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Meet a Specialist: George Papaliodis, M.D.

“First and foremost, my main responsibility is always patient care,” says Dr. George Papaliodis, as he discusses his responsibilities as the Director of Mass. Eye and Ear’s Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service. The service provides a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of immunological disorders of the eye and uveitis, which is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. As Director, Dr. Papaliodis also serves as a consultant to referring physicians in the community who see patients with uveitis or inflammatory eye diseases.

For Dr. Papaliodis, who is Board Certified in ophthalmology and internal medicine, practicing ophthalmology was a good compromise between two realms that he enjoys — internal medicine and surgery. However, his interest in ophthalmology extends beyond a mere professional interest. “My grandmother lost vision because of glaucoma and, as such, I could see the impact that ophthalmic care had on her,” he says.

Dr. Papaliodis’ research interests in ocular immunology and ocular inflammatory disorders reiterate his enthusiasm for both domains. “The treatment of immunological and inflammatory conditions requires an approach that draws from both fields of internal medicine and ophthalmology. Each condition has a systemic basis for the ophthalmic manifestations we observe. It is to the patient’s benefit, and to the benefit of the field, to have multiple specialists involved in their care,” he adds.

Related to this, Dr. Papaliodis, who has dual faculty appointments at Mass. Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, utilizes his position to encourage collaboration between the Mass. Eye and Ear’s Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service and other departments in both clinical services and research.

He also expresses a continuing interest in researching new immunological agents for the treatment of inflammatory eye diseases. “Uveitis is often undertreated or treated in traditional manners despite newer, novel approaches to these diseases,” he says. As Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Papaliodis enjoys teaching because it provides a unique opportunity to train future physicians in the knowledge and approaches that are available to treat ocular inflammatory diseases.

Contact Dr. Papaliodis' office at 617-573-3591.

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