Chair

Dr. Timothy McCulley portraitTimothy McCulley, MD, has been named chair of the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at McGovern Medical School, effective Sept. 1, 2021.

McCulley joins UTHealth from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he holds the Earl D. Kidwell, Jr., M.D. Professorship in Ophthalmology and serves as vice chair for clinical strategic planning at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He also is 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.

McCulley received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and completed an internship at the University of Hawaii, a residency at Stanford University, a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and an ASOPRS fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery 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.

His educational work includes supervising medical students, residents, and fellows in outpatient, consult, surgical, and research environments, as well as precepting fellows. Having published more than 100 research articles, as well as authored books and book chapters, 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. His interests include orbital tumors, skin cancer of the eye lids, Graves’ Disease, droopy eyelids, and optic nerve disorders.