Dr. Thomas M. Lietman is an ophthalmologist. He serves as director of the UCSF Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology.
In his own research, Lietman investigates ways to eliminate trachoma, a contagious eye infection that is the world's leading preventable cause of blindness. Studying the most effective ways for communities around the world to treat the disease, he constructs mathematical models to determine the people within communities who should be targeted, how often communities need to be treated and whether the World Health Organization's antibiotic treatment program is in danger of generating significant drug resistance.
Lietman earned his medical degree at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. After advancing his training at the National Eye Institute, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a fellowship in corneal and external eye diseases at UCSF's Proctor Foundation. He also completed a research fellowship in the modeling of infectious diseases at UCSF and additional training in complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute.
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1990
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Ophthalmology, 1994
UCSF, Cornea and External Disease, 1995