Benjamin J. Frankfort, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine

Benjamin J. Frankfort, M.D., Ph.D. Photo

Positions

Associate Professor
Ophthalmology and Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX US

Member
Center for Space Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX US

Co-Director
Medical Scientist Training Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Addresses

Mail: Neurosensory Center (Mailing)
NC - 205
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-6816
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Mail: Neurosensory Center (Work)
NC - 205
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-6816
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Jamail Specialty Care Center - Alkek Eye Center (Clinic)
1977 Butler Blvd.
3rd Floor
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-6100
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Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education

  • MD from Baylor College Of Medicine
    05/2005 - Houston, TX United States
  • PhD from Baylor College Of Medicine
    12/2003 - Houston, TX United States
  • Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine
    07/2010 - Houston, Texas United States

    Glaucoma

  • Residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    06/2009 - Baltimore, Maryland United States

    Ophthalmology

  • BA from Duke University
    05/1996 - Durham, North Carolina United States

Language

  • English

Gender

  • Male

Professional Statement

My clinical practice is dedicated to the care of patients with glaucoma, including medical, laser and surgical approaches. As a clinician scientist, I am committed to improving our understanding of glaucoma, which will hopefully lead to the development of new diagnostics and therapeutics. Accordingly, my primary research objective is to understand the earliest events that occur in human and experimental glaucoma, which includes the identification of potential risk factors and susceptible retinal cell types. My research attempts to achieve this goal by working to understand the fundamental changes in retinal sensitivity that occur during glaucoma. In mice, we use experimental models of intracranial pressure and intraocular pressure change in wild type and transgenic strains to achieve this objective. We study visual function and changes in retinal light sensitivity through a variety of techniques. In humans, we study this through the development of new psychophysical tests administered under both light and dark conditions in patients with and without glaucoma.

Professional Interests

  • Translational research

  • Basic research

  • Medical and surgical management of adult glaucoma

Professional Specialties

  • Glaucoma