Department and Faculty

Approximately 80,000 patients from the U.S. and abroad visit the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic each year. This large and diverse patient base allows our residents and fellows to see and treat a wide variety of diseases during their training.

The department faculty includes more than 25 full-time physicians and scientists representing all ophthalmic subspecialties. Faculty members are active in educational efforts directed toward residents and fellows in ophthalmology.

Each oculoplastics consultant at Mayo Clinic has considerable experience in evaluating and treating patients with complex ophthalmic disorders, and each has his and her own particular interests, expertise, and approach to patient diagnosis and management. Our fellows have found this varied exposure very rewarding from an educational perspective. The staff has collectively published hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to many well-known books.


  • George B. Bartley, M.D.
    Dr. Bartley is the Louis J. and Evelyn Krueger Professor of Ophthalmology in Honor of Dr. William M. Bourne at Mayo Clinic. He served as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo from 1992 to 2001 and as CEO of Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, from 2002 to 2008. He resumed his surgical practice in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2009.

    The author or coauthor of more than 200 publications, Dr. Bartley's most notable works are his thesis for the American Ophthalmological Society on the epidemiology of Graves' ophthalmopathy and his thesis for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on lacrimal drainage obstruction.

    He has served as editor-in-chief of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and as an editorial board member of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Archives of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bartley is a director emeritus of the American Board of Ophthalmology, past chair of the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society and past president of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society.

    He currently serves on the board of trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is the chair of the Doctors Mayo Society and associate medical director for alumni philanthropy at Mayo Clinic.

  • Elizabeth A. Bradley, M.D.
    Dr. Bradley completed her residency training in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. She then pursued fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore before completing her fellowship in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Mayo Clinic. Afterward, Dr. Bradley joined the staff as a consultant in the Department of Ophthalmology.

    Her clinical interests cover the spectrum of oculoplastic and orbital surgery. Dr. Bradley has also completed the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health to allow her to further pursue her research interests, including outcomes measurement and quality-of-life assessment in oculoplastic surgery. She is the recipient of an NIH grant to study quality-of-life issues in patients with Graves' orbitopathy.

  • James A. Garrity, M.D.
    Dr. Garrity completed residency training in ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic before completing fellowship training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery and neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh and Allegheny General Hospital with Dr. Jack Kennerdell. Dr. Garrity then became a staff consultant at Mayo Clinic, where he has practiced for the past 20 years.

    Dr. Garrity's particular clinical and research areas of interest include medical and surgical management of orbital disorders. He works closely with consultants in the Division of Endocrinology in the comprehensive management of Graves' orbitopathy, including Graves'-associated strabismus, and is participating in studies directed toward better understanding of the immunology and epidemiology of this disorder.

  • John J. Woog, M.D.
    Dr. Woog completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, prior to pursuing fellowship training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at the University of Wisconsin with Drs. Richard Dortzbach, Bradley Lemke and Russell Gonnering.

    Dr. Woog then returned to Boston, where he joined the staffs of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Tufts Medical Center. While remaining active in private practice, Dr. Woog has served as co-director of the Eye Plastics Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as director of the Eye Plastics Service at Tufts.

    After 18 years of practice in New England, Dr. Woog relocated to Mayo Clinic in conjunction with his wife and family. His wife is a native of Rochester, Minnesota, and a retina specialist at Mayo Clinic. His areas of research interest include endoscopic lacrimal and orbital surgery, anophthalmia, and cosmetic laser-assisted eyelid surgery.

Visiting professors

Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year and present their work during lectures. Fellows are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities to interact with experts from other academic centers and are relieved from clinical assignments to do so.

Nov. 04, 2015