Karen M. Joos, M.D., Ph.D.

Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor, Glaucoma Division Chief


M.D., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Iowa
B.S., University of Iowa

Postgraduate Training


St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX


Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA


Clinical and Research, The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute,University of Miami, Miami, FL

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Glaucoma Society
Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology
American Medical Association
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
American Association of University Professors
Prevent Blindness Tennessee - Board Member
Research to Prevent Blindness - Ophthalmology Associate

Honors & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Chief Resident, Ophthalmology, The University of Iowa
P.J. Leinfelder Resident's Research Award, The University of Iowa
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award
Consumers Research Council of America Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists

Areas of Clinical Expertise

Glaucoma, adult and children
Glaucoma, normal pressure and endstage
Ocular blood flow research
Laser surgical technique research


Dr. Joos specializes in the management of glaucomatous diseases in children and adults, including the medical, laser and surgical treatment of glaucoma. She has particular expertise in diagnosing and treating pediatric glaucoma, as well as adult glaucomas in the advanced stages. Surgical techniques include laser iridotomy, laser iridoplasty, laser trabeculoplasty, goniotomy, trabeculotomy, trabeculectomy with and without anti-metabolites, glaucoma drainage implants, and diode laser cyclophotocoagulation.