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Lions Low Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship

Program Description

This one year, postdoctoral clinical fellowship, which begins July 1, aims to train ophthalmologists and optometrists to become experts in clinical vision rehabilitation, related clinical science and research. The program emphasizes the interdisciplinary team approach to patient care as demonstrated within the Lions Vision Center, which has two optometrists, one occupational therapist and one rehabilitation therapist providing low vision care within an eye department of 60 full-time faculty. The Vision Rehabilitation Research Center has three full-time research faculty.

Eligible candidates are ophthalmologists and optometrists who have a strong interest in vision rehabilitation and have a solid foundation in basic clinical skills, including diagnosis and management of primary eye care disorders.


For the first three to six weeks of the program (depending on prior clinical care experience), the fellow will only observe patient care. Emphasis will be placed on the model and patient flow of rehabilitative care, including clinical evaluation with the optometrist or ophthalmologist, and subsequent assessment and treatment by an occupational or rehabilitation certified low vision therapist (CLVT). By enabling observation only, the fellow is provided time to externally evaluate multiple rehabilitation interventions and multi-disciplinary treatment approaches. After the initial clinical observation period, the fellow will be expected to independently evaluate and diagnose new patients, present to faculty members and develop a treatment plan for conditions that range from near-normal visual impairment to total impairment with a comprehensive range of functional deficits and co-morbidities. The fellow's weekly schedule will also generally be comprised of four clinic days and one research day.

At the end of the year, we expect that each graduate will achieve the following goals:

  • Attain proficiency in the clinical delivery of low vision rehabilitation care in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Diagnose, treat, manage and direct the care of the low vision patients with consideration applied to co-morbidities, psycho-social concerns, and the key roles of each of the rehabilitation team member.
  • Complete a research project and publish in peer-reviewed journal.


The fellow will be expected to participate in community awareness programs and the clinical schedule facilitates the development of a clinical research project for the year. With the goal of creating clinician-scientists, the proposed project will be presented and reviewed by the research team for approval. Various clinical research projects are ongoing in the areas of mobility, rehabilitation outcomes, and models of multidisciplinary care. The fellow can choose a project independent of existing research projects. One published paper is expected from the fellow. The overall split in effort within the one-year fellowship is 80% clinical and 20% research.

Additional Training

A full range of lectures, seminars and conferences at the Wilmer Eye Institute is available to fellows, along with low vision-specific clinical and research seminars. As part of an appointment to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, fellows will participate in educational programs with Wilmer residents for approximately three hours every six months. Additionally, the fellow may participate in Wilmer CME courses, including weekly grand rounds and journal club.

To Apply

Application deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020

This fellowship is not part of the optometry or ophthalmology matching services. This Advanced Specialty Training Program in Vision Rehabilitation is accredited by the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Johns Hopkins University. All applications are submitted directly to the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. The following constitutes a complete file:

  • Application formPlease complete all items on biographical form; do not use “see CV” for your answer.
  • Most recent CV
  • Personal statement or letter of intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation - Letters should be from clinical mentors or experienced colleagues. EACH letter should be submitted in a sealed envelope.Copies of optometry school transcripts and NBEO scores (if applicable).

Interview days:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Only applicants with completed files will be given interview consideration.

Prerequisites for International Medical Graduates

  • Completion of an Ophthalmology Residency
  • Successful completion of the ECFMG examinations and award of the certificate
  • USMLE step 3
  • Must be eligible for J-1 ECFMG visa sponsorship for entire two-year period of fellowship

For more information visit the Office of International Student, Faculty, and Staff Services

Applications can be mailed to:

Dr. Judith E. Goldstein
c/o Pat Hines
Johns Hopkins Low Vision Service
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287

Lions Low Vision Fellowship Director

Photo of Dr. Judith E Goldstein, O.D.

Goldstein, Judith E, O.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Chief, Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Optometry, Vision Impairment


Photo of Dr. Robert E Chun, O.D.

Chun, Robert E, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Optometry, Vision Impairment
Research Interests: visual function in retinitis pigmentosa, clinical outcome measures, vision impairment classification
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Dagnelie, Gislin, M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Retinitis Pigmentosa, Vision Impairment
Research Interests: Retinitis Pigmentosa, Retinal implants, Low vision rehabilitation
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Deemer, Ashley Danielle, O.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Optometry, Vision Impairment
Research Interests: Depression in the Low Vision Population, Head-mounted Video Display Systems
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Massof, Robert W., Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Vision Impairment
Research Interests: Low vision service policy and service delivery, Physiological optics
Photo of Dr. Pradeep Yammanuru Ramulu, M.D., Ph.D.

Ramulu, Pradeep Yammanuru, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief, Glaucoma Division
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cataracts, Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Glaucoma Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Glaucoma
Research Interests: Visual Disability and Rehabilitation, Dry Eye, Glaucoma, Aging and Vision

james deremeikJames T. Deremeik, RT., CLVT

Education/Rehabilitation Program Manager
Low Vision Vision Rehabilitation Service
Kristen Lindeman

Kristen Lindeman, OT

Occupational Therapist
Low Vision Vision Rehabilitation Service

For More Information Contact:

Judith Goldstein, O.D.
Lions Low Vision Fellowship Director