BronxCare Health System

Beca de Especialización Médica en Retina de BronxCare


We offer a one-year medical retina fellowship at the Department of Ophthalmology, BronxCare Health System, Bronx, NY. Our mission is to provide the post-residency Ophthalmologist with a rich clinical learning experience through a diverse patient base. Our fellows will graduate with a high level of clinical competency in full-scope retina care and will gain the skills to practice in both hospital-based and private clinical settings.

Program Overview

Fellows will evaluate and treat a wide variety of retinal pathology, including but not limited to retinal vascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, macular degeneration, inherited retinal disease, and retinopathy of prematurity. In the retina practice, fellows perform a high volume of procedures including intravitreal, sub-Tenon’s, and retrobulbar injections, as well as retinal lasers. Fellows also learn basic and advanced retinal image interpretation, including ultra-widefield fluoresce in angiography, B-scan ultrasonography, fundus autofluorescence, and spectral domain OCT on our cutting-edge imaging systems.

Didactic education is strongly emphasized in our program. Fellows fully participate in morning academic conferences, which include lectures, retina journal clubs, and case conferences. Funding is provided to attend regional educational programs for retina in the New York area, as well as national and international meetings where their academic work is accepted.

Additionally, fellows have the unique option to practice comprehensive ophthalmology with autonomy and perform cataract surgery as the primary surgeon, in addition to their medical retina clinical education.

Dr. Zimei Zhou, Attending, Ophthalmology, performing eye examination.
Dr. Zimei Zhou, Attending, Ophthalmology, performing eye examination.


Zimei Zhou, MD, PhD
Program Director
Surgical/Medical Retina

Scott Ketner, MD
Program Co-Supervisor
Surgical/Medical Retina

Jonathan Levine, MD
Medical Retina

Application Process

Our program participates in the San Francisco Match. Please see their website: for more information.


  • All applicants must have successfully completed a residency program in Ophthalmology accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (USA) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada).
  • Applicants should either be board-eligible for the American Board of Ophthalmology qualifying examination, or board-certified.
  • Prior to the beginning of the fellowship on July 1, applicants must have obtained an unrestricted State of New York Medical License.
  • Applicants should have taken all three steps of the USMLE prior to their interview.
  • Letters of recommendation from three supervising faculty members, including the applicant’s Residency Program Director or Chairman of the Department, are required.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Zimei Zhou, MD, PhD
Phone: 718-960-1287

Residency Coordinator:
Glenys Thomas Perales, MS, MCHES, CLC, CASAC-T
Phone: 718-960-1287


  • Yearly stipend of $ 71,968
  • Professional liability insurance provided
  • Health, dental, vision, retirement, and disability benefits are available through the hospital
  • Paid vacation, sick, and personal leave
  • 9 paid holidays observed per year
  • $650 educational related expenses (e.g., equipment or subscriptions)
  • $1,200 conference allowance
  • Reimbursement for presentations given at conferences within the United States
  • Library services are available through the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and by remote access: