Clear Vision Fellowship
The Clear Vision Foundation fellowship is a joint program to help train new graduates of US ophthalmology residency programs in advanced anterior segment surgery. The fellow will learn from experienced segment surgeons – Drs. Bala Ambati, Scott Cherne, Joseph Mando, and Eric Niespodzany. The fellow will have a surgically intensive year-long experience in cataract, cornea, MIGS, and refractive surgery, as well as gain practice management skills and a longitudinal continuity of patient care experience with a fellow clinic. The fellow will gain experience with femtosecond laser in LASIK and cataract, ORA, Verion, upgraded IOL selection and usage, excimer laser, Intacs, crosslinking, DSEK/LK/PK, light-adjustable lens, and MIGS. Fellowship year compensation is $110,000/year. If the fellow has an interest, there is an option to stay for 2nd year of hybrid fellowship+attending work with higher compensation which would allow additional experience with DMEK, SMILE/CLEAR, and Yamane technique.
The practices have a combined volume of over 3000 cataract surgeries per year, along with high numbers of cornea, glaucoma, and refractive surgery. Over a third of the cataracts performed involve astigmatic or presbyopic correction. We expect the fellow to become highly proficient in:
By the completion of the fellowship, we expect the fellow to become highly proficient in:
- Routine, refractive, laser-assisted, and complex cataract surgery
- MIGS procedures including goniotomy, ab interno viscocanalostomy, G6 cyclophotocoagulation, Hydrus, and the Xen stent
- Penetrating keratoplasty
- Anterior lamellar keratoplasty
- Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty
- LASIK, PRK, PTK, and AK
- Amniotic membrane
- Various approaches to pterygium excision
In addition, through exposure to 2 private practices, the fellow will gain a keen exposure to the ins and outs of running a practice, longitudinal care of patients, and cultivating a referral network.
The Eugene/Springfield area is a vibrant community with nearly a quarter-million people and a draw area of double that. It is home to the University of Oregon, a surfeit of biking and running trails and outdoor activities, many culinary and cultural attractions, and approximately 45 minutes to the mountains, 1 hr to the ocean, and 2 hr to Portland.
Call: 6-8 weeks per year
Benefits: Health insurance, malpractice insurance, travel expenses for 2 national meetings during the fellowship, and moving expenses.
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Scott A. Cherne, MD, a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, has been practicing ophthalmology in Eugene, Oregon since 1989. He began his interest in surgical care observing his father, a general surgeon, at a young age. From him, he learned the dedication necessary to become a surgeon but he also learned the satisfaction such a profession can offer. With his warm smile to easy laugh, he has inspired confidence and compassion in his colleagues and patients since the very beginning.
At a very early age, Dr. Ambati gained a respect and admiration for those who work in the medical profession. Having spent months in a hospital at a young age, he experienced the compassion, dedication, and caring of skilled doctors and nurses. As he grew older the experience stayed with him with him so when it came time to choose a career path, medicine was a logical choice.
Dr. Ambati earned his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the age of 17, gaining the title of the world’s youngest doctor, and then began his remarkable career of compassionate medical care. The choice of becoming an Ophthalmologist was an easy one for him.
\Dr. Mando was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Kentucky. He attended University of Louisville School of Medicine followed by residency at the University of Kentucky and completed a fellowship in cornea, anterior segment, and refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Following training, he returned to work in a private practice in the Cincinnati area in 2018, but is excited to now be relocating to beautiful Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Mando grew up around the optical store that his family owns and he is humbled that a childhood surrounded by optics has blossomed into a career surgically manipulating it. He is passionate about the art of surgery; the dedication it takes to both teach and learn the craft. Dr. Mando is an avid outdoorsman; spending his free time backpacking, kayaking, and fishing. When not in the wilderness, he and his wife are self-diagnosed foodies, thoroughly enjoying travel and trying new restaurants and cuisines.
Dr. Eric J Niespodzany. is a felow at Pacific ClearVision Institute. Dr. Niespodzany is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati and his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Though young and just beginning his career in Ophthalmology he brings a passion to eye care that we are very excited to share with our patients.
Matthew D. Neale, M.D.was born in Pocatello, Idaho. Much of his upbringing was spent in the United Kingdom and Canada on the heels of his father, a theologian.
Undergraduate work in Chemistry brought Dr. Neale back to his roots in rural Idaho where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Research interests at that time included enzyme kinetics in sucrose metabolism. After brief stints in mechanical engineering, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry, Dr. Neale realized that his talents would be best used to alleviate human suffering; thus resolved, he then pursued and received his medical degree in 2007 at the Chicago Medical School. After completing a one-year internship in Internal Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, he went on to complete his ophthalmology residency in 2011 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Dr. Neale and his lovely wife, Monika, have been blessed with six delightful children. He devotes the remainder of his personal time to church involvement and physical fitness.