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Designated Center of Excellence for Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
Approved by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee and under the direction of Dr. Gallardo and Dr. Shoukfeh, we provide a premier fellowship experience for students. Fellows can expect to be fully trained in all realms of glaucoma management and garner high volume of surgical experience, exposure and use of multiple advanced technology, all with ample time for independent study.
The fellowship, approved by the Association of University Professors of Opthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee, provides a premier experience to fellows. Fellows can expect to be fully trained in all realms of glaucoma management and garner high volume of surgical experience, exposure and use of multiple advanced technology, all with ample time for independent study.
We are the tertiary glaucoma referral center for west Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Mexico. Our region is very rich in culture and ethnically diverse being on the Texas/Mexico border and housing thousands of transplanted active duty and retired military servicemen and women.
As such, fellows will be exposed to the myriad of presentations of glaucoma as well as the ethnically varying patterns of responsiveness to our current therapeutic options available in our armamentarium to fight blindness.
Given our unique location and absolute support by our ophthalmic community, we have quickly become one of the highest volume surgical glaucoma practices in the country. We are a recognized Center of Excellence for Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) and routinely have surgeons from all over the world visit our facility to observe us in surgery and learn our treatment algorithms.
Our ambulatory surgical center is equipped with all the latest technologies for cataract and refractive surgery and the fellow will have the opportunity to become not only a glaucoma specialist, but a true MIGS expert!
Fellows will graduate having performed hundreds of angle based surgeries including iStent implantation, goniotomy using the Kahook Dual Blade, Gonioscopy-Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy (or GATT procedure), ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC), Visco360, Trab360, endoscopic cyctphotocoagulation, CyPass supraciliary shunt implantation, Express mini-shunt implantation and of course tubes and trabs.
Dr. Mark J. Gallardo, is a native El Pasoan, who completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, where he won multiple awards for his leadership skills and research endeavors. Following his residency at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, he completed a one-year glaucoma fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and returned to El Paso to oversee a young ophthalmology clinic at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.
Though Dr. Gallardo still has active faculty positions as Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock and The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, his mainstay clinical and surgical practice is in his private practice at El Paso Eye Surgeons, P.A.. Despite being in a private practice setting, Dr. Gallardo continues his efforts to advance the science of medicine, is actively involved in research and is a part of multiple on-going FDA clinical trials.
Dr. Shoukfeh completed his undergraduate training at Texas Tech University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology. At Texas Tech he was accepted to be a member of the Mortar Board, an award to the top 50 seniors campus-wide based on leadership, scholarship, and service. He subsequently obtained his medical degree at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Shoukfeh completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where he earned some of the highest board preparation scores in the country. He served as chief resident during his third year. He then obtained a glaucoma fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas where his surgical experience was near the top in the country.
He is Lubbock’s only glaucoma fellowship trained doctor in the class of new and exciting minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS), which he is very passionate about. He is also in a very small minority of Ophthalmologists in the nation that can provide the full spectrum of minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries to their patients.
What to Expect
Our faculty is committed to ensuring our fellows and future colleagues are fully trained in all realms of glaucoma management. We are cognizant of a student’s need to learn beyond the confines of the clinical walls and as such, will have ample time for independent study, which will assist in board preparation. Fellows will be highly involved in the surgical case volume and are typically in the operating room two half days a week and will be primarily surgeon in a vast majority of cases. Our faculty will guide you through your learning curves as you adopt new technology and, like a proud parent, will lead you into independence. You will also be exposed to and use multiple advanced technology intraocular lenses and several complex/reconstructive anterior segment procedures.
How to Apply
This fellowship is approved by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee and participates in the Central Application Service provided by the San Francisco Matching Program. The fellowship application form may be accessed at www.sfmatch.org. It is expected that the glaucoma fellow be eligible for a Texas Medical License and thus must have completed and passed all three parts of the USMLE and be either Board Eligible or Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. No additional application material is required beyond that which is included in the central application service.