School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology


Joshua Butrick
LSU Dept of Ophthalmology
533 Bolivar St, Rm 451B
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-2242







The LSU Ophthalmology residency program offers a three-year, ACGME-accredited residency in ophthalmology. The goal of ophthalmology residency is to enable all residents to increase surgical and general medical knowledge along with learning to uphold the highest standards in patient care. The program trains residents at LSU Health Care Network, University Medical Center of New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, University Hospital and clinics, Our Lady of the Lake, Children's Hospital New Orleans, Our Lady of the Angels, L. J. Chabert Medical Center, and Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

Over 40 full and part time clinical faculty members provide supervision and training of residents in a complete array of services, which include general ophthalmology, oculoplastics-oncology, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, retina and posterior segment disease, neuro-ophthalmology, and ocular pathology. During the three-year program, residents gain experience in a wide variety of clinical and surgical situations with diverse patient populations.

There is an opportunity for all residents to be involved in a full range of basic and clinical research activities. The department is active in multiple and diverse projects. The faculty's current research projects include studies on Schnyder's Dystrophy, Corneal Nerve Regeneration, Herpetic Eye Infections, HSV-1 targeted gene therapy to prevent ocular HSV reactivation, viral Inflammation-mediated disease processes targeted with metabolic-associated therapies, Retinal Diseases, Photoreceptor Degeneration and Retinal Diseases. Dr. Jennifer Lentz is developing a therapeutic approach to prevent or cure the deafness and blindness associated with Usher Syndrome.

During the three years of residency residents take part of a dynamic didactic schedule which includes weekly grand rounds followed by weekly BSC questions, monthly subspecialty conferences, and quarterly visiting speaker lectures. With a large faculty base we have the opportunity to cover all aspects of ophthalmic education.

We believe LSU provides one of the nation's best experiences in ophthalmology, with the potential to care for thousands of patients in an autonomy-supported environment. The surgical experience is consequently outstanding and diverse. Many of our graduates go on to enter outstanding subspecialty fellowships. In addition to providing our trainees with excellent practice opportunities, a number of our recent graduates are now faculty in prominent academic medical centers, including the LSU.

The American Board of Ophthalmology requires four years of training to be eligible for board examination which includes an inter year that must be completed prior to entering the LSU residency.