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Meet The Faculty

Approximately 80,000 patients from the U.S. and abroad visit the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic each year. This large and diverse patient base allows our residents and fellows to see and treat a wide variety of diseases during their training.

The department faculty includes more than 25 full-time physicians and scientists representing all ophthalmic subspecialties. Faculty members are active in educational efforts directed toward residents and fellows in ophthalmology.

Each oculoplastics consultant at Mayo Clinic has considerable experience in evaluating and treating patients with complex ophthalmic disorders, and each has his and her own particular interests, expertise, and approach to patient diagnosis and management. Our fellows have found this varied exposure very rewarding from an educational perspective. The staff has collectively published hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to many well-known books.

From the program director

Elizabeth Bradley, M.D.Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. This rigorous training program, sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), offers clinical and surgical training in a nurturing environment, graduated fellow responsibility leading to full autonomy, and many opportunities to teach and do research. Our fellows typically participate in more than 1,800 oculofacial surgical cases, the majority as primary surgeon. 

We seek fellows who, above all, embrace Mayo's core value that "the needs of the patient come first." The strong "patient first" culture at Mayo Clinic is embedded into every aspect of patient care, research, and education, making Mayo a truly one-of-a-kind place to work and train. Our fellowship program is also fellow-centric, meaning that the training will be tailored to your specific interests and career plans. 

We are excited that you are interested in the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, and we look forward to the possibility of having you visit our department to see firsthand our outstanding training program.

Elizabeth Bradley, M.D.
Program Director

Faculty

This fellowship gives you a unique opportunity to work with experienced oculoplastic surgery faculty at Mayo Clinic. Our faculty come from varied training backgrounds and have complementary clinical and research interests that encompass the entire field of oculofacial surgery.

You work closely with these individuals throughout your training in the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship.

Elizabeth Bradley, M.D.

Elizabeth Bradley, M.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr. Bradley joined the faculty at Mayo Clinic in 1999, after completing fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and in oculofacial plastic surgery at Mayo Clinic. She holds a Master's degree in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and has received NIH support to study the quality of life in patients with thyroid eye disease. Dr. Bradley is a past member of the ASOPRS Executive Committee, having served as Executive Secretary from 2017-2021.

Clinical and research interests:

  • Facial reanimation
  • Face transplantation
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Outcomes measurement and quality of life assessment in oculofacial plastic surgery
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Lilly Wagner, M.D.

Lilly Wagner, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr. Wagner joined the faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2018, after completing her fellowship in San Francisco with Dr. Stu Seiff. She serves as the Clinical Practice Committee representative for the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery section.

Clinical and research interests:

  • Pediatric oculoplastic surgery
  • Customized reconstruction of orbital trauma
  • Telemedicine

 

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Andrea Tooley, M.D.

Andrea Tooley, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr. Tooley joined the faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2020 after completing the NYC combined ASOPRS fellowship with Drs. Mike Kazim and Richard Lisman. She serves as Associate Program Director for the Ophthalmology Residency program. 

Clinical and research interests:

  • Orbital inflammation
  • Orbital and skull-based tumors
  • Endoscopic orbital surgery
  • Ophthalmology education

 

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George Bartley, M.D.

George Bartley, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

Dr. Bartley has spent his entire distinguished career at Mayo Clinic, serving as Department Chair, member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors, and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Bartley is currently CEO of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is Emeritus Editor for OPRS and Ophthalmology. Dr. Bartley is clinically active, seeing patients, and performing surgery one day a week.

Clinical interests:

  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Treating disorders of the eyelids, tear drainage system, and orbit/eye socket
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Kristin Tarbet, M.D.

Kristin Tarbet, M.D.

Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Tarbet is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and ASOPRS member. She completed oculofacial surgery training in 1999 with Drs. Richard Dortzbach and Brad Lemke in Madison, Wisconsin. Her oculofacial surgical practice in the greater Seattle, Washington, area is the site of a two-month aesthetic surgery rotation that Oculofacial Plastic Surgery fellows complete during their second year of training.

Interests:

  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Female plastic surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
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The fellowship preceptors provide clinical and surgical training across the entire spectrum of oculoplastic disorders. All preceptors are patient teachers in the OR who believe strongly in the value of direct hands-on experience for surgical training.

Our program offers instruction in highly complex multidisciplinary cases such as facial transplantation, facial reanimation, skull-based surgery, and craniofacial reconstruction. Our fellows have the unique opportunity to evaluate patients for, and participate in, face transplant surgery. We also have high clinical volumes of medical and surgical orbital cases, lacrimal surgery, and reconstructive eyelid cases. Additionally, fellows participate in the care of hundreds of patients with common eyelid disorders who are seen in both faculty and fellow clinics.

Through strong relationships with colleagues in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, and through the two-month rotation with Dr. Tarbet, we also provide robust training in the use of fillers, neurotoxins, and aesthetic surgery to give fellows the skills they need to provide expert care for these patients. 

With her training in research methodology, Dr. Bradley serves as research mentor, and fellows also collaborate with all faculty members, depending on the fellow's interests. Dr. Bradley also oversees the didactic aspects of your training, with all service members sharing in the educational efforts. Dr. Bradley completes fellow evaluations on a quarterly basis, with input from the other preceptors.