• UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program
  • UCSF Ophthalmology Residency Program

Frequently Asked Questions


San Francisco is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and as such rent here can be expensive. Luckily, the University of California provides a housing stipend to all residents. In 2022, each resident receives over $12,000 in addition to their salary as a supplement to offset housing costs. Residents have not had a problem finding great housing in our beautiful city! In addition, each resident receives a generous meal card allowance to cover the cost of most meals while at each campus.

Our residents have been very successful in finding excellent fellowships after residency:

Class of 2023
Anh Bui, MD PhD – Cornea, Stanford
Lawrence Chan, MD – Retina, West Coast Retina
Frank Ma, MD PhD – Retina University of Illinois Chicago
Merry Ruan, MD PhD – Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer
Jeannette Stallworth, MD – Pediatrics and Strabismus, University of Washington

Class of 2022
Benyam Kinde, MD, PhD – Oculoplastics, Bascom Palmer
Rolake Alabi, MD, PhD – Retina, Duke
Stephanie Chen, MD – Cornea, Bascom Palmer
Tiffany Chen, MD – Pediatrics, Harvard
Georgia Kamboj, MD, MPH – Retina, West Coast Retina

Class of 2021
Zeeshan Haq, MD – Retina Fellowship: VRS Retina
Lauren Hennein, MD – Pediatrics Fellowship: Harvard
Snowy (Yingna) Liu MD – Retina Fellowship: Tufts
Murtaza Saifee, MD – Fellowship: Glaucoma: UCSF
Abtin Shahlaee, MD – Fellowship: Retina, Wills

Class of 2020
Neel Pasricha, MD – Fellowship: Cornea, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (U of Miami)
Frances Wu, MD – Fellowship: Retina, Mass Eye and Ear (Harvard U)
Lesley Everett MD, PhD – Fellowship: Retina, University of Michigan
Bethy Mekonnen, MD – Fellowship: Cornea, Stanford University
Jonathan Li, MD – Comprehensive attending at ZSFG, ForSight – Ophthalmology Incubator

Class of 2019
Davin Ashraf, MD – Fellowship: Oculoplastics, UC San Francisco
Megan Law, MD – Fellowship: Pediatrics, Duke University
Minjy Kang, MD – Fellowship: Glaucoma, Duke University
Quinn Wang, MD – Private Practice
Michael Ryan, MD, PhD – Fellowship: Medical Retina, Cornell

Class of 2018
Frank Brodie, MD MBA – Ophthalmic Innovation Fellowship, Stanford University;  Retina Duke University
Kristin Hirabayashi, MD – Cornea, Stanford University
Eugene Lowry, MD – Glaucoma, Oregon Health Sciences University
Michelle Peng, MD – Retina, West Coast Retina
Catherine Sun, MD – Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Class of 2017
Joe Alsberge, MD – Vitreoretinal surgery, West Coast Retina/CPMC
Greg Bever, MD – Ocular Oncology, UCSF
Joey Hsia, MD – Glaucoma, UCSF
Kareem Moussa, MD – Vitreoretinal surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear
Julius Oatts, MD, MHS – Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Boston Children’s Hospital

Class of 2016
Christopher Aderman, MD – Vitreoretinal Surgery, Wills Eye Hospital
Ferhina Ali, MD, MPH – Vitreoretinal Surgery, Wills Eye Hospital
Irina De la Huerta, MD, PhD – Vitreoretinal Surgery, William Beaumont Hospital
Sarah DeParis, MD – Oculoplastics at Johns Hopkins/Wilmer Eye Institute
Maanasa Indaram, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Boston’s Children’s Hospital

Class of 2015
Sundeep Kasi, MD – Surgical Retina, Wills Eye Institute
Shilpa Desai, MD – Surgical Retina, Tufts Medical Center/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Qi Cui, MD, PhD – Glaucoma, Wills Eye Institute
Euna Koo, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital Boston
Debbie Kuo, MD – Glaucoma, Duke

Class of 2014
Noelle Layer, MD – Glaucoma, Wills Eye Institute
Allison Loh, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Institute
Michael Geske, MD – Cornea, UCSF/Proctor Foundation
Shivali Menda, MD – Glaucoma, Casey Eye Institute
Ian Gorovoy, MD – Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Clinical Faculty, SFGH

Class of 2013
Ashleigh Levison, MD – Surgical Retina, Cleveland Clinic
Justin Baynham, MD – Surgical Retina, Casey Eye Institute
Michael Seider, MD – Ocular Oncology, UCSF; Surgical Retina, Duke
Scott McClintic, MD – Medical Retina, U. of Auckland; Surgical Retina, Casey Eye Inst.
Julie Schallhorn, MD – Uveitis, Proctor Foundation; Cornea, Casey Eye Institute

Residents can take up to 4 weeks of vacation per year, each in a 1 week block.  In addition, residents may take 5 days to attend academic conferences each academic year, as long as service requirements are met. Five additional days are available for fellowship interviews.

Residents are encouraged to present their research at academic conferences and are provided with a $1500 annual budget to attend a scientific meeting of their choice.

In a city like San Francisco, there is no end to the exciting activities you can pursue.  Golden Gate Park is literally steps from UCSF full of interesting museums and great trails for running.  San Francisco is known for its foodie culture and does not disappoint with an amazing and diverse array of restaurants.  Beautiful wine country is just a short drive to the north and there is great hiking inside and outside of the city. Each year the residents plan a retreat which is always a blast.  In addition, we have a yearly trip to Tahoe for skiing.  With great residents and an amazing city we have a lot of fun.


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