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Meet a Specialist: John Loewenstein, MDDr. Loewenstein

A two-week elective course in ophthalmology as a third-year medical student led to a lifetime of specialization for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Associate Chief of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director John Loewenstein, MD. "I just thought the eye was beautiful, and examining it was fun," he says.

Dr. Loewenstein has now been a practicing ophthalmologist for 33 years. As one of 15 physicians who comprise Mass. Eye and Ear's Retina Service, which treats common and rare retinal conditions from diabetic retinopathy to macular degeneration, Dr. Loewenstein enjoys his specialty as much now as he did during that two-week course in medical school. "I never get tired of examining the eye," he says.

Dr. Loewenstein does not just provide clinical care through the Retina Service. As Director of Mass. Eye and Ear's residency program, he also plays an active role in improving clinical care by educating the ophthalmologists of the future.

To this end, developing computer simulations to enhance the quality of present and prospective residents' surgical education is a major focus of Dr. Loewenstein's current research. He and collaborators recently put the finishing touches on an interactive computer program that helps residents become proficient in cataract surgery. He is also heading up a computer based project to teach residents to screen for retinopathy of prematurity.

Whether he is providing education or clinical care, it is the variety of tasks involved in practicing ophthalmology that fascinates Dr. Loewenstein. "I love working with the residents and fellows, as well as providing patient care, whether I'm in an exam room or in the operating room," he emphasizes. "There is always something exciting happening at Mass. Eye and Ear."

Contact Dr. Loewenstein's office at 617-573-4274.

View Dr. Loewenstein's online bio for more information.

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