Sharon Freedman, MD

Pediatric Fellowship Director

The Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship is offered Duke Department of Ophthalmology under the direction of Sharon Freedman, MD. Additional faculty members include; Edward G. Buckley, MD, Mays El-Dairi, MDLaura Enyedi, MD, Grace Prakalapakorn, MD and Federico Velez, MD.
The pediatric ophthalmology division is a separate clinic in Duke Eye Center's clinical pavilion and a state-of-the-art treatment facility that includes a pediatric imaging suite. Patients are referred from a multi‑state region for their ophthalmic care. The clinic, OR facilities, and inpatient unit are all housed in a separate eye hospital on the Duke campus. The Ophthalmology department is consistently ranked in the top ten nationally. Generally, two clinical fellows are selected each year. The fellowship program has two tracks:

  • Track 1: The one-year clinical fellowship begins the first week of July each year. 
  • Track 2: The two-year clinical fellowship is fully funded for candidates who want a more serious academic experience. Track 2 consists of a year of clinical work, followed by an additional year largely dedicated to clinical or basic science research projects with some clinical activity. 

Clinical: The clinical experience covers all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. The clinic sees more than 10,000 patients annually. Ample experience is available on a wide range of clinical entities such as retinoblastoma, congenital glaucoma, strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, congenital and metabolic disorders, ptosis, congenital cataracts, intraocular lens implantation, adult strabismus, pediatric and adult neuro‑ophthalmology, contact lenses, and nystagmus. The fellow is an active part of the surgical team which performs more than 1,000 surgical procedures annually.

Research: Excellent research facilities are also available at the Eye Center.

Requirements: Full North Carolina medical licensure (not a training license)

Application: The deadline for application is in the fall of the year before fellowship training is to begin and approximately two months before the fellowship match deadline. To apply, visit SF Match to apply. Two letters of reference are needed as part of the application process. Applications will be reviewed by the fellowship committee and, if appropriate, an interview invitation will be extended. 

We do not provide immigration sponsorship for Clinical Associates.

For more information contact Deedra Ray at Duke Eye Center, DUMC Box 3802, Durham, NC 27710, call 919-684-2038 or email