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David Hunter

Ophthalmologist-in-Chief

David Hunter 

David G. Hunter, MD, PhD is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the Richard M. Robb Chair of Ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital, President of the Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation, and Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hunter obtained a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University and an MD and PhD (in Cell Biology) from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard’s Mass Eye & Ear and a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. He is now Ophthalmologist-in-Chief in the Department of Ophthalmology at Boston Children’s Hospital, which has grown to become the largest pediatric ophthalmology department in the nation and perhaps the world, with 23 full-time faculty including pediatric subspecialists and vision researchers in nearly every aspect of ophthalmology.

Dr. Hunter’s clinical and research interests revolve around the diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia and strabismus. He is co-author of the books Learning Strabismus Surgery: A Case- Based Approach and Last Minute Optics (now in its second edition), and his lecture series on optics and refraction is available free of charge in podcast form for ophthalmologists-in-training around the world. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Gold Fellow of ARVO, and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Named in 2012 by the Boston Globe as one of Massachusetts' 12 Top Innovators, Dr. Hunter is also founder and board member of REBIScan, Inc., which is developing a new product related to early detection of eye disease in children.