Ophthalmology And Visual Sciences

Arlene V. Drack, MD


Ronald V. Keech, MD, Associate Professor in Ophthalmic Genetics
Director, Pediatric Electroretinogram Service
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information

Office: 11190-G PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242

Lab: 4111  MERF
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-353-5507

Email: arlene-drack@uiowa.edu


BS, Biology / Philosophy, University of Scranton
MD, Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Fellowship, ITT International Fellow, Immunology, Det Norske Radiumhospitalet, University of Oslo
Internship, Transitional Internship, Georgetown University Medical Center
Fellowship, Ophthalmic Genetics, Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Residency, Ophthalmology, Georgetown University Medical Center
Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology
Fellowship, Molecular Ophthalmic Genetics, University of Iowa

Licensure and Certifications

Medical License Iowa Board of Medicine
Medical License (inactive) Colorado Board of Medical Examiners
Medical License (inactive) Georgia Composite Medical Board
ABO Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
NBME Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Biosciences Graduate Program
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

Arlene V. Drack, M.D. is a clinician scientist specializing in juvenile inherited eye diseases. She is the inaugural Ronald V. Keech Associate Professor in Pediatric Ophthalmic Genetics at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Her research focuses on inherited eye diseases that affect children, particularly in the development of novel treatments. She is experienced in subretinal injection of molecules to treat mouse models of retinal degeneration, as well as participating in human trials for retinal disorders. She co-directs both the clinical and rodent electroretinogram services at the University of Iowa. Her clinical practice includes the full scope of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, in addition to running specialized genetic eye disease clinics.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory
Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research

Selected Publications

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McAnany J, Genead M, Walia S, Drack A, Stone E, Koenekoop R, Traboulsi E, Smith A, Weleber R, Jacobson S, Fishman G.  Visual Acuity Changes in Patients With Leber Congenital Amaurosis and Mutations in CEP290..  JAMA Ophthalmol. .  2013 February 1. 131(2):178-82.

Stone E, Aldave A, Drack A, Maccumber M, Sheffield V, Traboulsi E, Weleber R.  Recommendations for genetic testing of inherited eye diseases: report of the American Academy of Ophthalmology task force on genetic testing.  Ophthalmology.  2012 November. 119(11):2408-10.

Dumitrescu A, Milunsky J, Longmuir S, Drack A.  A family with branchio-oculo-facial syndrome with primarily ocular involvement associated with mutation of the TFAP2A gene.  Ophthalmic Genet.  2012 June. 33(2):100-6.

Dumitrescu A, Moga D, Longmuir S, Olson R, Drack A.  Prevalence and characteristics of abnormal head posture in children with Down syndrome: a 20-year retrospective, descriptive review.  Ophthalmology.  2011 September. 118(9):1859-64.

Lachke S, Alkuraya F, Kneeland S, Ohn T, Aboukhalil A, Howell G, Saadi I, Cavallesco R, Yue Y, Tsai A, Nair K, Cosma M, Smith R, Hodges E, Alfadhli S, Al-Hajeri A, Shamseldin H, Behbehani A, Hannon G, Bulyk M, Drack A, Anderson P, John S, Maas R.  Mutations in the RNA granule component TDRD7 cause cataract and glaucoma.  Science.  2011 March 25. 331(6024):1571-6.

Milunsky J, Maher T, Zhao G, Wang Z, Mulliken J, Chitayat D, Clemens M, Stalker H, Bauer M, Burch M, Chénier S, Cunningham M, Drack A, Janssens S, Karlea A, Klatt R, Kini U, Klein O, Lachmeijer A, Megarbane A, Mendelsohn N, Meschino W, Mortier G, Parkash S, Ray C, Roberts A, Roberts A, Reardon W, Schnur R, Smith R, Splitt M, Tezcan K, Whiteford M, Wong D, Zori R, Lin A.  Genotype-phenotype analysis of the branchio-oculo-facial syndrome.  Am J Med Genet A.  2011 January. 155A(1):22-32.

Narkewicz M, Rosenthal P, Schwarz K, Drack A, Margolis T, Repka M, PEDS-C Study Group .  Ophthalmologic complications in children with chronic hepatitis C treated with pegylated interferon.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr.  2010 August. 51(2):183-6.

Drack A, Johnston R, Stone E.  Which Leber congenital amaurosis patients are eligible for gene therapy trials?.  J AAPOS.  2009 October. 13(5):463-5.

Hink E, Oliver S, Drack A, Hawes M, Wojno T, On A, Durairaj V.  Pediatric golf-related ophthalmic injuries.  Arch Ophthalmol.  2008 September. 126(9):1252-6.

Curtis T, Stout A, Drack A, Durairaj V.  Giant orbital cysts after strabismus surgery.  Am J Ophthalmol.  2006 October. 142(4):697-9.

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