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NYC ASOPRS Oculoplastic Fellowship

The NYC Combined Oculoplastic Fellowship is a two-year program under the aegis of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). The fellowship offers participation in more than 1500 diverse ophthalmic plastic surgical cases. Fellows rotate with associate preceptors at all major NYC hospitals, providing full exposure to all aspects of ophthalmic plastic surgery. In addition, fellowship electives are completed in craniofacial surgery, dermatology, neuroradiology, ocular pathology and otorhinolaryngology. Fellows conduct clinical research projects resulting in over 10 publications annually and presentations at major national and international meetings. The odd-year fellowship is directed by Michael Kazim, MD and the even-year fellowship is directed by Gary Lelli, Jr., MD. Both fellowships are run identically and share the same preceptors, institutions and mission statement.


Our mission is to provide the best possible educational environment in all aspects of oculoplastic surgery in order to graduate outstanding oculoplastic clinicians, surgeons and leaders. The NYC Combined Oculoplastic Fellowship is a collaborative, multi-institutional and multi-faceted training program that provides comprehensive training in all clinical and surgical aspects of oculoplastic surgery, as well as training in leadership, research, education and practice management.


Columbia University
Weill Cornell Medical College
Bellevue Medical Center
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
New York University


Michael Kazim, M.D. (Odd-year Fellowship Director)
Columbia University– Harkness Eye Institute
Phone: (212) 305-5477
Fax: (212) 923-0075

Gary J. Lelli, Jr., M.D. (Even-year Fellowship Director)
Weill Cornell Medicine 
Phone: (646) 962-2020
Fax: (646) 962-0604

Richard D. Lisman, MD
New York University Medical Center/ Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital 
Phone: (212) 585-1405
Fax: (212) 585-1408

Elizabeth A. Maher, MD
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital 
Phone: (212) 353-0030 
Fax: (212) 353-0083

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