The UCSD Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a 24-month fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). The goal of this fellowship is to provide the fellow in depth exposure to all aspects of functional, reconstructive and aesthetic ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The first year will consist of extensive experience in ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive and orbital surgery. The fellow will have graduated responsibilities in both the clinics and in surgery in a tertiary academic care setting.
Clinics are located at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute, UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest and the San Diego VA Medical Center. Surgery is performed at the Shiley Eye Institute, UCSD Hillcrest Hospital, UCSD Thornton Hospital, San Diego VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. The fellow is an integral part of the surgical team at all sites and will primarily staff the VA Oculoplastics Service.
Several specialty clinics add to the experience. The fellow participates in the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic staffed by ophthalmic plastics, strabismus, and neuro-ophthalmology specialists and the monthly multidisciplinary Craniofacial Clinic at Children’s Hospital.
During the second year, the fellow will have the opportunity to gain additional experience in craniofacial surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology, Moh’s surgery, head and neck surgery, and neuroradiology. The elective experience can be tailored to suit the fellow’s interests and desires.
Teaching and Research Activities
The fellowship integrates three types of learning experiences to prepare the fellow for practice in either an academic or private setting. The three types of experience are: 1) working closely with the primary preceptor in his practice; 2) caring for Oculoplastics patients as the primary caregiver in his/her own clinic; and 3) supervising and attending the residents with their oculoplastics patients.
Clinical and surgical anatomy is stressed. A cadaver dissection and practical surgery session provides the fellow with an anatomic foundation prior to being the primary surgeon on complex orbital cases.
The fellow will hold an appointment in the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology as Clinical Instructor and will be an integral part of teaching in the UCSD Department of Ophthalmology and Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The fellow will actively participate in grand rounds, clinical seminars, journal clubs, and lectures to the residents and will work closely with the resident who is assigned to the oculoplastics service. The fellow will also participate in the annual UCSD Wet Lab for residents.
The fellow co-directs a bimonthly Clinico-Pathological Conference with the ophthalmic pathologist to discuss interesting cases from the oculplastics service.
Research is encouraged and expected of all fellows. The fellow is expected to complete and publish a thesis in accordance with the ASOPRS guidelines for fellowship and society membership. In addition to the thesis, the fellow is encouraged to participate in several other research projects within the division and to present these findings at Annual AAO and ASOPRS meetings. The fellow will additionally participate in the Annual Shiley Eye Institute Resident, Fellow and Alumni Day.
Don O. Kikkawa, M.D. is the primary preceptor and Bobby Korn, M.D., Ph.D. and Catherine Y. Liu, M.D., Ph.D. are associate preceptors. Dr. Kikkawa is Division Chief of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSD and Director of the Fellowship
Additional associate preceptors include:
Asa Morton, M.D. - Private Practice San Diego
Arthur Perry, M.D. - Private Practice La Jolla
The fellow will spend the majority of time at UCSD with Dr. Kikkawa and Dr. Korn. All preceptors are committed to teaching and providing the fellow with the best learning experience possible.
Meet our current ASOPRS Oculoplastics Fellow
Daniel J. Ozzello, MD is a Clinical Instructor and ASOPRS Oculofacial Plastic and Reeconstructive Surgery Fellow at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Shiley Eye Institute. Dr. Ozzello grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University, graduating summa cum laude with a major in Zoology and minor in Spanish.
He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Colorado, where he was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society for outstanding performance during medical school. His research during medical school focused on physician decision-making in the treatment of ocular inflammatory conditions. After medical school, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and received the Intern of the Year Award. Dr. Ozzello then proceeded to residency training at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ozzello’s clinical interests include thyroid eye disease, orbital inflammatory conditions, periocular and facial reconstructive surgery and oculofacial plastic surgery. He has presented his research at national and international meetings such as the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). He has also authored several peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Ozzello enjoys teaching medical students and residents in the clinic and operating room as well as leading resident lectures and surgical skills sessions. He is fluent in Spanish and is working on improving his beginner-level Italian. He and his wife, Kelsey, recently welcomed a baby boy named Duke. They enjoy spending time at the San Diego area beaches as well as running and hiking.
Dr. DJ Ozzello lecturing in China on recent oculoplastics missions trip.
Dr. DJ Ozzello performing oculoplastic surgical procedure in China and teaching local physicians.
Letter from America: Orbit and oculoplastic fellowship, University of California, San Diego
By Richard L Scawn
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