Eften Gonzalez

Efren Gonzalez, MD

Director of Ocular Oncology

Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-6401
  • Fax: 617-730-0392

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 Services


  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Ocular Oncology


  • Ophthalmology


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian


  • Retina Service
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6401

Experience and Education


Medical School

Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, 1995-2002

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico


Hospital Universitario, 2005-2008

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery

Valley Retina Institute, 2008-2010

McAllen, TX

Fellowship in Ocular Oncology

Princess Margaret Hospital-Hospital for Sick Kids/University of Toronto, 2010-2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Boston Children's Hospital, 2013-2014

Boston, MA

Residency in Ophthalmology

Boston Medical Center, 2014-2017

Boston , MA


  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional History

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 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.


As an example of how he is capitalizing on the diversity of his training and background to foster clinical innovation, Dr. Gonzalez has developed a novel, minimally invasive scleral buckle technique that translates the technical steps of small-incision strabismus surgery into the retinal surgery arena. He is currently conducting an analysis of the outcomes of patients treated with this approach and preparing the results for publication.

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