Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH

Joshua R. Ehrlich, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research Assistant Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Dr. Ehrlich is a clinician-scientist specializing in epidemiologic and health services research and the clinical care of patients with glaucoma, cataract, and anterior segment disease. He completed his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, studying anthropology and Spanish. He attended medical school at Cornell University, graduating with honors in research, and he earned a Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University, where his studies focused on epidemiology. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a clinical fellowship in glaucoma and anterior segment disease and a research fellowship, both at University of Michigan. Dr. Ehrlich’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as various private foundations, and is focused on addressing the adverse impact of vision impairment on health, disability, and quality-of-life, with a particular focus on older adults. Dr. Ehrlich serves as an invited member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, the Advisory Board for the Center for Vision and Population Health at Prevent Blindness, the editorial board of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, and the Vision Loss Experts Group, a technical advisory group to the World Health Organization and Global Burden of Disease project. He is also a Co-Director of the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology where his global health work is focused on research collaborations, research capacity building, and strengthening eye care delivery systems globally.

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Research Summary

Dr. Ehrlich is a population health and health services researcher whose work draws on epidemiology,  survey research, and mixed-methods approaches. The focus of his research is on understanding and addressing the influence of vision impairment and low vision on health, disability, and quality-of-life, particularly among older adults, including the role of visual decline in cognitive, psychosocial, and physical wellbeing. He is the recipient of a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (K23EY027848) in which he is conducting survey development and validation research to improve the measurement of visual disability. He is also a Co-Investigator for several population-based panel studies of older adults funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS; U01AG032947) and the Harmonized Diagnostic Assessment of Dementia for Longitudinal Aging Surveys in India (LASI-DAD; 2R01AG051125). His work in these studies is focused on development and implementation of measures of vision and eye health, as well as investigations focused on the influence of vision impairment on disability in older adults. The long-term objective of his research program is to maximize functioning, well-being, and optimal aging for older adults with chronic vision impairments.

Clinical Interests

Medical and surgical management of glaucoma, cataract and diseases of the anterior segment, comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, combined cataract and glaucoma surgery, minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery, trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage device surgery

Subspecialty: Glaucoma

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  • MD - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • MPH - Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 
  • Residency - Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Fellowship - Glaucoma, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
  • Board Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology

Published Articles or Reviews

View a list of publications on Michigan Experts.

Selected Publications

  • Ehrlich JR, Spaeth GL, Carlozzi NE, Lee PP. Patient-Centered Outcome Measures to Assess Functioning in Randomized Controlled Trials of Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Review. Patient. 2017;10(1):39-49.
  •  Ehrlich JR, Ojeda LV, Wicker D, Day S, Howson A, Lakshminarayanan V, Moroi SE. Head-Mounted Display Technology for Low Vision Rehabilitation and Vision Enhancement. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016;176:26-32. 
  • Le H-G, Ehrlich JR, Venkatesh R, Srinivasan A, Kolli A, Haripriya A, Ravindran RD, Thulasiraj RD, Robin AL, Hutton D, Stein JD. A Sustainable Model for Delivering High-Quality Efficient Cataract Surgery in Southern India. Health Aff (Milwood). 2016;35(10):1783-90.
  • Ehrlich JR, Aloh A, Kourgialis N, Prasetyanti W, Zakiyah R, Faillace S, Friedman DS.Uncorrected Refractive Error and Presbyopia among Junior High-School Teachers in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2013;20(6):369-374.

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