School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Faculty Profile

Robert Tomsak, M.D., Ph.D.
Title
Professor of Neuro-ophthalmology
Phone
Detroit: (313) 577-8900
Bingham Farms:
(248) 594-6702
Profile

Dr. Tomsak is a professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and specializes in neuro-­‐ophthalmology. His clinical interests include clinical neuro-­‐ophthalmology, eye movement disorders, cortical visual disturbances, headaches and the eye, optic nerve disorders, visual field abnormalities and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Dr. Tomsak joins us from the Department of Ophthalmology, Case Western University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as the director of Neuro-­‐Ophthalmology and program director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program.

He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a neuro-­‐ophthalmology fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute where he trained under the direction of J. Lawton Smith, M.D.

Dr. Tomsak is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the North American Neuro-­‐Ophthalmology Society.

He has served on the Editorial Boards of “Neuro-­‐Ophthalmology” and the “Journal of Clinical Neuro-­‐Ophthalmology.” Over the years, Dr. Tomsak has received a number of recognition awards including Best Doctors in Cleveland, Best Doctors in America: Midwest Region and Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Tomsak sees patients at Kresge Eye Institute’s Detroit and Bingham Farms locations.

Detroit Office 
4717 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
313.577.8900

Bingham Farms Office
31500 Telegraph Rd., Ste 005 
Bingham Farms, MI 48025 
248.594.6702

 

Undergraduate
Boston University, Boston, MA, 1971
Graduate
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, PhD (Pathology) 1977
Medical

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, MD, 1977

Internship

Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1977-1978

Residency

Ophthalmology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1978-1980

Fellowships

Neuro-­‐ophthalmology (with J. Lawton Smith, M.D.) Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Prior Appointments

Program Director, Case Affiliated Residency Program in Ophthalmology, 2007-2009

Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2005-2009

Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2002-2005

Director, Division of Clinical Neuro-ophthalmology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 2000-2002

Interests

Clinical Interests:
Clinical neuro-­‐ophthalmology; eye movement disorders; cortical visual disturbances; headaches and the eye; optic nerve disorders; visual field abnormalities; and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Research Interests:
Clinical eye movement disorders and ocular hypothermia for ischemic eye diseases.

Publications

Books

  • Tomsak RL, Levine MR. Handbook of Diagnosis and Treatment in Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Disease, 2nd ed. Philadelphia; Elsevier Science, 2004.

Book Chapters

  • Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL. Vision Loss. Ch. 14. In Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition. Vol. 1 Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J eds. Philadelphia, Elsevier Science, 2010, (in press).
  • Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL. Neuro-ophthalmology: Afferent Visual System. Ch. 36. In Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition, Vol. 1 Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J eds. Philadelphia, Elsevier Science, 2010, (in press).
  • Tomsak RL, Dell'Osso LF, Jacobs JB, Wang ZI, Leigh RJ. Eye muscle surgery for acquired forms of nystagmus. In: Leigh RJ, Devereaux MW. Advances in understanding mechanisms and treatment of infantile forms of nystagmus (2008). Oxford University Press; New York. p112-116.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Thurtell MJ, Joshi AC, Leone AC, Tomsak RL, Kosmorsky GK, et al. Crossover trial of gabapentin and memantine as treatment for acquired nystagmus. Ann Neurol 2010;67:676-680.
  • Wilker SC, Rucker JC, Newman NJ, Biousse V, Tomsak RL. Pain in ischemic ocular motor cranial nerve palsies. Br J Ophthalmol 2009;93:1657-1659.
  • Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL. Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy with PDE-5 inhibitors. Ophthalmol Int 2009; Spring: 45-49.
  • Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL, Leigh RJ. Disorders of saccades. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 2007;7:407-16.
  • Khanna S, Liao K, Kaminski HJ, Tomsak RL, Joshi A, Leigh RJ. Ocular myasthenia revisited: Insights from pseudo-internuclear ophthalmoplegia. J Neurol 2007;254:1569-74.
  • Solomon D, Ramat S, Tomsak RL, Reich SG, Shin RK, Zee DS, Leigh RJ. Saccadic palsy after cardiac surgery: characteristics and pathogenesis. Ann Neurol 2008;63:355-365.

 

Awards & Honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon Chapter, Boston University
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1994
  • Special Recognition Award, Ohio House of Representatives, 1994
  • Fellow, North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society, February 2002
  • Ophthalmology Attending of the Year, 2006-2007. From the Residents of the Case Affiliated Residency Program in Ophthalmology, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Board Certification in American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology; Member, North American Neuro-­‐Ophthalmology Society
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Michigan