Ophthalmology And Visual Sciences

Elliott H. Sohn, MD


Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Contact Information

Primary Office: 11196 H PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-8350

Email: elliott-sohn@uiowa.edu
Web: The Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research


BA, Chemistry, Williams College
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Washington
Fellowship, Medical Retina, Moorfields Eye Hospital
Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Doheney Eye Institute/USC

Licensure and Certifications

ABO Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology
NBME Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Research Summary

Dr. Sohn engages in translational and clinical research related to retinal diseases, especially (1) age-related macular degeneration: from stem cell therapies to clinical trials to basic mechanisms of the pathophysiology especially related to genotype and (2) diabetic retinopathy: tissue and image-based analysis in mice and humans with focus on pathophysiology and treatment inherited macular dystrophies and retinal degenerations: gene and stem cell therapies in pigs and humans (two clinical trials underway with more upcoming) as well as phenotype-genotype correlations.

He serves the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) as Retina section member (elected) of the Annual Meeting Program Committee; American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as subcommittee reviewer (retina-vitreous) for the Annual Meeting Program Committee and member of the Committee on Aging; American Board of Ophthalmology as oral examiner and item writing committee member; University of Iowa Physicians Board as member-at-large (elected). He has written or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 5 book chapters, and recently served as Associate Book Editor for the AAO Basic Techniques of Ophthalmic Surgery, 3rd edition. He is on the editorial board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) and is an on-going reviewer for 12 ophthalmic and scientific journals.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration
Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research

Selected Publications

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Sohn E, Wang K, Thompson S, Riker M, Hoffmann J, Stone E, Mullins R.  Comparison of drusen and modifying genes in autosomal dominant radial drusen and age-related macular degeneration.  Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.).  2015 January 1. 35(1):48-57.

Almeida D, Chin E, Tarantola R, Tegins E, Lopez C, Boldt H, Gehrs K, Sohn E, Russell S, Folk J, Mahajan V.  Long-term outcomes in patients undergoing vitrectomy for retinal detachment due to viral retinitis.  Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.).  2015 January 1. 9:1307-14.

Chin E, Almeida D, Roybal C, Niles P, Gehrs K, Sohn E, Boldt H, Russell S, Folk J.  Oral mineralocorticoid antagonists for recalcitrant central serous chorioretinopathy.  Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.).  2015 January 1. 9:1449-56.

Sohn E, Khanna A, Tucker B, Abramoff M, Stone E, Mullins R.  Structural and biochemical analyses of choroidal thickness in human donor eyes.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.  2014 March 6. 55(3):1352-1360.

Sohn E, Flamme-Wiese M, Whitmore S, Wang K, Tucker B, Mullins R.  Loss of CD34 expression in aging human choriocapillaris endothelial cells.  PLOS One.  2014 January 21. 9(1):e86538.

Chen J, Sohn E, Folk J, Mahajan V, Kay C, Boldt H, Russell S.  Decreased macular thickness in non-proliferative macular telangiectasia type 2 with oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors.  Retina.  2014. 34(7):1400-06.

Mullins R, Schoo D, Sohn E, Flamme-Weise M, Workamelahu G, Johnston R, Wang K, Tucker B, Stone E.  The membrane attack complex in aging human choriocapillaris: Relationship to macular degeneration and choroidal thinning.  American Journal of Pathology.  2014. 184(11):3142-3153.

Tozer K, Roller A, Chong L, Sadda S, Folk J, Mahajan V, Russell S, Boldt H, Sohn E.  Combination therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration refractory to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents.  Ophthalmology.  2013 October. 120(10):2029-2034.

Bakall B, Folk J, Boldt H, Sohn E, Stone E, Russell S, Mahajan V.  Aflibercept therapy for exudative age-related macular degeneration resistant to bevacizumab and ranibizumab.  Am J Ophthalmol.  2013 July. 156(1):15-22.

Sohn E, Chen J, Lee K, Niemeijer M, Sonka M, Abramoff M.  Reproducibility of diabetic macular edema estimates from SD-OCT is affected by the choice of image analysis algorithm.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.  2013 June 19. 54(6):4184-4188.

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