Joseph D. Walrath, MD

Oculoplastic Surgeon

Walrath1Dr. Walrath is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon. He specializes in providing a full spectrum of oculoplastic care, including management of epiphora and nasolacrimal disease, orbital inflammatory disease, orbital tumors, eyelid tumors, eyelid malposition, and pediatric oculoplastic disease. In addition to cosmetic treatments, he has developed a strong reputation in the repair of surgically induced problems of the eyelids, often because of poor previous cosmetic surgeries.

Before joining Woolfson Eye Institute, Dr. Walrath was an Assistant Professor at Emory University and an oculoplastic surgeon with Paces Plastic Surgery.

He is the author of numerous papers, reviews, and chapters in ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery. Within the past year, he has written a chapter on blepharoplasty techniques, a review on the use of implant materials in cosmetic and functional oculoplastic surgery, a review on the nonsurgical management of eyelid tumors, a perspective piece on eyelid mechanics (in conjunction with Dr. Clinton McCord), a review on blepharoplasty complications, and a review on open brow lifting.

Originally from Ohio, he graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Walrath attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at The Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University, where he was elected Chief Resident for 2006-2007. After practicing in Manhattan and training ophthalmology residents at Columbia University, he relocated to Atlanta to complete an Oculoplastics Fellowship at Emory University. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Walrath was invited to join the medical faculty at Emory University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Oculoplastics.

Dr. Walrath currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.