Robert A. Petersen, D.M.Sc., M.D.

Senior Associate, Boston Children’s Hospital


Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Service

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Accepting New Patients
Accepting Pediatric Patients



Dr. Petersen is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from Columbia University and completed his ophthalmology residency and pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. He has over 50 years of clinical experience.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric strabismus, adult strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, ptosis

Research Interests

Retinoblastoma, retinopathy of prematurity, visual development


For a full list of publications, please see his CV.

Sethi RV, Shih HA, Yeap BY, Mouw KW, Petersen R, Kim DY, Munzenrider JE, Grabowski E, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Yock TI, Tarbell NJ, Marcus KJ, Mukai S, MacDonald SM. Second nonocular tumors among survivors of retinoblastoma treated with contemporary photon and proton radiotherapy. Cancer. 2014 Jan 1;120(1):126-33.

Allred EN, Capone A Jr, Fraioli A, Dammann O, Droste P, Duker J, Gise R, Kuban K, Leviton A, O'Shea TM, Paneth N, Petersen R, Trese M, Stoessel K, Vanderveen D, Wallace DK, Weaver G. Retinopathy of prematurity and brain damage in the very preterm newborn. J AAPOS. 2014 Jun;18(3):241-7.

Hardy RJ, Good WV, Dobson V, Palmer EA, Phelps DL, Quintos M, Tung B; Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group. Multicenter trial of early treatment for

retinopathy of prematurity: study design. Control Clin Trials. 2004 Jun;25(3):311-25.

Early Treatment For Retinopathy Of Prematurity Cooperative Group. Revised indications for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity: results of the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity randomized trial. Arch Ophthalmol. 2003 Dec;121(12):1684-94.

Sami D, Young S, Petersen R. Perspective on orbital enucleation implants. Surv Ophthalmol. 2007 May-Jun;52(3):244-65. Review.



  • Queens College, City University of New York, BS
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D.
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Med.Sc.D.


  • Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York
  • Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Ophthalmology


  • Ophthalmology Research, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons