Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery Fellowship Program

The Vitreoretinal Fellowship at the New England Eye Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, is a two-year clinical and research fellowship that offers comprehensive training in the surgical and medical management of vitroretinal diseases. The fellow is supervised by staff surgeons in the evaluation of patients, and actively participates in laser photocoagulation and vitreoretinal surgery. An introduction to electrophysiology and retinal degenerations is provided as well. The fellow is expected to develop independent judgement and technical skills in an environment devoted to excellence in patient care. The fellow also works closely with residents and medical students with ample opportunity for teaching.

Rounds with Dr DukerVitreoretinal Surgery

The fellow is directly involved in the pre-operative evaluation, intra-operative decision making, and post-operative management of all surgical patients. The case mix includes both scleral buckling and vitrectomy techniques such as membrane peeling with delamination and segmentation, air/fluid exchange, retinotomy and retinectomy, endolaser, and the use of gas, silicone oil and perffuorocarbon liquid tamponade. It is anticipated that the fellow will gain proficiency in the management of retinal detachments, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, intraocular foreign bodies, giant retinal tears, macular disorders, intraocular tumors, epiretinal membranes, endophthalmitis, IOL-related posterior segment complications, retinopathy of prematurity, and AIDS-related disorders.


Rich opportunities exist for research projects in a variety of basic science and clinical areas. These include exPerimental and clinical studies of new laser technology, the use of exogenous chromophores (dyes) for selective ablation of blood vessels, and exPerimental investigations of pharmacologic inhibitors of neovascularization. On-going clinical projects include studies in age related macular degeneration, endophthalmitis, HIV-related retinopathies, and nutritional aspects of eye disease.

Affiliated Hospitals

The bulk of the experience is at the New England Eye Center which is a private practice setting for subspecialty referral ophthalmologic care within the Tufts Medical Center. Additionally, the fellow is responsible for examining premature infants at the Floating Hospital for Infants and Children, which is in the Tufts Medical Center complex.


Caroline Baumal, MD
Dr. Baumal completed her residency at the University of Toronto, as well as a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital and a fellowship in Medical Retina and Laser at the New England Eye Center.

Shilpa J. Desai, MD
Dr. Desai is a new member of New England Eye Center's retina team. She completed her residency at the University of California in San Francisco and her surgical retina fellowship at New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

Jay S. Duker, MD
Dr. Duker is the Director of the New England Eye Center. He completed both his residency and fellowship training at Wills Eye Hospital.

Michelle C. Liang, MD

Dr. Liang completed her residency with New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center, and her fellowship at New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center and the Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.

Frank McCabe, MD
Dr. McCabe completed his residency with New England Eye Center and his fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital.

Nora W. Muakkassa, MD

Dr. Muakkassa completed her residency at New England Eye Center/Tufts Medical Center and her fellowship at in Medical Retina at Tufts Medical Center/New England Eye Center.

Elias Reichel, MD
Dr. Reichel is the Director of Vitreoretinal Services as well as Electroretinography Service. He completed his residency at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and his fellowship at the New England Eye Center.

Christopher Robinson, MD

Dr. Robinson completed his residency at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center.

Adam H. Rogers, MD
Dr. Rogers completed his residency at Boston University School of Medicine and his fellowship at the New England Eye Center.

Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM

Dr. Seddon is director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology & Genetics Service. She completed her residency at the New England Eye Center and fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Nadia Waheed, MD

Dr. Waheed completed residency and fellowships at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Andre J. Witkin, MD

Dr. Witkin completed his residency at New England Eye Center and fellowships at Wills Eye Institute and New England Eye Center.



  • Fellowship appointments run from July 7 to July 6 each year.
  • The fellow takes emergency calls with staff surgeon support.
  • One or two fellowship appointments are awarded annually. The New England Eye Center participates in the Ophthalmology Fellowship Matching Program for surgery fellowships and directly selects from applicants for medical retina fellowships. See details below about applying.



Surgery Fellowship

Please click here to see our program profile on the San Francisco Match Web site – To register with the San Francisco Ophthalmology Matching Program (OMP), please contact them at 415-447-0350 or by email at All letters of recommendation and additional materials should be sent to the OMP.