Ophthalmic Reconstruction & Orbital Surgery Fellowship Program

This is a one-year Fellowship that primarily utilizes the resources of the New England Eye Center, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Beth Israel Hospital. These institutions are affiliated with Tufts and Harvard Universities.

The program is designed to train physicians who have a commitment to teaching and research, as well as clinical practice. Experience will be obtained by participation in the care of patients with New England Eye Center physicians. Opportunities will be provided for training in orbital anatomy, pathology, dermatology, radiology and related fields.

The Fellow is expected to carry out a clinical or basic science research program. If possible, this research should be planned by the beginning of the Fellowship year so that a thesis can be completed by the end of that Period.

This Fellowship has been approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Fellow is expected to submit an application for membership and a thesis to the Society during or within one year after completion of the Fellowship.


Katrinka Heher, MD
Dr. Heher is Director of the Eye Plastics and Orbit Service at New England Eye Center. She served her residency at Wilmer Eye Institute. She completed two fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, one in Oculoplastic Surgery and one in Neuro-Ophthalmology.


Mitesh Kapadia, MD



Fellowship appointments run from July 7 to July 6 each year. A Fellowship stipend will be provided, with the specific amount available for future Fellowship years to be determined by discussion with the Program Directors. The Fellow is encouraged to apply for research grants and other sources of aid.
The fellow takes emergency calls with staff surgeon support.
One or two fellowship appointments are awarded annually.


Deadline for application completion is September 15 of the year prior to beginning of fellowship. The following must reach our files before your application will be considered:

USMLE Documentation - Parts I, II, III (For this position you must be eligible for an unrestricted Massachusetts medical license at application.)
A completed application form
To open and print this form, you are required to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Adobe Acrobat Reader
Three letters of recommendation
An updated curriculum vitae
A personal statement describing what you expect to gain from your fellowship, as well as your long-term career goals (500 words maximum).
A recent passport-sized photograph

Please send application materials to:

Ophthalmic Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery Fellowship
Attn: Katrinka Heher, MD
New England Eye Center
Tufts University School of Medicine
800 Washington Street, Box 450
Boston, MA 02111

Telephone: 617-523-5206
Fax: 617-636-4866

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are received prior to the deadline.