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Kittner Family Distinguished Professor
Chair – UNC Department of Ophthalmology


Cataract Surgery
Surgical Outcomes
Visual Field
Optic Nerve Imaging
Epidemiology & International Health in Glaucoma

Education & Training

Medical School

Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA)
Masters of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD)


Scheie Eye Institute
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)


Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FL)

Research Interests

Surgical outcomes, visual field analysis, optic nerve imaging, medical adherence in glaucoma, epidemiology of glaucoma, international health.


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

Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) and completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute (Philadelphia, PA). Dr Budenz subspecialty-trained in glaucoma as a Heed Foundation Fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FL), where he subsequently served on faculty for 17 years. In 2004, he received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD). Dr. Budenz is the Kittner Distinguished Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).

Dr Budenz is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaucoma, and is the Editor of the Glaucoma issue of Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. He has been principal investigator in numerous glaucoma clinical trials. Concurrent with his research, Dr Budenz has been published widely in the field of glaucoma; he has authored a textbook, Atlas of Visual Fields, contributed chapters to several other books, and written or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr Budenz is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Best Resident Teacher (University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine) and has received the teaching award for Best Course in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami. He has received Humanitarian of the Year awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Glaucoma Society for his work in Ghana, West Africa.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Budenz, please call the UNC Kittner Eye Center at 984-974-2020.

Donald L. Budenz, M.D., M.P.H.