Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


The research of George B. Bartley, M.D., has focused on the effects of systemic disease, such as thyroid dysfunction, on the tissues around the eye. Additionally, he is interested in the management of melanoma of the eye and cancers that involve the eyelids and orbit; disorders of the lacrimal (tear drainage) system; and plastic surgery around the eye.

Significance to patient care

Proper functioning of the eye depends on proper functioning of the tissues that surround the eye, such as the eyelids, the tear drainage system and the eye socket. Many of the problems that affect these structures, either from birth defects, trauma, systemic disease or cancer, can be improved or cured surgically.

Professional highlights

  • Editor in Chief Emeritus, Ophthalmology, 2012-2017
  • Past President, American Ophthalmological Society, 2016-2017
  • Chief Executive Officer, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, 2002-2008
  • Louis J. and Evelyn Krueger Professor of Ophthalmology in Honor of Dr. William M. Bourne, 2006
  • Editor in Chief Emeritus, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1999-2002


Primary Appointment

  1. Department of Ophthalmology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Ophthalmology


  1. Fellow Wright State University School of Medicine
  2. Resident Mayo Clinic
  3. Resident Ophthalmology, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Internship Riverside Methodist Hospital
  5. Ohio State University College of Medicine
  6. BA Miami University

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