As a comprehensive ophthalmologist Dr. Ulrich provides for a wide spectrum of eye care extending from the need for glasses and care of dry eyes to cataract surgery, early diabetic eye disease and medical glaucoma.
Clinically, Dr. Ulrich provides care to those patients in need of general eye care. This includes diagnosis and management of cataracts, refractive error, glaucoma, diseases of the anterior segment and diabetic retinopathy screening. Chief among his clinical interests is that of cataract surgery.
In July of 2005 Dr. Ulrich assumed the residency program directorship. In this challenging time of academic medicine the most prominent push from the ACGME is the measurement of the core competencies. One of the first projects he undertook was to establish a standard set of instruments to evaluate these. The residency manual was made into a living document by being placed on-line so that policy changes can be posted upon their being instituted. He has meetings with the residents as a group after grand rounds several times a month to review items of importance and to hear the residents perspective on things. Additionally, in the first year of his directorship the library was updated, a surgical skills lab and course was established, and a practice management lecture series was instituted.
Beyond his clinical practice Dr. Ulrich was involved in research in the diabetic retinopathy screening arena. When he first joined the ophthalmic team in July of 2000 there were very few off-the-shelf digital retinal screening systems available for mobile use. He devoted much time to the development of hardware and computer software solutions producing an effective system for mobile retinopathy screening. In conjunction with the efforts of the Community Health Outreach Program of the Medical College of Georgia this system was deployed into primary care provider offices and other centers throughout 16 counties in East Georgia. While it is no longer in operating it resulted in the identification of many patients with untreated and visually threatening retinopathy and macular edema.
Additionally, he has been involved in international ophthalmology traveling to Mombasa, Kenya as well as to Hauna Village, Papua New Guinea. There are many people throughout the world who do not have access to the common vision restoring procedures of western society.
Finally information technology is an area in which Dr. Ulrich finds himself drawn tremendously and through this he seeks to improve efficiency in the department clinically as well as within the residency program. This is done through database development and deployment to automate many processes. In November of 2002 he assumed the role of developing, deploying, and maintaining the department website. Please do not hesitate to contact him with any suggestion or comment you have about these pages.