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Wallace Alward

Dr. Wallace Alward MD

Job Title:
Medical School:
Ohio State University
Residency Program:
University of Louisville
Iowa City, United States
American Glaucoma Society, Glaucoma Research Society
Contact Information:
Ophthalmology, 200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, Iowa
United States 52242
Phone: +1 319 356-3938
Fax: +1 319 353-7699
Web site:

Wallace L.M. Alward, M.D. completed his residency at the University of Louisville, followed by a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Upon completion of his fellowship in 1987 he became Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Iowa where he is Professor and Vice-Chairman. He holds the Frederick C. Blodi Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology. Dr. Alward has coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. The main focus of his research over the past two decades has been the molecular genetics of glaucoma. In 1993 his research group described the first genetic linkage for open angle glaucoma (GLC1A). Subsequently, in a 1997 Science paper, they reported that mutations in the myocilin gene at the GLC1A locus caused juvenile glaucoma and 3 - 5% of adult onset open angle glaucoma. Dr. Alward was also a coauthor on the first papers describing the PITX2 and FOXC1 genes for the Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome as well as the TBK1 gene for normal tension glaucoma. He has authored two textbooks: Color Atlas of Gonioscopy and The Requisites: Glaucoma. He maintains two websites: one to teach gonioscopy ( and an introduction to glaucoma for residents ( Dr. Alward served as a Director of the American Board of Ophthalmology from 2006 to 2013 and was Chair in 2012. In 2016 he received the inaugural Educator Award from the American Glaucoma Society.

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