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Campus Address EFH 406 Zip 6805
Phone 205-325-8620
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Ophthalmology  Ophthalmology Professor
Center  Center for Aging  COMPREHENSIVE CTR FOR HEALTHY AGING Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Center for Outcomes & Effectiveness Res & Educ Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Minority Health & Research Center Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Christopher Girkin, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his ophthalmology residency at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The Eye Foundation Hospital. He completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at The Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Girkin has authored or coauthored over 40 journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters in major ophthalmic publications covering both neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma. He has also served as a reviewer for several publications, including the Journal of Glaucoma, Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He currently serves on the editorial board for Focus on Glaucoma and as a guest editorial board member for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

He has research grant support as primary investigator from the American Health Assistance Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness, Eyesight Foundation of Alabama, Health Services Foundation, and the National Eye Institute, supporting his investigations into racial variation in optic disc structure and correlation to visual function.Dr. Girkin is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and the North American Society of Neuro-ophthalmology.

He has served as an invited lecturer at numerous prominent events-including several annual research meetings of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology - and has presented to ophthalmic practitioners and professionals in over 40 venues throughout the United States and abroad.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Academy of Ophthalmology 
American Glaucoma Society 
American Medical Association 
North American Society of Neuro-ophthalmology