Residency Program

Residency Program

Announcing the New Ophthalmology Residency Merger with Houston Methodist Hospital

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Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA

Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA
Program Director

Andrew Lee, MD

Andrew Lee, MD
Program Associate Director

Under the leadership of OVS Residency Program Director Dr. Kevin Merkley and Methodist Chair and OVS Senior Associate Program Director, Dr. Andrew Lee, Texas' first integrated ophthalmology program was created which leverages strengths and resources of both academic centers. The result is a dynamic training experience designed to graduate future leaders in ophthalmology and visual science. Unique features of the program include a post-residency PhD program, robust clinical and surgical training across diverse patient populations, and a resident leadership development and patient satisfaction curriculum culminating in a chief resident rotation. Because of the strong affiliation, residents will be able to participate in research projects at both institutions.

The combined faculty number 24, with 3 fellows and 12 residents. The combined program, known as UTMB/HMH Ophthalmology Residency, sponsored the first annual National Eye Research Conference for residents and fellows in January, 2015 in Galveston, Texas.

UTMB/HMH Ophthalmology residents are trained to be future leaders in their field with a solid foundation in excellent patient care, vision-saving research and community service.

The UTMB/HMH Residency program provides a stable, well-coordinated, progressive, educational experience in the entire spectrum of ophthalmic diseases. Residents develop diagnostic, therapeutic and manual skills, as well as sound judgment in their application.

Each resident has major technical and patient care responsibilities to build a solid base for a comprehensive ophthalmic practice that includes the following:

  • Optics, visual physiology and corrections of refractive errors
  • Retina, vitreous and uvea
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • External disease and cornea
  • Glaucoma, cataract and anterior segment
  • Plastic surgery and orbital diseases
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Contact lens

More about our program

  • Three-year residency with four positions in each year
  • Accredited by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology
  • Large surgical volume
  • State-of-the-art surgical training with a virtual reality simulator (one of few nationwide)
  • Research required to round out training
  • Residents perform community service at St. Vincent's House Eye Clinic
  • We expect graduating residents to be board certifiable, a competitive candidate for fellowship positions and an excellent clinician.
  • Talented faculty who are committed to resident education
  • Excellent training in preparation for both competitive fellowships and comprehensive ophthalmology
  • Exposure to all generally recognized subspecialties with deep breadth of faculty in subspecialties
  • Rotation sites include Joffe MediCenter (LASIK), Methodist Hospital and University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, all in Houston

Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA

Kevin Merkley, MD, MBA
Program Director

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Andrew Lee, MD

Andrew Lee, MD
Program Associate Director

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Misha Syed, MD

Misha Syed, MD
Program Associate Director

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Mohammed Soliman, MD

Mohammed Soliman, MD
Program Associate Director

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Wenbo Zhang, PhD

Wenbo Zhang, PhD
Associate Program Director for Research

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Read more about the overall UTMB Health resident and fellowship information on the UTMB Health Graduate Medical Education Web page.

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