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Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology


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My Biography & Research


Dr. Virginia Miraldi Utz, MD, FAAP, is an associate 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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Associate 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

Chlamydia conjunctivitis in 2 prepubertal children: An uncommon presentation of child sexual abuse. Brownell, AD; Utz, VM; Makoroff, KL; Shapiro, RA; Mortensen, JE. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2020; Publish Ahead of Print:e473-e475.

Bilateral rhegmatogenous retinal detachments from giant retinal tears in an infant with abusive head trauma and Stickler syndrome. Ebert, JJ; Utz, VM; Sisk, RA. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. 2020; 17:100581-100581.

Effectiveness of long-term infliximab use and impact of treatment adherence on disease control in refractory, non-infectious pediatric uveitis. Utz, VM; Bulas, S; Lopper, S; Fenchel, M; Sa, T; Mehta, M; Ash, D; Lovell, DJ; Kaufman, AH. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal. 2019; 17.

Survey of practice patterns for the management of ophthalmic genetic disorders among AAPOS members: report by the AAPOS Genetic Eye Disease Task Force. Drack, AV; Miraldi Utz, V; Wang, K; Alcorn, DM; Brooks, BP; Costakos, DM; Couser, NL; Heon, E; Levin, AV; Lloyd, IC; et al. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2019; 23:226-228.e1.

Gene therapy for RPE65-related retinal disease. Utz, VM; Coussa, RG; Antaki, F; Traboulsi, EI. Ophthalmic Genetics (Informa). 2018; 39:671-677.

Genetics in Ophthalmology. Prasov, L; Armenti, ST; Utz, VM; Richards, JE; Hufnagel, RB. Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018; 2018:4608946-3.

Genetics in Ophthalmology. Prasov, L; Armenti, ST; Utz, V; Richards, JE; Hufnagel, RB. Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018; 2018:1-3.

Presentation of TRPM1-Associated Congenital Stationary Night Blindness in Children. Utz, VM; Pfeifer, W; Longmuir, SQ; Olson, RJ; Wang, K; Drack, AV. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2018; 4:389-398.

Pharmacological approaches to restoring lens transparency: Real world applications. Skinner, C; Utz, VM. Ophthalmic Genetics (Informa). 2017; 38:201-205.

Nature versus nurture: A systematic approach to elucidate gene-environment interactions in the development of myopic refractive errors. Utz, VM. Ophthalmic Genetics (Informa). 2017; 38:117-121.