Bart K. Chwalisz, M.D.

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Chwalisz’s interests lie in clinical neuro-ophthalmology, and in particular the intersection of neuro-ophthalmic disorders, headache, and inflammatory diseases. 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 condtion. 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.  

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see his CV.

  1. Chwalisz BK, Bouffard MA, Prasad S, Cestari DM. Neuroimaging diagnostic and monitoring approaches in ophthalmology. Curr Opin Neurol. 2017 Nov 14. 
  2. Chwalisz B, Gilbert AL, Gittinger JW. Perioperative Vision Loss after Non-Ocular Surgery. Semin 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 arthritis. BMJ 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 guideline. Hum Reprod. 2006 May; 21(5):1110-2. 

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2004: BA, cum laude, Biology (concentration on Neurobiology) and Philosophy, Northwestern University

2011: MD, with honors, University of Illinois at Chicago

Postgraduate Training

2011: Medical Intern, University of Chicago Medical Center

2015: Neurology Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

2016: Fellow in Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

2017: Fellow in Neuro-ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear


2011: David Mortimer Olkon Scholarship for Excellence in Neurology, Neurosurgery or Psychiatry

2011: Clifford G. Pilz Award for Scholastic Excellence

2015: Prof. Michael Ronthal teaching Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Neurology