Steven Ness, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
BA, Yale University

Steven Ness, MD is an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and serves as the Chief of the Retina Service and Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery and Medical Retina Fellowships at Boston Medical Center. He sees patients both at Boston Medical Center and the Taunton office of Boston University Eye Associates and also serves as an Attending Physician at the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System. His clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of chorioretinal vascular disease including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and age related macular degeneration and the surgical treatment of retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes and macular holes.

After graduating with a degree in neurobiology from Yale University and summa cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Ness completed a 1 year transitional internship at the Frankford Healthcare System. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston University, serving as chief resident in his final year. After a 2 year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Boston Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System, he joined the faculty of both institutions in 2008.

Dr. Ness serves as Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Ophthalmology and has several ongoing projects focusing on advanced novel retinal imaging systems, diabetic retinopathy, and the social determinants of healthcare and patient adherence. He is a co-investigator in an RO1 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke entitled "Predictive markers from diabetic retinopathy via quantitative imaging of retinal capillary functions".

Dr. Ness has been an invited speaker at regional, national, and international meetings. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and serves on national committees through the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retinal Specialists and on the editorial boards of Surveys of Ophthalmology and Focal Points.

VA Boston Healthcare System

A Phase 2 Evaluation of Tonabersat for Diabetic Macular Edema (Protocol AN)
08/01/2023 - 07/31/2025 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

12/01/2021 - 11/30/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating Fenofibrate for Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy Worsening (Protocol AF)
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Genes in Diabetic Retinopathy (Protocol GEN)
10/01/2022 - 03/31/2024 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Predictive markers for diabetic retinopathy via quantitative imaging of retinal capillary functions (mfOCT R01)
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University National Institute o


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  1. Dia M, Davoudi S, Sanayei N, Martin DC, Albrecht MM, Ness S, Subramanian M, Siegel N, Chen X. Demographic and socioeconomic disparities in the hybrid ophthalmology telemedicine model. J Telemed Telecare. 2023 Nov 13; 1357633X231211353.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37960873
  2. Dia M, Albrecht MM, Sanayei N, Cabral H, Martin DC, Subramanian ML, Ness S, Siegel NH, Desai M, Chen X. Patient Satisfaction with the Hybrid Telemedicine Model for Ophthalmology. Telemed J E Health. 2024 Feb; 30(2):499-508.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37651189
  3. Nguyen AH, Davoudi S, Dong K, Bains A, Ness S, Subramanian ML, Siegel NH, Chen X. Socioeconomic Disparities in Patients Receiving Intravitreal Injections for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2023; 7(5):376-381.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37701269; PMCID: PMC10311364; DOI: 10.1177/24741264231173771;
  4. Oke I, Ness SD, Peeler CE. Gaze-Evoked Vision Changes. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2023 Jul 03; 73(3):75-76.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37043635
  5. Zeng K, Cabral H, Ness S, Subramanian M, Siegel N, Chen X. Effect of Lens Status on Diabetic Vitreous Hemorrhage Resolution. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2023; 7(3):220-225.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37188215; PMCID: PMC10170618; DOI: 10.1177/24741264231163394;
  6. Green MB, Agranat JS, Davoudi S, Sanayei N, Ness S. Penicillin Responsive Presumed Seronegative Ocular Syphilis in a Patient with Human Immunodeficiency Virus: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2023 Sep; 31(7):1320-1327.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36897959
  7. Xu J, Davoudi S, Yoon J, Chen X, Siegel NH, Subramanian ML, Ness S. Effect of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes for rhegmatogenous retinal detachments. Can J Ophthalmol. 2024 Apr; 59(2):102-108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36610705
  8. Prasad M, Xu J, Agranat JS, Xia W, Daley S, Ness S, Chen X, Siegel NH, Stein TD, Chung J, Subramanian ML. Upregulation of Neuroinflammatory Protein Biomarkers in Acute Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments. Life (Basel). 2022 Dec 31; 13(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36676067; PMCID: PMC9862737; DOI: 10.3390/life13010118;
  9. Sangal K, Prasad M, Siegel NH, Chen X, Ness S, Subramanian ML. Focal Laser Photocoagulation for Central Serous Chorioretinopathy in Under-Represented Populations: A Retrospective Case Series. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2022; 13(3):991-998.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36605045; PMCID: PMC9808303; DOI: 10.1159/000527439;
  10. Jindachomthong KK, Cabral H, Subramanian ML, Ness S, Siegel NH, Chhablani J, Hsu SX, Chen X. Incidence and Risk Factors for Delayed Retinal Tears after an Acute, Symptomatic Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Ophthalmol Retina. 2023 Apr; 7(4):318-324.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36307014; DOI: 10.1016/j.oret.2022.10.012;
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2018 Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology : Ophthalmology Resident Graduation Invited Speaker
2017 Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology: Outstanding Clinical Instructor
2005-2006 Boston University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology: Chief Resident
2002 University of Maryland School of Medicine: Summa Cum Laude Honors
2001 University of Maryland School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
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