About the BOFP
History of the BOFP...
The Boston Orthoptic Fellowship Program became an official program in 2018 as a collaborative effort between Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts Children's Hospital. This two-year program is accredited by the American Orthoptic Council and prepares students to become Certified Orthoptists.
About Boston Children's Hospital...
Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, and the BCH Ophthalmology Department is now the largest pediatric ophthalmology department in the country. Founded in 1965 by Dr. Richard Robb, the department currently conducts 36,000 patient visits annually over a regional network of 11 sites.
Clinically, BCH Ophthalmology employs clinicians with highly subspecialized expertise within pediatric ophthalmology (e.g., pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric oculoplastic surgery, and pediatric ocular oncology). The Department trains 12 ophthalmology residents and 3-4 clinical fellows annually, hosts observers at all levels of training from six continents, and sponsors a visiting professor series that attracts elite vision scientists from around the world.
About Tufts Medical Center/New England Eye Center...
The Floating Hospital was established in 1894 as a hospital ship, sailing in Boston Harbor. Thirty-one years later the first on land Floating Hospital was built, housing research facilities and clinical specialties. They soon became affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center. Through many innovations and milestones Floating Hospital is now a state-of-the-art full-service pediatric hospital.
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility services provide care for a wide variety of ocular problems and visual disorders in children, as well as adults. Our ophthalmologists have earned national and international reputations as clinicians, educators, and researchers. The department trains 12 ophthalmology residents and 2 pediatric optometry residents. We host medical students, medical residents, optometry students and observers of all training levels.
Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Ophthalmologists:
- Alexandra Elliott, MD (Dual fellowship: Oculoplastics)
- Eric Gaier, MD, PhD (Dual fellowship: Neuro-ophthalmology)
- Gena Heidary, MD, PhD (Dual fellowship: Neuro-ophthalmology)
- David G. Hunter, MD, PhD – Chief of Ophthalmology and Program Medical Director
Tufts Medical Center Pediatric Ophthalmologists:
- Catherine Choi, MD – Program Medical Director