Ophthalmology And Visual Sciences

Matthew J. Thurtell, MBBS, MSc

Portrait

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 11290-E PFP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Primary Office Phone: 319-356-1951

Email: matthew-thurtell@uiowa.edu

Education

BS, Medicine, University of Sydney
MBBS, Medicine and Surgery, University of Sydney
MSc, Medicine, University of Sydney

Internship, John Hunter Hospital
Residency, Internal Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Residency, Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Fellowship, Advanced Training in Neurology (2005-2007)
Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians , Written & Clinical Examinations: Pass on first attempt (Not Graded, 2005)
Fellowship, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University
Fellowship, Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, Emory University
US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USMLE Part 2 (CS): Pass (Not Graded)
US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USMLE Part 3: Pass (Grading: 243, 99)
US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates , USMLE Part 1: Pass (Grading: 238, 96)
US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, USMLE Part 2 (CK): Pass (Grading: 258, 99)

Licensure and Certifications

Australian Specialist Registration Medical Board of Australia

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research

All Publications

Thurtell M, Kirby P, Wall M.  Bilateral jugular paragangliomas: a rare cause of raised intracranial pressure.  Neurology.  2014. 82(8):732-3.
[PubMed]

Franklin G.  Book review: Neurological disorders due to systemic disease.  Neurology.  2014. 82:645.

Thurtell M, Wall M.  Brainstem syndromes.  Elsevier Saunders.  2014. 

Thurtell M.  Clinician's Corner.  AAO Focal Points .  2014. 32(1):10-14.

Rucker J, Thurtell M.  Cranial neuropathies.  Elsevier Saunders.  2014. 

Thurtell M.  Diagnostic approach to abnormal spontaneous eye movements.  Continuum: Neuro-Ophthalmology.  2014. 20:993-1007.

 .  Effect of acetazolamide on visual function in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension and mild visual loss: the idiopathic intracranial hypertension treatment trial.  JAMA.  2014. 311:1641-1651.

Thurtell M.  Journal club update: nystagmus and saccadic intrusions.  American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society 40th Annual Meeting.  2014. 

Chen J, Hong S, Kirby P, Policeni B, Carter K, Thurtell M.  Limited Wegener’s granulomatosis presenting with an isolated abduction deficit.  Neuro-Ophthalmology.  2014. 38(3):145-8.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Neuro-ophthalmology: afferent visual system.  Elsevier Saunders.  2014. 

Thurtell M.  Ophthalmoparesis, conjugate horizontal and vertical gaze deficits.  Cambridge University Press.  2014. 

Thurtell M, Rucker J.  Pupillary and eyelid abnormalities.  Elsevier, Saunders.  2014. 

Chen J, Singh N, Brinkley J, Maltry A, Policeni B, Syed N, Allen R, Longmuir R, Thurtell M.  Renal cell carcinoma metastatic to the orbit in a patient with Wegener granulomatosis.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2014. 

 .  The idiopathic intracranial hypertension treatment trial: clinical profile at baseline.  JAMA Neurol.  2014. 71:693-701.

 .  The idiopathic intracranial hypertension treatment trial: design considerations and methods.  J Neuroophhtalmol.  2014. 34:107-117.

Thurtell M, Longmuir R.  Third nerve palsy as the initial manifestation of giant cell arteritis.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2014. 
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Treatment of nystagmus.  American Academy of Neurology 66th Annual Meeting.  2014. 

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Visual Loss.  Elsevier Saunders.  2014. 

Thurtell M.  Visual loss, transient.  Elsevier, Oxford.  2014. 4:698-703.

Tomsak R, Thurtell M.  What is the appropriate evaluation of a fourth nerve palsy?.  Slack.  2014. 

Weed M, Longmuir R, Thurtell M.  Pituitary adenoma causing compression of the optic chiasm: 49-year-old white female with painless progressive vision loss.  EyeRounds.org.  2013 September 9. 
[Link]

Thurtell M, Brinkley J.  Treatment of nystagmus and saccadic oscillations.  EyeRounds.org.  2013 June 23. 
[Link]

Baldwin A, Thurtell M.  Tumor necrosis factor alpha antagonist precipitating demyelinating disease.  EyeRounds.org.  2013 June 3. 
[Link]

Thurtell M, Wall M.  Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri): recognition, treatment, and ongoing management.  Curr Treat Options Neurol.  2013. 15(1):1-12.
[PubMed]

McNab A.  Invasive fungal sinusitis: ophthalmic emergency.  Clin Experiment Ophthalmol.  2013. 41:521.

Wong V.  Neuro-ophthalmology.  Optom Vis Sci .  2013. 90:336-e37.

Thompson H.  Neuro-ophthalmology at Iowa.  J Neuroophthalmol .  2013. 33:401-407.

Thurtell M, Rucker J.  Neuro-ophthalmology of systemic disease.  Wiley-Blackwell.  2013. 

Schneider R, Thurtell M, Eisele S, Lincoff N, Bala E, Leigh R.  Neurological basis for eye movements of the blind.  PLoS ONe.  2013. 8(2):e56556.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Trotti L, Bixler E, Rye D, Bliwise D, Newman N, Biousse V, Bruce B.  Obstructive sleep apnea in idiopathic intracranial hypertension: comparison with matched population data.  J Neurol.  2013. 260(7):1748-1751.
[PubMed]

Dinkin M, Thurtell M.  Optic nerve head component analysis enters the clinic: will multifocal ERG be the next OCT? .  Neurology.  2013. 81(6):518-519.
[PubMed]

Warren D, Thurtell M, Carrol J, Wall M.  Perimetric evaluation of saccadic latency, saccadic accuracy, and visual threshold for peripheral visual stimuli in young compared with older adults.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci.  2013. 54(8):5778-5787.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  The challenge of nystagmus.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2013. 33:e7.

Thurtell M, Chiu A, Goold L, Akdal G, Crompton J, Ahmed R, Madge S, Selva D, Franics I, Ghabrial R, Ananda A, Gibson J, Chan R, Thompson E, Rodriguez M, McCluskey P, Halmagyi G.  The neuro-ophthalmology of invasive fungal sinusitis: 14 consecutive patients and a review of the literature.  Clin Experiment Ophthlamol.  2013. 41(6):567-576.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Treatment of nystagmus.  American Academy of Neurology 65th Annual Meeting.  2013. 

Thurtell M.  Visual system: optic nerve and retina.  American Academy of Neurology 65th Annual Meeting.  2013. 

Weed M, Johnson A, Thurtell M.  Ocular syphilis presenting with posterior subcapsular cataract and optic disc edema.  EyeRounds.org.  2012 October 12. 
[Link]

Baldwin A, Thurtell M.  Third nerve palsy with contralateral hemiplegia secondary to midbrain fungal abscess.  EyeRounds.org.  2012 September 5. 
[Link]

Null R, Kwon Y, Thurtell M.  Progressive supranuclear palsy in a patient with progressive nonfluent aphasia.  EyeRounds.org.  2012 August 29. 
[Link]

Thurtell M, Galetta S.  Low-contrast multifocal visual evoked potentials: identifying more shades of gray in MS.  Neurology.  2012. 79(8):732-733.
[PubMed]

Anthony S, Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Miller Fisher syndrome mimicking ocular myasthenia gravis.  Optom Vis Sci.  2012. 89(12):e118-e123.
[PubMed]

Jay W.  Neuro-ophthalmology.  Neuro-ophthalmology .  2012. 36:70.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Daroff R.  Neuro-Ophthalmology.  Oxford University Press;  2012.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Neuro-ophthalmology: afferent visual system.  Elsevier Saunders.  2012. 

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Neuro-ophthalmology: afferent visual system.  Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.  2012. 

Chen J, Thurtell M.  Neurological Picture. Acquired ocular motor apraxia due to bifrontal haemorrhages.  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.  2012. 83(11):1117-1118.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Biousse V, Bruce B, Newman N.  Optic nerve head drusen in black patients.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2012. 32(1):13-16.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Kardon R.  Recovery of vision from no light perception in giant cell arteritis.  Arch Ophthalmol.  2012. 130(8):1080-1082.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Joshi A, Walker M.  Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic and pursuit eye movements in humans: relationship between Donders’ and Listing’s laws.  Vision Res.  2012. 60:7-15.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Treatment of nystagmus.  American Academy of Neurology 64th Annual Meeting.  2012. 

Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Treatment of nystagmus.  Curr Treat Options Neurol.  2012. 14:60-72.

Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Treatment of nystagmus.  Curr Treat Options Neurol.  2012. 14(1):60-72.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Treatment of nystagmus and saccadic oscillations.  North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society 38th Annual Meeting.  2012. 

Haines S, Thurtell M.  Treatment of ocular myasthenia gravis.  Curr Treat Options Neurol.  2012. 14(1):103-112.
[PubMed]

Haines S, Thurtell M.  Treatment of ocular myasthenia gravis.  Curr Treat Options Neurol.  2012. 14:103-112.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Visual loss.  Elsevier Saunders.  2012. 

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Visual loss.  Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.  2012. 

Ahmed R, Wilkinson M, Parker G, Thurtell M, Macdonald J, McCluskey P, Allan R, Dunne V, Hanlon M, Owler B, Halmagyi G.  Transverse sinus stenting for idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a review of 52 patients and of model predictions.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol.  2011 September. 32(8):1408-1414.
[PubMed]

Chen J, Sohn E, Wall M, Thurtell M.  All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) induced intracranial hypertension in a patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia.  EyeRounds.org.  2011 August 30. 
[Link]

Strupp M, Thurtell M, Shaikh A, Brandt T, Zee D, Leigh R.  Pharmacotherapy of vestibular and ocular motor disorders, including nystagmus.  J Neurol.  2011 July. 258(7):1207-22.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Rucker J, Tomsak R, Leigh R.  Medical treatment of acquired nystagmus.  Expert Rev Ophthalmol.  2011. 6:307-314.

Thurtell M, Rucker J, Tomsak R, Leigh R.  Medical treatment of acquired nystagmus.  Expert Rev Ophthalmol.  2011. 6:307-314.

Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Nystagmus and saccadic intrusions.  2011. 102:333-378.

Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Nystagmus and saccadic intrusions.  Elsevier, Amsterdam.  2011. 102:333-378.
[PubMed]

Shaikh A, Thurtell M, Optican L, Leigh R.  Pharmacological tests of hypotheses for acquired pendular nystagmus.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  2011. 1233:320-326.
[PubMed]

Shaikh A, Thurtell M, Optican L, Leigh R.  Pharmacological tests of hypotheses for acquired pendular nystagmus.  Ann Ny Acad Sci.  2011. 1233:320-326.

Thurtell M, Biousse V, Newman N.  Rod-cone dystrophy in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1.  Arch Ophthalmol.  2011. 129(7):956-958.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Bruce B, Rye D, Newman N, Biousse V.  The Berlin questionnaire screens for obstructive sleep apnea in idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2011. 31(4):316-319.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Joshi A, Leigh R, Walker M.  Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans: is the "half-ange rule" obeyed?.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  2011. 1233(1):33-40.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Joshi A, Leigh R, Walker M.  Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans: is the “half-angle rule” obeyed?.  Ann NY Acad Sci.  2011. 1233:34-40.

Ahmed R, Wilkinson M, Parker G, Thurtell M, Macdonald J, McCluskey P, Allan R, Dunne V, Hanlon M, Owler B, Halmagyi G.  Transverse sinus stenting for idiopathic intracranial hypertension: a review of 52 patients and of model predictions.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol.  2011. 32(8):1408-14.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Daroff R.  What do I do now? Neuro-ophthalmology .  2011.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Daroff R.  What do I do now? Neuro-ophthalmology.  Oxford, New York;  2011.

Donaghy C, Thurtell M, Pioro E, Gibson J, Leigh R.  Eye movements in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and its mimics: a review with illustrative cases.  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.  2011 January. 82(1):110-116.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Therapy for nystagmus.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2010 December. 30(4):361-371.
[PubMed]

Das V, Leigh R, Swann M, Thurtell M.  Muscimol inactivation caudal to the interstitial nucleus of Cajal induces hemi-seesaw nystagmus.  Exp Brain Res.  2010 September. 205(3):405-413.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Joshi A, Leone A, Tomsak R, Kosmorsky G, Stahl J, Leigh R.  Crossover trial of gabapentin and memantine as treatment for acquired nystagmus.  Ann Neurol.  2010 May. 67(5):676-680.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Bruce B, Newman N, Biousse V.  An update on idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  Rev Neurol Dis.  2010. 7(2-3):e56-68.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Dell'osso L, Leigh R, Matta M, Jacobs J, Tomsak R.  Effects of acetazolamide on infantile nystagmus syndrome waveforms: comparisons to contact lenses and convergence in a well-studied subject.  Open Ophthalmol J.  2010. 4:42-51.
[PubMed]

Moster M, Lee M.  Literature commentary.  J Neuroophthalmol .  2010. 30:295-298.

Thurtell M, Newman N, Biousse V.  Visual loss without papilledema in idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2010. 30(1):96-98.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Bala E, Yaniglos S, Rucker J, Peachey N, Leigh R.  Evaluation of optic neuropathy in multiple sclerosis using low-contrast visual evoked potentials.  Neurology.  2009 December 1. 73(22):1849-1857.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Fraser J, Bala E, Tomsak R, Biousse V, Leigh R, Newman N.  Two patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 presenting with profound binocular visual loss yet minimal ophthalmoscopic findings.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2009 September. 29(3):187-191.
[PubMed]

Joshi A, Thurtell M, Walker M, Serra A, Leigh R.  Effect of vergence on human ocular following response (OFR).  J Neurophysiol.  2009 July. 102(1):513-522.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Mohamed A, Lüders H, Leigh R.  Evidence for three-dimensional cortical control of gaze from epileptic patients.  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.  2009 June. 80(6):683-685.
[PubMed]

Serra A, Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Changes in dynamic and kinematic properties of saccades in ocular myasthenia following intravenous immunoglobulin treatment.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  2009 May. 1164:468-471.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Leigh R.  Upbeat-torsional nystagmus and contralateral fourth-nerve palsy due to unilateral dorsal ponto-mesencephalic lesion.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  2009 May. 1164:476-478.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Pioro E, Leigh R.  Abnormal eye movements in Kennedy disease.  Neurology.  2009. 72:1528-1530.

Serra A, Thurtell M, Leigh R.  Changes in dynamic and kinematic properties of saccades in ocular myasthenia following intravenous immunoglobulin treatment.  Ann NY Acad Sci.  2009. 1164:468-471.

 C.  Eyes to the right! .  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry .  2009. 80:585.

Thurtell M, Leigh R, Halmagyi G.  Monocular ophthalmoplegia and partial supranuclear vertical gaze palsy due to unilateral paramedian rostral midbrain infarction.  J Neurol.  2009. 256:664-666.

Thurtell M, Rucker J.  Transient visual loss.  Int Ophthalmol Clin.  2009. 49:147-166.

Dell'Osso L, Tomsak R, Thurtell M.  Two hypothetical nystagmus procedures: augmented tenotomy and reattachment and augmented tendon suture (sans tenotomy).  J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus.  2009. 46(6):337-344.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Leigh R.  Upbeat-torsional nystagmus and contralateral fourth nerve palsy due to unilateral dorsal ponto-mesencephalic lesion.  Ann NY Acad Sci 2009.  2009. 1164:476-478.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy with PDE-5 inhibitors.  Ophthalmol Int.  2009 1st Quarter. 

Thurtell M, Halmagyi G.  Complete ophthalmoplegia: an unusual sign of bilateral paramedian midbrain-thalamic infarction.  Stroke.  2008 April. 39(4):1355-1357.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Akdal G, Magnussen J, Halmagyi G.  A 93 year old man with an unusual kyphosis.  J Clin Neurosci.  2008. 15:697.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Weber K, Halmagyi G.  Acquired or congenital gaze-evoked nystagmus?.  Neurology;  2008. 

Halmagyi G, Thurtell M.  Central eye movement disorders.  WB Saunders.  2008. 

Halmagyi G, Thurtell M.  Central eye movement disorders.  WB Saunders, Philadelphia.  2008. 

Weber K, Thurtell M, Halmagyi G.  Convergence spasm associated with midbrain compression by cerebral aneurysm.  Neurology.  2008. 70:e49-50.

Halmagyi G, Thurtell M.  Curthoys IS. Vertigo – clinical syndromes.  Hodder Arnold.  2008. 

Akdal G, Thurtell M, Halmagyi G.  Giant cell arteritis presenting with bilateral vertebral and axillary artery occlusions.  Intern Med J.  2008. 38:741-742.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Infantile nystagmus syndrome.  Northern Ohio Physician.  2008. 93:5-6.

Thurtell M, Tomsak R.  Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy with PDE-5 inhibitors for erectile dysfunction.  Int J Impot Res.  2008. 20(6):537-543.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Besser M, Halmagyi G.  Pituitary apoplexy causing isolated blindness after cardiac bypass surgery.  Arch Ophthalmol.  2008. 126:576-578.
[PubMed]

Weber K, Thurtell M, Halmagyi G.  Teaching NeuroImage: convergence spasm associated with midbrain compression by cerebral aneurysm.  Neurology.  2008. 70(15):e49-e50.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Raphan T, Black R, Todd M, Leigh R, Halmagyi G.  Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans with cerebellar degeneration.  Prog Brain Res.  2008. 171:215-218.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Raphan T, Black R, Todd M, Leigh R, Halmagyi G.  Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans with cerebellar degeneration.  Progress in Brain Research.  2008. 171:215-218.

Halmagyi G, Thurtell M, Curthoys I.  Vertigo -- clinical syndromes.  Hodder Arnold, London.  2008. 

Tomsak R, Thurtell M.  What is the appropriate evaluation of a fourth nerve palsy?.  2008. 

Tomsak R, Thurtell M.  What is the appropriate evaluation of a fourth nerve palsy?.  Slack, Thorofare.  2008. 

Thurtell M, Tomsak R, Leigh R.  Disorders of saccades.  Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep.  2007 September. 7(5):407-416.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Keed A, Yan M, Gottlieb T, Spies J, Halmagyi G.  Tuberculous cranial pachymeningitis.  Neurology.  2007 January 23. 68(4):298-300.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Besser M, Halmagyi G.  Anterior clinoid mucocele causing acute monocular blindness.  Clin Experiment Ophthalmol.  2007. 35(7):675-676.
[PubMed]

Akdal G, Thurtell M, Halmagyi G.  Isolated lateropulsion in acute lateral medullary infarction.  Arch Neurol.  2007. 64:1542-1543.

Leigh R, Thurtell M.  Vestibular areflexia: under the radar.  Ann Neurol.  2007. 61:499-500.

Thurtell M, Sharp K, Spies J, Halmagyi G.  Isolated sixth cranial nerve palsy in preeclampsia.  J Neuroophthalmol.  2006. 26:296-298.
[PubMed]

Black R, Halmagyi G, Thurtell M, Todd M, Curthoys I.  The active head-impulse test in unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy.  Arch Neurol.  2005 February. 62(2):290-293.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Effect of eye position on the three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic and vestibular-evoked eye movements.  University of Sydney.  2005. 

Halmagyi G, Black R, Thurtell M, Curthoys I.  The human horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex in response to active and passive head impulses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation.  Ann N Y Acad Sci.  2003 October. 1004:325-336.
[PubMed]

Halmagyi G, Black R, Thurtell M, Curthoys I.  The human horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex in response to active and passive head impulses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation.  Ann NY Acad Sci .  2003. 1004:325-336.

Thurtell M, Kunin M, Raphan T.  Role of muscle pulleys in producing eye position-dependence in the angular vestibuloocular reflex: a model-based study.  J Neurophysiol.  2000 August. 84(2):639-650.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M, Black R, Halmagyi G, Curthoys I, Aw S.  Vertical eye position-dependence of the human vestibuloocular reflex during passive and active yaw head rotations.  J Neurophysiol.  1999 May. 81(5):2415-2428.
[PubMed]

Black R, Halmagyi G, Curthoys I, Thurtell M, Brizuela A.  Unilateral vestibular deafferentation produces no long-term effects on human active eye-head coordination.  Exp Brain Res.  1998 October. 122(3):362-366.
[PubMed]

Thurtell M.  Effect of eye position on the human angular vestibulo-ocular reflex.  University of Sydney.  1997. 

Thurtell M.  Diagnostic approach to abnormal spontaenous eye movements.  Continuum, Minneapolis. 

Thurtell M.  Diagnostic approach to abnormal spontaneous eye movements.  Continuum. 

Thurtell M.  Ophthalmoparesis, conjugate horizontal and vertical gaze deficits.  Cambridge University Press. 

Thurtell M.  What do I do with a seventh nerve palsy?.  Slack. 

Date Last Modified: 06/07/2014 - 21:56:23