devers Laser Vision Center, learning state of the art refractive surgery and performing femtosecond laser assisted PK and DALK surgery.

Unique to the Corneal Fellowship at Devers is the extensive experience the Fellow will gain in new methods of corneal transplantation. These are areas of active clinical research in which the Fellow will be intimately involved. We currently have one of the largest, (>3,000 cases) and the longest running (> 21 years) prospective series of Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK, DSEK/DSAEK, DMEK) surgery in the world with a plethora of prospective information in the digital database that enables the Fellow to easily publish original research. The Corneal Fellow will gain extensive primary surgeon experience in these and other new transplantation techniques. In addition to presentations at national and local scientific meetings, it is anticipated that the Fellow will be first author on at least two scientific publications and co-author on several others during his/her Fellowship year. In addition, the Fellow will have access and encouragement to pursue basic laboratory corneal projects through the Lions VisionGift Research Laboratory.

The Corneal Fellowship at Devers Eye Institute with Drs. Mark Terry and Mike Straiko is a unique opportunity to have one-on-one subspecialty training with no significant resident competition for cases in a large, state of the art, tertiary care, surgical practice. 

For more information contact: Dawn Carson


Mark Terry, M.D., program director
DeeDee Bondy, program coordinator