Department of Ophthalmology | Our Faculty

The faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital includes thirty full-time pediatric ophthalmologists and eight pediatric optometrists with a variety of interests. We have clinicians specializing in virtually every aspect of pediatric disease:

  • David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, is our Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include complex strabismus in children and adults, treatment of strabismus with adjustable suture surgery and botulinum toxin injections, and detection of amblyopia. Dr. Hunter is also an engineer developing new diagnostic instruments and he is performing NIH-sponsored research in the genetics of strabismus.
  • Maan Alkharashi, MD
  • Lucia Ambrosio, MD, PhD,
  • Linda R. Dagi, MD, has clinical interests in strabismus of children and adults, craniofacial and eye muscle surgery, thyroid eye disease, and ectopia lentis.
  • Alexandra Elliott, MD, is dual fellowship-trained in adult oculoplastics and pediatric ophthalmology. She specializes in all types of eyelid and orbital surgery in children and adults, bringing the latest in adult oculoplastic techniques to pediatric ophthalmology.
  • Anne Fulton, MD, is a worldwide authority in pediatric retinal degenerations and genetic disorders. Dr. Fulton’s clinical facility is equipped with extensive pediatric electrophysiology capability. She is performing NIH-sponsored research in photoreceptor function in ROP.
  • Eric Gaier, MD, PhD, is a dual fellowship-trained pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist and physician-scientist. He is currently studying synaptic mechanisms of recovery from amblyopia, using a mouse model.
  • Bharti Gangwani, MD
  • Ryan Gise, MD,
  • Efren Gonzalez, MD, is triple fellowship-trained in ocular oncology, vitreoretinal surgery, and pediatric ophthalmology, and is one of the few caring for retinal or eye cancers.
  • Joseph Griffith, MD, focuses on general pediatric ophthalmology with the diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia, strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, and tearing.  His academic focus centers on patient safety and quality improvement.
  • Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, has experience in neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus, and comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology.
  • Benjamin Jastrzembski, MD
  • Suzanne Johnston, MD, has a clinical interest in both pediatric and adult strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, and glaucoma.
  • Melanie Kazlas, MD, is the clinical director of the pediatric ophthalmology service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She specializes in adult and pediatric strabismus, along with a broad range of other experiences.
  • Danielle Ledoux, MD
  • Jason Mantagos, MD, has a broad range of expertise in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, with special interest in pediatric cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity and Steven’s-Johnson syndrome.
  • Robert Petersen, MD, has retinoblastoma, oculoplastics and strabismus expertise. Dr. Petersen is part of the Boston area retinoblastoma study group and he has participated in all major multicenter studies of ROP.
  • Hajirah Saeed, MD, is a corneal specialist.
  • Ankoor Shah, MD, PhD, is an ocular trauma specialist and heads the Virtual Visit program in Ophthalmology.
  • Lois E. H. Smith, MD, PhD, has clinical expertise in hemangiomas, vascular tumors, and storage diseases. Dr. Smith is performing NIH-sponsored research in the diagnosis and treatment of ROP and other vascular disorders.
  • Deborah VanderVeen, MD, has clinical interests in pediatric cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity, glaucoma, and strabismus. Dr. VanderVeen has pioneered endoscopic surgery for nasolacrimal duct obstruction and is participating in the Early Treatment of ROP study and Infant Aphakia Treatment Study.
  • Mary Whitman, MD, PhD
  • Carolyn Wu, MD, has a broad range of experience in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, with clinical interests in pediatric cataracts, ptosis, glaucoma, and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Wu is a participant in PEDIG studies and in studies using Retcam imaging to simplify eye examinations for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Our Pediatric Optometry faculty includes:

The Boston Children’s environment also provides the opportunity to interact with world-class research faculty in related fields. Dr. Elizabeth Engle, MD, a neurologist, combines genetic and molecular biological approaches to study congenital eye movement disorders. The lab headed by Gabriel Kreiman, PhD is interested in understanding how biological networks encode, process and transmit information. There are two main lines of research in the lab: (i) how circuits of neurons represent visual information and (ii) how gene expression is orchestrated, with a particular emphasis on gene expression in the nervous system. Other Ophthalmology research faculty include James Akula, PhDLarry Benowitz, PhDJing Chen, PhDRobert D’Amato, MD, PhDZhongjie Fu, PhDZhigang He, PhD, BMRichard Robb, MD; and Ye Sun, MD, PhD.

Our department has affiliations with leading subspecialists in pediatric ophthalmology, including Shizuo Mukai, MD, who has an interest in pediatric retina. Our support staff includes six orthoptists and seven ophthalmic technicians.