Fellowship Program

Tufts University / Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston Fellowship Programs

Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston’s fellowship programs, offered in partnership with New England Eye Center at Tufts University School of Medicine, have served as a solid foundation on which the careers of many leaders in the subspecialty fields of glaucoma, cornea and vitreoretinal care have been built.

Three distinct OCB fellowship programs provide valuable experience as fellows rotate between two separate training settings: a large urban academic medical center and a large, busy multi-specialty ophthalmology private practice with locations in the Boston area, North Shore, South Shore and Cape Cod.

All three specialty programs are among a select few ophthalmology fellowship programs in the country to have met AUPO Compliance training standards. Graduates of these program are deemed to have completed an AUPO FCC compliant fellowship. The three specialty programs include:

The Cornea, Exterior Disease and Anterior Segment Fellowship

The Cornea, External Disease & Anterior Segment Fellowship is a one-year clinical program offering comprehensive training in medical and surgical management of disorders of the ocular surface, cornea, and anterior segment. The fellow is supervised in the clinical and laboratory evaluation of patients and participates in surgery. The fellow is expected to develop surgical skills and clinical judgment in an environment devoted to excellence in patient care. The fellow will also have an opportunity to teach and work with residents and medical students.

Learn more about the The Cornea and Anterior Segment Fellowship 

The Glaucoma Fellowship

The Glaucoma Fellowship is one year clinical fellowship training program that provides extensive exposure to the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. Fellows benefit tremendously from learning a diversity of approaches to many aspects of glaucoma care, which is as much as art as it is a science. Fellows are taught by the one of the largest glaucoma faculties in the country.

Learn more about the The Glaucoma Fellowship

The Vitreoretinal Fellowship

The Vitreoretinal Fellowship is a two-year clinical and research fellowship that offers comprehensive training in the surgical and medical management of vitreoretinal diseases. Fellows who have graduated from the Tufts/NEEC and OCB vitreoretinal fellowship have gone on to join many leading academic and private practices around the country. The fellow is supervised by staff surgeons in the evaluation of patients, and actively participates in patient care which includes differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, and medical and surgical management of retinal diseases.

Learn more about the The Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship

Apply to one of the Tufts / OCB Fellowship programs

Candidates for the fellowship programs can apply HERE. The application is through the San Francisco Matching Program website.

The OCB and Tufts Fellowship Programs are approved by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and extend from a long tradition of more than 40 years of training specialists. OCB fellows can expect to:

• Learn and practice in a high volume practice where complex surgical procedures are routinely performed, using the most advanced technologies.

• Become part of a rich research environment as NEEC and OCB are actively engaged in industry sponsored drug and device trials.

• Have close exposure to the highest levels of professional service and networking.


The cornea fellowship was without a doubt the most valuable year of training for me. I was taught by excellent surgeons and clinicians and exposed to numerous cases of varying complexity and innovative techniques. Even though I completed the fellowship more than 10 years ago, the diagnostic skills and surgical techniques I learned during that time are used on a daily basis in my practice. I joined OCB immediately after completing my fellowship and continue to be a partner in what I feel is one of the premier multi-specialty private practices in the country.   

OCB Cornea Specialist Nicoletta Fynn-Thompson, MD


“The cornea fellowship provided me with invaluable exposure to different practice and surgical styles. I had the opportunity to assist in complex cases working in both a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice and a top academic medical center in a city with some of the best hospitals nationwide. As an OCB physician, I work in Boston, the South Shore and Cape Cod. I’ve settled my family on the South Shore in a town with excellent schools and a wonderful community. We live just 10 minutes away from beaches where we enjoy kayaking the waterways. I have the character of a small New England town, and yet I can be in world class city
in under an hour by ferry or commuter rail.”

OCB Cornea Specialist Dan Hu, MD 


There is no other glaucoma fellowship program in the country quite like OCB/Tufts.  I chose the fellowship here so I could train with some of the most renowned cataract and glaucoma surgeons in the country and study under the former presidents of our national and regional ophthalmic societies.  Additionally, the mix of private and academic experience and the diversity of the patient population in the multiple Boston area offices, helped me grow into an experienced clinician and surgeon.  The relationships developed during that year, have continued to be some of the most valuable mentoring and collegial aspects of my career.  I am proud to continue working with this group and helping teach the next generation.

-OCB Glaucoma Specialist Theodor Sauer, MD