Program description

The Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a specialty fellowship in ophthalmology. This unique program gives you the opportunity to train in the entire spectrum of oculofacial disorders.

During the course of the fellowship, you become accomplished in the diagnostic evaluation and medical and surgical treatment of eyelid disorders, lacrimal procedures, orbital disease and periocular conditions. Your training includes clinical, surgical, educational and research activities.

The Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic offers one year of training. Trainees complete an additional year of training through the independent University of Minnesota program. This offers exposure to diverse practice settings and patient populations.

This fellowship gives you a unique opportunity to work with the experienced ophthalmologists at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. Fellows also have the opportunity to interact with specialists in the fields of otolaryngology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, radiology, pathology, dermatology and dermatologic surgery during the course of patient care activities.

In addition, you interact with specialists in other ophthalmic disciplines, including neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology. The fellow also has the opportunity to work with the ocularist staff at Midwest Eye Laboratories.

The breadth and complexity of the patient mix gives you exposure to a wide spectrum of oculoplastic disorders. Training methods include one-on-one interactions with staff, direct patient care, didactic coursework and conferences.


Upon conclusion of the 24 months of training, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) will provide a certificate of completion to the trainee.

Program history

The Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Fellowship began at Mayo Clinic in 1993. Program graduates practice as full-time oculoplastic surgeons in a variety of academic and private practice settings.

Nov. 04, 2015