For further information, please contact:

Michael Deiner
Program Co-investigator

Fax: 415-476-0336
Phone: 415-514-3310

The UCSF-Proctor Clinician Vision Scholars K12 Program

The UCSF-Proctor Clinician Vision Scholars K12 Program
(funded by the National Eye Institute) welcomes applicants for its competitive clinician-scientist training program, aimed at mentoring and training talented and diverse faculty Scholars in high quality, reproducible scientific research and the development of successful academic careers in ophthalmology and vision sciences. UCSF is one of the world’s leading health sciences institutions and this program will build on existing strengths and collaborations in clinical and translational sciences, bioengineering, and career development in the UCSF Proctor Foundation and Department of Ophthalmology.

“Please click the menu items to learn more about Program Objectives, K12 Tracks and Mentors, Our Scholars and Directors.  We hope you will apply to the program, please click here if interested in applying.” (Please note, NIH requires that applicants to this position must be a US citizen or permanent resident)

Yvonne Ou, MDYvonne Ou, MDProgram co-Director


Program Objectives


The objectives of the program are to 1) mentor and train exceptional and diverse junior faculty in developing methodological expertise and impactful research programs; and 2) transition the K12 Scholars to become independent investigators and successful academic careers. An accomplished group of Mentors with broad expertise and strong records of mentorship and collaboration will provide the Scholars with structured mentorship across three Tracks:  Track 1: epidemiology/randomized clinical trials/global health; Track 2:  basic and translational discovery science, specifically around the themes of ocular genetics & therapeutics, visual system injury, plasticity, & regeneration, and neurodegeneration; Track 3: bioengineering and innovation investigations.

“One of our K12 program’s greatest strengths is the diversity and quality of our 27+ Mentors from diverse backgrounds, including 33% women and 41% minorities. All of our Mentors have research funding, and over 80% have NIH funding. Our proposed mentors are PD/PI or co-PI on 33 of NIH awards. Please see click here to learn more about our tracks and mentors.”

Tom Lietman, MDTom Lietman, MDProgram co-Director


Intended Outcomes


The intended outcomes for Scholars are engagement in rigorous, reproducible research, the development of funded independent ophthalmology and vision science research programs with a lasting impact on the field and a focus on improving human health and alleviating blindness, and the advancement of successful academic careers as leaders and mentors in the field.

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For further information, please contact:

Nicole Henderson
K12 Program Coordinator

Email (preferred):

Fax: 415-476-0336
Phone: 415-476-1152