Dr. Joel Allen Schulman | Gratis Associate Professor of Ophthalmology | LSU Health Sciences Center

Joel SchulmanUpon earning a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts, sciences and liberal studies from Goddard College in 1971, Dr. Joel Allen Schulman went on to obtain a Doctor of Medicine from the Chicago Medical School Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1975. After medical school, he had the opportunity to participate in an ophthalmology residency and spent three years completing vitreoretinal fellowships at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Finding the opportunity quite stimulating, he quickly discovered a passion for ophthalmology and subsequently became board certified in ophthalmology.

For 32 years, Dr. Schulman excelled as an associate professor of ophthalmology and director of medical students at Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport, Louisiana until 2020. Recently concluding his teaching career, he joined the faculty in 1988 and was also active on several medical school admissions boards and committees. Until three years ago, he was an admissions committee member for the LSU Health Sciences Center since 2006. Recognized for his achievements, Dr. Schulman was nominated for Elite American Educators and also received a Prestigious Honor Award from The Vitreous Society, now known as the American Society of Retinal Specialists.

As a physician, Dr. Schulman specializes in treating patients with various retina issues and uveitis, a form of eye inflammation, as well as other common eye conditions. Despite his retirement, he continues to oversee a free clinic at Saint Mark’s Church for indigent patients. Established more than 25 years ago, it is one of the longest running eye clinics in the nations, providing free eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them. Looking toward the future, Dr. Schulman would like to continue doing what he is doing now.

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