Karl C. Golnik, M.D.



Get to Know Dr. Golnik

Karl C. Golnik, M.D. is the Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI) and Professor & Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. 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 is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who has published more than 150 articles and book chapters in the field of neuro-ophthalmology and medical education. He has given invited lectures in more than 70 countries and earned a Master’s 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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Education & Training
  • Bachelor’s Degree
    Amherst College
  • Master’s Degree in Education
    University of Cincinnati
  • Medical Degree
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency
    University of Virginia
  • Fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology
    Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
Memberships & Affiliations
  • University of Cincinnati, Department of Ophthalmology
    Chairman, Professor
  • World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology
    Current Secretary for International Relations
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
Honors & Awards
  • North American Neuro-ophthalmology Merit Award Recipient
  • 10 Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Two-time recipient of The American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Award
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Straatsma Award – Best Ophthalmology Residency Program Director in the United States
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker Palmer Award – Best Residency Program Director in all fields in the United States
  • Distinguished Service Awards from Chinese and Pakistan Societies of Ophthalmology
  • Statesmanship Award, International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology

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