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Meet Our Fellows

The Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship draws trainees from across the U.S. and around the world. While all our trainees have a love of learning and a compassionate approach to patient care, they come from diverse backgrounds, family status, and professional and personal interests.

Caroline Yu, M.D.

Caroline Yu, M.D.Class year: 2025

Medical school: Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Residency: Hofstra University

Fellowship: Ocular Oncology, Wills Eye Hospital

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

Mayo is the ideal mix of clinical and surgical volume, strong and diverse preceptors, multidisciplinary collaboration, and a balance between routine and highly complex cases. There is also a dedicated aesthetic rotation that allows fellows to become well-rounded surgeons. The most important part of any training program is the faculty. The preceptors at Mayo have a passion for teaching and advancing the field of oculoplastics and offer thoughtful advice during this formative period of training. Lastly, training at a top institution like Mayo means that one is surrounded by brilliant minds from other fields, and the plentiful opportunities to collaborate both in clinical care and in research are what make this fellowship truly remarkable.

What makes this program unique?

In the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, what stands out is the multidisciplinary approach. In addition to the multidisciplinary facial reanimation and thyroid eye disease clinic, there is frequent collaboration with other specialties including plastic surgery, otolaryngology, dermatology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and endocrinology. Working with experts from different fields allows you to gain unique perspectives and provides the best possible patient care for the most challenging of cases. Patients are drawn to Mayo Clinic from all around the world, and this allows trainees to gain exposure to some of the rarest of diseases. As a byproduct, there is a strong emphasis on medical innovation to help identify solutions for these patients. 

Ahmed Sheikh, M.D.

Ahmed Sheikh, M.D.Class year: 2023

Medical school: Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Residency: Hofstra University

Fellowship: Ocular Oncology, Wills Eye Hospital

What drew you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?

I chose this program for the high clinical and surgical volumes, and for the range of clinical conditions treated, from common things like ptosis and dermatochalasis to the most complex problems in our specialty. I also liked that the faculty members all trained at different institutions so that I would be introduced to different approaches to problems in the clinic and the OR. Working in multidisciplinary teams on complex problems was so appealing, and has been a highlight of the fellowship. Finally, the emphasis on graduated learning with enough support to build confidence, balanced with autonomy to manage many patients independently, was the kind of environment I was looking for. 

What makes this program unique?

In the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, you will hone your skills and learn new ones, elevating your clinical and surgical acumen to the next level. you will encounter a broad profile of pathology from within ophthalmology, but also from our brilliant colleagues in craniofacial surgery, head and neck surgery, dermatology, rheumatology, and endocrinology. Above all, the strongest suit of this fellowship is mentorship. My preceptors have always looked after me to ensure that I have the best experience on a professional and personal level.

What did you like about your time in the fellowship?

The Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic was a phenomenal experience. Time flies when you’re having fun, and those two years certainly felt that way. Mayo Clinic serves patients with a diverse breadth of pathology, and you will learn how to manage complex diseases along with varying surgical techniques. Operating with and learning from Dr. Kristin Tarbet in Washington further augmented my experience with cosmetic periorbital and facial rejuvenation. The department will support your clinical and research interests. You will feel well-equipped to handle anything after fellowship.

Alumni

This map shows the current locations of ASOPRS fellows who have trained at Mayo Clinic since 1993.
This map shows the current locations of ASOPRS fellows who have trained at Mayo Clinic since 1993.

The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. Upon completion of the fellowship, all of our graduates become American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) members. 

Our fellows have gone on to work in both academic and private practice settings all over the United States. Our large alumni network is a tremendous resource for fellows for advice on job searches, practice management, academic advancement, and other topics.

Words from past alumni

Hear from recent graduates who reflect on their training experience in the Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Pradeep Mettu, M.D.

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Pradeep Mettu, M.D.

Molly Fuller, M.D., Ph.D.

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Molly Fuller, M.D., Ph.D.

Viraj Mehta, M.D., M.B.A.

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Viraj Mehta, M.D., M.B.A.

Graduation of Mayo Clinic residents and fellows

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