UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Hennein, Lauren Huang, Alex A. Huang, Lingling Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Clinic Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis
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Residents see differing populations of patients coming from all walks of life. At each site, whether in clinic or the operating room, the resident has attending supervision in accordance with UC San Diego and VA policy: one-on-one teaching with increasing responsibility for decision-making according to the level of training and competency.

Clinical sites for resident rotations include

  • UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
  • UC San Diego Medical Center / Hillcrest
  • VA San Diego Health Care System / La Jolla
  • Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Navy Refractive Surgery Center

There is a combined total of 159,670 patient visits for all of the UCSD and VA facilities. The Shiley Eye Institute alone has over 60,000 patient visits annually; and the VA Eye Clinic, around 20,000 annually.

Although the resident sees mostly outpatients, there are a substantial number of inpatient consultations at our inpatient Medical Centers (UCSD Hillcrest, UCSDLa Jolla, and VA Medical Center) where the resident cares for patients with the ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease.

In addition, patients might also be seen at:

  • Shiley Eye Institute Campus:
    • Ratner Children’s Center for pediatric ophthalmology and the monthly Thyroid Eye Clinic
    • Oculofacial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (Perlman Medical Offices)
    • Diabetic Eye Center (Perlman Medical Offices)
    • Jacobs Retina Center
    • Hamilton Glaucoma Center
  • US Naval Medical Center (Balboa Hospital) refractive clinic
  • UC San Diego Medical Center/La Jolla (Thornton Hospital) for inpatient consults
    • Jacobs Medical Center
    • Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
    • Moores Cancer Center
  • Rady Children’s Hospital/San Diego (case-by-case basis)

At each site, with its unique “flavor” and patient population, residents participate fully in the evaluation of the patients.

Shiley Eye Institute Campus

Shiley Eye Institute

The Shiley Eye Institute is a state-of-the-art, free-standing outpatient facility with 24 fully-equipped examination lanes and a surgical suite with four ophthalmic operating rooms, preoperative area, and post-operative recovery space. A full range of ancillary services includes digital photography; visual field testing; ultrasonography; wavefront analysis; corneal topography; OCT; GDX, Argon, Krypton, and YAG lasers; optometric and low vision services; and a full optical shop.

The extensive electronic collections of UC San Diego’s Biomedical Library are available to all residents either on the main campus or via computers in the Weyland Resident Library on Shiley’s second floor. Shelves are filled with specialized Ophthalmology texts and DVDs graciously donated by our supportive alumni; and current technology is available to help residents prepare presentations.

The Shiley Conference Room, with seating for 80, is home to educational events such as Grand Rounds, invited speakers, and weekly didactics. Larger meetings make use of the stadium seating in the Goldberg Auditorium in the Moores Cancer Center next door.

The Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center, a free-standing facility with 8 examination lanes, has been especially designed to meet the needs of the pediatric population. The two Pediatric Ophthalmologists have about 6000 patient visits per year in just their subspecialty.

Basic and clinical research facilities on the Shiley campus include the Hamilton Glaucoma Center, the Jacobs Retina Center, and multiple corneal research laboratories at Shiley itself. In these settings, residents might interact with patients who are in clinical trials.

The Lamont Ericson MD Microsurgical Practice Lab is available to residents any time to practice their surgery skills. The microscope includes computer hookups for recording surgeries to review with faculty. During the year, additional surgical wet labs are scheduled with in-depth instruction to emphasize correct surgical techniques.

A short walk from the Shiley Eye Institute are the Thornton Hospital (UCSD Medical Center/La Jolla) with 119 beds, the Perlman Ambulatory Care Center, and the Moores Cancer Center—all sources of referrals to the Shiley Eye Institute.

UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest Eye Clinic

UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest

About a twenty-minute drive from Shiley is the UC San Diego Medical Center/Hillcrest, a Level I Trauma Center that includes a 434 bed hospital and ambulatory care facility. It serves a wide range of patients including the indigent and jail populations. The Emergency Department has a fully-equipped exam room dedicated to ophthalmology patients after regular clinic hours, and there is also an operating room dedicated to Ophthalmic cases.

The Eye Clinic has 8 outpatient exam lanes, and attendings there cover all the subspecialties, including Ophthalmic Pathology. In addition, Ophthalmology consultations are provided for other inpatient services such as the neonatal intensive care unit. Residents can be expected to take part in about 2000 inpatient and other urgent ocular conditions annually. The Eye Clinic itself has ancillary services including ophthalmic photography, visual field testing, OCT, RetCam, lasers, pachymetry, ultrasound, and a procedure room. Optometric services are also available at UCSDMC Hillcrest. In the resident room in the Eye Clinic, there is online access to the electronic collections of the UC San Diego Biomedical Library.

VA San Diego Healthcare System

VA San Diego Healthcare System on the UCSD La Jolla campus is a 238-bed hospital and outpatient facility less than one mile from the Shiley Eye Institute and about a minute’s walk from the UC San Diego Medical School. The VA Hospital is where residents have most of their surgical experience, including lasers. Along with Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract clinics, the five residents scheduled there for rotations also have subspecialty clinics in Strabismus, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea, Retina, and Oculoplastics. In addition, a telemedicine rotation was begun in 2014 under the direction of Residency Program Director Jeffrey Lee, MD.

The VA Eye Clinic has almost 20,000 outpatient visits per year (18,858 in 2022) and provides a wide range of pathology for the residents, as well as increasing responsibility for patient management. The institution has one OR dedicated to eye surgery and almost 1,000 cases per year are performed by residents under supervision.

The VA Eye Clinic has 13 fully-equipped examination lanes with a procedure room, as well as lasers, IOL Master, ophthalmic photography, pachymetry, and OCT. All ancillary testing is available at the VA and each examination lane has its own computer for EMR and access to the Biomedical Library’s electronic journals and books collection. In addition, the VA provides optometric services including Low Vision and contact lenses consultations.

Facility Updates

VIn 2023, the department began several major facilities improvement initiatives, including a renovation of the second floor of the Shiley Eye Institute and the construction of a brand new vision research facility.

Shiley Eye Institute Clinical Space Expansion

Renovations have started on the second floor of the Shiley Eye Institute, which will convert existing office and laboratory space into clinical space, including state-of-the-art eye examination lanes and procedure rooms. The expansion of clinical space will enable higher patient volumes and additional training opportunities for residents and fellows. This expansion was made possible by a $10 million gift from philanthropist Darlene Shiley.

Viterbi Family Vision Research Center

Construction has begun on a 5-story, 100,000 square-foot facility that will provide additional space for laboratories, clinical trial operations, and administrative and educational spaces to support vision research. This was made possible with a $50 million gift from philanthropist Andrew Viterbi, PhD. This building will serve the rapidly growing research footprint of the department and also foster interdisciplinary collaborations across various disciplines, including neuroscience, data science, bioinformatics, engineering, bioengineering, stem cell biology, and gene therapy. You can follow construction efforts on the live cam here.

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The Shiley Eye Institute is a full-service facility offering everything from basic eye exams to the most advanced diagnostic tests and sophisticated surgery from world-renowned physicians and staff.


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