Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology is committed to training tomorrow's ophthalmologists and to advancing treatments and prevention of eye diseases and vision disorders through research. The department's NIH research funding increased 36 percent in 2020, making its NIH ranking 40th in the nation. The department has invested in talented scientists and faculty known for their clinical expertise. Work done within the department is guided by the core values of excellence, integrity, diversity, cooperation and respect for all individuals.
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The Department of Ophthalmology at IU School of Medicine offers education programs for medical students, residents, postgraduates and community physicians. The committed faculty and state-of-the-art facilities at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute facilitate patient care, research and academic pursuits.
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at IU School of Medicine is a leader among public universities in ophthalmic research due to its exemplary faculty, innovative avenues of research, and the continuous expansion of programs in basic, translational and clinical research.
Department faculty are accomplished ophthalmologists who are extensively trained to treat and manage an array of ocular conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye as well as facial and ocular reconstructive surgeries. They practice at three locations in Indianapolis.
Tasneem P. Sharma, PhD, focuses her research on understanding intraocular and intracranial pressure associated pathogenesis in glaucoma and Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome, generation of patient specific neuronal cells, disease modeling of central nervous system diseases, and neuroprotection/regeneration therapeutics.
Relationships with academic mentors led Richard Schroeder, MD, to become a teaching physician and a glaucoma specialists. These mentors helped him realize the value of being part of a knowledgeable group of faculty members with which you can share opinions and coordinate patient care.
At IU School of Medicine, the commitment to diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, age, geography of origin and residence, sexual orientation, disability, work style and other aspects of human attributes and behaviors. Like the school, the Department of Ophthalmology recruits talented trainees, faculty and staff from various backgrounds with focused efforts toward identified diversity categories. The department is dedicated to creating an environment that fosters inclusion throughout.
Glick Family Philanthropy to Advance Ophthalmology
Through the generosity of the Glick family, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute opened its doors in 2009 and is now home to the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. The four-story, 77,000-square-foot building provides 14,000 square feet of clinic space and is the capstone of the philanthropy of Eugene and Marilyn Glick, Indianapolis residents who donated $30 million to support vision research, eye care and education at the largest medical school in the country.
Jeremy C. Reitinger, MD
Ophthalmology, PGY 1 Creighton University School of Medicine
Reitinger's journey to become a physician started when he took anatomy unexpectedly in high school. He had to switch out of an engineering class, and he never looked back.
Pellerano Sosa is following in his father's footsteps to become an ophthalmologist. Growing up, he was surrounded by lenses and slit lamps. Later in medical school, he was amazed with the anatomy and pathologies of the eyes.
Arthur Willis, MD, values the education he received at the IU School of Medicine. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1962 and immediately enrolled at IU School of Medicine. Without the experience he gained while training at IU, Willis said he wouldn’t have been the well-rounded, quick-thinking ophthalmologist he was throughout his career.
Reitinger's journey to become a physician started when he took anatomy unexpectedly in high school, when he switched out of an engineering class and didn’t look back. He settled on ophthalmology because of the uniqueness and precision of subspecialty and the great balance between clinic and surgery time.