J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD

Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Charles Manger III, M.D. Chair in Corneal Laser Eye Surgery

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J. Martin Heur, MD, PhD, received MD and PhD degrees from the Physician Scientist Training Program at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he was awarded an NIH Medical Scientist Training Program fellowship. He completed residency training at Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, followed by a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the USC Roski Eye Institute. Dr. Heur’s research is supported by grants from the National Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness, and was previously supported by Baxter Foundation, Fight for Sight, and Knight Templar Eye Foundation.

Dr. Heur’s research focuses on investigation of molecular mechanisms of corneal endothelial wound healing utilizing zebrafish and corneal endothelial cell lines as model systems.


  • Best Doctors in America, 2015-2016
  • RPB: Career Development Award, 2012
  • NIH Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award, 2011
  • ARVO/Alcon: Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Career Development Award, 2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2004
  • NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Grant, 2002-2004


  • Second harmonic generation microscopy of electromechanical reshaping on corneal collagen Exp Eye Res. 2024 Jul; 244:109941. . View in PubMed
  • Lacritin-mediated regeneration of the corneal epithelia by protein polymer nanoparticles J Mater Chem B. 2014 Dec 14; 2(46):8131-8141. . View in PubMed
  • Prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem scleral lens therapy for patients with ocular symptoms of chronic Stevens-Johnson syndrome Am J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul; 158(1):49-54. . View in PubMed