Dr. Joseph Walrath is a board-certified ophthalmologist, member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, and a fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon.
Originally from Ohio, he graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Chemistry, and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Walrath attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, and completed residency training in ophthalmology at The Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University, where he was elected Chief Resident for 2006-2007. Over the course of his training he developed a passion for surgery of the eyelids, eye socket, tear drains, and surrounding tissues. After practicing in Manhattan and training ophthalmology residents at Columbia University, he relocated to Atlanta to complete an Oculoplastics Fellowship at Emory University. Dr. Walrath was subsequently invited to join the Emory medical faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Oculoplastics, where he practiced until August of 2011. From August 2011 through January 2013, Dr. Walrath partnered with the world-renowned surgeons at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. He has been a full-time member of the Woolfson Eye group since September 2013.
In addition to cosmetic and cosmetic reconstructive surgery, he continues to treat adult and pediatric functional disorders of the eye socket, including medical and surgical management of thyroid eye disease and orbital tumors; treatment of eyelid malposition; periocular reconstruction after resection of skin cancers; and medical and surgical management of tearing problems. He is the author of numerous papers, reviews, and chapters in ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery. Within the past year, he has written a chapter on blepharoplasty techniques, a review on the use of implant materials in cosmetic and functional oculoplastic surgery (in press), a review on the nonsurgical management of eyelid tumors, a perspective piece on eyelid mechanics (in conjunction with Dr. Clinton McCord), a review on blepharoplasty complications, and a review on open brow lifting. Dr. Walrath has also played a large role in the training of the ASAPS Fellow in Oculoplastic and Aesthetic Surgery in Atlanta during 2012 – 2013.
Dr. Walrath is the proud recipient of the 2013 award for “Best Journal Article by a Domestic Author” in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal”.
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