Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

Richard Hertle, MD<br>Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Director

Richard Hertle, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Director

If you’re looking for an enriching and diverse pediatric ophthalmology training experience, I encourage you to explore Akron Children's pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program.  Our program is in collaboration with the Summa Health System department of Ophthalmology and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). It is approved and supervised by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Our goal is to provide clinical training in the examination, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatments of ocular and visual system disorders in infants, children and teens, as well as eye movement disorders and strabismus in adults.

Our program requires the fellow to supervise and instruct students and residents, and participate in administrative aspects of medical care. The fellow is also provided an environment in which to learn and participate in both clinical and basic science research.

Akron, Ohio, offers a great quality of life and low cost of living. In fact, the Huffington Post ranks Akron among the 18 most underrated cities in the U.S. It offers family-friendly communities with excellent public and private schools. There are a variety of restaurants, malls, art galleries, museums, concert venues, theaters, and cultural and arts festivals. For nature lovers, the Summit County Metro Park includes 125 miles of trails, 14 developed parks and six conservation areas.

Sports fans can also find plenty of sporting events within 40 miles, including the Akron Aeros minor league baseball team, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, as well as college teams from the University of Akron and Kent State University. Pittsburgh and Columbus are also within a 2-hour drive.

Please contact me at with any questions about Akron Children’s fellowship program and the application/interview process. I look forward to hearing from you and believe that the more you discover about our program, the more you will want to explore what we have to offer.


Richard W. Hertle, MD
Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

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