Robert Tomsak, MD, PhD

Robert Tomsak, MD, PhD

Kresge Eye Institute Detroit Office 4717 St. Antoine Detroit, MI 48201 313-577-8900

Robert Tomsak, MD, PhD

Narrative Bio

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 in Detroit, MI.

Detroit Office
4717 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201


Office Address

Kresge Eye Institute 4717 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI, 48201

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
  • Kresge Eye Institute, Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011



Boston University, Boston, MA, 1971


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, PhD (Pathology) 1977


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

Position Title

Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine


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


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


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


Neuro-ophthalmologic applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT)


Selected Journal Articles

1. Solomon D, Ramat S, Tomsak RL, Reich SG, Shin RK, Zee DS, John Leigh JR.
Saccadic Palsy after Cardiac Surgery: Characteristics and Pathogenesis. Ann Neurol

2. Thurtell MJ, Fraser JA, Bala E, Tomsak RL, Biousse V, Leigh RJ, Newman NJ. Two
patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 presenting with profound binocular visual loss
yet minimal ophthalmoscopic findings. J Neuroophthalmol 2009; 29: 187-191.

3. 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.

4. Dell’Osso LF, Tomsak RL, Thurtell MJ. Two hypothetical nystagmus procedures:
Augmented tenotomy and reattachment and augmented tendon suture (sans tenotomy).
J. Pediatr. Ophthalmol. Strab. 46:337-344, 2009.

5. Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL. Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy with PDE-5
inhibitors. Ophthalmol Int 2009; Spring: 45-49.

6. Elmalem VI, Younge BR, Biousse V, Leavitt J, Moster M et al. Clinical course and
prognosis of trochlear nerve schwannomas. Ophthalmology 2009; 116:2011-2016.

7. Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL, Leigh RJ. Upbeat-Torsional Nystagmus and
Contralateral Fourth-Nerve Palsy due to Unilateral Dorsal Ponto Mesencephalic
Lesion. Ann NY Acad Sci 2009; 1164:476-478.

8. Thurtell MJ, Joshi AC, Leone AC, Tomsak RL, Kosmorsky GS, Stahl JS, Leigh RJ.
Cross-over trial of gabapentin and memantine as treatment for acquired nystagmus. Ann
Neurol 2010; 67:676-680

9. Johnson GA, Bloom JN, Szczotka-Flynn L, Zauner D, Tomsak RL. A comparative
study of resident performance on standardized training examinations and the
American Board of Ophthalmology written exam. Ophthalmology 2010; 117:2435-2439.

10. Thurtell MJ, Dell’Osso LF, Leigh RJ, Matta M, Jacobs JB, Tomsak RL. Effects of
Acetazolamide on Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome Waveforms: Comparisons to Contact
Lenses and Convergence in a Well-Studied Subject. Open Ophthalmol J 2010;4:42-51

11.Hickman SJ and Tomsak RL. The treatment of indirect traumatic optic neuropathy
with corticosteroids. NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY 2011.

12. Matthew J Thurtell, Janet C Rucker, Robert L Tomsak and R John Leigh. Medical
treatment of acquired nystagmus. Expert Rev Ophthalmol 2011;6:307-14.

13. Tomsak RL, Coleman MJ. A 15-Year-Old Girl with Variable Anisocoria. Digit J
Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan 1;20(1):13-4. doi: 10.5693/djo.03.2013.10.001. eCollection 2014.

14. Lee YA, Tomsak RL, Sadikovic Z, Bahl R, Sivaswamy L, Use of Optical
Coherence Tomography in Children with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – A Single
Center Experience, Pediatric Neurology (2016), doi:

15. Di Zhou, Mohannad Ibrahim, Daniel Malach & Robert L. Tomsak (2016):
Unusual Cause of Horner Syndrome 13 Years After In Situ Ductal Carcinoma, Neuro-
Ophthalmology, DOI: 10.3109/01658107.2016.1149870


Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL, Daroff RB. What do I do Now?: Neuro-ophthalmology.
NY:Oxford U Press, 2011.

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

Tomsak RL. Handbook of Treatment in Neuro-ophthalmology. Newton, MA:
Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997.

Tomsak RL (Ed). Pediatric Neuro-ophthalmology. Newton, MA:Butterworth-Heinemann,




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