Retina Institute Launches Fellowship Program

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Unique Private Practice Accepts First Fellow for Retinal Sub-specialty

Retina Institute (RI) has officially launched their fellowship program with the acceptance of Joshua Morrison-Reyes, the first retina sub-specialty fellow in company history who will start later this year.

“Fellowship programs offered locally are often reserved for universities like UCLA, USC, and UCI,” said Brett Braun, Retina Institute CEO. “But we are now the first private practice in Southern California to offer a retina fellowship because we value education and are dedicated to furthering innovation within the field. We’re proud to join these distinguished institutions and to give back in this way to the medical community.”

Morrison-Reyes was accepted from among an outstanding field of almost 70 applicants with board scores in nearly the 99th percentile and credentials that were a perfect match with RI requirements. Many physician groups offer residency programs but a fellowship provides greater specialization where dedicated surgeons can impart their knowledge onto others. Retina Institute surgeon Rizwan Bhatti is co-director of the program along with RI’s founder, Tom Chang, MD.

“Private practice gives the fellow real world experience and much more schedule flexibility than the academic programs,” said Bhatti. “That means we can share the latest techniques, technology, medications and knowledge and help elevate the level of patient care.”

Morrison-Reyes is expected to complete his fellowship in two years when RI will choose a new fellow. Bhatti, who was also involved with the fellowship program at the Doheny Eye Institute/USC, emphasizes that fellowships require a high level of dedication, willingness and clinical excellence on the part of the teaching doctors.

“In a fellowship, it’s more a matter of who you train with rather than where and the caliber of doctors we have at Retina Institute is exceptional,” adds Bhatti. “We accepted a fellow not because we wanted to spread the workload, but because with this program we create an environment of intellectual stimulation for the fellow as well as for ourselves and that benefits everyone.”

About Retina Institute
The Retina Institute was founded on a model of exceptional patient care and clinical excellence and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading practices specializing in vitreoretinal diseases. With 15 highly-trained retina surgeons in 24 centers, Retina Institute is committed to innovation, compassion and superior results, and works in close partnership with each other and with referring doctors to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient. For more information visit

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