Residents assist in the care of the full range of ocular subspeciality patients seen at the WVU Eye Institute. Our affiliation with the Veteran's Administration Hospital in nearby Clarksburg, WV, ensures that residents also have ample opportunity to provide primary eye care and surgery. Residents usually perform more than 170 cataract extractions, placing the cataract surgery volume for residents in the 90th percentile nationwide.
The goal of this rotation is to provide the resident with a well-rounded comprehensive and in-patient consult experience.
During this rotation, the resident is responsible for all emergency room and in-patient consultations, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Comprehensive services are provided by several of our faculty members. Residents also have their own weekly comprehensive clinics with direct faculty supervision provided. Finally, residents rotate regularly through the comprehensive eye clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Cataract surgery, with direct resident participation, is also performed at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Cornea/External Disease and Refractive Surgery
This busy service led by Thomas Mauger, MD, Lee Wiley, MD, and Lingo Lai, MD provides care for the full spectrum of cornea and external diseases. Faculty provides leadership for the Medical Eye Bank of West Virginia. The service has also kept pace with the latest developments in refractive surgery.
Residents receive training in the diagnosis and management of all glaucoma cases including congenital and complicated secondary glaucoma. They are exposed to the most current medical, laser and surgical treatments such as filtration surgery with antimetabolites and artificial drainage devices. Our glaucoma faculty includes Drs. Brian McMillan, Judie Charlton, Tony Realini, and Joel Palko. This service also supports a glaucoma fellowship.
This tertiary care service is staffed by Brian Ellis, MD. Residents have the opportunity to learn neuro-imaging techniques and to perform specialized procedures such as temporal artery biopsy.
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Drs. John Nguyen and Bradley Thuro lead this service that draws referral patients from the entire state. The surgical experience is substantial, and the number of resident cases places our program in the 90th percentile nationwide. WVU Eye Institute also has an ACGME accredited fellowship in Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery.
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
This service provides both medical and surgical care for children with a wide range of diseases and adults with strabismus. Residents are exposed to evaluation and treatment of eye diseases including congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, strabismus, and inherited eye disease. Surgical volume is large and residents have the opportunity to follow patients throughout the preoperative evaluation, surgical procedure and postoperative outcome. WVU Eye Institute has two pediatric ophthalmologists: Geoff Bradford, MD, and Ryan McGuire, MD, one pediatric optometrist, Allison Hixenbaugh, OD, and a comprehensive optometrist Brittany Newman, OD.
This service under Monique Leys, MD and Carol Laxson, MD sees approximately 100 patients per week who are investigated with ultrasound, OCT, digital angiography and electrophysiology. More than 500 laser procedures for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are performed each year.
The goal of the surgical retina rotation is to develop knowledge of the surgical aspects of diabetic retinopathy, proliferative and non-proliferative, retinal detachment, ocular trauma, ARMD, and cataract surgery complications. Most important is the role that the vitreous plays in the creation of these problems and how modification may salvage vision. Our faculty in surgical retina includes Drs. Ghassan Ghorayeb, and David Hinkle. We also sponsor a two-year retina fellowship with two fellows.
The goals of this rotation are to provide the resident with continuity experiences similar to what their own general practice may be like once they graduate. The residents hold weekly general clinics, attend the VA Ophthalmology Clinic, and perform cataract surgeries at the VA each week. Each general clinic and the VA clinics are staffed by faculty, However, the residents are given more responsibility to run these clinics to enhance their own decision-making skills.