Meet a Specialist: Dean Cestari, M.D.

CestariDean Cestari, MD, is one of only a handful of doctors in the country who is board-certified in both neurology and ophthalmology. With this dual area of expertise, he cares for patients with complex central nervous system disorders that affect vision as both a neuro-ophthalmologist and adult strabismus surgeon in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Dr. Cestari’s rigorous medical training includes residencies in neurology and ophthalmology at the Cornell University Medical College’s New York Presbyterian Hospital. He completed his fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Because Dr. Cestari understands the complicated interactions between the eye and the brain, he is able to provide care for patients with a wide variety of conditions, such as optic nerve disorders, misaligned eyes (strabismus), double vision, and increased pressure around the brain (known as intracranial hypertension). Many patients come to him with double vision, and depending on the cause, he provides different treatments such as prism eyeglass lenses, Botox injections, and/or strabismus surgery.

An active researcher, Dr. Cestari hopes to develop new medications and surgical implants that will help patients with vision loss. In particular, he is researching novel therapies for ischemic optic neuropathy, a potentially blinding condition that occurs when there is decreased blood flow to the nerve that brings vision from the eye to the brain. “Our goal is to improve treatments and ultimately prevent patients from developing this condition,” he said. In addition, Dr. Cestari is working with colleagues to develop a computer-controlled muscle stimulator to help restore eye movement in patients with permanent nerve damage.

As a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, Dr. Cestari also mentors both residents and visiting medical students and serves as the Director of Ophthalmology Clinical Fellowship Training. “I’m confident that our trainees leave here with the ability to take care of many patients with complex neuro-ophthalmic disorders that cause vision loss or double vision. They also know when to refer patients with sight-threatening diseases to neuro-ophthalmologists. Those skills are vital, especially because we often diagnose diseases that can be life-threatening,” said Dr. Cestari.

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

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