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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


  • Co-investigator of: Addressing Disparities in Genetic Diagnosis, Functional Impairments and Distress of Black Americans with Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Principal investigator of: Community, Research, & Faith: Decreasing Disparities in Glaucoma Care
  • Co-investigator of: Vision Impairment in the National Health and Aging Trends Study: Epidemiology, Social Determinants of Health, and Adverse Late Life Outcomes