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WVU eye surgery fellowship program one of first to be accredited.

West Virginia University's Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program is one of the first of five programs in the country to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, also called oculoplastics, includes the surgery of all the structures around the eye, such as the eyelids, the area behind the eye and orbital bone. It also includes the surgical treatment of Graves' disease and the removal of the eye as the result of trauma and tumors.

One of the things that makes WVU's program unique is that it involves a lot of multidisciplinary collaboration. "We work with several different specialties, including neurosurgery, plastic surgery and otolaryngology," Jennifer Sivak, M.D., director of the WVU Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program, said.

Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., senior associate dean for student services and designated institutional official for graduate medical education at the WVU School of Medicine, said it is not only an honor to be one of the first to receive this accreditation, but it is also an honor to be considered among the leading institutions in the field.

For more information see www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/eye/ FellowshipOfferings.aspx.

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Title Annotation:West Virginia University Health Sciences NEWS
Publication:West Virginia Medical Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Mar 1, 2011
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