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Dean M. Cestari, M.D.

Director, Ophthalmology Fellowship Education
Specialties: Neuro-Ophthalmology
Strabismus Service
Phone Number: 617-573-3412
Fax: 617-573-3851
Location: Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Board Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology, Ophthalmology
Medical School Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
Residency Neurology, Ophthalmology, New York Presbyterian, Cornell University College of Medicine
Fellowship Neuro-Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear
Teaching Affiliation Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:


Dr. Dean Cestari is a clinician scientist who provides medical treatment for neuro-ophthalmic disorders, strabismus (“crossed” eyes), and diplopia (double vision). In addition to his clinical practice and research program, Dr. Cestari also supervises and mentors medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Cestari earned his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. After a one-year fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, he returned to Weill Cornell Medical College’s New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he completed a residency in ophthalmology and served as Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Cestari is one of the few ophthalmologists worldwide who is board-certified in both neurology and ophthalmology.

Dr. Cestari is actively involved in cutting-edge research that aims to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of optic nerve disease. In particular, he received a Harvard Medical School Catalyst Grant to study the cause of ischemic optic neuropathy, a condition that leads to decreased blood flow to the optic nerve. He also is evaluating the safety and efficacy of various novel neuro-protective agents that aim to preserve and restore vision affected by vascular occlusion.

Since 2007, he has served on the Digital Media Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and on the Curriculum Development Committee of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. At Mass. Eye and Ear, he chairs the Clinical Fellowships Committee and leads the Clinical Fellowship Program, which spans nine sub-specialties.

In 2012, Dr. Cestari received a 2012 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to ophthalmology, the Academy, and its scientific education programs. 

Clinical Interests

Diseases of the optic nerve, pseudotumor cerebri, adult strabismus

Research Interests

Animal models for ischemic and traumatic optic neuropathy

Publications

For a full publication list, please see his CV.

The genetics of Leber hereditary optic neuropathy--prototype of an inherited optic neuropathy with mitochondrial dysfunction. Eichhorn-Mulligan K, Cestari DM. Semin Ophthalmol. 2008 Jan-Feb; 23(1): 27-37.

Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 40-2008. A 26-year-old man with blurred vision. Cestari DM, Metson RB, Cunnane ME, Faquin WC. N Engl J Med. 2008 Dec 25; 359(26): 2825-33.

Recurrent isolated sixth nerve palsy after consecutive annual influenza vaccinations in a child. Leiderman YI, Lessell S, Cestari DM. J AAPOS. 2009 Jun; 13(3): 317-8. 

Subtleties in the histopathology of giant cell arteritis. Stacy RC, Rizzo JF, Cestari DM. Semin Ophthalmol. 2011 Jul-Sep; 26 (4-5): 342-8.

Learning strabismus surgery: A case-based approach. Cestari DM, Hunter DG. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkens, 2013.

View a complete list of publications on pubmed.gov »

To learn more about Dr. Cestari, click here to read his “Meet a Specialist” profile.