A photo of Veeral Shah.

Pediatric Neuro Ophthalmologist, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

859-636-4751

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

As a pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist, I specialize in treating conditions related to the interactions between the eyes and the brain. These complex disorders impact the ocular pathway, optic nerves, retinas and cranial nerves that come from the central nervous system.

Patients come to me after seeing their eye doctor, whether an ophthalmologist or optometrist. My expertise encompasses neurology and ophthalmology.

I believe knowledge is power. When working with patients, I want the patient (when possible),as well as their parents, grandparents, guardians or caretakers to understand the complexity of neuro-ophthalmic issues. I dedicate my time to ask and answer questions, perform a complex neuro-ophthalmology exam and conduct complex testing that I review and discuss with the child and/or family in terms of diagnosis and care management plans.

I also believe in a holistic approach to care. I assure families that we will address any and all issues in the child’s overall development and their vision, for as long as they need us.

Some of the neuro-ophthalmic conditions I treat include complex strabismus, cranial nerve palsies, craniofacial diseases, demyelinating diseases, eye movement abnormalities, intracranial tumors, nystagmus, ocular genetics/electrophysiology, optic neuropathy and optic nerve hypoplasia.

My interest in neurobiology and neuroscience began in college. When I got to medical school, I enjoyed working with my hands and loved working with kids. I see the unlimited potential and future hope in children’s eyes. A wonderful mentor guided me to the challenging but rewarding field of pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

My clinical and basic research focuses on the molecular genetics of optic nerve protection and development, and neuro-oncology. With the optic nerve, I study idiopathic intracranial hypertension and multiple optic neuropathies including demyelinating disease, traumatic optic neuropathy and hereditary optic neuropathy. I also study vision development, specifically abnormal ocular movements, such as nystagmus. I focus on developing new treatments for improved vision outcomes.

I’m honored to be a fellow with the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS). The society grants this status to individuals who make significant contributions in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. I’ve also received two teaching awards:

  • 2019 Teaching Award from the Pediatric Neurology Department at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston
  • 2014 Fellow of the Year Teaching Award from residents at the University of Miami/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

In my free time, I like to play video games and watch superhero/sci-fi movies and anime. I also enjoy eating new foods, cooking, traveling, playing basketball, gardening and spending time with family.

Clinical Interests

Demyelinating diseases; nystagmus; eye movement abnormalities; cranial nerve palsies; optic nerve hypoplasia; craniofacial diseases; intercranial tumors; optic neuropathy; complex strabismus; ocular genetics/electrophysiology

Research Interests

Clinical and basic research interests include molecular genetics of optic nerve protection/development and neuro-oncology

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Ophthalmology

Clinical Divisions

Ophthalmology

Research Divisions

Ophthalmology

My Locations

My Education

BS: Neuroscience and Philosophy; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000.

MD: University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008.

PhD: Neuroscience and Neurobiology; University of Pittsburgh, Center of Neuroscience, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008.

Post-doctoral Research: Neuroscience Research, Dr. Lance-Jones Lab, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007.

Internship: Preliminary Internal Medicine, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA, 2009.

Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh Eye & Ear Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009-2012.

Fellowship: Neuro-ophthalmology, Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 2012-2013.

Fellowship: Pediatric-Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2013-2014.

My Publications

Association of adrenal insufficiency with pediatric pseudotumor cerebri syndrome. Shah, V; Hoyos-Martinez, A; Horne, VE. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2020; 138:1187-1191.

Malignant optic nerve glioma in a young woman with 7 year follow up without recurrence. Alabiad, CR; Shah, VS; Eatz, TA; Sternau, LL; Lam, BL. American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports. 2020; 19:100862-100862.

Phenotypic expansion of Bosch–Boonstra–Schaaf optic atrophy syndrome and further evidence for genotype–phenotype correlations. Rech, ME; McCarthy, JM; Chen, CA; Edmond, JC; Shah, VS; Bosch, DG M; Berry, GT; Williams, L; Madan-Khetarpal, S; Niyazov, D; et al. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2020; 182:1426-1437.

Pediatric Ocular Myasthenia Gravis. Fisher, K; Shah, V. Current Treatment Options in Neurology. 2019; 21.

Non-Cell Autonomous Roles for CASK in Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Kerr, A; Patel, PA; LaConte, LE W; Liang, C; Chen, C; Shah, V; Fox, MA; Mukherjee, K. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 2019; 60:3584-3594.

Syndromic multisuture craniosynostosis with associated anterior segment dysgenesis, optic nerve hypoplasia, and congenital glaucoma. Schultz, KP; Wiggins, CJ; Streff, H; Shah, VS; Buchanan, EP. The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. 2019; 56:823-826.

Visual Complications of Pediatric Posterior Fossa Tumors: Analysis of Outcomes. Gadgil, N; Edmond, J; Stormes, K; Lam, S; Shah, V. Pediatric Neurology. 2019; 92:48-54.

Intracranial Hypertension Induced by Megestrol Acetate Withdrawal. Safeer, LZ; Chilakapati, M; Shah, VS. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2019; 39:107-110.

Pediatric optic disc pallor. McClard, CK; Shah, V. International Ophthalmology Clinics. 2018; 58:125-145.

OUTER RETINAL INJURY SECONDARY TO MEMBRANE PEELING WITH INTERNAL LIMITING MEMBRANE FORCEPS. Date, RC; Chang, EY; Shah, VS. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2018; Publish Ahead of Print.