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Maria A. Woodward

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

I am a physician-scientist focused on healthcare delivery specifically for the anterior segment of the eye. My career goal is to dramatically extend high-quality, affordable eye care to underserved and under-represented communities nationally and globally. Funded by a National Eye Institute R01 grant, my research focuses on applying low-cost technologies and novel care models to address eye problems before they cause damage to the eye and permanent vision loss. My overall research goal is to personalize treatments earlier and more accurately in order to improve patient outcomes, especially in vulnerable populations. I am the Strategic Director of the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center eHealth and the Service Chief for the Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Section. I serve on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Research, Regulatory & External Scientific Relations Committee, the AAO Telemedicine Task Force, AAO Intelligent Research in Sight (IRIS) research committee, and the Cornea Society board of directors. I collaborate with national and international leaders in telemedicine, cornea, health sciences, and engineering, including close collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospitals in India.