School of Medicine

John A. Moran Eye Center Fellowships


Fellowship Director: Akbar Shakoor, MD, Assistant Professor
Department Chairman: Randall J Olson, MD, Professor, CEO, John A. Moran Eye Center
Program Director: Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, Associate Professor
Program Manager, Academics: Elaine Peterson, C-TAGME

The John A. Moran Eye Center at University of Utah Health offers a one-year Uveitis Fellowship. We accept one new fellow each year, and we are currently accepting applications for 2021-2022 (application deadline is August 15, 2020). The position begins July 1, 2021, and continues through July 3, 2022. Interview days are Saturday, October 31, 2020, and Sunday, November 1, 2020, in a virtual format because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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 sanctioned through AUPO. Malpractice insurance as well as medical, dental, and other benefits are provided by University Health.


The uveitis and ocular immunology division at The John A. Moran Eye Center offers an intensive one-year clinical fellowship, which provides comprehensive training in both the medical and surgical management of a wide variety of ocular inflammatory diseases. In addition, the fellow will have an opportunity to participate in ongoing clinical trials, investigator-sponsored studies and epidemiologic projects, and formulate study in an area of particular interest. Ours is the only uveitis service in the Mountain West, drawing patients from six neighboring states and beyond, and is unique in being the consulting service for patients with ocular infectious and inflammatory disease for the divisions of infectious disease, adult and pediatric rheumatology, internal medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Fellows can, therefore, expect to see the full spectrum pathology, from the routine and common to the unusual and complex, infectious and non-infectious anterior, intermediate, posterior and panuveitis, pediatric uveitis, ocular complications of HIV/AIDS, autoimmune retinopathy, and neoplastic disease. Fellows will be trained in both medical and surgical diagnostic and therapeutic modalities including the appropriate use of laboratory investigations and ancillary testing, the application and interpretation of multimodal imaging, the safe and effective implementation of immunomodulatory therapy, and proficiency with uveitic cataract surgery, anterior chamber, and vitreous biopsy techniques and the implantation of sustained-release intravitreal steroid devices.

Fellows will rotate with Albert Vitale, MD, professor, Akbar Shakoor, MD, assistant professor, and Marissa Larochelle, MD, assistant professor, and will be expected to assist the residents with in-hospital uveitis consultations.


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 of Utah Hospital, Primary Children's Hospital, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 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 U.S. citizens. 


Any questions can be directed to Thank you for your interest in the uveitis fellowship program at the John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Health.