The UCSD Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery believes in fostering the clinical, surgical and research education of ophthalmologists throughout the world. To this end, we offer an International Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This fellowship is approved by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS).
Fellows divide their time between the busy clinical and surgical practices of Dr. Korn and Dr. Kikkawa. International fellows become integral members of the UCSD Oculoplastics Team and participate in all clinical, surgical and research aspects of the division. Clinical and surgical anatomy is stressed. A cadaver dissection and practical surgery session provides the fellow with an anatomic foundation. In addition to clinical and surgical experiences, all fellows are expected to participate in clinical or basic science research and to present findings at local, regional or national meetings. Previous fellows have returned to their respective institutions and have taken up prestigious positions in their countries.
The fellowship is 24 months in duration. Both clinical, research and observership positions are available. Upon acceptance as a clinical fellow, a California Medical Board Section 2111 appointment is made which uniquely allows the international fellow to have direct patient contact and surgical experience under the direct supervision of the fellowship preceptors. International fellowships at UCSD are non-funded. Fellows must bring financial support from their home institutions or other sources. Potential applicants should speak and write English well enough to communicate with patients and staff members.
Bobby S. Korn, M.D., Ph.D. is the primary preceptor and Director of the Fellowship. Don Kikkawa, M.D. is an associate preceptor.
The fellow will spend the majority of time at UCSD with Dr. Korn and Dr. Kikkawa. All preceptors are committed to teaching and providing the fellow with the best learning experience possible.
[OculoplasticsTeam] The UCSD SEI Oculoplastics Team during a combined surgery
Meet our current ASOPRS International Oculoplastics Fellow
Dr. Patrick Yang is the current ASOPRS International Oculoplastics Fellow at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Shiley Eye Institute, and is undertaking fellowship as the recipient of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Detweiler Fellowship Award, an award given to just a few physicians of the royal college across Canada. This award is intended to have the fellow gain experience or use of new knowledge or techniques to further improve the quality of medical and surgical practice in Canada.
Dr. Yang was born in Vancouver, Canada and attended the University of British Columbia for Undergraduate studies, which he received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology and subsequently his Doctor of Medicine. He underwent Ophthalmology residency training at the University of Toronto, where he was chief resident and received the Kensington Eye Institute most proficient cataract surgeon resident award, the Sunnybrook hospital Dr. John Speakman award, as well as the Sigmund Valle best surgical resident award at Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition, he was honored with the prestigious Sopman Humanitarian award, recognizing a resident who demonstrates excellence in humanistic care, interpersonal skills and characteristics of compassion and support while providing patient care and achieving clinical as well as academic excellence.
His clinical interests include thyroid eye disease, facial rejuvenation, cosmetic surgery, lacrimal surgery and ophthalmic facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. He has attended and presented research at multiple international meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS).
Dr. Yang is an advocate for medical volunteering and outreach. He has volunteered in rural areas of Canada, as well as in remote destinations around the world. His most recent involvement includes the title of an associate ophthalmologist for Orbis International’s flying eye hospital, a MD-10 plane converted into an eye hospital, which has taken him to volunteer missions in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia and Shenyang, China.
In his free time, he enjoys surfing, scuba-diving, biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, snowboarding and basketball. Fitness is an important part of his life. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Dr. Yang chose Oculoplastics as a specialty because this field combines his love for ophthalmology as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He also enjoys teaching and academia, and hopes to pursue a career in an academic position once finished in his fellowship training.
He believes the fellowship with Drs. Korn and Kikkawa to be one of the most coveted and prestigious training opportunities in the world. The sheer volume and variety of cases in their practice, in addition to their close guidance and distinct teaching skills, makes this fellowship an unparalleled experience. On a personal level, they are wonderful physicians and mentors who help Dr. Yang make connections with Oculoplastic surgery colleagues on both a national and an international level. It is always a pleasure to see them interact with patients, and spend time with them at faculty dinners and events. Dr. Yang states the sunshine, beaches and waves of southern California are additional bonuses to fellowship training that is one of the best in the world.
[2017Photo] From Left to Right: Masashi Mimura, Audrey Ko, Don Kikkawa, Bobby Korn, Patrick Yang
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