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Edward Chaum

Margy Ann and J. Donald M. Gass Professor of Ophthamology
Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Research Focus

Dr. Chaum’s research focuses on translational biomedical and tissue engineering, telemedicine, and the application of biosensors and nanotechnology to clinical medicine and surgery and has been the Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on over $18M in federal grants since 1997. He is the author of over 80 basic science papers, 5 book chapters, and a recent textbook in the fields of molecular biology, biomedical engineering, image analysis, anatomy, and clinical medicine and is a listed co-author on 135 national clinical trials publications in Retinal diseases. He has 7 issued bioengineering patents and is a serial entrepreneur.


Dr. Chaum is a clinician scientist who specializes in all aspects of the medical and surgical management of retinal diseases, with particular interests in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and telemedicine. Dr. Chaum is the former University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute, Plough Foundation Professor of Retinal Diseases (2000-18; emeritus) and the inaugural Margy Ann and J. Donald M. Gass Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. His obtained his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and both an MD and PhD from Cornell University. He completed residencies in Pediatrics (Harvard) and Ophthalmology (Boston University) and received his Retina surgical training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Harvard). He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions throughout his academic career including; AΩA Honor Medical Society; National Eye Institute Research Career Award; Best Doctors in America®; Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientist Award; an R&D 100 Award, an American Telemedicine Association Innovation Award and others.