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Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology



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About Me


I was inspired to become a pediatric ophthalmologist because of the importance of vision in all aspects of life. I especially enjoy working with children to help optimize their visual function. I am a clinician and surgeon caring for children and adults with strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) and rehabilitation for children with permanent vision loss.

As the medical director of the Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Low Vision Program and the West Virginia Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program, I work with a multidisciplinary team that includes family, teachers and occupational therapists to help children make the most of their remaining vision.

I have been recognized by my peers by my selection in Best Doctors in America from 2008 to 2020, and in Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors in Cincinnati from 2013 to 2020. In 2015, I received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati.

In my research, we are investigating ways to improve the evaluation and treatment of brain-based vision impairment.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my family and bicycle riding.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

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My Education

BS: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1976.

MD: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV, 1982.

Internship: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982-1983.

Residency: Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 1985-1988.

Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 1988-1989.

My Publications

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Lueder, GT; Archer, SM; Hered, RW; Karr, DJ; Kodsi, S; Kraft, SR; Kraft, SP; Paysse, EA; Nischal, K; Vision Rehabilitation Committee, . In: Americam Academy of Ophthalmology, Ed. Basic and Clinical Science Course, 2018-2019. San Francisco, CA: American Academy of Ophthalmology; 2018.

Vision Rehabilitation Preferred Practice Pattern®. Fontenot, JL; Bona, MD; Kaleem, MA; McLaughlin, WM; Morse, AR; Schwartz, TL; Shepherd, JD; Jackson, ML. Ophthalmology: Journal of The American Academy of Ophthalmology. 2018; 125:P228-P278.

Management of vision impairment in children. Lusk, K; Schwartz, TL. Practical Management of Pediatric Ocular Disorders and Strabismus: A Case-based Approach. : Springer New York; Springer New York; 2016.

Functional and structural connectivity of the visual system in infants with perinatal brain injury. Merhar, SL; Gozdas, E; Tkach, JA; Harpster, KL; Schwartz, TL; Yuan, W; Kline-Fath, BM; Leach, JL; Altaye, M; Holland, SK. Pediatric Research. 2016; 80:43-48.