Robert Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Laboratory of Immunology
Dr. Nussenblatt received training in both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. He did an immunology fellowship at the NIH with Dr.Igal Gery. Over the years at NIH he established a section on Ocular Immunology which then became the Laboratory of Immunology in the National Eye Institute. He has directed a clinical fellowship program for ophthalmologists for over 20 years, and as well residents from both the National Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Medical Center have rotated through his service. Many of his fellows have gone on to assume leadership positions in Academia and in Industry. He has served as Clinical Director and Scientific Director of the National Eye Institute. He is also a senior advisor to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research, NIH. Recently, he was named to co-chair the oversight committee for the National Electronic Clinical Trial and Research Network, one of the roadmap initiatives of the NIH. His major area of interest remains Immunology and the eye, trying to unlock the mechanisms of uveitis and applying these observations to the treatment of patients with blinding diseases. He is author or coauthor of over 400 publications and several books, including a standard text on uveitis. He has received multiple awards including the Alcon Research Institute Meritorious Award Medal, the Public Health Service Senior Achievement Award, awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Proctor Award from ARVO, where he also served as President. He is listed in "Best Doctors in America" and the "Top Ophthalmologists in the United States". He has been granted two honorary degrees. His major area of interest is ocular inflammatory disease. He is in charge of the Laboratory of Immunology. The Laboratory is very interested in translational work that brings laboratory observations to the patient. Ocular inflammatory disease patients including uveitis patients are evaluated in on going protocols many of which are interventional. The Laboratory has studied in detail experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) which has many similarities to the human situation.
Starting from 2000 to the present, I have had 39 articles published, with another 18 submitted, under revision, accepted, or in press (i.e. 57 in total). 10 of the total 57 are either reviews or book chapters. During this period I also published the third edition of my book, Uveitis: Fundamentals and Clinical Practice. This book was written by Dr. Scott Whitcup and myself. There were no other authors. For the clinical studies, I was the principal investigator and initiated the studies. Essentially all the reports of clinical findings stem from protocols for which I am PI or from Dr. Buggage’s protocols, who was a staff clinician in the section. The laboratory work was performed under my guidance and I mentored both the CRTP student, Dr. Howard Fine and the Howard Hughes scholar, Ben Kim. Dr. Zhuqing Li, a staff scientist, it must be said, plays a very important role in running and devising assays in the laboratory and we have developed a very strong collaborative effort for which I am grateful.
Last Updated September 2010