Retina Consultants of Alabama Milton F. White, Jr., M.D.

Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship Program

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About the Fellowship

Our sub-specialty fellowship is a paid two-year training position under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Richard Feist, Dr. John Mason, III, Dr. Martin Thomley, Dr. Michael Albert, Jr, Dr. Doug Witherspoon, and Dr. Jason Crosson. One to two new fellows are matched each year (for a total of 3 fellows at any one time) to begin the program on July 1st. The Retina Consultants of Alabama (RCA) physicians hold faculty appointments at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital and the Callahan Eye Hospital. Dr. Witherspoon is a full time UAB Department of Ophthalmology clinical and academic retinal specialist. The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital is the region’s only Level I Ocular Trauma Center. This state-of-the-art facility has a fully-staffed 24-hour emergency room seven days a week. The RCA clinic and the UAB Department of Ophthalmology clinic are located within the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.


Comprehensive Training Program

The vitreoretinal fellowship is a comprehensive training program encompassing all aspects of medical and surgical retina care. During the two-year training, fellows work under close supervision of the RCA physicians in the clinic and operating room where they gain the knowledge, experience, and expertise to diagnose and manage all vitreoretinal disease and trauma. Fellows have the opportunity to perform well over 1000 primary retina surgeries. Fellows graduate comfortable managing any and all surgical retinal issues including but not limited to:

  • Traction retinal detachments
  • Complex PVR detachments
  • Scleral buckles (primary and vit-buckles)
  • Macular surgery
  • Complex IOL cases (scleral fixated, iris fixated, etc.)
  • Biopsy and radioactive plaque placement for choroidal melanoma
  • Severe ocular trauma

Fellows rotate between both the RCA private practice clinic setting and the fully academic setting with Dr. Witherspoon in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology. Fellows gain experience in the clinic with medical retina including but not limited to:

  • Tumors (Ocular oncology–including Retinoblastoma)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Uveitis
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusions

Fellows have the opportunity (optional, not required) to participate in one international mission during their fellowship. Fellows travel with attendings to either Nicaragua or Kenya to perform retina surgery in underserved areas. Dr. Ben Roberts, a former RCA graduate is a full time retina surgeon serving at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. Fellows also have the option (not required) of serving in a diabetic eye clinic for uninsured patients founded and run by Lauren Mason MBA (diabeticeyeclinical.com).


Clinical Research

RCA fellows participate in clinical and basic science research as well as industry and National Institute of Health sponsored clinical trials. Presentation of original research at local and national conferences, and the preparation of research projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals is encouraged and supported, but not required. These activities are fully funded by RCA. Participation in regular lectures, Grand Rounds, research conferences and journal clubs is required. Scheduled on-call coverage is assigned on a rotating basis between the three fellows. An attending physician is scheduled for back-up call at all times and is always available to staff the on-call fellow.



Fellowship Benefits

  • Salary
  • Health and Dental Insurance (Provided at No Cost)
  • Malpractice Insurance (Provided at No Cost)
  • State License Fees, Medical Organizations and Societal Membership Dues and Approved Continuing Education Meeting Expenses Reimbursed
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time

 

Program Director Program Coordinator
John O. Mason, III, MD Tracy L. Emond, MS
Program Faculty Contact Information
  • Richard M. Feist, MD
  • John O. Mason, III, MD
  • Martin L. Thomley, MD
  • Michael A. Albert, Jr., MD
  • Jason N. Crosson, MD
  • 

700 18th Street South, Suite 707
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Phone: 205.918.0047 or 800.575.4314
Fax: 205.918.1318
retinarounds@mac.com

 

Current Fellows

Logan L. Christensen, MD
Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship
2016 – 2018

Dr. Christensen graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.


David L. Kilpatrick, MD
Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship
2016 – 2018

Dr. Kilpatrick graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He completed his ophthalmology residency training at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.


Richard M. Feist, Jr., MD
Vitreoretinal Disease and Surgery Fellowship
2017 – 2019

Dr. Feist graduated and from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.  He completed his ophthalmology residency training at Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.


 

Accreditation

  • The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Ophthalmology Program, Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Retina Consultants of Alabama, Accredited by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee
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