Fellowship Training at TOC Eye and Face

Fellowship Training at TOC Eye and Face

TOC Eye and Face is the largest oculofacial plastic surgery private practice in the United States specializing in high-quality cosmetic and reconstructive facial, eyelid and orbital surgery with over 90 years of cumulative experience. TOC was one of the first practices in the country to build an ambulatory surgery center devoted to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, orbit and face. The Center for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Orbital Surgery (CAREOS) has become the model for similar surgery centers throughout the country.

However, in addition to providing advanced, personalized care to patients across central Texas, TOC is also committed to research and education.  Medical students, interns and residents, as well as established physicians from across the country and internationally, come to Austin to spend time learning from our TOC physicians.  In addition, TOC serves as a teaching center offering post-residency fellowship training of ophthalmologists preparing to specialize in oculofacial plastic surgery.

Dr. John Shore started teaching fellows at Harvard Medical School in 1988. In 1997 he brought this fellowship training program to Austin where he joined Dr. Russ Neuhaus to form TOC.  The first fellows trained at TOC were Drs. Sean Blaydon and Malena Amato, now both TOC partners. Dr. Blaydon assumed the role of program director of the TOC fellowship program when he joined TOC as a partner in 2004.  Dr. Tanuj Nakra became co-director of this fellowship in 2007 after completing a cosmetic facial surgery fellowship in Santa Monica, California.  In 2015 Dr. Vik Durairaj joined TOC and brought his fellowship program from the University of Colorado so that TOC now hosts two of only 51 oculofacial plastic and orbital surgery fellowship positions accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).  The training programs at TOC are recognized as some of the premier and most sought after private practice fellowship training programs in the country.  Our current fellows are Drs. Marie Somogyi and Ivan Vrcek. In addition to our own TOC fellows, orbital oncology fellows from The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston also spend time at TOC. To date more than 30 American, Canadian and other international physicians have completed their training with us.

The physicians at TOC Eye and Face have helped develop many of the techniques used today in both aesthetic and reconstructive eyelid, blepharoplasty, orbital, and lacrimal surgery and continue to advance our field in both research and education.  It has been a gratifying experience for all the TOC physicians to pass on this collective knowledge and experience to the next generation of oculofacial plastic surgeons.

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