Stephen P. Christiansen, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Ophthalmology

MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Since 2009, Dr. Christiansen has served as the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Boston University 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

Chair of Ophthalmology
Boston University School of Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine
General Pediatrics

VA Boston Healthcare System

2018 AAO: Senior Achievement Award
2018 AAPOS: Senior Honor Award
2008 AAO: Secretariat Award

Biological Responses in the Injured Cornea
11/01/2003 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
New England Corneal Transplant Fund

Projects for the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019 (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.

Protocol IXT5 (An RCCT of Overminus Sepectacle Therapy for Intermittent Exotropia)- (PEDIG)
07/28/2016 - 07/27/2020 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

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 (C02)
10/01/2012 - 10/31/2018 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

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

PEDIG IXT2: A RCT of Observation vs. Occlusion Therapy
08/13/2010 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI
2U10 EY011751-13

Pediatric Vision Scanner 4 (PVS-4)
11/01/2014 - 05/31/2015 (PI)
Children's Hospital Prevent Blindness

PEDIG E02: Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group's Esotropia Treatment with Botulinum Toxin-A
06/01/2013 - 12/31/2014 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI

PEDIG IXT1: A Randomized Trial of Bilateral Lateral Rectus Recession vs Unilateral Lateral Rectus
03/01/2011 - 02/28/2014 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH

PEDIG ATS15: Increasing Patching for Amblyopia
03/01/2010 - 12/31/2013 (PI)
Jaeb Center for Health Research NIH-NEI
2 U10 EY011751-13

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  1. Christiansen SP. Ophthalmoplegia: When the Eyes Don't Move: An Introduction. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2018 Jan-Mar; 68(1):3. PMID: 30196775.
  2. Wallace DK, Repka MX, Lee KA, Melia M, Christiansen SP, Morse CL, Sprunger DT. Amblyopia Preferred Practice Pattern®. Ophthalmology. 2018 01; 125(1):P105-P142. PMID: 29108744.
  3. Wallace DK, Morse CL, Melia M, Sprunger DT, Repka MX, Lee KA, Christiansen SP. Pediatric Eye Evaluations Preferred Practice Pattern®: I. Vision Screening in the Primary Care and Community Setting; II. Comprehensive Ophthalmic Examination. Ophthalmology. 2018 01; 125(1):P184-P227. PMID: 29108745.
  4. Wallace DK, Christiansen SP, Sprunger DT, Melia M, Lee KA, Morse CL, Repka MX. Esotropia and Exotropia Preferred Practice Pattern®. Ophthalmology. 2018 01; 125(1):P143-P183. PMID: 29108746.
  5. Bothun ED, Lynn MJ, Christiansen SP, Kruger SJ, Vanderveen DK, Neely DE, Lambert SR. Strabismus surgery outcomes in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS) at age 5 years. J AAPOS. 2016 Dec; 20(6):501-505. PMID: 27815186; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2016.09.014;.
  6. McLoon LK, Christiansen SP, Ghose GM, Das VE, Mustari MJ. Improvement of Eye Alignment in Adult Strabismic Monkeys by Sustained IGF-1 Treatment. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Nov 01; 57(14):6070-6078. PMID: 27820875; DOI: 10.1167/iovs.16-19739;.
  7. Bothun ED, Lynn MJ, Christiansen SP, Neely DE, Vanderveen DK, Kruger SJ, Lambert SR. Sensorimotor outcomes by age 5 years after monocular cataract surgery in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS). J AAPOS. 2016 Feb; 20(1):49-53. PMID: 26917072; PMCID: PMC4869943; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2015.11.002;.
  8. Christiansen SP, Chandler DL, Lee KA, Superstein R, de Alba Campomanes A, Bothun ED, Morin J, Wallace DK, Kraker RT. Tonic pupil after botulinum toxin-A injection for treatment of esotropia in children. J AAPOS. 2016 Feb; 20(1):78-81. PMID: 26917081; PMCID: PMC4770550; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2015.09.011;.
  9. Bothun ED, Cleveland J, Lynn MJ, Christiansen SP, Vanderveen DK, Neely DE, Kruger SJ, Lambert SR. One-year strabismus outcomes in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Ophthalmology. 2013 Jun; 120(6):1227-31. PMID: 23419803; DOI: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.11.039;.
  10. Davitt BV, Christiansen SP, Hardy RJ, Tung B, Good WV. Incidence of cataract development by 6 months' corrected age in the Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity study. J AAPOS. 2013 Feb; 17(1):49-53. PMID: 23352719; PMCID: PMC3577978; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2012.10.011;.
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