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 Associate 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):
- Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA)
- Stargardt Disease
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- XL Retinoschisis
- Congenital Stationary Night Blindness
- Blue Cone Monochomacy
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.
As a leader in the field, I actively share my findings through published articles, presentations at national meetings, and through my work with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). I collaborate with rheumatology on several research projects including:
- 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
Associate Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Human Genetics