Dr. Karl Golnik

Karl C. Golnik, M.D.




Cincinnati Eye Institute

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Get to Know Dr. Golnik

Dr. Karl C. Golnik earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College. He went on to receive his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, then his Masters degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Golnic completed his Ophthalmology Residency at University of Virginia and neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins. In 1994, he joined Cincinnati Eye Institute where he served as director of the residency program from 1998-2014. Dr. Golnik went on to teach at the University of Cincinnati, where he was both Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.

Throughout his reputable career, Dr. Golnik has been the author of more than 15 scholarly articles and book chapters on neuro-ophthalmology and medical education. He is the recipient of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Merit Award, 10 Awards for Teaching Excellence, The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award twice and their Lifetime Achievement Award, the Straatsma Award for best Ophthalmology Residency Program Director in the USA and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker Palmer Award as one of the best Residency Program Directors in all fields in the USA. Dr. Golnik has also been honored by the Chinese and Pakistan Societies of Ophthalmology with Distinguished Service Awards, and has presented more than 1,000 invited lectures in more than 70 countries.

Currently, Dr. Golnik serves as the Ophthalmology Foundation’s Chair for Education and the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology’s Secretary for International Relations. On numerous occasions, he has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding human resource development in global eye care. Dr. Golnik is an active member of the American Ophthalmological Society and the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.

  • Education & Training
  • Memberships & Affiliations
  • Honors & Awards
Education & Training
  • Bachelor’s Degree
    Amherst College
  • Master’s Degree in Education
    University of Cincinnati
  • Medical Degree
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency
    University of Virginia
  • Fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology
    Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins
Memberships & Affiliations
  • University of Cincinnati, Department of Ophthalmology
    Chairman, Professor
  • World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health in Ophthalmology
    Current Secretary for International Relations
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
Honors & Awards
  • North American Neuro-ophthalmology Merit Award Recipient
  • 10 Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Two-time recipient of The American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Award
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Straatsma Award – Best Ophthalmology Residency Program Director in the United States
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker Palmer Award – Best Residency Program Director in all fields in the United States
  • Distinguished Service Awards from Chinese and Pakistan Societies of Ophthalmology
  • Statesmanship Award, International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology

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