Glaucoma Fellowship

Program Description

The Department of Ophthalmology at UPMC is a nationwide technology leader and has a long track record of developing and implementing new devices, techniques and software, especially in Glaucoma. Diagnosis and treatment decisions are increasingly technology and data-analysis driven, in the area of glaucoma, exceeding and supplementing the abilities of an unaided human observer. You will have the unique opportunity to master these new tools already before they become available on a larger scale. This allows you to efficiently pursue research projects during your fellowship with us.

The tradition of UPMC's Glaucoma Service - to improve patient care by spearheading clinical and surgical technologies while also performing translational science - is continued under the leadership of the new Glaucoma Fellowship Director, Nils Loewen, MD, PhD who is also the Director of the Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery and the Director of Health Information Technology.

As our Glaucoma Fellow, you will become an active member of the Glaucoma Service, working closely with all full-time clinical glaucoma faculty — Ian Conner, MD, PhD; Nils Loewen, MD, PhD, Julia Polat, MD and John Swogger, DO — and the Glaucoma Resident in the clinical and surgical care of our glaucoma patients. The Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at UPMC is a one-year program, usually beginning in July.

View more detailed information on our Glaucoma Fellowship Program.

Teaching Faculty

Ian Conner, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery Service
Director, Glaucoma Fellowship Program

Julia Polat, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

John Swogger, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Tarek Shazley, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology


Application Procedures

How to Apply

To apply for a Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at UPMC, or to learn more about the Program, contact Siobahn Gallagher at or (412) 647-2256. All applications are handled through the Glaucoma Fellowship Match. Our program is in full compliance with the high standards set forth by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC).

Contact Information

Siobahn Gallagher
Academic Program Manager
Eye & Ear Institute
203 Lothrop Street, Rm, 821.1
Pittsburgh, PA 15213