Dr. Douglas J. Rhee is Professor of Ophthalmology and serves as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at University Hospitals / Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Rhee leads a molecular biology laboratory which investigates the regulation of extracellular matrix and its influence on intraocular pressure. His laboratory studies have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, numerous corporate partnerships and foundation awards including the American Glaucoma Society’s Clinician-Scientist Fellowship and Mid-Career Physician-Scientist Award as well as the Physician-Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. Mentees in his laboratory have been supported by Fight for Sight and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His clinical interests have been predominantly in the areas of outcomes analysis of novel and traditional surgical procedures for the treatment of glaucoma.
Dr. Rhee has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications, over 30 textbook chapters, authored and edited 8 textbooks in the areas of glaucoma, ophthalmic diagnostic and therapeutic protocols, and ocular pharmacology. He has lectured at over 210 regional, national, international meetings and delivered five named lectureships. For contributions and service to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he has been awarded the Achievement, Senior Achievement, and Secretariat Awards.