Specialties

Ophthalmology (Board certified since 1996)

At a Glance

  • 1996 Started practicing
  • 21 Years experience
  • 3 OFFICE LOCATIONS
  • 2 HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

About Dr. Olsen

Timothy W. Olsen MD is chair emeritus of Ophthalmology at Emory University, and completed his duties as chair in 2016 in his ninth year, serving as the F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor and director of the Emory Eye Center.

Dr. Olsen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas and then from the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, AOA. He completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota, and fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta in 1996.

His first academic appointment was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was then asked to found and direct the Minnesota Lions Macular Degeneration Center at the University of Minnesota where he was promoted to professor on the tenure track and was supported by the William H. Knobloch Endowed Chair for Retina (1998-2008).

Dr. Olsen’s primary area of research is age-related macular degeneration or AMD. The macular vision program at the Emory Eye Center focuses on both early mechanisms in the pathogenesis of AMD and also on novel and high-risk interventions for late-stage disease. He is the founder of iMacular Regeneration, LLC, and has expertise in the novel drug delivery system, pharmacokinetics of drug delivery to macula, as well as device and surgical instrument design.

During his career, he has been awarded over $7.5M in direct research support as a principle investigator. He has been awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Macula Society, won the Love of Sight Visionary Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Washington, DC, in 2015, and the 2015 Research and Innovation Award by the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation and Research (LEITR) in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Olsen is a mentor; has been designated a “Top Doctor” for nine years in four cities (Madison, WI; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; and Atlanta, GA); has six distinguished teaching awards from three universities; has trained 145 resident physicians and 27 retinal fellows; mentored 87 residents in vision research; and 11 post-doctoral scholars, 16 graduate students, 24 medical students, and five undergraduates in research. During his chairmanship, he recruited 58 key faculty.

His publication record includes over 141 peer-reviewed articles, monographs and 25 book chapters. He has delivered 255 national or international lectures, two inaugural named lectures, 12 named lectures, 31 keynote addresses and 32 visiting professorships. He is a member of the Millipub Club (article with greater than 1000 citations) at Emory.

National & International Recognition

Dr. Olsen is the secretary for Quality and chairs the Retina Preferred Practice Patterns (PPP). He also chaired the retina Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Practicing Ophthalmologist Committees (POC) and served on the Skills Transfer Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr. Olsen serves on the executive committee for the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS). He has served as executive editor for 11 years with the American Journal of Ophthalmology (AJO) and currently serves on the editorial board for IOVS, RETINA, Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Yonsei Medical Journal (Seoul, South Korea).

He has been awarded the Senior Achievement Award and the Secretariat Award by the AAO. He is a Silver Fellow and Gold Fellow of ARVO, and a member of the Macula and Retina societies

Tim mostly enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

INTERNSHIP

Saint Luke's Hospital, Kanas City, MO

RESIDENCY

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fairview- University Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

FELLOWSHIP

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Professional Memberships

He holds leadership positions in the American Ophthalmologic Society (AOS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and serves as the retina chair of the Preferred Practice Patterns (PPP) of AAO. He has been selected to serve on four non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors for The Emory Clinic, Board of Trustees for the Center for the Visually Impaired, the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation and Research (Tampa Bay, Fla.) and is an active member of the Macula and Retina Society as well as the Society of Heed Fellows.

Honors & Awards

2015 Inaugural “Frederick C. Blodi Lecture”
American Ophthalmologic Society, Newport RI

2015 Delivered the “Paton Medal Lecture”
30th Annual Cullen Course in Houston, Texas

2014 "For the Love of Sight" Visionary Award
FFB, Washington DC

2013 article with >1000 citations
Emory Millipub Club

2013 Secretariat Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

2012 Gold Fellow
ARVO

135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America, 2011
Becker’s ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Centers) Review

2011-14 "Top Doctors"
Atlanta Magazine

2011 Senior Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Young Investigator Award, 2010 (aka Rosenthal Award)
Macula Society

2010 ARVO Silver Fellow

Major Publications

He serves as an executive editor for the American Journal of Ophthalmology; on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS); RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases; the Yonsei Medical Journal; and Ocular Surgery News (OSN), and he is a reviewer for numerous journals.

Locations & Appointments

3 Office Location(s)

1

Emory Eye Center, Clifton Campus

1365 Clifton Rd NE
Bldg B
Atlanta, GA 30322
  • 404-778-2020
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2

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Ste 400
Atlanta, GA 30342
  • 404-778-2020
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3

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd
Ste 400
Atlanta, GA 30342
  • 404-778-2020
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2 Hospital Affiliation(s)

1

Emory University Hospital

1364 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
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2

Emory University Hospital Midtown

550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

INTERNSHIP

Saint Luke's Hospital, Kanas City, MO

RESIDENCY

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fairview- University Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

FELLOWSHIP

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Professional Memberships

He holds leadership positions in the American Ophthalmologic Society (AOS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and serves as the retina chair of the Preferred Practice Patterns (PPP) of AAO. He has been selected to serve on four non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors for The Emory Clinic, Board of Trustees for the Center for the Visually Impaired, the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation and Research (Tampa Bay, Fla.) and is an active member of the Macula and Retina Society as well as the Society of Heed Fellows.

Honors & Awards

2015 Inaugural “Frederick C. Blodi Lecture”
American Ophthalmologic Society, Newport RI

2015 Delivered the “Paton Medal Lecture”
30th Annual Cullen Course in Houston, Texas

2014 "For the Love of Sight" Visionary Award
FFB, Washington DC

2013 article with >1000 citations
Emory Millipub Club

2013 Secretariat Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

2012 Gold Fellow
ARVO

135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America, 2011
Becker’s ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Centers) Review

2011-14 "Top Doctors"
Atlanta Magazine

2011 Senior Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Young Investigator Award, 2010 (aka Rosenthal Award)
Macula Society

2010 ARVO Silver Fellow

Major Publications

He serves as an executive editor for the American Journal of Ophthalmology; on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS); RETINA, the Journal of Retinal and Vitreous Diseases; the Yonsei Medical Journal; and Ocular Surgery News (OSN), and he is a reviewer for numerous journals.