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David G.  Hunter, MD, PhD

David Hunter
Ophthalmology Research
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Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Eye muscles
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Research Overview

Dr. Hunter's clinical and research interests focus on strabismus and amblyopia. He is collaborating with the laboratory of Elizabeth Engle, MD to study the genetic contributions of common and complex strabismus (including the congenital cranial dysinnervation disorders (CCDDs) such as congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscles (CFEOM) and Duane syndrome.) He is developing new approaches to strabismus surgery for complex cases, including adjustable sutures that can be adjusted several days after surgery, and superior rectus transposition (SRT) for Duane syndrome and sixth nerve palsy. For more than 18 years he has been developing laser technology to scan the eye and identify eye disease, including new approaches to identifying amblyopia in young children early in life using a non-invasive, rapid diagnostic scan. This has led to the invention of retinal birefringence scanning (RBS), a patented method that can detect the fixation of the eye from a distance, and the impending development of an RBS-based product known as the Pediatric Vision Scanner. Dr. Hunter is founder and owner of REBIScan, LLC, the company that will produce the PVS for use in pediatric offices and community vision screening programs.

About David Hunter

David G. Hunter, MD, PhD is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the Richard M. Robb Chair of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital Boston, President of the Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation, Professor and Vice Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the 2010-11 Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and head of its finance committee. Dr. Hunter obtained a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University and a PhD (in Cell Biology) and MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After he completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard's Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, he was a fellow at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University, where he remained on faculty until 2002, when he was selected as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Children's. During his time at Children's, the Department of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital Boston has grown to become the largest pediatric ophthalmology department in the nation and perhaps the world, with 30 full-time faculty, including 13 full-time and 3 affiliated MD ophthalmologists and 4 pediatric optometrists, with pediatric subspecialists in nearly every aspect of ophthalmology, as well as 7 full-time research faculty. The department also has created 7 endowed chairs as well as an endowed international observership to support clinical and basic research, teaching, and the worldwide dissemination of advances in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. Dr. Hunter is co-author of the book Last Minute Optics, which was recently released in its second edition, and his lectures on optics and refraction for ophthalmologists-in-training around the world are now available free of charge in podcast format.

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