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Cover Focus | May/June '16

Bridging the Gap

Neuro-ophthalmologists excel at the intersection of several disciplines.


"Being a neuro-ophthalmologist is one of the best subspecialty jobs, not just in ophthalmology but in medicine in general. We get to use our skills and our toys in ophthalmology to diagnose potentially vision- or life-threatening systemic or neurologic diagnoses. We also get to be an “expert among experts,” bridging the related neuroscience specialties of ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery. Overall, I find being a neuro-ophthalmologist to be personally and professionally rewarding, and we get the rare chance to “do well by doing good."

Andrew G. Lee, MD
Andrew G. Lee, MD
  • Chair of Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
  • Clinical Professor, UTMB (Galveston) and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas
  • Adjunct Professor, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Adjunct Professor, the University of Buffalo, New York
  • AGLee@houstonmethodist.org

"I enjoy neuro-ophthalmology because each patient is entirely unique and requires particular thinking and planning both for diagnosis and management. I also find great joy in working with patients who have had difficult medical experiences requiring multiple opinions. It is a pleasure to be able to provide diagnostic and prognostic information for these patients with rare neuro-ophthalmic diseases. I especially enjoy pediatric neuro-ophthalmology because of the necessity of a multidisciplinary medical team that I have the opportunity to work with for each and every patient."

Stacy L. Pineles, MD
Stacy L. Pineles, MD
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
  • pineles@jsei.ucla.edu