Elizabeth Fortin, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Ophthalmology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Research Summary

Dr. Fortin is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and neuro-ophthalmologist who conducts research on diseases affecting the optic nerve including optic neuritis, non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), and giant cell arteritis (GCA). She also has a research interest in diseases affecting the neuro-muscular junction and extraocular muscles, including myasthenia gravis and thyroid eye disease. Dr. Fortin is working to improve the diagnosis and management of these conditions, which can have a significant impact on patient’s visual functioning and quality of life.

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Selected Publications

Lareau-Trudel E, Fortin E, Gauthier M, Morissette E, Lavoie S, Mathieu J. Epidemiological surveillance of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Saguenay Region. Can J Neurol Sci, 2013: 40: 705-709

Fortin E, Cestari D, Weinberg D. Ocular myasthenia gravis: an update on diagnosis and treatment. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov;29(6):477-484.

Lee Z, Fortin E. Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Eye Disease. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2018 Nov;29(6):528-534.

Fortin E, Prasad S.  Bilateral optic neuritis from acute HIV infection. Neurology: Clinical practice. Dec 2018.

Fortin E, Gaier E. Pseudohemangioma in non-arteritic anterior ischemic neuropathy. Ophthalmology. 2018 Jun 125(6)903.

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2006: BA, Music interpretation – Violin, Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay

2008: DEC, Science, Chicoutimi College

2012: MD, Sherbrooke University Center

Postgraduate Training

2017: Residency, Ophthalmology, Sherbrooke University Center

2018: Clinical Fellowship, Neuro-ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

2018: Program in Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health

Academic Appointments

2018: Instructor, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Professional Societies

2012-2017: Member, Medical Council of Canada

2013-2017: Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2018-present: Active Member, North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society


2012-2013: Mark Cohen Award in Ophthalmology, Sherbrooke University Center