Nancy Newman, MD

Nancy Newman, MD

Nancy J. Newman, MD, was appointed LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology by Emory University School of Medicine in February 2002. She also holds the positions of professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, and instructor in Neurological Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. She also holds a faculty position as a lecturer in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, and is director, Section of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center.

Dr. Newman has more than 350 publications, including scientific articles, book chapters and books, including the primary textbook in neuro-ophthalmology, Walsh & Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 5th and 6th editions. She is co-author, with Valérie Biousse, of the textbook, Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated (Thieme), published in 2009. She serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of the Neurological Sciences and the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology.

Dr. Newman has lectured widely throughout the world and is known for her innovative teaching style. She sees both adults and children with neuro-ophthalmologic problems, such as optic nerve disorders, visual field defects and disorders of ocular motility.

Her main research interests include disorders of the optic nerve and mitochondrial diseases.

National Recognition

Dr. Newman is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, and a member of the American Neurological Association.

Dr. Newman was named Teacher of the Year by the Emory Medical School First Year Class in 1992, and again by the Eye Center residents in 1994. She was awarded the American Neurological Association’s (ANA) Distinguished Teacher Award in 2003 and the Emory University School of Medicine’s Dean’ Teaching Award in 2004. She is consistently named in Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctors”, and was listed in the “Top Doctors” category within U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2012, where she ranks in the top 1% of doctors so listed.

Dr. Newman served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for 14 years and is currently a trustee emerita.  She currently serves as vice president of the Princeton University Alumni Association and vice chair of its Alumni Council (2011–13). From 2013–15, she will serve as president of the Princeton Alumni Association and chair of the Alumni Council. She is president-elect of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and will serve as its president from 2014-2016 and its chair of the board from 2016-2018. 

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Neurology (board certified since 1989)
  • Neuro-ophthalmology


  • Undergraduate School: Princeton University, 1974-78
  • Master’s Degree (Marshall Scholarship):  University of London, 1978-80
  • Medical School: Harvard Medical School, 1980-84
  • Internship in Internal Medicine: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA, 1984-85
  • Residency in Neurology: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA: 1985-88
  • Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston MA: 1988-89