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 are Board Certified Ophthalmologists who specialize their practices to the field of Ophthalmic Plastic and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. They are conveniently located in downtown Kirkland just minutes away from I-405. They also have locations in downtown Seattle, as well as the Kitsap Peninsula, Anacortes, Yakima and Kennewick, Washington.
This 24-month fellowship provides a comprehensive oculofacial plastic surgery 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. As stated above, care also occurs in several other locations. Training includes research, teaching responsibilities, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oculofacial region. 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. This experience should be so broad that the fellow will feel comfortable in both an academic and a private practice setting. The fellow should also develop a sense of giving back to the profession, so the field maintains its high standards and quality, for patients and others who practice after us.
The preceptor of this fellowship is Dr. Bryan Sires. Dr. Sires trained under Dr. Richard Dortzbach and others 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 then joined Allure Laser Center & Medispa in 2006. Dr. Sires has an interest in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and his research interests coincide with his clinical care. He has trained eleven ASOPRS fellows. The most recent fellows are Dr. Bryan Winn (practicing at UCSF), Dr. Audrey Ahuero (Houston), Dr. Henry Lee (New Jersey), Dr. Daniel Repp (Iowa), Dr. Tal Rubinstein (Albany), and Dr. Phillip Radke (Minnesota). The current fellow is Dr. Garrison Wier from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Steven LauKaitis, a non-ASOPRS associate preceptor, is the founder of Allure Facial Laser Center & Medispa. Dr. LauKaitis trained under Dr. Robert Wilkins in Houston in 1983-1984. He has been in practice in the Bellevue-Kirkland, WA area for the past 25 years. 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.
Dr. Eric Cole is an ASOPRS associate preceptor who trained under Dr. Allen Putterman at the University of Illinois in 1997-1998. He has cared for patients on the Kitsap Peninsula since finishing his 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.
The fifth associate preceptor is Dr. Christopher Chambers. Dr. Chambers trained at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute and the Center for Human Appearance under Dr. James Katowitz. He was on staff at Northwestern University for 4 years where he served as the associate residency program director and chief of the plastic surgery rotation. Dr. Chambers is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington where he is the ASOPRS fellowship preceptor and the associate residency program director. Chris has an interest in pediatric oculoplastic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery and orbital trauma.
The associate preceptors will provide a diverse and well-rounded experience, which will provide a varied approach to similar patient problems. The patient population in these two locations is also varied. Kirkland, WA is a suburban center and Silverdale, WA is a rural center. One hundred percent of the clinic and surgical practice is oculofacial plastic surgery.
Financial Stipend: $48,000 each year and includes an incentive bonus 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 Clinical Pathological Correlation Conference with Incyte Pathology and University of Washington
- Annual Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons meeting
- Monthly Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons meeting
- Monthly Neuroradiology rounds at Seattle Radiology and at University of Washington
Subspecialty services and the fellow’s opportunity to participate:
Dermatology/Mohs Surgery: Direct interaction with Drs. Peter Odland, Annalisa Gorman, Jodi Markus and Sarah Dick occur during a one-month rotation. Our practice also includes Gary Beerman, ARNP who is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in dermatology and laser skin care including IPL, V-Beam, Erbium:YAG and CO2 laser. Our fellows also receive training by our Master Esthetician, Heather Wheeler, on skin care and skin analysis.
Otolaryngology: Direct interaction with Dr. Jennifer Heydt, Dr. Kris Moe, Dr. Neal Futran, Dr. Wayne Larrabee and Dr. Sam Naficy to name a few. 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, University of Washington and in private ASCs. 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 Dr. George Marosan and Dr. Aysel Sanderson can be arranged.
Neuro-ophthalmology/Neurology and Neurosurgery: The fellow interacts directly with Dr. Steven Hamilton, Dr. Eugene May and Dr. Marybeth Grazko who are neurologists trained in neuro-ophthalmology. The fellow also interacts with Dr. David Newell from Neuroscience Institute in Neurosurgery for combined cranio-orbital cases at the Swedish Medical Center.
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 runs a monthly eye and skin pathology conference that the fellow is welcome to attend.
Neuro-radiology: Monthly neuro-radiology rounds at Seattle Radiology. 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.
Ocularist: Greg Sankey, Todd Cranmore, 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 and facial plastic surgeons which include, Dr. James Orcutt, Dr. AJ Amadi, Dr. Alexander On, Dr. Tim Carey and Dr. Tim Heffernan. Dr. Wayne Larrabee and Dr. Sam Naficy are facial plastic surgeons that are willing to educate the fellow as well. Dr. George Marosan, Dr. Aysel Sanderson and Dr. George Min 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? Yes. These are done at the University of Washington.
Are facilities available for research? Yes. There are basic and clinical science resources and opportunities. Allure has a standing Western IRB registry for retrospective case reviews.
Time allotment for research: Nights and weekends. Also, the fellow is given two weeks near the end of the first year to get their thesis project initiated so that their research can be maintained at night and during weekends. During 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. Fellows are 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? Yes. This is done at the University of Washington. There are teaching opportunities for community physicians and summer interns interested in medicine.
Fellow’s duties in general ophthalmology: None.
Could the fellow leave the program for a period of time (1-2 months) to work with another preceptor or sub specialist? The fellow will travel to an orbit intensive site for one month, either in Vancouver, BC, Spokane, WA or London.
Is there an ophthalmology library available? Yes. 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 photo collection? The fellows are encouraged to purchase a digital camera so they can develop their own digital collection on their computer or from the practice electronic library.
What does a typical week in this fellowship look like?
This fellow will gain extensive experience in all aspects of oculofacial plastic surgery, practice management and medical skin care in an efficient, high-volume, private practice setting. The practice includes its own, on-site, ambulatory surgery center, clinic and medispa. There is an excellent blend of cosmetic (1/3) and functional (2/3) procedures. 95% of surgical cases are done in the practice’s ASC with the others being done at nearby Overlake or Swedish Hospitals. The fellow will also have the opportunity to have a supervised autonomous continuity oculofacial surgical experience one day per week and a monthly satellite clinic.
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
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 the application materials is June 15th, 2020.