Department of Ophthalmology

Established in 1976 by its founding chair, Dr. William Humphrey, and a group of dedicated community ophthalmologists, the EVMS Ophthalmology Residency Program started as a community based training program to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population in Hampton Roads.

Since that time, the Ophthalmology Residency Program has experienced tremendous growth in its academic, clinical and research programs.  The program offers an outstanding, well balanced exposure to all aspects within the field of Ophthalmology including: Cornea and external disease, Cataract, Glaucoma, Pediatrics, Uveitis, Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics and Ocular Pathology.  With over 30 community faculty members and three research faculty members, the wealth of expertise available to the program is outstanding.  The majority of the clinical experience occurs at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and the Hampton VA Medical Center.  The residents also rotate at several faculty members private offices during their subspecialty exposure.  The curriculum is further augmented by rotations at CHKD.  The personalized attention received by the residents, along with an exceptional breadth of eye pathology exposure, with one resident to 247K population, distinguishes this unique program.

The program offers extensive exposure to ocular trauma and emergencies through its association with the Level 1 trauma center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  The Lions Center for Sight, located within Norfolk General Hospital, is the primary site of the resident eye clinic.  The on campus Thomas R. Lee Center for Ocular Research offers exceptional opportunities for resident research.  Residents regularly present papers and research projects at local and national meetings.

The three year residency program is fully accredited by the ACGME.  Residents enter the program after completing a year of internal medicine, surgery or a rotating internship.  The program receives over 300 applications annually, through the SF Match program, for its two first year ophthalmology resident positions.  About half the residents graduating from the program pursue fellowship training.