Irene Gottlob, MD, Univ Doz, FRCOphth


Cooper University Health Care Titles

  • Ophthalmologist

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Professor of Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Austrian Medical Association (Certified Specialist in Ophthalmology)

Other Languages

French, German

Professional Type

Cooper University Physician



About Me

Dr. Irene Gottlob graduated from the Medical School of the University of Vienna, Austria, where she also completed her training in ophthalmology. She spent three years of research in the physiology of the visual system at the University of Vienna and then at the Max-Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research in Bad Nauheim, Germany. During this time, she became greatly attracted to the study of the connection between the eyes and the brain. She then undertook clinical and research fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, and oculoplastic ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She obtained the Habilitation (Univ Doz title) at the University of Vienna in 1990.

Prior to joining Cooper University Health Care, she was Professor and Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Leicester and before that she was Head of Department of Strabismus and Neuro-Ophthalmology at St. Gall, Switzerland.

Her clinical subspecialties are pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology. She has led a large nystagmus clinic offering investigations of eye movements, genetics, and retinal abnormalities including optical coherence tomography at all ages, including infants and young children who cannot cooperate with standard techniques. Her clinical interests include amblyopia and strabismus.

Dr. Gottlob has published more than 210 articles and book chapters and is on the editorial board of several scientific journals. She is an enthusiastic teacher of clinical and research students and trainees.

Office Locations

Cherry Hill
Cooper and Inspira Neuroscience at Cherry Hill

2339 Route 70 West
4th Floor
Cherry Hill , NJ 08002
Phone: 855.306.3876
Fax: 856.546.8527
Maps & Directions

Education & Training

Medical SchoolMedical School, University of Vienna, Austria
Graduate SchoolUniv Doz, Ophthalmology, University of Vienna, Austria
ResidencyMedicine - Second University Medical Clinic, Vienna, Austria
ResidencyOphthalmology - First University Eye Clinic, University of Vienna, Austria
FellowshipResearch Fellow - Institute for General and Comparative Physiology, University of Vienna
FellowshipResearch Fellow - Max Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research, Bad Nauheim-Frankfurt/M., Germany
FellowshipPediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus - Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
FellowshipOculoplastic Surgery and Orbital Diagnosis - Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
FellowshipNeuro-ophthalmology - Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Special Interests

Nystagmus, strabismus and ocular motility, amblyopia


  • Albinism Europe
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Aniridia UK
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • British Eye Study Group
  • British Island Neuro-ophthalmology Club
  • European Neuro-ophthalmology Society
  • European Strabological Association
  • International Society for Genetic Eye Disease
  • International Strabological Association
  • Max-Kade Foundation
  • Midland Ophthalmological Society
  • Nystagmus Network, UK
  • Vision 2020

Editorial Positions

British Journal of Ophthalmology, Section Editor

Neuro-ophthalmology, editorial board

Selected Works

Dr. Gottlob is well-published in her field. Please click here for a list of her peer-reviewed publications

Grants and Research

  • Dr. Gottlob's main areas of research are abnormal eye movements, nystagmus, and albinism. She is researching many aspects of nystagmus including correlation of clinical characteristics (phenotype) and genetics (genotype). She is interested in diagnostics, genetics, and pharmacological and surgical treatment of nystagmus and albinism. She is also investigating several aspects of nystagmus; for example, how people with nystagmus read or quality of life of people with nystagmus. Recently her research has focused on retinal and optic nerve changes in nystagmus visualized by optical coherence tomography (OCT). Using hand-held OCT, she led the development and validation of methods to acquire retinal scans on small infants and young children who are too young to cooperate with standard OCT techniques, resulting in the development of algorithms for fast diagnosis of the nystagmus type and prediction of visual acuity from the degree of foveal hypoplasia in albinism.

    Dr Gottlob has also a longstanding interest in investigating how treatments of amblyopia can be optimized and has led large multicenter studies.

    Other research interests include neurological/brain disorders affecting retinal and optic nerve structures, for example Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

    Dr. Gottlob has received more than 50 research grants; for example, from the Medical Research Council, UK (MRC) or National Institutes of Health (NIH).