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Nussbaum, Julian J, MD

Administrative Title: 
Chief Executive Officer, Augusta University Medical Associates
Department Chair Ophthalmology, Director Retina Service

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Faculty Title

  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Medical Degree

  • University of Miami, School of Medicine, 1976


  • University of Miami School of Medicine - 1977


  • Medical College of Georgia, Ophthalmology, 1980


  • Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation,
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery, 1982


  • Diabetic Retinopathy & Macular Degeneration


  • English

Philosophy of Care

  • Augusta University is a world-class health care network offering the most comprehensive care in the region, where your health is our priority. As leaders in patient- and family-centered care, our physicians partner with our patients, their families, and other specialty physicians to provide an unmatched level of care. As the only academic medical center in the area, our patients receive the compassionate care they deserve along with leading-edge research and technologies not found anywhere else in the region.

Board Info

  • American Board of Ophthalmology - Certified - 1983

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.

Dr. Nussbaum is a 1976 graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine who completed his ophthalmology residency at MCG in 1980. He simultaneously completed fellowships in vitreous and retina surgery at Retina Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts; clinical ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School; and research at the Eye Research Institute of the Retina Foundation of Boston.

He joined the faculty of the Henry Ford Health System in 1982 where he built 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.

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 diplomate 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. 

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