Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH

Joshua R. Ehrlich, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Academic Office: 734-763-3732


Dr. Ehrlich is a clinician-scientist specializing in 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. For medical school, he attended Weill Cornell Medical College, graduating with honors in research. He then spent one year at New York Hospital Queens doing an internship which was followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. After residency, Dr. Ehrlich undertook a fellowship in health services research followed by a year-long clinical glaucoma fellowship, both at the University of Michigan; during this time he was also awarded a Heed Fellowship. Dr. Ehrlich is now an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan and is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute K23 Career Development Award titled, “Addressing Low Vision due to Severe Peripheral Field Loss: Development and Validation of a Patient-Centered Outcome Measure.”

Areas of Interest

Research Areas

Research Summary

Dr. Ehrlich is a health services researcher whose work aims to develop, validate and apply patient-centered metrics to measure vision-dependent function and vision-related quality of life. He is particularly interested in low vision and the application of patient-centered measurement tools to determine the comparative effectiveness of low vision services, rehabilitation strategies and models of care delivery. Currently, much of his work is focused on understanding and measuring the functional impairments and rehabilitation goals of individuals with severe peripheral field loss. Ongoing work includes the development and validation of novel outcome measures for this population, as well as the trial of head-mounted display technologies for patients with peripheral field loss from diseases such as glaucoma and retinal dystrophy. Dr. Ehrlich also seeks to apply his interest in patient-centered outcomes research to other areas of vision science, collaborating with researchers from across Kellogg and other institutions. Additionally, his work extends to health policy, which he pursues through studying the epidemiology of eye disease, including of low vision and blindness, and investigating disparities in eye disease and eye care. Dr. Ehrlich also has a long-standing interest in international research collaborations and global ophthalmology and seeks to integrate this into his work in low vision, patient-centered outcomes research, epidemiology and health policy.

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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Honors & Awards


  • Chair, AGS Cares committee, American Glaucoma Society
  • Editorial board, Ophthalmic Epidemiology
  • Emerging Vision Scientist, Fourth Annual EVS Day on Capitol Hill, Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR)
  • Grant, Does Incident Diagnosis of Age-Related Eye Disease Increase the Likelihood of Falls in Older Adults?, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
  • Grant, Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)Foundation
  • Grant reviewer, “Immune system, brain, and the visual system” Special Emphasis Panel, NIH
  • Pilot Grant, Vision Impairment and Mental Health Among Older Adults in Low and Middle Income Countries, Institute on Gerontology University of Michigan
  • Session Moderator, Consequences and Associations with Vision Impairment at ARVO, Ophthalmic Epidemiology Paper Session, World Ophthalmology Congress


  • K23 Award, Addressing Low Vision due to Severe Peripheral Field Loss: Development and Validation of a Patient-Centered Outcome Measure, National Institutes of Health


  • 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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