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Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology


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My Biography & Research


Dr. Virginia Miraldi Utz, MD, FAAP, is an assistant professor of pediatric ophthalmology at the Abrahamson Eye Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and religious studies at The College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) and Kanda University (Chiba, Japan). She received her Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was served as co-president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Society chapter. During her residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, she was awarded the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation Travel Grant for her basic science research in ocular microbiology and immunology and the Humanism in Ophthalmology Award. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. She recently completed additional clinical training in the field of ocular inflammation and uveitis preceptorship to serve patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and related disorders.

Dr. Miraldi Utz specializes in the management of pediatric eye disorders such as amblyopia, strabismus, and pediatric cataracts. She has special clinical and research interests in ocular inflammatory disease and ophthalmic genetic disorders, including ocular malformations and retinal dystrophies. Dr. Miraldi Utz has published multiple research articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as having contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings. She is a peer reviewer for several journals, including Ophthalmic Genetics, Molecular Vision, and British Journal of Ophthalmology. She is a member of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Uveitis Society, Ophthalmic Genetic Study Club, International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma, and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology


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My Education

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

Residency: Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Eye Institute Case Medical Center, Case Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program, Cleveland, Ohio.

Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio.

Preceptorship: Pediatric Uveitis, The Retina Group, Columbus, OH; Cincinnati Eye Institute, Cincinnati, OH.

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2013.

My Publications

Utz VM, Coussa RG, Marino MJ, Chappelow AV, Pauer GJ, Hagstrom SA, Traboulsi EI. Predictors of Visual Acuity and Genotype-Phenotype Correlates in a Cohort of Patients with Stargardt Disease. Br J Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr:98(4):513-8.

Utz VM, Chappelow AV, Marino MJ, Beight CD, Sturgill-Short GM, Pauer GJ, Crowe S,  Hagstrom SA, Traboulsi EI.  Identification of Three ABCA4 Sequence Variations Exclusive to African-American Patients in a Cohort of Patients with Stargardt Disease. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Dec;156(6):1220-1227.

Utz VM, Beight CD, Marino MJ, Hagstrom SA, Traboulsi EI. Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa Secondary to Pre-mRNA Splicing Factor Gene PRPF31: Review of Disease Mechanism and Report of Family with a Novel 3-Base Insertion. Ophthalmic Gen. 2013 Dec;34(4):183-8.

Utz VM, Tang J. Ocular Manifestations of Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011 Apr;95(4):454-9.  

Mucci JJ, Utz VM, Galor A, Jeng BH. Recurrence Rates of Herpes Simplex Virus Keratitis in Contact Lens Wearers: Eye Contact Lens. Eye Contact Lens. 2009 Jul;35(4):185-7.

Utz VM, Krueger RR. Management of Irregular Astigmatism Following Rotationally Disoriented Free Cap After LASIK. J Refract Surg. 2008 Apr;24(4):383-91.