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Angelo P Tanna, MD

Angelo P Tanna, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Director of Glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalmology

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Focus of Work

Bio

Clinical interests: Glaucoma and cataract. Normal-Tension Glaucoma, Pigmentary Glaucoma, Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma. Early Diagnosis of Glaucoma. Research interets: Selective Perimetry for the Early Diagnosis of Glaucoma, Optic Nerve and Retinal Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging, Tonometry, Efficacy and Safety of Glaucoma Medications, Epidemiology of Glaucoma.

Academic Focus

Angelo P. Tanna, M.D. is Vice Chairman and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. Dr. Tanna received his medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1994. He completed his ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. ...[Read full text]Angelo P. Tanna, M.D. is Vice Chairman and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. Dr. Tanna received his medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1994. He completed his ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Tanna has been listed in Best Doctors in America continuously since 2005, and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award in 2017. Dr. Tanna has served in various leadership roles in the American Glaucoma Society and has also been a member of its board of directors. He currently chairs the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Science Course Glaucoma Committee and serves on the editorial boards of Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology, Scientific Reports, Journal of Glaucoma and Ophthalmology Glaucoma.

Dr. Tanna’s research focuses on the efficacy and safety of glaucoma medications, detection of glaucoma progression, and the assessment of visual function in glaucoma. His work has been important in shaping our understanding of the impact of cataract on the results of visual field testing in glaucoma patients as well as in the development of new methods to accurately detect worsening of the visual field. He has also conducted research aimed at improving the outcome of incisional glaucoma surgery. New studies in collaboration with biomedical engineers involves the use of hydrogel polymers to prevent excessive fibrosis after trabeculectomy. His recent collaborative work with geneticists led to the discovery that SNPs located in the ANGPT1 region are associated with primary open-angle glaucoma.[Shorten text]

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Education and Certification

  • MD: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1994)
  • Internship: Graduate Hospital, in affiliation with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1995)
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998)
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1999)
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology