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MD Education

MD training courses offered by Dr. Mark Terry and Dr. Michael Straiko

Clinic and Surgery – Dr. Terry and Dr. Straiko offer several MD training courses. Courses are offered most weeks and can be flexible on request by surgeons.

Wet Lab – Lions VisionGift is proud to offer surgeons a wet lab alongside MD training courses with Dr. Terry and Dr. Straiko. We feel that the very personalized experience and one-on-one training that occurs with our courses allows you to feel comfortable in returning home to provide safe and effective surgery for your very first patient. We also encourage you to keep in contact with us with any problems, concerns, or just questions that you may have as you proceed with your clinical programs.

Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (“DALK”)

The removal of the layers of the cornea above Descemet membrane. This surgical treatment of corneal ectasias, keratoconus, and cornea damage allows for the retention of the patients healthy endothelium and the replacement of unhealthy corneal tissue.

Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (“DMEK”)

The latest iteration of endothelial keratoplasty. It replaces only Descemet’s membrane and endothelium, and leaves the patient’s cornea closer to its original condition than any other transplant technique.

Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (“DSAEK”)

The most common iteration of endothelial keratoplasty. DSAEK involves stripping the patient’s descemet membrane and replacing it with eye bank prepared tissue.

Course Outlines

Dr. Mark Terry and Dr. Michael Straiko each offer individualized 3-day courses.

Most surgeons visiting to take the course join their visiting surgeon either Monday or Wednesday morning at Devers Eye Institute which is located in Portland Oregon at 8:30 in the clinic. This allows them to meet their training physician and the chance to observe follow up cases. Visiting surgeons will also be provided paper and digital information sources for review at their leisure.

Surgical observations occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Surgical days start at 7:45 and will continue all day or until cases are complete. In general, most surgical days end between 4 and 7 pm.

The day after surgery, visiting surgeons return to the clinic and observe the one day post ops. Additionally, the day after surgery, Lions VisionGift offers a  wet lab opportunity for DMEK, DSAEK, and DALK as a skills transfer part of the course. Wet labs will be performed at the eye bank itself, located several miles from Devers Eye Institute. Usually, visiting surgeon observe one graft preparation by an eye banking technician and then proceed through the wet lab, performing procedures using human cadaver eyes and eye bank prepared tissue.

What Days Does Dr. Terry Offer Courses?

Visiting surgeons interested in taking the course with Dr. Terry should expect to visit from Monday – Wednesday. Dr. Terry performs surgery on Tuesdays and occasionally on Wednesdays.

What Days Does Dr. Michael Straiko Offer Courses?

Visiting surgeons interested in taking the course with Dr. Straiko should expect to visit from Wednesday – Friday. Dr. Straiko performs surgery on Thursdays and occasionally on Fridays.

What is the Location?

NW Cornea Institute (Located inside Devers Eye Institute) is located in NW Portland about 2 miles from downtown Portland. The address is:

1040 N.W. 22nd Ave.,

Building 2, Portland, OR 97210.

Where do I stay?

We are located near several hotels in the area, and recommend the ‘Inn at Northrup Station’ for visiting surgeons. The hotel is located 2 blocks from Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Devers Eye Institute and is very convenient for early OR days.

Do I need to rent a car?

Most surgeons do not rent a car, but this will depend on how you choose to spend your free time. Transportation can be provided to and from Lions VisionGift and Devers Eye Institute.

What do I need to bring?

Our operating room will provide surgical scrubs on the days of surgery observation.

Lions VisionGift will provide instruments to use if you choose to participate in a wet lab, but you are free to bring your own if you wish to practice with your actual instrument set. If you wish to do the wet lab in scrubs, you will need to bring your own. We have lockers and changing rooms for your use.


There are two fees associated with the course. The first is for the training surgeon. The cost for either Dr. Terry or Dr. Straiko will be $2500.00. Made out to: Mark A. Terry MD PC

The second fee will be made out to Lions VisionGift and is only if you choose to take part in the wet lab. This fee is: $1400.00


To schedule a course, please contact Alex Bauer for available dates at [email protected] T:503.413.8377