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Ophthalmology Residency

Saint Louis University offers a four-year ophthalmology residency program with an opportunity for residents to explore a wide array of eye diseases while developing clinical and surgical skills. SLU residents receive every opportunity to become well-trained, proficient ophthalmologists both medically and surgically.  

Thank you for your interest in the SLU Ophthalmology Residency program.

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Ophthalmology Residents

Welcome From the Program Director

Welcome to the Ophthalmology Training Program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. If you match here, your four years in residency will be filled with excitement, learning and personal growth. Our residents leave feeling well prepared and ready to face challenges on their own, regardless of the career path they choose. 

At SLU, we pride ourselves on our collaborative environment and camaraderie. We treat residents as part of our small family. Our residents' voices are heard and valued. Their input drives and shapes the change that constantly occurs and helps improve our program.

Our diverse patient population provides our residents with the experience to treat rare and complex eye diseases in addition to the more common clinical and surgical problems. 

Our faculty consists of full-time and part-time ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists across each subspecialty. 

In 2020, our Department of Ophthalmology moved into a new and modern state-of-the-art SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Our residents also spend significant time at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, which is adjacent to the main hospital. 

Choosing to train at Saint Louis University means choosing a program that offers exposure to a broad range of subspecialties, strong clinical training with a diverse patient population, and becoming part of a community of clinicians dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. We encourage you to reach out with any questions and look forward to hearing from you.

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- Sincerely,

Rafif Ghadban, M.D.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The SSM Health/Saint Louis University School of Medicine Department of Graduate Medical Education seeks to promote a deep understanding and appreciation among the diverse members of the SLU community, to promote justice and equality in educational and employment opportunities, as well as to lead efforts to create an inclusive academic and work environment. Visit the GME office’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page for more information. 
Non-Discrimination Statement

The SSM Health/Saint Louis University Ophthalmology Residency Program is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability. We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to achieving excellence in patient care, education and research. We strive to create a culture of respect, empathy, and understanding, where everyone feels valued and supported. We are dedicated to promoting diversity and equity in all aspects of our program, from recruitment and retention to curriculum development and community outreach. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who share our commitment to excellence, compassion and service. We believe that by embracing diversity, we can better serve our patients, educate the next generation of ophthalmologists, and advance the field of ophthalmology.