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Department Overview

RR801 University of Washington Medical Center

The Department of Ophthalmology is responsible for the instructional and research programs in diseases of the eye and visual system and its adnexae.

Medical-student instruction is provided, including multiple electives in the clinical years. Graduate physicians are provided with three years of residency training at the affiliated hospitals. An optional internship is available in ophthalmology. A two-year ophthalmic plastics and orbit fellowship, and a two-year surgical retina fellowship, are offered. Patient care is provided under the supervision of full- and part-time faculty physicians at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Seattle Children's hospital.

Clinical research programs relate to eye diseases. Laboratory research encompasses neurophysiology of vision, morphology of the retina and visual system, corneal wound healing, biochemistry of ocular tissues, and anatomy/physiology of the orbit. Postdoctoral training is offered in all these disciplines.

For more information on residencies and fellowships, contact Ingrid Noe at For more information on medical student clerkships, contact Dorrie Quirante at