Robert Zawadzki, Ph.D.

Robert J. Zawadzki, Ph.D.




  • Assistant Research Professor


Clinical Interests

Dr. Zawadzki is studying various types of retinal and ONH diseases. His research interests focus on development of new instrumentation for high-resolution in vivo retina imaging (allowing visualization of individual cellular structures). This includes, but is not limited to Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Scanning Laser Opthalmoscopy (SLO), Adaptive Optics (AO) and combinations of all the above. Currently, Dr. Zawadzki is also involved in studying eye aging process as well as various types of retinal diseases by using these novel instruments to enhance the understanding of its mechanisms.



Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center


Ph.D., Technical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria 2003


University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria 2003

Professional Memberships

Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology

Optical Society of America

The International Society for Optical Engineering

Select Recent Publications

Zawadzki RJ, Choi SS, Fuller AR, Evans JW, Hamann B, Werner JS. Cellular resolution volumetric in vivo retinal imaging with adaptive optics-optical coherence tomography. Opt Express. 2009 Mar 2;17(5):4084-94. doi:10.1364/oe.17.004084. PMID:19259248.

Gerth C, Zawadzki RJ, Héon E, Werner JS. High-resolution retinal imaging in young children using a handheld scanner and Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography. J AAPOS. 2009 Feb;13(1):72-4. doi:10.1016/j.jaapos.2008.09.001. Epub 2009 Jan 1. PMID:19121595.

Gerth C, Zawadzki RJ, Werner JS, Héon E. Retinal microstructure in patients with EFEMP1 retinal dystrophy evaluated by Fourier domain OCT. Eye (Lond). 2009 Feb;23(2):480-3. doi:10.1038/eye.2008.251. Epub 2008 Sep 12. PMID:18791549.

Marmor MF, Choi SS, Zawadzki RJ, Werner JS. Visual insignificance of the foveal pit: reassessment of foveal hypoplasia as fovea plana. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Jul;126(7):907-13. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.7.907. PMID:18625935.

Zawadzki RJ, Cense B, Zhang Y, Choi SS, Miller DT, Werner JS. Ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography with monochromatic and chromatic aberration correction. Opt Express. 2008 May 26;16(11):8126-43. doi:10.1364/oe.16.008126. PMID:18545525.

Smith AJ, Telander DG, Zawadzki RJ, Choi SS, Morse LS, Werner JS, Park SS. High-resolution Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography and microperimetric findings after macula-off retinal detachment repair. Ophthalmology. 2008 Nov;115(11):1923-9. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2008.05.025. Epub 2008 Jul 31. PMID:18672289.

Choi SS, Zawadzki RJ, Keltner JL, Werner JS. Changes in cellular structures revealed by ultra-high resolution retinal imaging in optic neuropathies. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 May;49(5):2103-19. doi:10.1167/iovs.07-0980. PMID:18436843.

Truong SN, Alam S, Zawadzki RJ, Choi SS, Telander DG, Park SS, Werner JS, Morse LS. High resolution Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography of retinal angiomatous proliferation. Retina. 2007 Sep;27(7):915-25. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e31805468fd. PMID:17891017.

Zawadzki RJ, Choi SS, Jones SM, Oliver SS, Werner JS. Adaptive optics-optical coherence tomography: optimizing visualization of microscopic retinal structures in three dimensions. J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2007 May;24(5):1373-83. doi:10.1364/josaa.24.001373. PMID:17429483.

Pircher M, Zawadzki Rj. Combining adaptive optics with optical coherence tomography: Unveiling the cellular structure of the human retina in vivo. Expert Review of Ophthalmology. 2007;2(6):1019-1035.