Timothy McCulley, MD, is professor and chair of the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. He also holds the Richard S. Ruiz, M.D. Distinguished University Chair.

Dr. McCulley joined UTHealth Houston from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he held the Earl D. Kidwell, Jr., M.D. Professorship in Ophthalmology and served as vice chair for clinical strategic planning at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He also served as the director of the Division of Oculoplastic Surgery, director of the Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and director of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive fellowship program.

After receiving his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. McCulley completed a combined medical and surgical internship at the University of Hawaii and ophthalmology residency at Stanford University. He is duel fellowship trained in both oculoplastic surgery and neuro-ophthalmology. He completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and an ASOPRS accredited oculoplastic fellowship at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. He previously served on the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco. He joined the Wilmer faculty in 2011 and spent two years as the director of oculoplastic surgery at Wilmer’s hospital affiliate in Saudi Arabia, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital.

In addition to serving as the primary preceptor for an ASOPRS accredited oculoplastic fellowship, Dr. McCulley’s educational work includes supervising medical students, residents, and fellows in outpatient, consult, surgical, and research environments. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, served as chief or section editor for four books and contributed more than 25 additional book chapters. Dr. McCulley also has been a part of a number of funded basic science projects and clinical trials. His specialties include cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, orbit and tear drainage system, and neuro-ophthalmology. Specific interests include neoplasm of the orbit and eyelids, Graves disease, blepharoptosis, and disorders of the optic nerve.


Medical Degree
Washington University
University of Hawaii
Stanford University
Fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
The Cincinnati Eye Institute

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Neuro-ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery