Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA


Dr. Grossniklaus, Director of the L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory, is a distinguished researcher, physician, and expert of ophthalmology.

Titles and Roles

Director, Section of Ocular Oncology and Pathology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
F. Phinizy Calhoun, Jr. Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Opthalmology
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory
Emory Eye Center
Ocular Melanoma
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, is board certified in both ophthalmology and anatomic pathology and is currently the president of both the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists (2012-2014) and the American Ophthalmological Society (2013-2014). Dr. Grossniklaus is also editor of Pocket Guide to Ocular Oncology and Pathology (Springer), a handbook designed to serve as a reference on the clinical features and pathology of ocular tumors. As director of the L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory, he helped the lab reach an accumulated 65,000 specimens evaluated since the 1940s, with Dr. Grossniklaus having signed out over 50,000 cases himself. Clinical interests of Dr. Grossniklaus include eye tumors, ocular malignancies, and retinal disease.


Dr. Grossniklaus earned his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He finished residencies in ophthalmology and pathology at Case Western Reserve University and conducted fellowships at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins University as well as at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.


Dr. Grossniklaus' research areas of interest are treatment of primary ocular melanoma and retinoblastoma, molecular pathology of retinoblastoma, and control of metastatic melanoma from the eye to the liver.



Dr. Grossniklaus has received the Senior Achievement Award and two Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2012, he was designated one of Emory University's eight Distinguished Teaching Scholars. In 2012, he received the Zimmerman Medal from the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists. Additionally, Dr. Grossniklaus delivered the 2014 Jackson Memorial Lecture to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This is the most prestigious lecture in clinical ophthalmology in the United States. Dr. Grossniklaus was also tapped as an F1000 Faculty Member of the Year for 2011, has received an Alcon Research Institute award for $100,000, and is consistently ranked as a top doctor by U.S. News & World Report, where he ranks in the top 1% of doctors so listed.

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