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. is an associate preceptor. 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
Audrey Ko, MD is a Clinical Instructor and ASOPRS Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Shiley Eye Institute. Dr. Ko grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated Magna Cum Lade with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, during which she completed a one-year Doris Duke Foundation/Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship in inherited retinal degenerations with Edwin Stone, MD, PhD. Dr. Ko completed her internship at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed her ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Ko’s clinical interests include oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery, ocular trauma, thyroid eye disease, periocular and facial reconstruction, biomedical engineering and development of medical/surgical devices, and full-facial rejuvenation that combines aesthetic surgery with soft-tissue fillers, neurotoxins, lasers, and skin care. Dr. Ko has presented her research and given talks at national and international meetings such as the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), Cosmetic Surgery Forum (CSF), and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
Dr. Ko is committed to resident education at UCSD and runs the resident sutures sessions and cosmetic clinic. She also has a deep interest in community outreach and international medicine, and has provided medical care in outreach clinics locally and also internationally in Honduras and Taiwan. She is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
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