Several experiences throughout college and medical school inspired me to become a pediatric ophthalmologist. As an undergraduate, I mentored a 6-year-old boy with nystagmus and low vision through a Big Brother/Big Sister Program. I saw firsthand how visual impairment impacted this child’s quality of life and education. As a medical student and resident in ophthalmology, I saw the challenges that children face with chronic autoimmune and genetic disorders involving the eye, and have dedicated my career to the care of children with these disorders. I hope that my contributions as a clinician and researcher will help improve the visual outcomes, quality of life and visual function in my patients. As a pediatric ophthalmologist and professor of pediatric ophthalmology, I care for children with general pediatric eye disorders as well as specialized ocular conditions including uveitis (eye inflammation) and genetic disorders involving the eye and body. I feel tremendously privileged to care for children and appreciate the opportunity to serve patients and their families.
I seek to create a partnership of mutual respect and make it a priority to take family and patient concerns seriously. I do my best to be available to patients when they need me or have a question or concern. I want patients to leave my clinic with the answers they need or an action plan of our next steps to resolve any concerns. I know how important these hallmarks of care can be from personal experience. I work collaboratively with other specialists in rheumatology, genetics, hematology/oncology, and neurology to manage patients with complicated conditions involving the eye.
We established an Eye Genetics Clinic in 2012 to provide families with same-day, multidisciplinary appointments with ophthalmology and human genetics. Our goal is to improve communication among providers and patients, and to provide patients with a comprehensive care plan and convenient access to care. Disorders that we evaluate include: inherited retinal disorders (retinal dystrophies, retinal dysfunction):
Ocular Development Problems: These are conditions that occur when the eye or the structures within the eye do not develop normally.
Genetic Syndromes that Affect the Eye: These include any conditions that can affect multiple body parts and the eye.
For complicated patients with uveitis and other autoimmune disorders of the eye, I partner with rheumatology faculty, neuro-ophthalmology, nephrology, gastroenterology and retina specialist to manage patients with complicated autoimmune conditions.
I am humbled to be named to the Best Doctors in America list and the Top Doctors list as chosen by peers in Cincinnati Magazine since 2016. I am honored to serve on the editorial board for the Ophthalmic Genetics Journal, as chairperson of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) Pediatric Uveitis Committee and as vice-chair for the AAPOS Genetic Eye Disease Committee.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family. My children and I enjoy making art projects out of recyclables, exploring nature and hiking, swimming and playing pickleball. I start my day in the early morning with a run, swim or cardio, stability and resistance training.
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.
Pediatric eye diseases such as amblyopia, cataracts and strabismus; diagnosis and management of genetic eye disorders and syndromes (retinal dystrophies such as retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, ocular malformations and mitochondrial disorders); pediatric uveitis and ocular inflammation
Rheumatology; pediatric ophthalmology; strabismus; improving quality of life in children with JIA-associate d uveitis; biomarkers for predicting the development of uveitis in children with JIA; treatment outcomes in children with non-infectious uveitis
Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Human Genetics
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Panuveitis and optic neuropathy following SARS-COV-2 in the absence of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in a child. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. 2023; 32:101876.
Therapeutic potential of JAK inhibitors in juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology. 2023; 19:689-692.
Dual phenotype: co-occurring Leber congenital amaurosis and familial exudative vitreoretinopathy: a case report. Ophthalmic Genetics (Informa). 2023; 44:89-92.
Home tonometry in the management of children with uveitis at risk for developing glaucoma. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2022; 26:e21-e22.
Comprehensive Assessment of Quality of Life, Functioning, and Mental Health in Children With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Noninfectious Uveitis. Arthritis Care and Research. 2022; 74:1311-1320.
The risk of uveitis due to prostaglandin analogs in pediatric glaucoma. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2022; 26:126.e1-126.e5.
Planned Preterm Delivery and Treatment of Severe Infantile FEVR With Osteoporosis-Pseudoglioma Syndrome. OSLIRetina. 2022; 53:228-232.
Assessing the Validity and Reliability of the Effects of Youngsters' Eyesight on Quality of Life Questionnaire Among Children With Uveitis. Arthritis Care and Research. 2022; 74:355-363.
S100 proteins, cytokines, and chemokines as tear biomarkers in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis. Ocular Immunology and Inflammation (Informa). 2021; 29:1616-1620.
AAPOS Genetic Eye Disease Committee Workshop—hiding in plain sight: genetic disorders in routine pediatric practice. Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2021; 25:e74.