Karl C. Golnik, M.D.

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Karl C. Golnik, M.D. is the Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). The eye generates the visual signal, but in order for a person to see, this signal must be transmitted to the brain.

A Neuro-Ophthalmologist is concerned with the visual pathways in the brain and with visual abnormalities (visual loss, double vision) that occur when communication between the brain and the eye is damaged. Neuro-Ophthalmology bridges the gap between several specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and ophthalmology. Patients with unexplained visual loss, double vision, or a wide spectrum of disorders including brain tumor, aneurysm, stroke, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroid eye disease may benefit by consulting a Neuro-Ophthalmologist.

Dr. Golnik received his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at University of Virginia. He returned to the Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins for his Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship. He joined CEI in 1994. He is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Golnik is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has published more than 130 articles and book chapters in the field of neuro-ophthalmology and medical education. He has received the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Merit Award, 10 Awards for Teaching Excellence, The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award twice and their Lifetime Achievement Award, the Straatsma Award for best Ophthalmology Residency Program Director in the USA and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker Palmer Award as one of the best Residency Program Directors in all fields in the USA. He has also received Distinguished Service Awards from the Chinese and Pakistan Societies of Ophthalmology.

He has given invited lectures in more than 65 countries and earned a Masters Degree in Education in 2005 to facilitate his research in this area. He currently serves as the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Director for Education, he Chairs the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology’s Resident Education Committee and is Past-President of the Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology. He was recently accepted to the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society and is a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

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