Message from the Vice-Chair

Welcome to the Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences (OVAS)

The Department is comprised of faculty, administrative staff, research and clinical personnel, and graduate students involved in research, education, health care and service activities that support the School of Medicine and University.   

Research encompasses major areas of Neurosciences, including the brain, spinal cord, and retina and employ cellular and molecular approaches to the understanding of human disease mechanisms. Faculty conduct research in well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories located primarily on the School of Medicine campus. Current departmental funding is approximately $10.2 million (direct costs) annually. The Department is also proud to have been the home of the first Wayne State University professor (Dr.Morris Goodman) elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Educational activities of the department are multiple and occur primarily at the School of Medicine with instruction in anatomy to medical students occupying the largest single disciplinary block of time (56%) during their first year. The Department also offers a Ph.D. degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology as part of broader Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (IBS) curriculum and is in the process of developing a Masters program. There is also a concentration track in Vision Sciences within this program that emphasizes molecular research in cornea, lens, and retina.

Please feel free to navigate through our website to learn more about our department. If you have a particular interest in any of our faculty, you may contact them directly. We hope to hear from you soon! 

Linda D. Hazlett, Ph.D.
Vice Dean Research and Graduate Programs
The Robert S. Jampel, MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences