13343-WuDunn, Darrell

Darrell WuDunn, MD, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology

Glick Eye Institute
1160 W. Michigan St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202


Darrell WuDunn, M.D., Ph.D. is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1990) with a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Doheny Eye Institute – University of Southern California, followed by his clinical fellowship in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami. Dr. WuDunn is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director at the Indiana University Department of Ophthalmology. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Susanne Ragg, M.D., Ph.D., who is a pediatric oncologist at the Riley Hospital for Children and Associate Professor of Pediatrics. They have two children.

Titles & Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Education
    1995 FEL University of Miami / Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    1994 RES University of Southern California / Los Angeles County Medical Center
    1990 MD University of Chicago
    1988 PhD University of Chicago
    1983 BA University of Chicago
  • Research

    Dr. WuDunn's research covers both the clinical and basic science of ophthalmology, especially relating to glaucoma, with a recent move toward translational research.  Most of his clinical studies have concentrated on outcomes of glaucoma surgery. Additionally, Dr. WuDunn is leading a department-wide effort to study proteomics of ocular fluids. The objective is to understand the underlying pathophysiology of major eye diseases by characterizing their proteomic, peptidomic, and metabolomic profiles within ocular fluids and tissues. The aim of this project is to identify protein signaling pathways that are affected in glaucoma and other eye diseases. The hypothesis is that persons with eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract and retinopathies have distinctive sets of ocular fluid biomarkers and that a global picture of the proteins and peptides present in diseased ocular fluid will provide new insight into disease processes and pathology. These pathways could then serve as potential new targets for therapy.


    Dr. WuDunn is also an investigator for several clinical trials involving new treatments for glaucoma. 

  • Professional Organizations
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Interests

    As a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist, Dr. WuDunn has a special interest in the diagnosis and medical and surgical management of glaucoma and related diseases. 

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