Suzanne K. Freitag, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service
Director, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Director of Network Development
Co-Director, Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery
Assistant Scientist



Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Freitag's clinical practice includes diseases of the orbit, eyelids and lacrimal system. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Orbit, the International Journal on Orbital Disorders, Oculoplastic and Lacrimal Surgery.  She has a special interest in thyroid orbitopathy, and is on the Executive Board of the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society  She is completing 3 textbooks on topics including endoscopic orbital surgery, eyelid reconstruction and oculoplastic surgery tricks of the trade. She is a co-investigator with Drs. Leo Kim and Patricia D'Amore in several studies involving animal models of thyroid orbitopathy and idiopathic orbital inflammation.

Select Publications

For a full publication list, please see her CV.

Wong LL, Lee NG, Amarnani D, Choi CJ, Bielenberg DR, Freitag SK, D'Amore PA, Kim LA. Orbital Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis in Thyroid Eye Disease: An Analysis of Vascular Growth Factors with Clinical Correlation. Ophthalmology. 2016 Jul 13. pii: S0161-6420(16)30419-5.

Dagi Glass L, Sullivan R, Freitag SK. New Translational Research in the Medical Management of Orbital Melanoma. Semin Ophthalmol. 2016;31(1-2):53-8.

Stagner AM, Jakobiec FA, Freitag SK. Primary cutaneous extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of the eyelid skin: Diagnostic clues and distinction from other ocular adnexal diseases. Surv Ophthalmol. 2016 May-Jun;61(3):333-8. 2015.10.007. Review.

Glass LR, Freitag SK. Management of orbital IgG4-related disease. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov;26(6):491-7. Review.

Campbell AA, Grob SR, Freitag SK. Controversies in Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Ocular Neoplasms. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2015 Fall;55(4):73-9. Review.

Choi CJ, Bauza A, Yoon MK, Sobel RK, Freitag SK. Full-Thickness Skin Graft as an Independent or Adjunctive Technique for Repair of Cicatricial Lower Eyelid Ectropion Secondary to Actinic Skin Changes. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Nov-Dec;31(6):474-7.

Freitag SK, Cunnane ME, Yoon MK, Barnes JA, Winkfield KM, Sohani AR. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 18-2015. A 41-year-old woman with decreased vision in the left eye and diplopia. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 11;372(24):2337-45.

Teo L, Lagler CP, Mannor G, Glass LD, Freitag SK. Mullers Muscle Conjunctival Resection for Treatment of Contact Lens-Associated Ptosis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jul-Aug;32(4):257-60.

Papavasileiou E, Prasad S, Freitag SK, Sobrin L, Lobo AM. Ipilimumab-induced Ocular and Orbital Inflammation-A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2016 Apr;24(2):140-6.

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  • 1990: B.A., Chemistry, English, Duke University
  • 1994: M.D., Medicine, Jefferson Medical College

Postgraduate Training

  • 1995: Internship, Transitional Internship, Chestnut Hill Hospital
  • 1998: Residency, Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital
  • 1999: Fellowship, Neuro-ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute
  • 2001: Fellowship, Oculoplastic Surgery, Mass. Eye and Ear and Tufts

Academic Appointments

  • 2001-2002: Instructor, Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Wills Eye Hospital
  • 2001-2002: Instructor, Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College
  • 2002-2011: Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, Boston University of Medicine
  • 2012-2016: Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

  • 1995-present: Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2001-present: Member, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2005-present: Member, New England Oculoplastics Society
  • 2006-present: Member, New England Ophthalmological Society
  • 2000-2008; 2012-present: Member, Women in Ophthalmology


  • 1990: Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Chemistry Society
  • 1992: William Potter Wear Prize for Medical Research, Jefferson Medical College
  • 1992: Hobart A. Hare Medical Honor Society, Jefferson Medical College
  • 1994: Carroll R. Mullen Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College
  • 2004: Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2006: Behrooz Koleini Resident Teaching Award, Boston University Department of Ophthalmology
  • 2008: Resident Surgical Teaching Award, Boston University Department of Ophthalmology
  • 2013: Mentorship Award, American Medical Association - Women Physicians Section
  • 2016: Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology