• Welcome

    PFP Fall

    Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and thank you for your interest in our residency program.

    We offer a three-year ACGME-accredited program with a tradition of excellence. Our program is recognized as one of the finest ophthalmology training centers in the world and our clinical and research programs are consistently ranked among the best in Ophthalmology Times and U.S. News & World Report. Our department provides an environment that fosters not only intellectual curiosity and collaboration but also a commitment to teaching and patient care.

    Our facility covers over 56,000 square feet on two floors of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion as well as multiple off-site clinic and laboratory locations. With over 65,000 patient visits per year we are constantly striving to provide first class patient care. Our residency program seeks to give residents a broad general ophthalmology background with the opportunity to gain experience in all subspecialty areas.

    Please take this chance to explore the possibilities you will find at The University of Iowa.

    Thomas A. Oetting, MD, Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

  • Resident Profile

    • Christi Carter

      Christi Carter, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

      I am so grateful to be training at Iowa.  The faculty are brilliant and enthusiastic about teaching.  The residents are friendly, fun, and hard-working.  The spirit of camaradarie is evident everywhere.  I cannot imagine a better place to learn the art of ophthalmology!

    • Christopher Kirkpatrick

      Christopher A. Kirkpatrick, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

      Why Iowa Ophthalmology? Strong tradition, world-class faculty that are highly engaged in resident education on a daily basis, and an overall supportive environment amongst co-residents, fellows and faculty alike that make this an exceptional place to train.

    • David Phillips

      David Philips, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

      I wanted to complete my training at a residency where I would learn from world experts on how to identify and treat eye disease with cutting edge medical and surgical therapy. Iowa has proven to be an excellent choice for this. I am greatful to be training as such a wonderful program.

    • Pavlina Kemp, MD

      Pavlina Kemp, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2011-2014

      I cannot say enough good things about UIHC. The people are kind & helpful, the faculty create a challenging and rewarding environment, and the department's focus is clearly on excellent patient care & resident education. Iowa City is great for families and has many fun things to do. I can't imagine being anywhere else for my residency training.

    • Blake Perry, MD

      C. Blake Perry, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident 2012-2015

      I decided to come to Iowa because I thought it was the best residency program in the country. To be surrounded by amazing residents and world renowned physicians who care about you and your training was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Iowa city has been a wonderful place for me and my family.

    • Bradley Sacher, MD

      Bradley Sacher, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident 2012-2015

      I came to Iowa for the world class clinical teaching, state-of-the art facilities, and superb faculty/staff.

    • Elizabeth Gauger, MD

      Elizabeth Gauger, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2011-2014

      I chose Iowa because the faculty cares deeply about molding me into a great ophthalmologist. During my interview I was impressed with how tight-knit the department was. I also saw how the faculty truly love to teach! Iowa City is a very livable city with a lot of culture. There are also great places just a quick drive away for outdoor activities.

    • Jeffrey Welder, MD

      Jeffrey Welder, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2011-2014

      Iowa Ophthalmology lives up to its reputation. I chose Iowa for the clinical education, large patient population, and focus on daily learning. Everyday I am impressed by the caliber of teaching, the number of unique and interesting cases, and the unmatched collaborative attitude of faculty, residents and fellows.

    • Jesse Vislisel, MD

      Jesse Vislisel, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident 2012-2015

      I am continually amazed at the emphasis on resident education at the University of Iowa. Residents work directly with experienced faculty members in clinic and hours of valuable time are reserved daily for lectures, discussions, and rounds. I believe the amount of time our world-class physicians dedicate to resident education is unlike any other program in the country

    • Johanna Dijkstal

      Johanna Beebe, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

      I left my interview excited about the people at the University of Iowa. The faculty had a genuine enthuiasm for teaching in an environment where the first focus was always doing what was best for the patient. Also, the emphasis on didactic learning with daily rounds was unique to Iowa.

    • Justin Risma

      Justin Risma, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident 2011-2014

      Why Iowa? Outstanding reputation, Midwest charm, renowned (yet approachable) faculty, daily Grand Rounds, friendly staff, happy residents, fun city, and Big Ten football!

    • Matthew Weed

      Matthew Weed, MD

      Ophthalmology Resident 2011-2014

      I felt at home in Iowa City from the moment I came to interview. Everyone I met, from the chair of the department to the waitress at a local restaurant, welcomed me with genuine kindness & respect. My family and I love our neighborhood and we can afford to live comfortably. With the world-class training from enthusiastic faculty, I can't imagine a single place I'd rather be.

    • Philip Niles

      Philip Niles, MD, MBA

      Ophthalmology Resident, 2013-2016

      Picture having a department full of world-class faculty standing behind you, hoping to see you - a resident - succeed. What could be more powerful than that in a training program? The clinical and surgical opportunities here are truly top notch, but it is the caring culture that sets Iowa apart.

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