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Rachel A. F. Wozniak, M.D., Ph.D.

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Rachel Wozniak, MD, PhD is a member of the Flaum Eye Institute's Cornea Service. She provides expert and compassionate medical and surgical care to patients challenged by hereditary and infectious corneal disease, anterior segment injuries, complications of systemic disease, cataract, and ocular surface disease. Dr. Wozniak treats both children and adults and enjoys working with her colleagues from other FEI subspecialties to deliver comprehensive eye care solutions that maximize patient outcomes.

Dr. Wozniak earned her medical degree and completed a doctorate in genetics at Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Rochester School Of Medicine and Dentistry's Flaum Eye Institute. Here she also went on to complete a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Flaum Eye Institute under a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow Award.

Besides her clinical pursuits, Dr. Wozniak is actively engaged in basic scientific research and has already authored an impressive list of peer-reviewed publications. Her particular area of research interest focuses on the pathogenesis of bacterial corneal infections and novel antimicrobial drug discovery. She is board certified through the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Women in Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.



  • Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


PhD | Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences

MD, PhD | Tufts University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
Residency in Ophthalmology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/15/2012 - 06/15/2013
Internship in at Cambridge Hospital

7/1/2016 - 07/31/2017
Fellowship in Ophthalmology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2016 - 2016
Drug Development Delivery Pilot Award
Location: University of Rochester, NY

2016 - 2016
ASCRS Foundation Research Award

2016 - 2016
Snell Ophthalmology Resident Investigator Award
Location: University of Rochester, NY

2016 - 2016
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow Award

2014 - 2014
Young Investigator Track, ARVO/NAEVR Advocacy Day
Location: Washington DC

2014 - 2014
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Resident Retreat
Location: Chicago, IL

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Patent Title: Pharmaceutical Composition Containing Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim Based Therapeutics
Patent #: 11,096,923
Issue Date: Aug 24, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Paul M Dunman, Rachel A Wozniak


Journal Articles

Chojnacki M, Dobrotka C, Osborn R, Johnson W, Young M, Meyer B, Laskey E, Wozniak RAF, Dewhurst S, Dunman PM. "Evaluating the Antimicrobial Properties of Commercial Hand Sanitizers." mSphere.. 2021 Mar 3; 6(2)Epub 2021 Mar 03.

Johnson WL, Sohn MB, Taffner S, Chatterjee P, Dunman PM, Pecora N, Wozniak RAF. "Genomics of Staphylococcus aureus ocular isolates." PloS one.. 2021 16(5):e0250975. Epub 2021 May 03.

Laskey E, Chen Y, Sohn MB, Gruber E, Chojnacki M, Wozniak RAF. "Efficacy of a Novel Ophthalmic Antimicrobial Drug Combination Toward a Large Panel of Staphylococcus aureus Clinical Ocular Isolates From Around the World." Cornea.. 2020 Jul 6; Epub 2020 Jul 06.