Allure Laser Center & Medispa offers the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship to qualified applicants.
Dr. Bryan Sires, Dr. Steven LauKaitis and Dr. Eric Cole, Board Certified Ophthalmologists who specialized their practices to the field of Ophthalmic Plastic and Facial Cosmetic Surgery are conveniently located in downtown Kirkland just minutes away from I-405, in Seattle near the Swedish Hospital Campus, as well as the Kitsap Peninsula.
This 24-month fellowship provides a comprehensive oculofacial plastic surgical experience. The fellowship resides in a busy and efficient private practice located in one of the most sought after neighborhoods on the eastside of Seattle. Care also occurs in several other locations. Training includes clinical care (diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oculofacial region), research and teaching responsibilities. The goal of the fellowship is to provide comprehensive training in oculofacial plastic surgery so that the fellow can excel in any type of practice they desire. The experience should be so broad that they will feel comfortable in an academic or private practice setting. Also, the fellow should develop a sense of giving back to the profession so the field maintains the highest standards and quality for patients and others who practice after us.
The preceptor is Dr. Bryan Sires. Dr. Richard Dortzbach and others trained him at the University of Wisconsin in 1994-1995. He spent 10.5 years at the University of Washington as a faculty member where he helped to establish the first ASOPRS fellowship in Seattle and joined Allure Laser Center & Medispa. He has trained ten ASOPRS fellows. His most recent past fellows were Dr(s). Bryan Winn, Audrey Ahuero, Henry Lee and Daniel Repp. Winn now works at Columbia University, and Dr. Ahuero is working in a private practice in Houston, TX., Dr. Lee in New Jersey and Dr. Repp in Iowa. His current fellow is Dr. Tal Rubenstein came from St. Louis University. Dr. Sires has an interest in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and his research interests coincide with his clinical care. One non-ASOPRS associate preceptor is Dr. Steven LauKaitis. Dr. Robert Wilkins in Houston, TX trained him. He has been in practice in the Bellevue-Kirkland, WA area for the past 20 years. He is the founder of the Allure Facial Laser Center & Medispa. Dr. LauKaitis has interests in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as well as international medicine. He was the Medical Director of ORBIS for eight years prior to settling in the Seattle area. He is also an expert in practice management with his MBA from Duke University. The other associate preceptor is Dr. Eric Cole. Dr. Allen Putterman at the University of Illinois trained him in 1997-1998. He has cared for patients on the Kitsap Peninsula since leaving fellowship. He is currently in his own private practice at the Cole Aesthetic Center in Silverdale, WA. His interests are in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. One day a week is spent in this location.The associate preceptors will provide a diverse and well-rounded experience. This will provide a varied approach to similar problems. The patient population in these two locations is also varied. Kirkland, WA is a suburban center and Silverdale, WA is a rural center.100% of the office practice is oculofacial plastic surgery. 100% of the surgical practice is oculofacial plastic surgery. Describe arrangements made for the following: Financial Stipend: $36,000 each year and includes an incentive over and above the base salary. Malpractice Insurance: Covered by Aesthetic Eye Associates, PS. Health Insurance: Covered by Aesthetic Eye Associates, PS. Other: Travel to educational meetings: Allowance by Aesthetic Eye Associates, PS. Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly Conferences Available:
- Monthly neuro-radiology rounds at Seattle Radiology
- Monthly Clinical Pathological Correlation Conference with Incyte Pathology
- Annual Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons meeting
- Monthly Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons meeting
- Monthly Neuroradiology rounds at Seattle Radiology
Describe the subspecialty services that are available, specifically indicate the sub specialists involved in each area and the fellow’s opportunity to participate:
Otolaryngology: Direct interaction with Drs. Mike Glen, Craig Murakami, Eric Pinczower, and Sam Naficy as well as others. The fellow participates in head and neck cancer surgery cases involving tumor excision and reconstruction as well as facial plastic surgery cases. These cases are done at Overlake and Virginia Mason Hospitals. There is a two-week rotation for the oncology cases as well as one month for the facial plastic surgery cases.
General Plastic Surgery: Direct interaction with Drs. George Marosan and Aysel Sanderson can be arranged.
Neuro-ophthalmology/Neurology and Neurosurgery: The fellow interacts directly with Drs. Hamilton and May, neurologists trained in neuro-ophthalmology. The fellow also frequently interacts with Drs. David Newell and Mark Mayberg from Neurosurgery at the Neuroscience Institute at Swedish Medical Center for combined cranio-orbital cases.
Pathology: The program is fortunate to have an active ocular pathology service through Incyte Pathology, Inc. (Dr. Peter Herreid), which has a close working relationship with the ocular pathologists at the University of Washington. Specimens are available for review as well as for the CPC conference. In addition, Swedish Medical Center’s eye pathologist is Dr. Richard Kneirem. He runs a monthly eye and skin pathology conference that the fellow is welcome to attend.
Neuro-radiology: Monthly neuro-radiology rounds at Seattle Radiology. Also, the fellow directly interacts with the entire group of neuro-radiologists at the University of Washington, Swedish and Overlake Hospitals to review individual patient’s studies.
Dermatology/Mohs Surgery: Direct interaction with Dr. Peter Odland, Annalisa Gorman and Gail DeImus occur during a one-month rotation.
Ocularist: Mr. Greg Sankey, Todd Cranamore, Christie Erickson and Rebecca Erickson appreciate the interaction with the fellow. The fellow gets a close up of how ocular and orbital prosthetics are manufactured. The fellow spends one week with these practices.
Other specialty services available: The fellow can spend time with community oculofacial surgeons as well as facial plastic surgeons. The community oculofacial surgeons include Dr. James Orcutt, Dr. AJ Amadi, Dr. Alexander On, Dr. Tim Carey and Dr. Tim Heffernon. Drs. Wayne Larrabee, and Sam Naficy are facial plastic surgeons that are willing to educate the fellow as well. Drs. George Marosan and Aysel Sanderson are general plastic surgeons who have experience with body and facial surgery and who welcome interactions with the fellow.
Are facilities available for anatomic dissection? Describe: Yes. These can be done either at UCSF or Mass Eye and Ear over a weekend.
Are facilities available for research? Describe: Yes. There are basic and clinical science resources and opportunities. Allure has a standing Western IRB registry for retrospective case reviews.
Please describe the time allotment for research: Nights and weekends. Also, the fellow is given two weeks near the end of the first year to get the thesis project initiated and to get things running so they can be maintained at night and during weekends. Also, over the final year this may involve time during the weekday to facilitate the project.
Are animal labs available? Yes. The University of Washington has animal facilities.
Is funding available for research? Yes. They are also encouraged to apply for the Heed Fellowship. Other funding will be provided directly through the practice. The fellow is expected to present their work at national meetings.
What type of research do you expect to sponsor? The fellow can choose either extensive clinical projects or basic science work. The facilities and resources are available for both. It is mainly a function of the fellow’s interest. The philosophy is a project that is archival in nature.
Will the fellow be involved in teaching residents? No. There are teaching opportunities to community physicians and summer interns interested in medicine.
Describe the fellow’s duties in general ophthalmology: None.
Could the fellow leave your program for a period of time (1-2 months) to work with another preceptor or sub specialist? Yes. They travel to an orbit intensive site for one month, either in Vancouver BS or London.
Is there an ophthalmology library available? Yes.Describe: Dr. Sires has a fully functioning ophthalmic library including full volumes of Archives of Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology from Volume 1 1927. Volumes of Ophthalmology are from 1980 to current. The library also contains a nearly complete set of OPRS. Subscriptions include OPRS, Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Other journals can be obtained on an as-needed basis or through the University of Washington’s electronic library. Hard copies along with computer and web-based learning tools are available. The fellows have created a tradition by giving current books to the library.
What photographic facilities are available? A fully functioning photographic suite is available. The fellows are encouraged to have their own digital camera so they are able to start their own collection. This suite has digital photographic storage that makes retrieval easy for clinical care or research. A camera from the practice is also available.
Will the fellow be able to develop a slide collection? How will it be funded? Yes. However, with digital technology the fellows are encouraged to purchase a digital camera so they can develop their own digital collection on their computer.
Please indicate on the calendar below a typical week in your fellowship (e.g. OR, Clinic, Research, Lecture)
This fellow will have an extensive exposure to practice management and skin care as well as to an efficient high-volume private oculofacial plastic surgery experience. The practice includes its own ASC, clinic and medispa. There is an excellent blend of cosmetic (1/3) and functional (2/3) procedures. 95% of cases are done in the ASC with the others being done at Overlake or Swedish Hospitals. The fellow will also have the opportunity to have a supervised autonomous continuity oculofacial surgical experience one day a week.
A 45-minute lecture, journal article discussion, or CPC will occur one morning per week before any clinical activities.
List specific activities/rotation that will be performed during the first year:
- Head and Neck Surgery/ENT
- Craniofacial Surgery
- Mohs Surgery
List specific activities/rotation that will be performed during the second year:
- Facial Plastic Surgery
- Body Plastic Surgery
- Away Elective Rotation with Geoffrey Rose at the Moorfields Hospital London, England. Or with Phillip Weischler, MD, Cosmetic Dermatologist, Spokane, WA. OR with Jean Carruthers MD, Vancouver B.C.
- University of Washington Trauma Rotation
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME residency in Ophthalmology and be eligible to sit for the American Board of Ophthalmology Exams.
All application materials are to be submitted through the SF match program, San Francisco CA.
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*Deadline for application materials is January 1st, 2016.
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