He is also a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology within the Oregon Health and Sciences University.
After an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Medical School at the University of Minnesota, he pursued Ophthalmology residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and Glaucoma Fellowship training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals in Baltimore, MD.
For twelve years he was Director of Glaucoma Services at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans before moving with his collaborative research group to Devers in 2005.
For the past 10 years his laboratory has been NIH funded to study the effects of aging and experimental glaucoma on the load-bearing connective tissues of the non human primate optic nerve head within 3D histormophometric reconstructions.
He is currently a co-investigator with Dr. Downs on NIH funded collaborations to expand this work to the young and old human eye and to implement IOP telemetry within the experimental glaucoma model.
Building upon their 3D histomorphometric capabilities, his laboratory is now using Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD OCT) of the deep tissues of the optic nerve head to visualize and quantify 3D OCT optic nerve head reconstructions.
The longterm goal of his work is to build a clinical science to predict how an individual human optic nerve head will respond to a given level of intraocular pressure.