Melissa Daluvoy, MD

Cornea Fellowship Director

About the Program

The mission of the Duke Cornea Fellowship program is to train future cornea specialists in the medical and surgical management of cornea, external disease, and refractive issues.

The Duke Cornea Fellowship program, with its inception in 1979, has trained numerous cornea sub-specialists over the last 40 years. Graduates of this program have become leaders in academic and private medicine worldwide. With a focus on in depth clinical and surgical training, Duke fellowship trained sub-specialists are at the forefront of their field. 

The Cornea Fellowship Program is registered with the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) fellowship compliance program and meets guidelines set forth by the AUPO fellowship compliance committee. 

Track 1 (Clinical Track): This is a clinical fellowship that is 1 year in duration. This year consists of intense medical training with clinical rotations with the Duke Cornea specialists at the main Duke Eye Center and occasionally at a satellite practice. 

Track 2 (Research + Clinical Track): This track is geared towards those with a strong interest in academic medicine and is two years in duration. The first year is devoted divided between dedicated research time and clinical training. There are many opportunities for basic science, translation, and or/clinical research. The fellow will work closely with Miracles In Sight Eye Bank. During this year, the fellow will also in depth clinical and surgical training, focusing on complex ocular disease. The second year is the same as Track 1. 

Applicants interested in a second year should speak with Melissa Daluvoy, MD, regarding opportunities. 

See where the Duke Cornea Fellowship program graduates are now practicing. 


Full North Carolina medical licensure (not a training license) 

Note: we do not accept a training license; international medical school graduates who do not qualify for a North Carolina Medical license cannot be offered fellowship positions. We do not provide immigration sponsorship for clinical associates.


We participate in the SFMatch and consider all applications submitted by the deadlines posted on the SFMatch site.  

Fellowship for Foreign Nationals

We do not provide immigration sponsorship for Clinical Associates.

For more information contact program coordinator Liana Igescu at Duke Eye Center, DUMC Box 3802, Durham, NC 27710, by telephone 919-681-3568 or email at