OUR PROGRAM

Our Mission

The mission of the optometry residency in ocular disease / low vision rehabilitation is to offer clinical experiences in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular disease at a post doctorate level, which exceeds that attainable in private practice. Hence, the optometrist is offered the foundation from which to teach, research, or practice in a multidisciplinary setting.

  • High patient volume with experience diagnosing & treating complex ophthalmic conditions

  • Close independent relationship with a nationally recognized Department of Ophthalmology

  • Interaction with medical, surgical and rehabilitation specialties

  • Extensive exposure to ocular and systemic disease as well as fitting of complex medically necessary contact lenses

  • Complete physical diagnosis, lab testing and imaging studies ​

What We Offer
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are devoted to direct patient care (40 hours per week)

  • Wednesday is devoted to rounds and conferences primarily at Jesse Brown VAMC (8 hours per week)

  • Each resident rotates at the  Hines BRC for 4 months where they spend Monday, Tuesday & Thursday doing direct patient care.  

  • Clinic Hours

    • Monday - Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pm​

    • Weekends only as needed for follow-up

Program Overview
  • Successful completion of full 12 months of clinical experience

  • Case Presentation at ICO Grand Rounds

  • Complete 1st journal review by 6 months with JB attendings

  • Complete manuscript or presentation of publishable quality by 12 months

    • AAO Fellowship Case Report may substitute for manuscript ​

Certificate Requirements

  • Chicago stipend - $38,722

  • Health Insurance

  • Malpractice in the VA covered under federal tort

  • 11 federal holidays

  • 14 vacation/sick days

General Information
To request more information or to schedule an interview please email Dr. Jennifer Brown at:
Jennifer.Brown1befc6@va.gov.

Contact us:

Jennifer Brown, OD, FAAO

Residency Coordinator 

Jennifer.Brown1befc6@va.gov

Charles Kinnaird, OD, FAAO

Co-Director Ocular Disease

Chief of Optometry Section

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Charles.Kinnaird@va.gov

Peter Russo, OD, FAAO, Diplomate

Co-Director Low Vision Rehabilitation 

Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Service 

Peter.Russo2@va.gov

Tel:  312-569-7505

Fax: 312-569-7547

Jesse Brown VAMC

820 S Damen Ave

Chicago IL 60612

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