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Meet a Specialist: Dean Cestari, M.D.

Completion of his medical training in New York made Massachusetts Eye and Ear neuro-ophthalmologist Dean Cestari one of only a handful of doctors in the country board certified in both neurology and ophthalmology. It also made him a huge New York Yankees fan.

Dr. Cestari’s rigorous medical training includes residencies in neurology and ophthalmology at the Cornell University Medical College’s New York Presbyterian Hospital. He received his fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, which is a primary teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School's Department of Ophthalmology that continues to train many of today’s leading neuro-ophthalmologists.

Dr. Cestari’s foremost clinical interests include treating optic nerve disorders, adult strabismus (crossed eyes), and intracranial hypertension of unknown cause. An integral member of Mass. Eye and Ear's Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, he runs an active medical and surgical practice, performing medical and surgical intervention for adult strabismus and evaluating patients with various neuro-ophthalmic disorders. Many patients come to him with neurological causes of double vision, and he offers them treatments that include prism therapy, Botox injections and/or strabismus surgery.

As a physician at the hospital, one of Dr. Cestari’s responsibilities is to train its ophthalmology residents. “I love it when I see that an ophthalmology resident ‘gets it’,” says Dr. Cestari. “In neuro-ophthalmology, we often diagnose diseases that can be life-threatening. All of our residents may not choose neuro-ophthalmology as a subspecialty, but when residents complete training here, I’m confident they leave with the ability to take care of many patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders and to identify those patients with sight threatening disease who need to be further evaluated by a neuro-ophthalmologist. That’s a rewarding feeling,” says Dr. Cestari.

He is also busy on the research front.  He and his colleagues would like to develop new medications and surgical implants that would lead to better treatment for patients who are experiencing vision loss. In particular, Dr. Cestari and his colleagues are interested in researching the cause of ischemic optic neuropathy (decreased blood flow to the nerve that brings vision from the eye to the brain). Damage from this condition can result in partial or total blindness. “Our goal,” he adds, “is to improve treatments and ultimately prevent patients from developing this condition.” Click here if you'd like to make a gift to support Dr. Cestari's research. 

Contact Dr. Cestari’s office at 617-573-3412.

View Dr. Cestari’s online bio for more information.

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