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Maria Woodward

Edward T and Ellen K Dryer Career Development Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

BS, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University
MD, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons
Transitional Internship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
Ophthalmology Residency, Chief Resident, Emory University School of Medicine
Fellow, Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, MS, Health and Healthcare Research, University of Michigan

I am a physician-scientist focused on healthcare delivery specifically for the anterior segment of the eye. My career goal is to dramatically extend high-quality, affordable eye care to underserved and underrepresented communities nationally and globally. Funded by a National Eye Institute R01 grant, my research focuses on applying low-cost technologies and novel care models to address eye problems before they cause damage to the eye and permanent vision loss. My overall research goal is to personalize treatments earlier and more accurately in order to improve patient outcomes, especially in vulnerable populations. I am the Strategic Director of the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center eHealth and the Service Chief for the Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Section. I serve on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Research, Regulatory & External Scientific Relations Committee, the AAO Telemedicine Task Force, AAO Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) research committee, and the Cornea Society board of directors.  I collaborate with national and international leaders in telemedicine, cornea, health sciences, and engineering, including close collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospitals in India.


Prediction modeling for eye infections

University Affiliation(s)


Community and Professional Affiliation(s)

American Academy of Ophthalmology | Aravind Eye Hospitals

Research Area(s)

Artificial Intelligence | Clinical Microbiology | Clinical Outcomes | Health services research


  • Principal investigator of: Automated Quantitative Ulcer Analysis Study: Diagnosing Organism Type
  • Principal investigator of: Acute Eye Infections Managed in Primary Care Settings: Identifying At-Risk Patients and Clinical Risk Factors
  • Co-investigator of: University of Michigan Vision Research Center
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