Dr. Ian Conner is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the UPMC Eye Center in Bethel Park. In 1998, Dr. Conner obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from West Virginia University (WVU) College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Morgantown, West Virginia. He received his MD/PhD (PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology) from WVU’s School of Medicine in 2007. From 2007-2008, he completed an internship, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio. From 2008-2011, he was a resident in University of Cincinnati’s Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Conner, in 2011-2012, participated in a Glaucoma Fellowship, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Conner’s research is focused on glaucoma. His most recent research awards include:
Co-Investigator, “Translation of Novel Eye Drop Formulation for Glaucoma,” Coulter Foundation TPII Award (2015)
Principal Investigator, David Epstein L. Epstein, MD Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society Clinician-Scientist Research Award (2015)
Principal Investigator, “Injected Versus Sponge-Applied MMC in a Rabbit Model of Trabeculectomy,” American Glaucoma Society MAPS Award (2014)
Co-Investigator, “Modulation of Glaucoma Filtration Surgery Healing Response through Local TNF-Alpha Inhibition in New Zealand White Rabbit Model,” American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation Research Grant (2014)
Co-Investigator, “Effects of Ocular Hypertension on Visual Brain Damage,” BrightFocus Foundation National Glaucoma Research Award (2013)
Co-Investigator, “Structural Metabolic and Functional Relationships between the Eye and the Brain in Glaucoma,” University of Pittsburgh BaCCoR Pilot Award (2013)
He also served as the site investigator on several UPMC Eye Center studies:
The Efficacy and Safety of Bimatoprost SR in Patients with Open-angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension (2014-present)
The Stress Response and Ocular Hypertension (2012-present)
Steroids and Laser Trabeculoplasty (SALT) Trial: Effect of Anti-Inflammatory Treatment on the Efficacy of SLT (2011-present)
Canon Precision-Agreement Study and Normative Data Collection (2012-2013)
A Prospective Longitudinal Observational Study to Assess the Development of Ocular Surface Disease in Treatment- Naïve Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension Patients vs. Those without Elevated Intra-Ocular Pressure (SAHARA) (2012)
Dr. Conner is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He is a co-author, Chandler and Grant’s Glaucoma, 5th Edition (Slack, 2013), and a co-author, Yanoff and Duker’s Ophthalmology, 4th Edition (Saunders, 2013). View a list of Dr. Conner’s publications here.