School of Medicine

John A. Moran Eye Center Fellowships


Program Director & Selection Chair: Paul S. Bernstein, MD, PhD, Professor
Department Chairman: Randall J Olson, MD, Professor, CEO, John A. Moran Eye Center, Jeff Pettey, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 
Academic Program Manager: Elaine Peterson, C-TAGME

The John A. Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health offers a two-year Retina Fellowship. We accept one new fellow each year and are currently accepting applications for 2019-2021 (application deadline is August 15, 2018). The position begins July 1, 2019 and continues through June 30, 2021. Interview days are Saturday, September 22, 2018 and Sunday, September 23, 2018.

As with most ophthalmology fellowship programs, ours is not an approved PGY–5 ACGME position. It is, however, affiliated with an ACGME accredited ophthalmology residency program and the University provides AUPO compliant malpractice insurance as well as medical, dental, and other benefits.


Moran has six full-time retina faculty, including Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD., professor; M.E. Hartnett, MD, professor; Rachael Jacoby, MD, assistant professor; Akbar Shakoor, MD, assistant professor; Michael Teske, MD, professor; Albert Vitale, MD, professor; and Marissa B. Larochelle, MD, assistant professor. They provide extensive hands-on training in adult and pediatric vitreo-retinal surgery, medical retina, and posterior uveitis at three busy teaching hospitals, including the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Primary Children's Hospital.


We offer ample opportunity and time for clinical and basic science research with the vitreo-retinal staff and with our world-renowned basic science research faculty. The fellow will also help organize monthly imaging conferences and assist in resident and medical student teaching. Our retina fellowship also provides a unique two-week, fully funded opportunity to do hands-on humanitarian retina clinics and surgery at one of our international ophthalmology training sites in Africa or the Himalayas.



If selected for this position:

  • You must attend a scheduled orientation where we will explain in detail all benefits of the program as well as departmental policies and procedures and requirements.
  • You will be required to obtain a Utah Physicians License, a Utah Controlled Substance License, and a fee exempt DEA license. You will also be required to obtain privileges with the University Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. All fees for privileges will be reimbursed by the Department of Ophthalmology. University policy requires original receipts for reimbursement. We will work closely with you to meet these requirements.
  • A large portion of the retina fellowship is spent at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and therefore we can ONLY hire US citizens.