Arlene Drack, M.D.

Arlene V. Drack, M.D. is a clinician scientist specializing in juvenile inherited eye diseases. She is the inaugural Ronald V. Keech Associate Professor in Pediatric Ophthalmic Genetics at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Her research focuses on inherited eye diseases that affect children, particularly in the development of novel treatments. She is experienced in subretinal injection of molecules to treat mouse models of retinal degeneration, as well as participating in human trials for retinal disorders. She co-directs both the clinical and rodent electroretinogram services at the University of Iowa. Her clinical practice includes the full scope of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, in addition to running specialized genetic eye disease clinics.

Dr. Drack received her BS in biology and philosophy from the University of Scranton and her MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She then did a fellowship in immunology at Det Norske Radiumhospitalet, University of Oslo. Dr. Drack then did her internship at Georgetown University Medical Center and another fellowship at the Ophthalmic Genetics program at the Wilmer Institute at John’s Hopkins University. She did a residency in Ophthalmology at Georgetown University Medical Center.. Finally, she did fellowships in pediatric opthamology and Strabismus, and in molecular Opthalmic Genetics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Drack even has a video to tell you all about herself (see below)! How cool is that?