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Kittner Family Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology



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, optic nerve imaging, and gene therapy for glaucoma; epidemiology and international health in glaucoma.

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


Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, graduated magna cum laud and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, USA. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, USA. Dr Budenz then completed a Heed Foundation Fellowship in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, USA, where he subsequently was a faculty member for 17 years. In 2004, he received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the Kittner Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.

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 984-974-2020.

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