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Iowa Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Fellowship at Wolfe Eye Clinic

Wolfe Eye Clinic offers fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery with the next opening beginning in July of 2023. This 24-month surgical and medical retina fellowship, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, offers exceptional clinical and surgical Iowa Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Fellowship at Wolfe Eye Clinic graduate, Dr. Deepak Mangla and retina specialists.volume in a state of the art facility dedicated to the expert care of retina patients. Fellows will enjoy a collegial atmosphere in a busy retina clinic with a high level of ancillary support. The fellowship will usually take one new fellow each year. Fellows participate in a high volume of surgical cases throughout their fellowship and will have the opportunity to assist with the retinopathy of prematurity service. In addition to the medical and surgical care of retina patients, the fellow will directly participate in various industry-sponsored clinical trials ongoing in our active clinical research department. Fellows will participate in regular educational sessions and have the time and support to participate and present at national meetings. The fellow will be provided with the mentorship, didactics, and direct exposure to the business and mechanics of retina practice enabling them to pursue a retina career at the highest level.

Learn More About Our Active and Completed Clinical Trials

Wolfe Eye Clinic Faculty

Kyle J. Alliman, MD
Derek P. Bitner, MD 
Jared S. Nielsen, MD, MBA, Program Director
David D. Saggau, MD
Austin L. Strohbehn, MD

Fellowship Information:

Stipend: $85,000/year + benefits

Vacation: 3 weeks + educational time

Annual Retina Clinical/Surgical Volume:

Retina Patient Visits: 35,000+
Office Procedures (injections/lasers): 25,000 +
Operating Room Surgical Procedures: 500 +


  • Didactic Session, Journal Review, Case Conferences, Business of Medicine
  • Annual Retina Meeting (ASRS, AAO Subspecialty, Retina Society)
  • National Fellow meetings
  • Fellows interested in pursuing a MBA may be able to modify the fellowship to accomplish this concurrently

Next Opening: July 1, 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022
Apply through SFMatch

Fellows must have completed an Accredited US Ophthalmology Residency and be ABO board eligible, a US Citizen or holder of appropriate VISA and eligible for unrestricted Iowa Medical licensure. Please note that fellowship appointment will require signing a covenant limiting the ability to practice in geographic locations surrounding all Wolfe Eye Clinic locations.

For Additional Information Contact:

Patti Wendling
(515) 223-8685


Current Wolfe Eye Clinic Retina Fellows


Dr. David Massop | Iowa Retina Fellow| 2022 Graduate | 

David J. Massop, MD

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Texas- San Antonio



Dr. Connor Ericksen | Iowa Retina Fellow

| 2023 Graduate | 

Connor J. Ericksen, MD

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Residency: Medical University of South Carolina/Ralph Johnson VAMC 



Wolfe Eye Clinic Retina Fellowship Graduates

2019 Graduate: Deepak Mangla, MD  |  Harbor Retina Center (Lapeer, MI)
2021 Graduate: Ian Thompson, MD  |  Southwest Retina Consultants (El Paso, TX)