4 appointments puts Hogan in rare academic company

By Robin Russell / September 2011

Dr. Robert “Nick” Hogan is one of 19 UT Southwestern faculty members who became full professors on Sept. 1. In the case of Dr. Hogan, Professor of Ophthalmology, he is a singular multidisciplinary team.

While many members of the faculty have joint appointments, and a select handful even have three, Dr. Hogan is unique in having appointments to four departments: Ophthalmology, Pathology, Neurological Surgery, and Neurology and Neurotherapeutics.

Dr. Robert "Nick" Hogan

“Dr. Hogan is a remarkably talented physician and scholar,” said Dr. James McCulley, Chairman of Ophthalmology. “He is an internationally recognized leader in two critical ophthalmic subspecialties – neuro-ophthalmology and ophthalmic pathology/oncology – which are talents that are critical to all four of the departments in which he holds appointments.”

Dr. Hogan said his expertise in ophthalmic pathology is particularly rare.

“I get called on all the time,” he said. “If a lesion from the eye or orbit is removed, it comes to me. I’ll evaluate it and make the diagnosis. We get a lot of requests from throughout the region and surrounding states. There aren’t that many who do that kind of pathology.”

A faculty member since 1996, Dr. Hogan earned his medical degree from George Washington University and his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. He said he became aware of the need for ophthalmology subspecialties after receiving fellowships from the National Institutes of Health in pathology and neuro-ophthalmology.

His research interests include prion disease and retinal degeneration.

Dr. McCulley holds the David Bruton Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology and directs the Jean H. & John T. Walter Jr. Center for Research in Age-Related Macular Degeneration.