Vitreoretinal Surgery


  • Dr. Efrem Mandelcorn, Fellowship Director
  • Dr. Robert Devenyi
  • Dr. Peter Kertes
  • Dr. Kenneth Eng

Contact Information

Maria Tantalo, Administrative Assistant
Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street, Room 6E-432
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8
Tel: 416-603-5418
Fax: 416-603-5193


  • UHN - Toronto Western Hospital
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Fellowship Objectives

  • To gain extensive experience in all aspects of medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease.
  • To perform both clinical and basic research.
  • To prepare the fellow for an academic career in vitreoretinal surgery.

Clinical Duties

Four vitreoretinal Fellows are trained each year. The Fellows will divide their time between the private offices, the laser suite, and the operating room. The Fellows are expected to work-up all surgical patients, and to be involved with all aspects of post-operative care. The very high volume of patients will allow extensive experience in all aspects of medical and surgical retinal disease. The amount of responsibility afforded each particular fellow will depend on individual ability.

Drs. Kertes and Eng are also involved in pediatric retinal disease at Sunnybrook and at the Hospital for Sick Children. The Fellow is expected to participate in these activities including screening and management of retinopathy of prematurity and other retinal diseases in children.


Approximately 20% of the Fellow's time will be protected for research (one day per week). The Fellow will be expected to conduct original, basic research (at the facilities of Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Toronto), as well as clinical research. The results of these studies will be expected to be submitted for publication in peer review journals. In addition, the Fellow will present the results of the research project at the annual Department Research Day.


Regular teaching rounds are given by the Retina Service to ophthalmology residents. The Fellow will be expected to attend these sessions, and also to contribute regularly to the teaching of the residents. This will include preparation of formal lectures and grand rounds.


2 weeks’ vacation per year.


Up to 2 weeks of conference time may be taken on approval of the Supervisor.


The Fellow will be evaluated every three months. In addition, the Fellow will be asked to evaluate the fellowship experience and report to the Fellowship Committee.


1 to 2 years.


Approximately $55,000 CAD/year. Candidates are encouraged to secure funding through available resources.

Application Process

All applicants must register with the San Francisco Match Program and complete the CAS application form for our program.