Nationally Known Vision Scientist Joins Dean McGee Eye Institute Research Team

Nationally  Known Vision Scientist Joins Dean McGee Eye Institute Research Team 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) announced the appointment of leading biomedical vision researcher Dimitrios Karamichos, PhD, to its basic science research faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma’s (OU’s) College of Medicine.

Dr. Karamichos’ research interests include corneal wound healing and structural degenerative diseases of the eye such as corneal dystrophies, including keratoconus. He holds major grant support from the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute and serves on the Program Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology’s cornea section.

Dr. Karamichos comes to the Dean McGee Eye Institute from Harvard Medical School in Boston where he was an instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology. Prior to that, he was a senior research associate at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston.

“Dr. Karamichos brings outstanding credentials and an extensive background in tissue engineering to the internationally respected research team at the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” said Gregory L. Skuta, MD, DMEI President and CEO and Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the OU Department of Ophthalmology. “We are delighted that he is now among our talented group of scientists, forging continued growth in our vision research programs and making significant contributions to the advancement of new treatments for ocular disease.”

Born in Athens, Greece, Dr. Karamichos completed his undergraduate work in electrical and electronic engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, United Kingdom. He went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering and physical sciences in medicine from Imperial College in London and his doctorate in tissue engineering and molecular biology from University College London. Dr. Karamichos pursued his postdoctoral training in human cornea tissue engineering at the University College London and the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

About the Dean McGee Eye Institute
The Dean McGee Eye Institute is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education and vision research. It is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States and houses the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Its research and training programs are among the most highly regarded in the country. Nineteen of the Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed in the Best Doctors in America; its Director of Vision Research is a Past President of the International Society for Eye Research, Past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a recipient of ARVO’s prestigious Proctor Medal; two members of the faculty are recent or current directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology; three serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; one is Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Ophthalmology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and one is President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society. For more information, visit www.dmei.org.
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