Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS

Joel S. Schuman, MD, FACS

Director, the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration
Eye & Ear Foundation Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology,
Director, UPMC Eye Center


Dr. Schuman graduated from Columbia University and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.


Following a medical internship at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center, he completed residency training at the Medical College of Virginia and a clinical fellowship in glaucoma at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.  In 1998 he became a professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine; in 2001 he was appointed as vice chairman, New England Eye Center, Tufts-New England Medical Center; in 2003 he was appointed The Eye and Ear Foundation Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, UPMC Eye Center.


Dr. Schuman and his colleagues were the first to identify a molecular marker for human glaucoma, as published in Nature Medicine in 2001.  The National Eye Institute as a principal investigator has continuously funded him since 1995.
Dr. Schuman is principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study novel glaucoma diagnostics. He is co- investigator of NIH grants for research into novel optical diagnostics, short pulse laser surgery and advanced imaging in glaucoma.  He is an inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT), used worldwide for ocular diagnostics.

Recent Honors

He has consistently been awarded Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education, America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America, and has been named a Top Doctor by Pittsburgh Magazine 2006 – 2010. He has also received the American Medical Associations – Physician’s Recognition Award with Commendation and the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovator Award.