Emily W. Gower, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Emily W. Gower, Ph.D.

Associate Professor,

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-3406 | Department: 336-716-2184


Education & Training

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002
Emily W. Gower, Ph.D.

Emily W. Gower, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention
Ophthalmology (Eye Center)
Translational Science Institute

Research Interests

cardiac function, degenerative disorders, education/training (all f, t,, epidemiology, health services, research/outc, prevention, surgery/trauma/burns/trauma, congenital defects

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-3406 | Department: 336-716-2184


Recent Publications

Owsley C, McGwin G Jr, Lee DJ, Lam BL, Friedman DS, Gower EW, Haller JA, Hark LA, Saaddine J. Diabetes eye screening in urban settings serving minority populations: detection of diabetic retinopathy and other ocular findings using telemedicine. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(2):174-181.

Oktavec KC, Cassard SD, Harding JC, Othman MS, Merbs SL, West SK, Gower EW. Patients' perceptions of trichiasis surgery: results from the partnership for rapid elimination of trachoma (PRET) surgery clinical trial. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2015;22(3):153-161.

Gower EW, Keay LJ, Stare DE, Arora P, Cassard SD, Behrens A, Tielsch JM, Schein OD. Characteristics of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery in the United States Medicare population. Ophthalmology. 2015;122(8):1625-1632.

Merbs SL, Oktavec KC, Munoz BE, Perlini EF, West SK, Othman MS, Gower EW. Lower postoperative scar height is associated with increased postoperative trichiasis 1 year after bilamellar tarsal rotation surgery. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2015;22(3):200-207.

Gilbert KC, Mirabelli MC, Ragan K, Gower EW, Ashburn NP, Gower WA. Pediatric asthma deaths in North Carolina, 1999-2012 [abstract]. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015;135(2 Suppl):AB86.

Asfar T, Lee, DJ, Owsley C, McGwin G, Gower EW, Friedman DS, Murchison AP, Mayro EL, Saaddine J. Training eye-care providers to deliver smoking cessation counseling to their patients [abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015;56(7):125.

Dykstra RS, Merbs SL, Munoz BE, Gower EW. Evaluating the utility of postoperative photos as educational tools in trichiasis surgery training [abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015;56(7):137.

Gower EW, Munoz BE, Rajak S, Merbs LS, Ali E, Burton MJ. Pre-operative eyelash location predicts long-term trichiasis surgery success [abstract]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015;56(7):6203.

Jampel HD, Cassard SD, Friedman DS, Shekhawat NS, Whiteside-de Vos J, Quigley HA, Gower EW. Trends over time and regional variations in the rate of laser trabeculoplasty in the medicare population. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014;132(6):685-690.

Do DV, Bressler SB, Cassard SD, Gower EW, Tabandeh H, Jefferys JL, Bressler NM. Ranibizumab for macular telangiectasia type 2 in the absence of subretinal neovascularization. Retina. 2014;34(10):2063-2071.

Campos CL, Pedley CF, Friedman D, Gower EW, Nelson D, Wofford JL, Velez R. Feasibility of diabetic retinopathy screening using a non mydriatic camera in a community health clinic [abstract]. J Gen Intern Med. 2014;29(Suppl 1):S484.

McCrory MC, Gower EW, Simpson SL, Nakagawa TA, Mou SS, Morris PE. Off-hours admission to pediatric intensive care and mortality. Pediatrics. 2014;134(5):e1345-1353.

Pedley CF, Campos CL, Gower EW, Nelson D, Friedman D, Velez R. Diabetic retinopathy is common among patients seeking care for diabetes in a community health clinic [abstract]. J Gen Intern Med. 2014;29(Suppl 1):S482.

Gower EW, Kello AB, Kollmann KhM. Training trichiasis surgeons: ensuring quality. Community Eye Health. 2014;27(87):58.

Gower EW, West SK, Harding JC, Cassard SD, Munoz BE, Othman MS, Kello AB, Merbs SL. Trachomatous trichiasis clamp vs standard bilamellar tarsal rotation instrumentation for trichiasis surgery: results of a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(3):294-301.

Gower EW, Lindsley K, Nanji AA, Leyngold I, McDonnell PJ. Perioperative antibiotics for prevention of acute endophthalmitis after cataract surgery. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;7():CD006364.

Gower EW, Whiteside-de Vos J, Cassard SD, Shekhawat NS, Friedman DS. The Medicare glaucoma screening benefit: a critical program that misses its target [editorial]. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013;156(2):211-212.

Friedman DS, Cassard SD, Williams SK, Baldonado K, O'Brien RW, Gower EW. Outcomes of a vision screening program for underserved populations in the United States. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2013;20(4):201-211.

Gower EW, Silverman E, Cassard SD, Williams SK, Baldonado K, Friedman DS. Barriers to attending an eye examination after vision screening referral within a vulnerable population. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(3):1042-1052.

Quigley HA, Cassard SD, Gower EW, Ramulu PY, Jampel HD, Friedman DS. The cost of glaucoma care provided to Medicare beneficiaries from 2002 to 2009. Ophthalmology. 2013;120(11):2249-2257.

Lee BS, Munoz BE, West SK, Gower EW. Functional improvement after one- and two-eye cataract surgery in the Salisbury Eye Evaluation. Ophthalmology. 2013;120(5):949-955.

McCrory M, Gower E, Morris P, Simpson S. Off-hours admission and mortality in pediatric intensive care [abstract]. Crit Care Med. 2013;41(12 Suppl 1):A135.

Gower EW. Solving the trachoma elimination puzzle, one piece at a time [comment]. Lancet. 2012;379(9811):102-103.

Merbs SL, Kello AB, Gelema H, West SK, Gower EW. The trachomatous trichiasis clamp: a surgical instrument designed to improve bilamellar tarsal rotation procedure outcomes. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(2):220-223.

Do DV, Gower EW, Cassard SD, Boyer D, Bressler NM, Bressler SB, Heier JS, Jefferys JL, Singerman LJ, Solomon SD. Detection of new-onset choroidal neovascularization using optical coherence tomography: the AMD DOC Study. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(4):771-778.

Keay L, Gower EW, Cassard SD, Tielsch JM, Schein OD. Postcataract surgery endophthalmitis in the United States: analysis of the complete 2003 to 2004 Medicare database of cataract surgeries. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(5):914-922.

Gower EW, West SK, Cassard SD, Munoz BE, Harding JC, Merbs SL. Definitions and standardization of a new grading scheme for eyelid contour abnormalities after trichiasis surgery. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6(6):e1713.

Cassard SD, Quigley HA, Gower EW, Friedman DS, Ramulu PY, Jampel HD. Regional variations and trends in the prevalence of diagnosed glaucoma in the Medicare population. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(7):1342-1351.

Merbs SL, Harding JC, Cassard SD, Munoz BE, West SK, Gower EW. Relationship between immediate post-operative appearance and 6-week operative outcome in trichiasis surgery. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6(7):e1718.

Kaleem MA, Munoz BE, Munro CA, Gower EW, West SK. Visual characteristics of elderly night drivers in the Salisbury Eye Evaluation Driving Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012;53(9):5161-5167.

Gower EW, Keay L, Cassard SD, Tielsch JM, Schein OD. Geographic location and endophthalmitis [reply to letter]. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(12):2656-2657.

Werther W, Gower E, Cassard S, Chu L, Varma R, Klein R. Rates of systemic adverse events following intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF medications for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) [abstract]. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2012;21(Suppl 3):46-47.

Schein OD, Cassard SD, Tielsch JM, Gower EW. Cataract surgery among Medicare beneficiaries. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2012;19(5):257-264.

Munro CA, Winicki JM, Schretlen DJ, Gower EW, Turano KA, Munoz B, Keay L, Bandeen-Roche K, West SK. Sex differences in cognition in healthy elderly individuals. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn. 2012;19(6):759-768.

Gower EW. Anti-VEGF therapies for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. J Comp Eff Res. 2012;1(6):485-488.

All Publications

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Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention

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