Dr. Barbara


Medical Director and Co-Founder

Barbara M. Wirostko, MD, FARVO, is Moran’s Resident Research Director and Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist, glaucoma specialist, and a Fellow of The Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).

As a serial entrepreneur for biotech startups, she has received millions in grants as the principal investigator (PI) for funding from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Her research interest is in novel glaucoma therapeutics, sustained delivery of therapeutics for ocular pathologies, and better understanding the genetics and associated systemic diseases of exfoliative syndrome, a common cause of open-angle glaucoma.

Dr. Wirostko has scored in the top 10 percent nationwide for patient satisfaction. Her honors include Moran’s Clinical Faculty of the Year Award in 2015 and the Third Annual Distinguished Alumni Award from the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University. She is the current recipient of a major National Glaucoma Research award from the BrightFocus Foundation.

Her professional and scientific experience includes serving on the editorial boards for Ophthalmology Glaucoma, Acta Ophthalmologica, and Journal of Glaucoma. She’s an active committee member for ARVO and a scientific advisor for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, The Glaucoma Foundation, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation.