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.