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About the Optic Disc Reading Center

The Optic Disk Reading Center (ODRC) is dedicated to the interpretation of fundus photographs and the accumulation and analysis of data sets for multi-center clinical outcomes studies. The unit is a resource center for the National Eye Institute of the National Institute’s of Health.


The unit was founded in1978 under Bascom Palmer’s original chairman Dr. Edward Norton by ophthalmologist and retina specialist John G. Clarkson, MD. The unit served as the reading center for the National Eye Institute-sponsored Retinal Vein Occlusion Study. Dr. Clarkson went on to become chair of the department of ophthalmology and then dean of the medical school. In 1999 he became dean emeritus and was appointed as executive director of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He continues to provide advice to Bascom Palmer’s reading centers.

In 1994, the unit became the reading center for the National Eye Institute-sponsored Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study under current director Dr. Richard Parrish. More recently it also became the reading center for the Collaborative Study of Initial Glaucoma Treatment Studies I and II.


The ODRC is directed by ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist Richard K. Parrish, II, MD. Dr. Parrish is a Professor of Ophthalmology and currently serves the University as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. He previously served as chair of the department of ophthalmology from 1996 to 1999.

ODRC Investigators include glaucoma specialists Donald L. Budenz, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, and Douglas R. Anderson, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and holder of the Douglas R. Anderson Chair. In 2007, Dr. Anderson was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award by the University of Miami for his 40 year career devoted to understanding and treating glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.


The ODRC is located within Bascom Palmer’s Ophthalmic Clinical Research Center on the 15th floor of the medical school’s new Clinical Research Building.


Maria Christina Wells-Albornoz, MPH
Research Associate
Phone: 305-243-5492