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Michaela K. Mathews, MD

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Secondary Appointment(s):

Anatomy Neurobiology

Additional Title:

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Director, Ophthalmology Consult Service Director, Division of Neuroophthalmology


419 W. Redwood, 420

Phone (Primary):


Phone (Secondary):



410 -328-1178

Education and Training


8/13/1983 – 1/24/1991            Medical School, University of Vienna, Austria

                                                MedUni Wien

                                                Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Wien, Austria

1/24/1991:                               M.D. - University of Vienna, Austria


Post Graduate Education and Training                                                    

4/1/1991 - 9/30/1994   Internship / Family Medicine Residency

                                      Krankenanstalt des Göttlichen Heilandes

                                      Dornbacher Straße 20-28, 1170 Wien, Austria


10/1/1994 – 5/31/1997  Postdoctoral Fellowship

                                       The Wilmer Eye Institute

                                       Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

                                       733 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21287

                                       Mentor: Gerard A Lutty, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology


6/24/1997 – 6/23/1998  Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency

                                       Union Memorial Hospital

                                       201 E. University Pkwy., Baltimore, MD 21218


7/ 1/1998 – 8/21/2001   Ophthalmology Residency

                                       UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson

                                       3 Cooper Plaza, Suite 510, Camden, NJ 08103


7/ 1/2002 – 6/30/2003   Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship

                                       Wills Eye Hospital

                                       840 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

                                       Mentors: Robert Sergott, MD; Peter Savino, MD


With a broad background clinical Ophthalmology and specific training and expertise in Neuroophthalmology, Dr. Mathews specializes in disorders of the optic nerve, visual pathway, and ocular motor system. Her clinical practice includes patients with congenital, toxic, traumatic, inflammatory, and nutritional optic nerve disorders, facial nerve palsy other cranial nerve syndromes, brain tumors, and strokes affecting the eye and visual system. Her primary interests are in Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and Optic nerve trauma.

Dr. Mathews is a graduate of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. She joined the University of Maryland in 2005 after completing Ophthalmology residency training at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, New Jersey and Neuroophthalmology fellowship training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Her research experience includes participation in groundbreaking research on the role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in diabetic eye disease, sickle cell retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity at the Johns Hopkins University's Wilmer Eye Institute. Her current research focus is on ocular effects of hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, and diabetes as risk factors for Ischemic Optic Neuropathy and retinal dysfunction. Dr. Mathews is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) - funded clinician-scientist and has also received research support from the Austrian Ministry of Science and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.      


Research/Clinical Keywords

Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Optic Neuritis, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Traumatic Optic Neuropathy Lipoprotein (a), NAION, Hyperlipidemia, Atherosclerosis, Melanopsin-containing Retinal Ganglion Cells, Blast trauma

Highlighted Publications



MK Mathews, C Merges, DS McLeod, GA Lutty

      Vascular endothelial growth factor and vascular permeability changes in human diabetic retinopathy.

      Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1997 Dec; 38 (13): 2729-41.

M Kunz-Mathews, DS McLeod, C Merges, J Cao, GA Lutty

      Neutrophils and leucocyte adhesion molecules in sickle cell retinopathy.

      Br. J. Ophthalmol. 2002; 86:684-690.

MK Mathews, RC Sergott, PJ Savino

      Pseudotumor cerebri. Curr Opin Ophthalmol 2003; 14(6): 364-370.

      Reprinted in Contemporary Ophthalmology 2004; 25(3). Review

MK Mathews

      Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2005; 16(6):341-5. Review

MK Mathews, Y Guo, P Langenberg, SL Bernstein.

     Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor (CNTF) - mediated ganglion cell survival in a rodent model of Non-Arteritic Anterior

     Ischaemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION).

     Br J Ophthalmol., 2015;99:133-137




Clinical Specialty Details

Practice Locations:

Baltimore City:

University of Maryland Professional Building

419 West Redwood Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


Howard County:

Waterloo Crossing

5900 Waterloo Road

Columbia, MD 21045


Baltimore County:

20 Crossroads Drive

Owings Mills, MD 21117



Awards and Affiliations

Clinical Affiliations:

University of Maryland Medical Center

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

22 S. Greene Street, Baltimore, MD


Baltimore VA Medical Center

10 North Greene Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


Basic Science Affiliations:

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Adjunct appointment in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Professional Activity

Active member of the North American NeuroOphthalmology Society (NANOS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Society of Austrian Scientists in North America (ASCINA), Austrian Physicians’ Chamber

Links of Interest

North American Neuroophthalmology Society / for patients:

National Eye Institute:

Information on Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH, Pseudotumor Cerebri):

Information on Optic Neuritis:

Information on Ischemic Optic Neuropathy:

Information on medication management:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration:

Driver's License renewal / Vision Screening Form:

Driver Licensing / Vision Requirements:

Modified Vision Program: