Dr. Michaela Kunz Mathews is a graduate of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. During her initial fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University's Wilmer Eye Institute, she participated in groundbreaking research on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in diabetic eye disease, sickle cell retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. She then completed Ophthalmology residency training at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, New Jersey and Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Mathews is an expert in Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and Optic nerve trauma. Dr. Mathews currently pursues research on Ischemic optic neuropathy, atherosclerosis, and hyperlipidemia, in particular, Lipoprotein(a)- related eye disease.
Dr. Mathews performs translational research in ischemic optic neuropathy, a disease thought to be associated with premature atherosclerosis and to precede more common manifestations of atherosclerosis, such as heart attack and stroke.
In her research, she uses electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, and electron microscopy to investigate the effects of obesity and hyperlipidemia, especially elevated Lipoprotein(a), on eye health. She is also interested in the role of melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells in functional deficits of the eye and brain, following blast trauma and stroke.
In her clinical practice, Dr. Mathews specializes in disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway, and ocular motor system. She sees patients with congenital, toxic, traumatic, para-neoplastic, and nutritional optic nerve disorders, facial nerve palsy and other cranial nerve syndromes, as well brain tumors and strokes affecting the eye and visual system. Dr. Mathews practices at the University Faculty Professional building, 419 W Redwood Street, and at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is the director of the Ophthalmology inpatient consult service at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Shock Trauma Center.
Lab Techniques and Equipment:Immunohistochemistry, Histology, Electrophysiology, ERG, VEP. Ocular Coherence Tomography.