Department of Ophthalmology

Faculty Profile

Julian Nussbaum, M.D.
Clinical Arena

Summary: The vitreo-retinal specialist makes their primary focus on the back of the eye where the images are focused. This extension of the central nervous system is crucial in providing for clear vision.

Care areas: Care areas: Diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, swelling of the retina, inflammation.

Key symptoms: Key symptoms: Decreased vision, flashes, floaters, poorly shaped objects.

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-- Professor of Ophthalmology --Department Chair --Chief Executive Officer-AU Medical Associates --Senior Associate Dean for Ambulatory Practice --Co-Director - James & Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute --
Educational Background
B.A. Physics --Emory University, Atlanta, GA --1972

M.D. --University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL --1976

Internal Medicine Internship --University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL --1977

Ophthalmology Residency --Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA --1980

Retina/Vitreous Fellowship --Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard --1981

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Fellowship --Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation --1982

Board Certified --American Board of Ophthalmology --1983

Bio >>> Dr. Julian Nussbaum obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Physics at Emory University, and his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami followed by his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He simultaneously completed fellowships in vitreous and retinal surgery at the Retina Associates and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School; and a research fellowship at the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Following his fellowships, he joined the faculty of the Henry Ford Health System where he founded and directed the Retina Service. Ten years later he was named chairman of Henry Ford Eye Care Services. During his tenure as chairman, Henry Ford Eye Care Services became one of the largest ophthalmology departments in the country with 36 physicians and scientists, 12 locations throughout southeastern Michigan and revenues in excess of $40 million. He also helped oversee one of the country's largest ophthalmology residency training programs as well as research activities of the health system.

In 2001, Dr Nussbaum returned to Augusta and to Augusta University (AU) as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. He has overseen the department’s growth in the immediate Augusta community as well as the surrounding region, including Edgefield, SC and Washington, GA. In 2008, he envisioned and built Augusta University’s James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute, bringing together clinical and basic science faculty from across the campus of the University’s colleges and departments in order to collaboratively address the issues of vision services and research at AU. Dr. Nussbaum serves as the clinical co-director of the James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute and has overseen a 136% increase in funding for vision research, including a 75% increase in funding from the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute.

In 2014, Dr. Nussbaum was appointed Assistant Dean and Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Services at AU. In that role, he helped envision and build the largest ambulatory care satellite in the AU health system, and assisted in creating a value-based infrastructure within the academic group practice.

In 2016, Dr. Nussbaum was appointed Executive Vice-President of Clinical Affairs of the AU Health System; Chief Executive Officer of AU Medical Associates; and, Associate Dean for Ambulatory Practice at Augusta University. In December of 2016, he was promoted to Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Augusta University.

Dr. Nussbaum is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, and serves as a reviewer for the Archives of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, the Retina Society and the Schepens International Society. He is a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Since 2000 Castle Connolly has recognized him annually as one of America's Top Doctors.