Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD
The Robert C. Watzke, MD Professor in Retina Research
University of Iowa Healthcare

Dr. Michael  D. Abramoff, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned physician scientist at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and the Iowa City VA Health Care System. He is an IEEE Fellow, and an ARVO Fellow. He is a fellowship-trained retina specialist, and the Robert C. Watzke, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, with joint appointments in both Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is also a machine learning and image analysis expert, with a Master’s in Computer Science focused on Artificial Intelligence, and a PhD in image analysis – both Jan Koenderink and Max Viergever were advisors. Dr. Abramoff did a postdoc in Tokyo Japan between 1989-1990 at the RIKEN neural networks research lab. He was one of the original developers of ImageJ, a widely used open source image analysis app.

Dr. Abramoff is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Digiatal Diagnostics (fka. IDx Technologies), the autonomous AI company that is the first company in any field of medicine to get FDA approval for autonomous AI, which is now part of ADA’s Standard of Diabetes Care.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Abramoff’s research has focused autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) – can be used to improve the lives of patients, focusing on autonomous AI based diagnostic and quantification algorithms for retinal disease, and the the interaction between neuropathy and vasculopathy  in diabetes complications. Dr. Abramoff ‘s research has been continuously funded since 2004 by the National Eye Institute, the Veterans Administration, the Beckman Foundation and other federal, state and philanthropic funding agencies in the U.S. and Europe. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 33,000 times (h-index 62). He is inventor on 16 issued patents and many patent applications. Dr. Abramoff has mentored dozens of ophthalmology residents, retina fellows, computer engineering graduate student. His passion is not only to improve health care for patients in the retina clinic, but to find ways to improve healthcare for all patients.