Department of Ophthalmology | Our Faculty

The faculty at Boston Children's Hospital includes ten full-time pediatric ophthalmologists and three pediatric optometrists with a variety of interests:

  • David G. Hunter, MD, PhD, is our Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of AAPOS. 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.
  • Linda R. Dagi, MD, has clinical interests in strabismus of children and adults, craniofacial and eye muscle surgery, thyroid eye disease and ectopia lentis. She is coordinating the departmental participation in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigators Group (PEDIG), a national coalition performing multicenter clinical trials, including the Amblyopia Treatment Studies.
  • 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.
  • Bharti Gangwani, MD
  • Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, has recently completed her pediatric ophthalmology fellowship training with the department. She has experience in strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology and comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology.
  • Ambika Hoguet
  • Suzanne Johnston, MD, joined our team in August. She has a clinical interest in both pediatric and adult strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, and glaucoma.
  • Melanie Kazlas, 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 A. Petersen, MD, has 30-plus years of experience in all areas of pediatric ophthalmology. His emphasis includes retinoblastoma, oculoplastics and strabismus. Dr. Petersen is part of the Boston area retinoblastoma study group and he has participated in all major multicenter studies of ROP.
  • Ankoor Shah, MD, PhD
  • 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
  • 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. She also serves as the director of the residency program.

Our Pediatric Optometry faculty includes:

  • Anna Maria Baglieri, OD, is the most recent optometrist to join our team. She has a particular interest in performing visual function evaluations for individuals with disabilities and an interest in traumatic brain injury.
  • Kimberly Chan, OD has interest in optics refraction, and amblyopia therapy.
  • Anna Kirillova, OD
  • Kathryn Miller, OD , is a pediatric optometrist with particular expertise in pediatric low vision evaluations and aphakic contact lens fittings.
  • Preeti Mokka, OD
  • Aparna Raghuram, OD, PhD, is our new pediatric optometrist who recently joined the team with expertise in vision therapy, contact lens fitting and routine pediatric eye examinations.

The Boston Children's environment also provides the opportunity to interact with clinicians specializing in virtually every aspect of pediatric disease, as well as world-class researchers in related fields. Dr. Elizabeth Engle, MD, a Neurologist, combines genetic and molecular biological approaches to study congenital eye movement disorders. The Kreiman lab 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. The lab uses a combination of mathematical, computational and experimental tools.

Our department has affiliations with leading subspecialists in pediatric ophthalmology, including Shizuo Mukai, MD, who has an interest in pediatric retina, and Dr. Hoguet, who specializes in both adult and childhood glaucomas. Ronald Hansen, PhD, works closely with Dr. Fulton evaluating pediatric electrophysiology. Our support staff includes four orthoptists and three ophthalmic technicians.

Apply to the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital