Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Thomas Prager

Thomas Prager, Ph.D.

Thomas Prager, Ph.D.

Thomas Prager, Ph.D.


Senior Member 
Outcomes, Quality, and Other Initiatives Research Program
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Department of Ophthalmology
The Methodist Hospital

E-mail: tprager@tmsh.org


Education

B.A.   Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (History, Psychology)
M.S.   Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (Experimental Psychology)
M.P.H.  

University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX (Quality of Care Assessment)

Ph.D.  

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (Experimental Psychology)

Postdoctoral Training

Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX

Biography

Dr. Prager holds a doctorate from Tulane University and a master’s of public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Prior to joining the Methodist Hospital, Dr. Prager was a clinical professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Dr. Prager currently works in the department of ophthalmology at The Methodist Hospital, providing non-invasive diagnostic testing to ophthalmology patients.  He has a long standing interest in research and has an extensive publication record, including eight book chapters.

Description of Research

Dr. Prager’s research focus is the non-invasive evaluation of the visual system through ultrasonograpy and electrophysiology.  He holds a patent for an immersion biometry shell for accurate ocular measurements prior to cataract surgery, a device that has become a standard of care and is used in 39 countries.  Dr. Prager’s most recent invention, the Clear Scan Cover, was created to simplify examinations of the anterior segment of the eye, and to facilitate the clinical use of ultrasonography.

Major Areas of Research

Ultrasonography, electrophysiology, functional outcomes

Recent Publications

Bell NP, Anand A, Wanger A, Prager T. Microbial Contamination of Ultrasound Biomicroscopy Probes: An Evaluation of Cross-Infection Risk. J Cartaract Refract Surg. 2012;Jan:38(1):174-175. PMID: 22078116

Jensen CL, RG, Llorente AM, Peters, SU, Prager T, Zou, YL, Rozelle JC, Turcich MR, Fraley JK, Anderson RE, Heird WC. Effects of Early Maternal Docosahexaenoic Acid Intake on Neuropsychological Status and Visual Acuity at Five Years of Age of Breast-Fed Term Infants. J Pediatr. 2010 Dec;157(6):900-5. PMID: 20655543

Ighani I, Kapoor KG, Gibran SK, Davis GH, Prager T, Chuang AZ, Godley BA. Comparison of Two-way Text versus Conventional Paging Systems in an Academic Ophthalmology Department. J Med Syst. 2010 Aug;34(4):677-84. PMID: 20703922

Bell N, Feldman R, Zou Y, Prager T. A New Technology for Examining the Anterior Segment by Ultra-sonic Biomicroscopy. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008; Jan; 34(1):121-5. PMID: 18165091