Dr. Michael D Abramoff, MD, PhD is a fellowship‐trained medical retina specialist with a PhD in image analysis, and the Robert C. Watzke Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with joint appointments at Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the author of over 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 18,000 times in total, on machine learning, neural networks, retinal image analysis, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disease, as well as many book chapters including the chapter on “Retinal Image Analysis” in Ryan’s Retina textbook.
Dr. Abramoff is the inventor of 10 patents and 6 patent applications, editor of the scientific journals Investigations in Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), and Nature Scientific Reports, past editor of IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging (TMI), and past Program Chair for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. His accomplishments are widely recognized, shown by the many awards he received, including the Young Investigator Award from the Macula Society (2013) and the President’s Award of the American Telemedicine Association (2011), many keynote addresses (such as the one for SPIE Medical Imaging 2012 “Automated detection of retinal disease: when Moore's law meets Baumol's cost disease”) and visiting professorships, and a widely read and highly favorable editorial by Peter McDonnell, MD, chair of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, ‘Retinator: revenge of the machines’.
Dr. Abramoff has been funded continuously since 2004 by the National Eye Institute, the Veterans Administration, the Beckman Foundation and other federal, state and philanthropic funding agencies in the US and Europe.