Bart K. Chwalisz, M.D.




English, Polish, German

Board Certification

  • Neurology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3202
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Dr. Chwalisz is a part-time member of the Neuro-ophthalmology service at Mass. Eye and Ear, who specializes in Neuro-ophthalmic diseases.

Dr. Chwalisz grew up in Poznan, Poland and later in Berlin, Germany before moving to the United States. After college, he taught and researched Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford, UK.  Dr. Chwalisz graduated from Northwestern University cum laude, then earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine with honors. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at the University of Chicago, and his Neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he was recognized for his dedication to teaching residents and medical students when he received the Prof. Michael Ronthal Teaching Award in Neurology. He completed a clinical fellowship in Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a second fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at Mass. Eye & Ear, where in addition to his clinical activities he researched treatment outcomes in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri). As a clinician and teacher, Dr. Chwalisz is passionate about helping patients with neurological and neuro-ophthalmic disorders. Dr. Chwalisz's is interested in the intersection of the brain and the eye in health and disease, and he has a particular focus on inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune disorders affecting the eye and the nervous system. His current research is in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a prevalent and sometimes blinding disorder that preferentially affects young obese women. He is performing a retrospective review of the Mass. Eye and Ear Neuro-ophthalmology customized IIH database with the goal of determining optimal medical and surgical therapy for this important condition. In a separate research project, as sub-PI of a prospective study on Local Control, Quality of Life and Toxicities in Adults with Benign or Indolent Brain Tumors undergoing Proton Radiation Therapy, Dr. Chwalisz is investigating the effects of Proton Radiation on the anterior visual pathways.  

Clinical Interests

Neuro-ophthalmic diseases, vestibular and oculomotor systems, ocular motility disorders, ocular stroke, brainstem and cranial nerve diseases, dizziness and balance disorders, inflammatory disorders of the nervous system, autoimmune neurologic conditions, optic neuritis, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neurology of infectious diseases including hiv-neurology

Research Interests

Pseudotumor cerebri/idiopathic intracranial hypertension, clinical outcomes in proton beam therapy


For a full publication list, please see his CV.

  1. Chwalisz BK, Bouffard MA, Prasad S, Cestari DM. Neuroimaging diagnostic and monitoring approaches in ophthalmologyCurr Opin Neurol. 2017 Nov 14. 
  2. Chwalisz B, Gilbert AL, Gittinger JW. Perioperative Vision Loss after Non-Ocular SurgerySemin Ophthalmol. 2017 Sep 07; 1-6. 
  3. AbdelRazek MA, Chwalisz B, Oaklander AL, Venna N. Evidence of small-fiber neuropathy (SFN) in two patients with unexplained genital sensory loss and sensory urinary cystopathy. J Neurol Sci. 2017 Sep 15; 380:82-84. 
  4. Lu L, Chwalisz B, Pfannl R, Narayanaswami P. Rheumatoid meningitis: a rare complication of rheumatoid arthritisBMJ Case Rep. 2015 Jul 01; 2015. 
  5. Chwalisz B, McVeigh E, Hope T, Kennedy S. Prioritizing IVF patients according to the number of existing children--a proposed refinement to the current guidelineHum Reprod. 2006 May; 21(5):1110-2. 

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  • Biology (concentration in Neurology and Philosophy), Northwestern University, BA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, M.D.


  • Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School


  • Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School