Dr. Andrew W. Browne is a UC Irvine Health ophthalmologist who specializes in treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other eye disorders.
Browne earned his medical degree and PhD from the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati. His PhD in electrical and computer engineering included studying microfluidic technologies for point-of-care diagnostic devices and developing a gene therapy technology using herpes viruses to reveal hidden tumors. He completed his internship at Harvard Medical School Cambridge Hospital, where he received the Intern of the Year award for excellence in patient care, teamwork and teaching. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Medical Center, where he developed an interest in diseases of the retina, inflammatory diseases of the eye and ophthalmic tumors. Browne completed his subspecialty training at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, where he trained in vitreoretinal surgery with an emphasis on uveitis.
Browne has published on various topics in the Journal of Refractive Surgery, the journal Glaucoma, the journal Brachytherapy, the journal Retina, and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He continues to investigate the development and function of retinal organoids, the use of two-photon functional imaging using lasers to understand retina function, technologies to assist low-vision patients, and to develop intraocular technologies for surgery and disease management. His active projects include investigating radiation retinopathy, as well as phototoxic retinopathy.