Mauger, Thomas F.
Thomas F. Mauger, MD
Meet Dr. Mauger
Since 2004, when Thomas Mauger, MD, was named chairman, the Havener Eye Institute has doubled in size and moved into a dramatic new outpatient building. Dr. Mauger is focused on seeing patients; doing research; working with students, residents and fellows; and traveling to developing countries to save sight whenever possible. His patient-centered approach has won him admirers, accolades, and several teaching awards.
Along with Alan Letson, MD, the Department’s Director of Education and the Retina Division, Mauger has responsibility for the Department’s three-year residency program, which includes participation with clinics at Ohio State, Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Columbus and Dayton Veterans Administrations. Mauger has authored or contributed to nine books and nearly 60 articles and has given scientific presentations worldwide.
Dr. Mauger oversees numerous research projects focused on ocular surface disease, responses of the cornea to ophthalmic medications, corneal preservation solution analysis, and corneal changes as a result of laser surgery. Most recently, he and co-authors have reviewed confocal results over the past decade, examined the relationship between collagen fiber density and corneal hysteresis (the energy absorption capability of the cornea), and evaluated the efficacy of virtual reality surgical training systems, among other projects.
Dr. Mauger has made a commitment to providing ophthalmic care to underserved populations both in developing countries and here in Columbus. He has been instrumental in obtaining needed exam equipment for the Columbus Free Clinic, and he volunteers there with other faculty, residents and resident alumni on nearly a weekly basis to provide eye care for those who don’t have health insurance.