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Michael Dattilo, MD, PhD

Instructor of Ophthalmology
Section of Neuro-ophthalmology


Michael Dattilo, MD, PhD, joined Emory Eye Center’s faculty in September 2018. He is part of the department’s neuro-ophthalmology section.

His position is primarily research-focused, but he also sees neuro-ophthalmology patients and consultations.

Dr. Dattilo graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science. He then completed the combined MD/PhD program and an ophthalmology residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Dattilo completed a two-year neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Emory Eye Center. After completing fellowship, he remained at Emory on a T32 Vision Science Training Grant. His research interests focus on the interaction between intraocular pressure and intracranial pressure in papilledema and glaucoma.

He has significant training in neuro-ophthalmology and has presented research at numerous conferences, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the Society for Neuroscience, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. His work also has been published in professional journals such as Ophthalmology, Nature Neuroscience, Experimental Eye Research, Molecular Pharmacology, and the Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.

National Recognition

Dr. Dattilo is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and other professional organizations.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)

• Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)

• Space flight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS)

• Normal and low-tension glaucoma

Michael Dattilo, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellowship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, SUNY Eye Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2010-2011

Transitional Year Internship: Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, MD, 2011-12 (Internal Medicine)

Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2012-2015 (Ophthalmology)

Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine, 2015-17 (Neuro-ophthalmology)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Emory Eye Center and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, 2017-18

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