Stephen P. Christiansen, MD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
BS, Wheaton College

Since 2009, Dr. Christiansen has served as the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Dr Christiansen is also Chief of Ophthalmology at Boston Medical Center. He conducts extensive research in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus and has been awarded funding by the NIH for clinical studies of strabismus (misaligned eyes), infantile cataract, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). His primary research interests are in the management of childhood and adult strabismus, pediatric cataract, ROP, and retinoblastoma.

Dr. Christiansen has served in numerous local, national, and international leadership roles. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston University Medical Group (BUMG), the physician organization for Boston Medical Center (BMC), and is the Chair of the BUMG Finance Committee. He led search committees for the BMC and BUSM Chairs of Pediatrics and Surgery. Dr. Christiansen is an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has served on the Board of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), and is currently the President of the American Orthoptic Journal, AOJ, Inc. Dr. Christiansen has also chaired the Program Planning Committee of AAPOS, organizing numerous national meetings. During his tenure, the scope of the position was expanded to include international partnerships and he led the planning committees for successful meetings in Singapore, Kyoto, Jaipur, and Barcelona.

Dr. Christiansen’s work has been recognized by ophthalmic organizations in the US. He recently received the Senior Honor Award for AAPOS, the Senior Achievement Award for the AAO, and, in 2008, the Secretariat Award for the AAO.

Dr. Christiansen has given 24 invited professor lectureships world-wide, five of which were named lectures. In addition, he has published extensively with 118 papers in peer-reviewed journals, numerous book chapters, invited editorials and other work. His bibliography can be seen at

Helen L. and Sherwood J. Tarlow Chair
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

VA Boston Healthcare System

Biological Responses in the Injured Cornea
11/01/2003 - 09/30/2023 (PI)
New England Corneal Transplant Fund

Projects for the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund
07/01/2014 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

Massachusetts Lion Eye Research Fund
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc.

EYP-DIP-001 A Phase 3/4, Prospective, Randomized, Active Treatment-Controlled, Parallel-Design, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Safety of DEXYCU for the Treatment of Inflammation Following Ocular Surgery for Childhood Cataract
11/24/2022 - 11/23/2025 (PI)
EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Randomized Trial of Full-Time Occlusion Therapy for Intermittent Exotropia in Children
11/10/2022 - 11/10/2025 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

PEDIG Network IXT7 Co-Chair
09/01/2021 - 12/31/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Institutes

Protocol IXT5 (An RCCT of Overminus Sepectacle Therapy for Intermittent Exotropia)- (PEDIG)
07/28/2021 - 07/27/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc.

Intermittent Exotropia Study 6 (IXT6): A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of Base-in Prism…
11/01/2019 - 10/31/2020 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Binocular Dig Rush Game Treatment for Amblyopia (ATS20)
07/05/2017 - 07/04/2020 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

Pediatric Cataract Surgery Outcomes Registry (CO2)
10/01/2012 - 10/31/2019 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Glasses versus Observation for Moderate Hyperopia in Young Children (HTS1)
02/01/2012 - 02/28/2018 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

Protocol ATS18 (Study of Binocular Computer Activities for Treatment of Amblyopia) PEDIG
04/01/2015 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

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  1. Bains A, Osathanugrah P, Sanjiv N, Chiu C, Fiorello MG, Siegel NH, Peeler CE, Distefano AG, Lee HJ, Ness S, Desai MA, Titelbaum JR, Pira T, LaMattina KC, Christiansen SP, Cabral HJ, Subramanian ML. Diverse Research Teams and Underrepresented Groups in Clinical Studies. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2023 Nov 01; 141(11):1037-1044.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37856135; PMCID: PMC10587823; DOI: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2023.4638;
  2. Prasad M, Ingolfsland EC, Christiansen SP. Modifiable Risk Factors and Preventative Strategies for Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Life (Basel). 2023 Apr 24; 13(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37240719; PMCID: PMC10224242; DOI: 10.3390/life13051075;
  3. Bothun ED, Shainberg MJ, Christiansen SP, Vanderveen DK, Neely DE, Kruger SJ, Cotsonis G, Lambert SR. Long-term strabismus outcomes after unilateral infantile cataract surgery in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. J AAPOS. 2022 Aug; 26(4):174.e1-174.e4. PMID: 35843488; PMCID: PMC10151123; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2022.05.003;
  4. Boal NS, Distefano AG, Christiansen SP, Laver NV. Unilateral Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy: Clinical Profile and Pathology. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2021 May-Aug; 12(2):386-391.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34054489; PMCID: PMC8136333; DOI: 10.1159/000516004;
  5. Traboulsi EI, Drews-Botsch CD, Christiansen SP, Stout AU, Hartmann EE, Lambert SR. Rate of ocular trauma in children operated on for unilateral cataract in infancy-data from the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. J AAPOS. 2020 10; 24(5):301-303. PMID: 32882364; PMCID: PMC7749040; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2020.06.005;
  6. Tan QQ, Christiansen SP, Wang J. Development of refractive error in children treated for retinopathy of prematurity with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents: A meta-analysis and systematic review. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0225643. PMID: 31790445; PMCID: PMC6886775; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225643;
  7. Archer SM, Christiansen SP, Del Monte MA. Lateral rectus sag and recurrent esotropia in children. J AAPOS. 2019 12; 23(6):363. PMID: 31526858
  8. Christiansen SP. Don't Miss This! Red Flags in the Pediatric Eye Examination: Introduction and Essential Concepts. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2019 Jul-Sep; 69(3):87-89. PMID: 31329053
  9. Lambert JE, Christiansen SP, Peeler CE. Don't Miss This! Red Flags in the Pediatric Eye Exam: Pupils. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2019 Jul-Sep; 69(3):102-105.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31329052
  10. Christiansen SP. Ophthalmoplegia: When the Eyes Don't Move: An Introduction. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2018 Jan-Mar; 68(1):3. PMID: 30196775
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2018 AAO: Senior Achievement Award
2018 AAPOS: Senior Honor Award
2008 AAO: Secretariat Award

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