As one of the few ophthalmologist in the world with ocular oncology, vitreoretinal surgery, and pediatric ophthalmology training, I can provide comprehensive care for patients with retinal and eye cancer-related issues.


Medical School

  • Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon , Monterrey, Nuevo Leon , Mexico

Graduate Degree

  • Hospital Universitario , Monterrey, Nuevo Leon , Mexico


in Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Valley Retina Institute , McAllen , TX


in Ocular Oncology
  • Princess Margaret Hospital-Hospital for Sick Kids/University of Toronto , Toronto, Ontario , Canada


in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Boston Children's Hospital , Boston , MA

Graduate Degree

in Ophthalmology
  • Boston Medical Center , Boston , MA


Dr. Efren Gonzalez is a pediatric and adult vitreoretinal surgeon, pediatric and adult ocular oncologist, and pediatric ophthalmologist and strabismus surgeon. He is the Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Gonzalez treats various oncological and retinal conditions, including intraocular tumors such as retinoblastoma, choroidal melanoma, ocular lymphoma, and tumors of the lids, eye surface, iris, ciliary body, retina, and orbit. As a retinal specialist, he treats retinopathy of prematurity, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, Norrie disease, Coats' disease, Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, persistent fetal vasculature, congenital retinoschisis, traumatic macular hole, open globe injuries, and all forms of retinal detachment.

Dr. Gonzalez serves as an expert for the Department of Ophthalmology for Boston Children's Hospital Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit

Dr. Gonzalez received his MD with honors from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He completed two ophthalmology residency programs, three clinical fellowships (in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Ocular Oncology, and Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus), and two research fellowships.


  • Ophthalmology