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Joseph Chacko

InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentOphthalmology, College of Medicine
DivisionOphthalmology Faculty
AddressJ235 Jones Eye Institute
4105 Outpatient Circle
Mail Slot # 523
Little Rock AR 72205
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    InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    DepartmentOphthalmic Technologies, College of Health Professions

    InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    DepartmentNeurosurgery, College of Medicine

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    Joseph G. Chacko, M.D. has been the director of neuro-ophthalmology at the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute (UAMS) since 2005. He also performs no-shot, no-patch cataract surgery with over 20 years of experience.Dr. Chacko is a professor for the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine. He also serves as Ophthalmology Clerkship Director for third-year medical students.Dr. Chacko received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in 1991. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1995, and served a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami in 2004.To promote better vision worldwide, Dr. Chacko has participated in annual surgical mission trips since 1997 to Ghana, West Africa and Guatemala, Central America. His research interests include diseases of the optic nerve and visual pathway including ischemic optic neuropathy, giant cell arteritis, and divergence insufficiency.Dr. Chacko has been board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1996 and has been a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 1992. He is a member of both the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies.

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    North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS)
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    Cataract Surgery

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    Ophthalmology Clerkship Director

    Editor-in-chief Journal of Ophthalmic Medical Technology

    Director of Neuro-ophthalmology Service

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    2008Outstanding Ophthalmology Faculty Award, UAMS
    2009The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, UAMS
    2010 - 2015Red Sash Award, UAMS
    2010Outstanding Ophthalmology Faculty Award, UAMS
    2011Arkansas Times Best Doctors: Cataract Surgery, Arkansas Times
    2012OMT Physician Faculty of the Year Award, UAMS
    2012Eye Care Hero, Arkansas Night for Sight
    2013Outstanding Ophthalmology Faculty Award, UAMS

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    Clinical and didactic teaching of Neuro-ophthalmology to medical students and ophthalmic medical technology students, as well as ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery residents.

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    QRK207     (CHACKO, JOSEPH G)Apr 13, 2016 - Dec 2, 2019
    Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    No FP attached
    Role: Principal Investigator

    NAION     (CHACKO, JOSEPH G)Feb 3, 2009 - Feb 1, 2013
    Pfizer, Inc.
    Case Cross-over Studyof PDE5 Inhibitor Exposure as Potential Trigger Factor for Acute NAION
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Chacko JA, Broyles HV, Chacko JG, Uwaydat SH. Documented Reperfusion of the Retina on Fluorescein Angiography after Administration of Intravenous Prostaglandin E1 for Central Retinal Artery Occlusion: A Case Report. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2023 Jan-Dec; 14(1):469-476. PMID: 37901635.
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    2. Fong JW, Chacko JG. Demographic and clinical characteristics of age-related distance esotropia. J AAPOS. 2023 06; 27(3):145.e1-145.e3. PMID: 37182653.
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    3. Siddiqui MZ, Elhusseiny AM, Phillips PH, Ramakrishnaiah RH, Gokden M, Carrillo LF, Chacko JG. Diffuse Leptomeningeal Glioneuronal Tumor Presenting With Progressive Cranial Neuropathies. J Neuroophthalmol. 2024 Mar 01; 44(1):e129-e131. PMID: 38366543.
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    4. Chauhan MZ, Chacko JG, Ghaffarieh A, Moulin CM, Pelaez D, Uwaydat SH, Bhattacharya SK. Mitochondrial Triglyceride Dysregulation in Optic Nerves Following Indirect Traumatic Optic Neuropathy. Biomolecules. 2022 Dec 15; 12(12). PMID: 36551313.
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    5. Hsu C, Uwaydat SH, Chacko JG. Toxoplasma Neuroretinitis. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2022 Sep-Dec; 13(3):751-755. PMID: 36845446.
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    6. Mitchell R, Chacko J. Clinical and Mechanistic Review of Amiodarone-Associated Optic Neuropathy. Biomolecules. 2022 09 14; 12(9). PMID: 36139137.
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    7. Chauhan MZ, Phillips PH, Chacko JG, Warner DB, Pelaez D, Bhattacharya SK. Temporal Alterations of Sphingolipids in Optic Nerves After Indirect Traumatic Optic Neuropathy. Ophthalmol Sci. 2023 Mar; 3(1):100217. PMID: 36275202.
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    8. Sharma R, Ponder C, Kamran M, Chacko J, Kapoor N, Mylavarapu K, Onteddu S, Nalleballe K. Bilateral Carotid-Cavernous Fistula: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2022 Jan-Dec; 10:23247096221094181. PMID: 35748427.
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    9. Fong JW, Sallam AB, Chacko JG. Vitreopapillary Traction Masquerading as Papillitis and Papilledema. J Neuroophthalmol. 2021 Dec 01; 41(4):e711-e712. PMID: 33417415.
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    10. Chauhan MZ, Chacko JG, Phillips PH, Siddiqui MZ, Uwaydat SH. Association of Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy With Multiple Sclerosis: A Report of 2 Cases. J Neuroophthalmol. 2022 03 01; 42(1):e377-e380. PMID: 34270517.
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    11. Broyles H, Chacko J, Chancellor J, LoRusso F, Phillips PH, Mashayekhi A, Uwaydat S. Paracentral Acute Middle Maculopathy as the Initial Presentation of Giant Cell Arteritis. J Neuroophthalmol. 2021 Jun 01; 41(2):e157-e159. PMID: 33770010.
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    12. Chacko JA, Strati P, Stout PW, Archer RL, Baltz BP, Chacko JG. Primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma in a patient on Fingolimod for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2021 Apr; 49:102776. PMID: 33508568.
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    13. Fong JW, Chacko JG. Timing of cataract surgery in patients with giant cell arteritis. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2021 Jan 01; 47(1):83-86. PMID: 32815866.
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    14. Ahmad KT, Chacko J, Sallam AB, Warner DB, Uwaydat SH. Surgical Outcomes in Macular Telangiectasia Type 2-Related Macular Holes: A Report on Four Patients. Case Rep Ophthalmol Med. 2020; 2020:8884638. PMID: 33489395.
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    15. Neuhouser A, Sanders R, Burks JR, Chacko J. Retinal Findings in Two Patients With Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis. J Neuroophthalmol. 2019 09; 39(3):399-400. PMID: 30829944.
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    16. Chacko JG, Behbehani R, Hundley KN, Al-Fanek Y. Bortezomib-Associated Optic Atrophy in Two Patients With Multiple Myeloma. J Neuroophthalmol. 2018 12; 38(4):473-475. PMID: 29746371.
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    17. Hardin JS, Ramakrishnaiah RH, Pemberton JD, Phillips PH, Chacko JG. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Progressing to Venous Sinus Thrombosis, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, and Stroke. J Neuroophthalmol. 2018 Mar; 38(1):60-64. PMID: 28742639.
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    18. Wright HE, Brodsky MC, Chacko JG, Ramakrishnaiah RH, Phillips PH. Diplopia is better than no plopia! Surv Ophthalmol. 2017 Nov - Dec; 62(6):875-881. PMID: 28390855.
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    19. Perin AF, Chacko JG, Goyal S. Nonarteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Associated With Clomiphene Citrate Use. J Neuroophthalmol. 2017 03; 37(1):106-107. PMID: 27941402.
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    20. Nazarian SM, Shaon KY, Schwankhaus JD, Chacko JG, Hudgins PA, Brat DJ. Bilateral optic neuropathy after erythematous rash. Bilateral anterior optic neuropathy due to RMSF. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Jun; 35(2):201-4. PMID: 25985435.
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    21. Chacko JG, Chacko JA, Salter MW. Review of Giant cell arteritis. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan-Mar; 29(1):48-52. PMID: 25859139.
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    22. Chacko JG, Onteddu S, Rosenbaum ER. Bilateral optic neuritis due to malaria. J Neuroophthalmol. 2013 Sep; 33(3):266-7. PMID: 23912770.
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    23. Vora A, Chacko JG. Paraneoplastic myasthenia gravis. J Ark Med Soc. 2013 Feb; 109(9):180-2. PMID: 23451406.
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    24. J Chacko, Rodriguez CJ, Uwaydat SH. Nutritional Optic Neuropathy Status Post Bariatric Surgery. Neuro-Ophthalmol. 2012; 36(4):165-167.
    25. Dumitrascu Om, J Chacko, Nazarian S. Cryptococcal Meningitis in a Young Obese Female with Takayasu Arteritis and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. Neuro-Ophthalmol. 2012; 36(3):108-110.
    26. Irak-Dersu I, Thostenson J, Anderson J, Friedman R, J Chacko. Correlations of Afferent Pupillary Defect, Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness And Visual Field in Asymmetric Optic Neuropathies. J Clinic Experiment Ophthalmol. 2011; 2:183.
    27. Chacko J, Brock W, Brown H, Luetmer P, Giannini C. Blurred vision and eye pain in a middle-aged woman. J Neuroophthalmol. 2010 Sep; 30(3):284-7. PMID: 20818207.
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    28. Chacko JG, Miller JL, Angtuaco EJ. Spontaneous postpartum resolution of vision loss caused by a progesterone receptor-positive tuberculum sellae meningioma. J Neuroophthalmol. 2010 Jun; 30(2):132-4. PMID: 20393348.
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    29. Nazir SA, Westfall CT, Chacko JG, Phillips PH, Stack BC. Visual recovery after direct traumatic optic neuropathy. Am J Otolaryngol. 2010 May-Jun; 31(3):193-4. PMID: 20015731.
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    30. Chacko JG, Phillips PH. Optic nerve head drusen simulating a bitemporal hemianopia. Ann Ophthalmol (Skokie). 2009; 41(1):47-9. PMID: 19413228.
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    31. Chacko JG, Lam BL, Adusumilli J, Dubovy SR. Multicentric malignant glioma of adulthood masquerading as optic neuritis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Jun; 94(6):782-3, 812. PMID: 18977790.
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    32. Chacko JG, Schatz NJ, Glaser JS. Delayed optic nerve complications after proton beam irradiation. Ann Ophthalmol (Skokie). 2008 Fall-Winter; 40(3-4):166-70. PMID: 19230355.
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    33. Dersu I, Wiggins M, Luther A, Harper R, Chacko JG. Understanding Visual Fields Part 1 Goldmann Perimetry. Journal of Ophthalmic Medical Technology (JOMT). 2006; 2(2).
    34. Chacko JG. Giant Cell Arteritis: The Old Switcheroo. Journal of Ophthalmic Medical Technology (JOMT). 2005; 1(1).
    35. Chacko JG, Lam BL. Patient has sequential visual loss, swollen disc. 2004; 16-17.
    36. Chacko JG, Figueroa RE, Johnson MH et al. Detection and localization of steel intraocular foreign bodies using CT. A comparison of helical and conventional axial scanning. Ophthalmology. 1997; 104:319-323.
    37. Chacko JG. Vertical Strabismus after cataract surgery [letter]. 1997; 104:171.
    38. Chacko JG, Bell RA. Correlation of visual acuity, color vision, and brightness difference with RAPD. ARVO abstracts. 36 (suppl 4).
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