Graduate Medical Education - Residencies and Fellowships



  • ​Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Department of Ophthalmology has over sixty years of distinguished history in the teaching of military ophthalmology residents. Ours is the only ophthalmology training program in the United States Navy. The faculty is totally committed to ensuring the best academic, clinical, and surgical training during the three years of residency. We are proud of our program and the traditions that live on at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Our program is a rigorous one, but one that residents will ultimately find thoroughly rewarding.

    Mission statement

    The mission of the NMCSD Ophthalmology residency program is to train residents to become clinically and surgically outstanding ophthalmologists that fully are prepared to succeed within both the military and civilian environment.

    Residency goals

    • To provide the Department of Defense with competent military ophthalmologists that can practice in world-wide locations.
    • To create an atmosphere in which compassionate, appropriate and effective patient care is paramount.
    To provide educational experiences and resources as needed in order for our residents to demonstrate competency in their medical knowledge and surgical competence. Examples of these experiences and resources include:
    • A coordinated program of educational experience throughout the various institutions for the training of our residents
    • Adequate clinical materials including outpatients, surgical opportunities, and consultations
    • Reference materials in the form of books, journals, audio and video recordings to keep abreast of the latest changes in the field of ophthalmology
    • Faculty with excellent clinical and teaching skills encompassing the entire field of ophthalmology. Intimately involve our faculty in didactic instruction in the basic and clinical sciences of ophthalmology.
    To ensure competence in practice based learning and improvement by encouraging residents to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.
    To create an atmosphere of systems based practice where residents demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.
    To ensure the highest standards of professionalism by demonstrating a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. These principles include:
    • Compassion, integrity, and respect for others;
    • Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest;
    • Respect for patient privacy and autonomy;
    • Accountability to patients, society and the profession;
    • Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation.
    To ensure residents develop interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families, and professional associates.

 Program History

  • Recent graduate placements

    • Okinawa, Japan
    • Camp Lejeune
    • Yokosuka, Japan (2 graduates)
    • Pensacola, FL
    • Walter Reed (2 graduates)
    • Camp Lejeune (2 graduates)
    • Camp Pendleton
    • Jacksonville, FL

    Recent graduate fellowships

    • Ocular Pathology- Jules Stein Eye Hospital (UCLA)
    • Glaucoma Fellowship- Jules Stein Eye Hospital (UCLA)
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship- Wills Eye Hospital
    • Vitreoretinal Fellowship –Moran Eye Center (Utah)
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship- UC San Diego
    • Oculoplastic Fellowship – Stanford University
    The majority of graduates remain in military service until retirement then transition into civilian practice.


  • The NMCSD Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program has provided over 60 years of distinguished history in the teaching of military Ophthalmology residents.
    • The residency program has graduated over 90 Navy ophthalmologists since 1984.
    • AAO Basic Clinical and Science Course taught each year
    • NMCSD Ophthalmology Review Course
    • NMCSD Refractive Surgery Course
    • NMCSD Cataract Course.
    • Extramural: Bay Area Basic Science Ophthalmology Course (Stanford University); Tri-Service Ocular Trauma Course (Bethesda, Maryland) and Loma Linda Trauma Rotation (Riverside, California).

    Conference & Academic overview

    • San Antonio Board Review Course
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
    • American Glaucoma Society
    • World Cornea Day
    • Military Refractive Surgery Symposium
    • Society of Military Ophthalmologists

    Didactics & Sim training

    • Morning lecture Series (18 month cycle)
    • Monday Retina Lecture Series
    • Monday Grand Rounds
    • Surgical Wet labs
    • Surgical Dry lab and complex cataract
    • Optics Curriculum
    • Ethics Series
    • Low Vision
    • Contact Lens


  • ​All ophthalmology rotations occur at NMCSD except for a one month ocular trauma rotation at Loma Linda University during the senior year. There are also a few clinic days with the UC San Diego Neuro-Ophthalmology department and the San Diego VA Glaucoma department.



  • CAPT Frank M. Bishop, MC, USN Department Chairman, Comprehensive Ophthalmology CDR Bryan Propes, MC, USN Assistant Chairman, Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery CAPT Scott K. McClatchey, MC, USN RET Ocular Motility & Pediatric Ophthalmology CDR Kent Blade, MC, USN RET Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery CAPT Elizabeth M. Hofmeister, MC, USN Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery CAPT Sayjal J. Patel, MC, USN Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery CAPT Calliope Allen, MC, USN Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery CDR John Cason, MC, USN Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery CDR Todd Mondzelewski, M.D. Residency Program Director, Ocular Pathology LCDR Joseph Schmitz, MC, USN Assistant Residency Program Director, Glaucoma LCDR Tim Kim, MC, USN Division Officer, Neuro-Ophthalmology

 scholarly activity

  • Current Resident Reseach Protocols
    NMCSD.2014.0113, Subjective Quality of Vision after Hyperopic WFO LASIKNMCSD.2014.0093, Wavefront Guided LASIK and PRK Higher Order Aberrations Compared to ICLNMCSD.2014.0106: Recurrent Erosions after PRKNMCSD.2012.0008: CME after Cataract Surgery Using Spectral Domain OCTNMCSD.2014.0115: Multifocal and Toric IOL use at NMCSDNMCSD.2016.0001: Association Between Dry Eyes and Media Consumption
    Departmental publications
    Mondzelewski, T.M, Schmitz, J.A., Christman, M, Davis K.D., Auge, B.M., “Intraocular Pressure During Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Procedures Utilizing Steep Trendelenburg Positioning,” J Glaucoma. 2015 Aug; 24(6):399-404.
    Femtosecond Lasers for LASIK Flap Creation. Ophthalmology 2013; 120:e5-e20.
    Copeland and Afshari’s Principles and Practice of Cornea. Chapter 95 “Radial Keratotomy” and Chapter 104 “LASIK Combined with Other Procedures.”
    Hofmeister EM, Bishop FM, Kaupp SE, Schallhorn SC. Randomized dose-response analysis of mitomycin-C to prevent haze after photorefractive keratectomy for high myopia. J Cataract Refract Surg 2013; 39:1358-1365.
    Tanzer DJ, Brunstetter T, Zeber R, Hofmeister E, Kaupp S, Kelly N, Mirzaoff M, Sray W, Brown M, Schallhorn S. Laser in situ keratomileusis in United States Naval Aviators. J Cataract Refract Surg 2013; 39:1047-1058.
    Schmitz JW, McEwan GC, Hofmeister EM. Delayed presentation of traumatic dislocation of a Visian implantable collamer lens. J Refract Surg. 2012 May; 28(5):365-7.
    Hofmeister EM, Bishop FM. Complications of Refractive Surgery. Duane's Ophthalmology Book chapter. Tasman and Jaeger, editors. 6800-6833, 2012
    Hofmeister EM. PRK Postoperative Complications. Wills Eye Hospital 5-Minute Ophthalmology Consult. Book chapter, Maguire, Murchison, Jaeger editors. 30-31, 2012.
    AAO Medical Information Technology Committee. Special requirements for Electronic Health Record Systems in Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology 2011; 118: 1681-1687.
    Humanitarian Missions: From the Resident Perspective. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology Vol 1. No. 2, 2008.
    PATEL SJ, Schachat A. Radiation retinopathy. In Albert DM, Miller JW, Azar DT, Blodi BA, eds. Albert & Jakobiec's Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2008: 2207-2211.