Susan Culican, MD, PhD

Susan Culican

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MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Residency in Ophthalmology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Pediatric Ophthalmology)

PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Susan Culican, MD, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME). Dr. Culican is also a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences.

She comes from the Washington University School of Medicine where she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Director of Medical Education and Director for Residency Training for Ophthalmology. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Culican served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Washington University for 15 years with service on the Resident Wellness subcommittee. Her educational work includes development of Ophthalmology milestones and data-driven residency assessment. Her practice centers on eye conditions in children, and she also treats adults for strabismus. She has been consistently recognized on "The Best Doctors in America" list.



Kraus CL, Culican SM. New advances in amblyopia therapy II: refractive therapies. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Dec;102(12):1611-1614. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-312173. Epub 2018 Jun 5. PubMed PMID: 29871968; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6287570.

Bamaga AK, Maamari RN, Culican SM, Shinawi M, Golumbek PT. Child Neurology: Brown-Vialetto-Van Laere syndrome: Dramatic visual recovery after delayed riboflavin therapy. Neurology. 2018 Nov 13;91(20):938-941. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006498. PubMed PMID: 30420458; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6260193.

Kraus CL, Culican SM. New advances in amblyopia therapy I: binocular therapies and pharmacologic augmentation. Br J Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov;102(11):1492-1496. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-312172. Epub 2018 May 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 29777043; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6241622.

Siatkowski RM, Mian SI, Culican SM, Green LK, Sun G, Waxman EL, Wayman LL, Stoner J, Chen X, Feldon S. Probability of Success in the Ophthalmology Residency Match: Three-Year Outcomes Analysis of San Francisco Matching Program Data. J Acad Ophthalmol. 2018 Jan;10(1):e150-e157. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1673675. PubMed PMID: 30662977; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6335041.

Paley GL, Shute TS, Davis GK, Culican SM. Assessing Progression of Resident Proficiency during Ophthalmology Residency Training: Utility of Serial Clinical Skill Evaluations. J Med Educ Train. 2017;1(4). Epub 2017 Sep 9. PubMed PMID: 29601074; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5870798.

Wright PW, Archambault AS, Peek S, Bauer AQ, Culican SM, Ances BM, Culver JP, Wu GF. Functional connectivity alterations in a murine model of optic neuritis. Exp Neurol. 2017 Sep;295:18-22. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2017.05.004. Epub 2017 May 11. PubMed PMID: 28502610; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5657240.

Liu JC, Green W, Van Stavern GP, Culican SM. Assessing the utility of 2.5% phenylephrine for diagnostic pupillary dilation. Can J Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug;52(4):349-354. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjo.2017.01.023. PubMed PMID: 28774515; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6437774.

Stock M, Salvay D, Shoss B, Piggott K, Culican SM. Obtaining Lissamine Green 1% Solution for Clinical Use. Cornea. 2015 Nov;34(11):1523-5. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000000588. PubMed PMID: 26312624.

Mackay DS, Bennett TM, Culican SM, Shiels A. Exome sequencing identifies novel and recurrent mutations in GJA8 and CRYGD associated with inherited cataract. Hum Genomics. 2014 Nov 18;8:19. doi: 10.1186/s40246-014-0019-6. PubMed PMID: 25403472; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4240822.

Culican SM, Rupp JD, Margolis TP. Retaining clinician-scientists: nature versus nurture. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 May 27;55(5):3219-22. doi: 10.1167/iovs.14-14605. Review. PubMed PMID: 24867910.

Kraus CL, Tychsen L, Lueder GT, Culican SM. Comparison of the effectiveness and safety of transscleral cyclophotocoagulation and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation in pediatric glaucoma. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2014 Mar-Apr;51(2):120-7. doi: 10.3928/01913913-20140211-01. Epub 2014 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 24530177.

Cain MD, Vo BQ, Kolesnikov AV, Kefalov VJ, Culican SM, Kerschensteiner D, Blumer KJ. An allosteric regulator of R7-RGS proteins influences light-evoked activity and glutamatergic waves in the inner retina. PLoS One. 2013;8(12):e82276. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082276. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24349243; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3857278.

Berk DR, Culican SM, Bayliss SJ. Scleral hemangioma: case report and response to propranolol. Pediatr Dermatol. 2013 May-Jun;30(3):e16-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2012.01754.x. Epub 2012 Apr 4. PubMed PMID: 22486338.

Lee AR, Lamb RR, Chang JH, Erdmann-Gilmore P, Lichti CF, Rohrs HW, Malone JP, Wairkar YP, DiAntonio A, Townsend RR, Culican SM. Identification of potential mediators of retinotopic mapping: a comparative proteomic analysis of optic nerve from WT and Phr1 retinal knockout mice. J Proteome Res. 2012 Nov 2;11(11):5515-26. doi: 10.1021/pr300767a. Epub 2012 Oct 23. PubMed PMID: 22985349; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3510777.

Lee AG, Oetting TA, Blomquist PH, Bradford G, Culican SM, Kloek C, Krishnan C, Lauer AK, Levi L, Naseri A, Rubin SE, Scott IU, Tao J, Tuli S, Wright MM, Wudunn D, Zimmerman MB. A multicenter analysis of the ophthalmic knowledge assessment program and American Board of Ophthalmology written qualifying examination performance. Ophthalmology. 2012 Oct;119(10):1949-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.06.010. Epub 2012 Jul 28. PubMed PMID: 22841987.

Kraus CL, Culican SM. Challenging presentations of cavernous sinus thrombophlebitis. J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2012 Sep;2(3):133-6. doi: 10.1007/s12348-011-0053-7. Epub 2011 Dec 4. PubMed PMID: 22139823; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3438306.

Soto F, Ma X, Cecil JL, Vo BQ, Culican SM, Kerschensteiner D. Spontaneous activity promotes synapse formation in a cell-type-dependent manner in the developing retina. J Neurosci. 2012 Apr 18;32(16):5426-39. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0194-12.2012. PubMed PMID: 22514306; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3353326.

Kraus CL, Culican SM. Use of biologic agents in ocular manifestations of rheumatic disease. Int J Rheumatol. 2012;2012:203819. doi: 10.1155/2012/203819. Epub 2011 Dec 15. PubMed PMID: 22229035; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3246731.

Vo BQ, Bloom AJ, Culican SM. Phr1 is required for proper retinocollicular targeting of nasal-dorsal retinal ganglion cells. Vis Neurosci. 2011 Mar;28(2):175-81. doi: 10.1017/S0952523810000386. Epub 2011 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 21324225.

Kraus CL, Culican SM. Nummular keratopathy in a patient with Hyper-IgD Syndrome. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2009 Aug 5;7:14. doi: 10.1186/1546-0096-7-14. PubMed PMID: 19656398; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2731058.

Culican SM, Bloom AJ, Weiner JA, DiAntonio A. Phr1 regulates retinogeniculate targeting independent of activity and ephrin-A signalling. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2009 Jul;41(3):304-12. doi: 10.1016/j.mcn.2009.04.001. Epub 2009 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 19371781; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2697264.

Lueder GT, Culican S. Yellow dye laser treatment of vascularized corneal stromal scars in pediatric patients. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Apr;126(4):564-6. doi: 10.1001/archopht.126.4.564. PubMed PMID: 18413532.

Yu JT, Culican SM, Tychsen L. Aicardi-like chorioretinitis and maldevelopment of the corpus callosum in congenital lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. J AAPOS. 2006 Feb;10(1):58-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2005.09.009. PubMed PMID: 16527682.

Culican SM, Custer PL. Repair of cicatricial ectropion in an infant with harlequin ichthyosis using engineered human skin. Am J Ophthalmol. 2002 Sep;134(3):442-3. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(02)01567-2. PubMed PMID: 12208260.

Akaaboune M, Culican SM, Turney SG, Lichtman JW. Rapid and reversible effects of activity on acetylcholine receptor density at the neuromuscular junction in vivo. Science. 1999 Oct 15;286(5439):503-7. doi: 10.1126/science.286.5439.503. PubMed PMID: 10521340.

Culican SM, Nelson CC, Lichtman JW. Axon withdrawal during synapse elimination at the neuromuscular junction is accompanied by disassembly of the postsynaptic specialization and withdrawal of Schwann cell processes. J Neurosci. 1998 Jul 1;18(13):4953-65. PubMed PMID: 9634561.

Turney SG, Culican SM, Lichtman JW. A quantitative fluorescence-imaging technique for studying acetylcholine receptor turnover at neuromuscular junctions in living animals. J Neurosci Methods. 1996 Feb;64(2):199-208. doi: 10.1016/0165-0270(95)00135-2. PubMed PMID: 8699881.

Culican SM, Baumrind NL, Yamamoto M, Pearlman AL. Cortical radial glia: identification in tissue culture and evidence for their transformation to astrocytes. J Neurosci. 1990 Feb;10(2):684-92. PubMed PMID: 2303868.



  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology