Ophthalmology Fellowship

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware

The Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), trains physicians in advanced skills in pediatric ophthalmology. Our program provides comprehensive training for diagnosing and treating a wide range of ophthalmological problems, as well as those associated with other pediatric syndromes and diseases.

Based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, our multifaceted and multidisciplinary program is approved by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).

Our Fellowship Program

Our pediatric ophthalmology fellowship provides a rich clinical experience that includes surgery, inpatient consultations, and outpatient activity. You’ll also gain experience doing consultations for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and other problems at the NICU at our Philadelphia-based affiliate, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Wills Eye Institute.

You’ll learn primarily from our faculty of 4 fulltime attending physicians at duPont Hospital for Children. Faculty members are AAPOS-approved, fellowship-trained, and maintain academic appointments at both Jefferson and Wills Eye. Your training may also include time with other subspecialists seeing pediatric patients at Wills.

Training in a Wide Range of Conditions

Your training will cover diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with strabismus and many other pediatric ophthalmological problems. You’ll have exposure to pediatric patients with congenital cataracts, congenital glaucoma, oculoplastics, ROP, uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology, and other conditions.

You’ll also receive thorough training in dealing with a wide range of eye-related problems associated with pediatric syndromes and medical diseases – including cancer, trauma, transplant, neurofibromatosis, Marfan syndrome, rheumatologic diseases, infectious diseases, and congenital abnormalities.

Research Opportunities

We believe in the value of research as a key component in a well-rounded fellowship training program in pediatric ophthalmology. You’ll be encouraged to learn about the process of conducting clinical research and to investigate the research facilities and resources available at our campus. You’ll also receive support for attending research-related meetings and presentations, as well as designing, carrying out, and presenting your own studies.


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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is like no other in the region — designed by families, for families.

About Our Hospital in Delaware

The duPont Hospital for Children is a multi-specialty, tertiary care teaching institution located on a 300-acre estate in the scenic Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Del.

As a program participant, you’ll have access to advanced computer systems for patient care activities, electronic mail, word processing, internet access and library research functions. Among the hospital’s amenities for all staff are:

  • free parking
  • park-like setting
  • gym/fitness center
  • on-site child care center for children of staff
  • massage therapy

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What's Coming in 2014

We’re building a healthier future for kids by expanding our hospital. Opening in 2014, our enhanced hospital will be like no other in the region — designed by and for families.

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Contact Us

Kathy Vicario

Program Coordinator
(302) 651-5995
kathy.vicario@nemours.org

Sharon S. Lehman, MD

Program Director
(302) 651-5040
sharon.lehman@nemours.org

Apply for This Fellowship

Application Requirements
Deadline: Varies
  • Nemours fellowship application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • personal statement
  • medical school transcript
  • USMLE scores (all three levels)
  • three references