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Angela Elam, MD


Assistant Professor

Dr. Angela Elam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan, a glaucoma specialist and a health disparities researcher. Dr. Elam attended the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad, where she received a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Spanish. Before attending medical school at Duke University, she was a middle school Spanish teacher. After her time at Duke, she went back to Pitt for residency, followed by a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Michigan and subsequently joined the faculty. Her mission is to conduct and publish research in ophthalmology that informs health policy and moves the field toward achieving equity in eye care. She has authored numerous publications exploring sociodemographic disparities in eye care, is a recent NIH K23 awardee, and is currently leading the American Academy of Ophthalmology Taskforce on Disparities in Eye Care’s efforts to create a roadmap for the Academy and its members to combat existing disparities in vision health and eye care. 



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Health disparities


  • Principal investigator of: Engagement in Telemedicine based Glaucoma Screening in the Community Clinics
  • Co-investigator of: Sustainable Community Clinic Telemedicine-Based Glaucoma Screening
  • Principal investigator of: Increasing Eye Care Utilization in Black Americans At High Risk For Glaucoma Using A Community-Engaged and Faith-Based Intervention