John W. Gittinger, Jr., M.D.






Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

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243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3412



A member of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Dr. John Gittinger is a clinician scientist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders.

A Harvard Medical School alumnus, Dr. Gittinger completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and trained in medical neurology at the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke. He followed this with a post-doctoral fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the National Eye Institute under David Cogan, MD. Before coming to Mass. Eye and Ear, he was the Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Boston Medical Center, and Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gittinger has now been on the faculty of all four Massachusetts medical schools, holding leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Boston VA Medical Center. Active in teaching and publishing, Dr. Gittinger is a regular contributor to the New England Ophthalmological Society and an active member in the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society. He has authored over 115 publications and presented more than 80 regional, national, and local lectures. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international review journal, Survey of Ophthalmology.

Clinical Interests

Neuro- and consultative ophthalmology

Research Interests

Ophthalmolplegia; disorders of the ocular motor nerves; paraneoplastic retinopathy


For a full publications list, please see his CV.

The ophthalmic clinical evaluation exercise (OCEX). Golnik KC, Goldenhar LM, Gittinger JW Jr, Lustbader JM. Ophthalmology 2004; 111:1271-4.

Radiation and cataracts: cause or cure? Gittinger JW Jr. Arch Ophthalmol 2001; 199:112-6.

Cutaneous melanoma-associated paraneoplastic retinopathy: histopathologic observations in a case. Gittinger JW Jr, Smith TW. Am J Ophthalmol 1999; 127:612-4.

Retinal cholesterol emboli in the diagnosis of renal atheroembolism. Gittinger JW Jr, Kershaw GR. Arch Intern Med 1998; 158;1265-7.

Selective immunohistochemical staining in the paraneoplastic retinopathy syndrome. Rizzo JF III, Gittinger JW Jr. Ophthalmology 1992; 99:1286-95.

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  • Biology, Oberlin College, AB
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D.


  • Medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Ophthalmology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Neuromuscular Diseases, National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke