Nancy J. Newman, MD


Dr. Newman is an international leader in neuro-ophthalmology, and her expertise is a valuable asset to the brain tumor team at Winship.

Titles and Roles

LeoDelle Jolley Professor, Ophthalmology and Neurology, and Instructor, Neurological Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Section of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Emory Eye Center
Brain and Spine Tumors


Nancy J. Newman, MD, has been board certified in neurology since 1989.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and a member of the American Neurological Association.  She is president of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and will serve as its president until 2016 and its chair of the board from 2016 to 2018.  Dr. Newman served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for 14 years and is currently a trustee emerita.  From 2013 to 2015, she will serve as president of the Princeton University Alumni Association.  


Dr. Newman earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also completed her residency in neurology. She conducted her fellowship in neuro-ophthamology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also received a Masters in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, while on a Marshall Scholarship.


Dr. Newman's research interests include disorders of the optic nerve and mitochondrial diseases.


Dr. Newman has more than 350 publications, including scientific articles, book chapters, and books, such as the primary textbook in neuro-ophthalmology, Walsh & Hoyt's Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 5th and 6th editions. She is co-author with Valérie Biousse of the textbook, Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated (Thieme), published in 2009.  She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Seminars in Neurology, and the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology.

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Dr. Newman is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture by the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Emory Medical School First Year Class in 1992 and again by the Eye Center residents in 1994. She has been awarded the American Neurological Association's Distinguished Teacher Award and the Emory University School of Medicine's Dean's Teaching Award.

She is consistently named in Atlanta Magazine as a "Top Doctor" and was listed in the "Top Doctors" of U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2012 for neurology and neuro-ophthalmology, where she ranked in the top 1% of doctors so listed. Dr. Newman is known for her innovative teaching style and has been invited to give multiple named lectureships worldwide.

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