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Michael Marmor

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Stanford Byers Eye Institute 2452 Watson Ct MC 5353 Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel Work (650) 723-6995 Fax (650) 565-8297
    Stanford Byers Eye Institute 2452 Watson Ct MC 5353 Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Tel Work (650) 723-6995 Fax (650) 565-8297
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 725-5754
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Ophthalmology
  • Medical retinal disease: in particular, retinal dystrophies, macular dystrophies, toxic retinopathy, disorders of retinal function such as night or color blindness, unexplained visual loss
  • Supervision of physiologic testing including electroretinogram ERG), multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG) and visually evoked potentials (VEP)

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Chairman, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine (1984 - 1992)

Honors and Awards

  • Bonner Book Award, Wayne State University (2013)
  • Award of Merit in Retina Research, Retina Research Foundation (2011)
  • Lifetime Achievement Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2009)
  • Green Lecturer, Macula Society (2007)
  • Susruta Lecturer, West Virginia University (1999)
  • Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1996)
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Professional Education

Board Certification: Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (1974)
Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary MA (1973)
Internship: UCLA School of Medicine CA (1967)
Medical Education: Harvard Medical School MA (1966)
AB: Harvard College, Mathematics (1962)
MD: Harvard Medical School, Medicine (1966)



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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

My laboratory research interests are in several areas. Regarding the physiology and pathophysiology of retina and pigment epithelium (RPE), studies have focused on mechanisms that control fluid movement across the RPE, and the adhesion between retina and RPE. We have also studied the modification of retinal ischemic damage, laser action upon the RPE and drug effects upon retina and RPE. Recent collaborative work has been considering means of replacing Bruch's membrane or RPE in diseased eyes, and the development of a retinal prosthesis.

Clinical investigations cover several areas. We are studying electrophysiological tests of retinal and RPE function, including non-photic responses (induced by drugs) and newer electroretinographic techniques such as multifocal ERG recording. Unusual dystrophies, toxic retinopathies and clinical problems in the area of medical retinal disorders are evaluated as appropriate. The pathophysiology of central serous chorioretinopathy has been studied. Our research programs bear directly on blinding disorders such as age-related macular degeneration, vascular disease (including diabetes), retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, macular dystrophies and toxic retinopathies.

Another major area of interest is the relationship between human vision and art, music, history, literature and sport. The role and implications of vision in art have been studied in depth.


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