The VitreoRetinal Surgery Foundation (VRSF) strives to promote education and research related to retinal and macular diseases. We support research by funding awards for young investigators with a potential for a career devoted to retinal disease and research.  We promote professional education by sponsoring courses designed for medical professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists, residents, fellows, technicians and students.  We promote community outreach education by raising awareness of retinal diseases, treatment options, and available resources.


The VRSF has established a competitive Research Award/Fellowship to encourage young physicians to pursue a career in retinal disease. Projects with a potential for additional funding, presentation and publication are encouraged. The Research Award/Fellowship is open to residents, fellows, medical students and undergraduates under the supervision of university based ophthalmologists, retina specialists or basic science investigators. The Research Award/Fellowship includes grant support for research as well as travel funds for presentation at national meetings.


The VRSF organizes and supports the annual Retinal Update meeting designed for ophthalmologists, optometrists, residents, fellows, technicians and students. The meeting features presentations by nationally recognized retina experts, representatives from the academic community and the physicians of VitreoRetinal Surgery.  Program topics are selected to highlight new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to retinal diseases as well as the results of current clinical retina research.

Community Outreach

The VRSF organizes and supports seminars and awareness campaigns throughout the state and our local community.  These presentations are designed to inform the public concerning retinal and macular diseases, treatment options and available resources. The VRSF develops educational materials that eye care professionals can use in the clinical setting.  The VRSF disseminates information concerning retinal disease through local media releases, brochures and newsletter articles.


The VRSF is organized as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity.  The VRSF Board is composed of representative physicians from VitreoRetinal Surgery, academic and community ophthalmologists, as well as non-physician community leaders.  The VRSF is completely separate from VitreoRetinal Surgery PA.


The VRSF solicits donations from professional colleagues, patients and families affected by retinal disease and the general public.  Educational grants are also solicited from the ophthalmic business community to support courses and seminars.  All donations to the VRSF are tax deductible.

Board of Directors

    • David RP Almeida, MD, MBA, PhD, Retina Specialist, VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A.
    • Herbert L. Cantrill, MD, Retina Specialist, VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A.
    • David W Parke III, MD, Retina Specialist, VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A.
    • Dale S. Gregerson, PhD, Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota
    • Martha M. Wright, MD, Professor, Glaucoma Service Director, University of Minnesota
    • Jose W. Pulido, MD, MS, MPH, Professor of Ophthalmology & Molecular Medicine, Mayo Clinic
    • Steve Rice, Executive Vice President, Physician Services, Integrated Healthcare Strategies
    • Emmett F. Carpel, MD, Chief, Division of Ophthalmology, MPLS VA Health Care System

VRS Fellowship

VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A. offers a two-year medical and surgical fellowship. One candidate is accepted to the program each year. The goal of the program is to train the future leaders of the retina subspecialty.

Fellows will receive a broad and robust medical and surgical educational experience. The fellow will work closely with attendings in clinic and will develop proficiency in patient evaluation, examination skills, imaging interpretation, and medical decision making. There will be ample opportunities to perform office procedures, including intravitreal and periocular injections, lasers, and cryotherapy. The fellow will manage a continuity clinic with appropriate supported autonomy. The surgical experience will be especially strong. The fellow will work with numerous attendings, each teaching the fellow a diversity of surgical techniques and approaches to management. The fellow will serve as primary surgeon for a large proportion of cases.

There will be regular didactic sessions, conferences, journal clubs, and opportunities to discuss difficult and challenging cases. The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical research and will be encouraged to publish and present at local and national meetings. Call responsibilities and vacation time will be reasonable and balanced.

In addition to a superb clinical education, the fellow will gain valuable exposure to practice management, billing and coding, technology, and medical informatics.

Applications are available through In addition to the application, a curriculum vitae, and photograph are required. Applications for the 2018-2020 program will be accepted June 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017.

Please mail supporting documents to:

VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA
Attn: Scott Heintzeman
7760 France Ave. S., #310
Minneapolis, MN 55435


For questions or additional information, please feel free to reach out to us at

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Robert A. Mittra, MD
Fellowship Co-Director

D. Wilkin Parke III, MD
Fellowship Co-Director