samuels 300Associate Professor Brian C. Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Glaucoma Division and chief of staff of UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, has been chosen as the inaugural holder of the Dennis Endowed Professorship in Glaucoma Research by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama in April 2018.

 Dr. Samuels completed his Medical Degree and Post-Doctoral degrees through the combined degree program at Indiana University in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in medical neurobiology and was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholars award for his thesis work.  He then completed his ophthalmology residency training at UAB. Dr. Samuels then finished both a clinical and research fellowship in glaucoma at Duke University where he was named outstanding fellow and received the Hornaday Fellowship Award. Following his fellowship training, Dr. Samuels joined the faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology at Indiana University for three years. During this time, he was named a KL2 Scholar and received funding for his research and career development. Dr. Samuels rejoined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2013.

In addition to seeing general ophthalmology patients, Dr. Samuels’ area of expertise is the diagnosis and treatment of patients with glaucoma. His clinical and research interests overlap significantly. His research laboratory focuses on identifying how the brain controls pressure inside the eye. Further, he has established himself as one of the leading experts in understating how differences in eye and brain pressure can lead to glaucoma and other ophthalmic diseases.