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Assistant Professor



Education and Training

Medical School:

Drexel University Hahnemann

Master of Science in Biophysics: Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Glaucoma, Duke University, Durham, NC

Special Interests

  • Treatment of glaucoma by medical, laser, and surgical means
    • Trabeculectomy
    • Tube Shunt
  • Microinvasive glaucoma surgery
    • iStent
    • Trabectome
  • Ocular trauma
  • Cataracts

Research Interests:

  • Mechanisms of glaucoma pathogenesis
  • The role of cerebrospinal fluid pressure in glaucoma and other ophthalmic diseases
  • Outcome measures of techniques in glaucoma surgery

Select Publications

  • Fleischman D, Berdahl JP, Stinnett SS, Fautsch MP, Allingham RR. Cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) trends in diseases associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Acta Ophthalmol. 2014 Sep 10. doi: 10.1111/aos.12551.
  • Fleischman D, Berdahl JP. Posterior scleral biomechanics and the translaminar pressure difference. Review. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2014 Winter;54(1):73-94.
  • Fleischman D, Berdahl JP, Fautsch MP, Chesnutt DA, Allingham RR. Increasing intraocular pressure as treatment for papilledema. Exp Eye Research. 2013; 115:278
  • Fleischman D, Allingham RR. The role of cerebrospinal fluid pressure in glaucoma and other ophthalmic diseases: a review. Saudi J Ophthal. 2013; 27:97-106
  • Fleischman D, Berdahl JP, Zaydlarova J, Stinnett SS, Fautsch MP, Allingham RR. Cerebrospinal fluid pressure decreases with older age. PLoS ONE. 2012 Dec 26;7(12):e52664
  • Berdahl JP*, Fleischman D*, Zaydlarova J, Stinnett SS, Allingham RR♮, Fautsch MP♮. Body Mass Index has a linear relationship with cerebrospinal fluid pressure. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Mar 15;53(3):1422-7 (* equivalent first authors, ♮ equivalent senior authors)
  • Fleischman D, Allingham RR, Berdahl JP, Fautsch MP. Cerebrospinal fluid, body mass index, and glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2011 Jun;118(6):1225-6
  • Jindal A, Fleischman D, Leiby BL, Myers J, Spaeth GJ, Katz LJ. Effect of acutely lowering intraocular pressure on multifocal visual evoked potential testing. Acta Ophthalmologica. 2011 Nov;89(7):e550-4
  • Givre SJ, Fleischman D. Intracranial hypertension in a patient using topical adapalene. J Neuroophthalmol. 2008 Jun;28(2):156-8

Click here for a listing of Dr. Fleischman’s research publications

Textbook Chapters:

  • Fleischman D, Allingham RR. “How does intracranial pressure relate to glaucoma?” Curbside Consultation in Glaucoma. 2nd Edition. 2015 Slack Incorporated.
  • Fleischman D, Berdahl JP. “Surgical Anatomy.” Essentials of Glaucoma Surgery. 1st Edition. 2012 Slack Incorporated. p 11-22


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fleischman, please call 984-974-2020.


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David Fleischman, M.D., F.A.C.S.