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

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

10/01/2020 - 11/30/2023 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating Fenofibrate for Preve
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
JAEB Center For Health Research, Inc. National Eye Institu

Predictive markers for diabetic retinopathy via quantitative
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
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  1. Sanjiv N, Osathanugrah P, Harrell M, Siegel NH, Ness S, Chen X, Cabral H, Subramanian ML. Race and ethnic representation among clinical trials for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema within the United States: A review. J Natl Med Assoc. 2022 Apr; 114(2):123-140.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35078668
  2. Ness S, Subramanian ML, Chen X, Siegel NH. Diagnosis and management of degenerative retinoschisis and related complications. Surv Ophthalmol. 2022 Jul-Aug; 67(4):892-907.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34896193
  3. Fereshetian S, Agranat JS, Siegel N, Ness S, Stein TD, Subramanian ML. Protein and Imaging Biomarkers in the Eye for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease. J Alzheimers Dis Rep. 2021 May 03; 5(1):375-387.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34189409; PMCID: PMC8203283; DOI: 10.3233/ADR-210283;
  4. Loporchio DF, Tam EK, Cho J, Chung J, Jun GR, Xia W, Fiorello MG, Siegel NH, Ness S, Stein TD, Subramanian ML. Cytokine Levels in Human Vitreous in Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. Cells. 2021 04 30; 10(5).View Related Profiles. PMID: 33946446; PMCID: PMC8147162; DOI: 10.3390/cells10051069;
  5. Tam EK, Ness S, Peeler CE. Exudative hemorrhagic retinopathy related to all-trans retinoic acid differentiation syndrome in a patient with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Int J Ophthalmol. 2021; 14(2):323-325.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33614465; PMCID: PMC7840356; DOI: 10.18240/ijo.2021.02.22;
  6. Ness S, Green M, Loporchio D, Port AD, Chen X, Siegel NH, Poulaki V, Subramanian ML. Risk factors for fellow eye treatment in protocol T. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2021 Aug; 259(8):2203-2212.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33566149
  7. Cho J, Siegel N, Subramanian ML, Ying H, Ness S. RAPIDLY PROGRESSIVE NEOVASCULAR GLAUCOMA FROM CYTOMEGALOVIRUS RETINITIS IN A NON-HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS PATIENT. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2021 Jan 01; 15(1):62-64.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29533389
  8. Osathanugrah P, Sanjiv N, Siegel NH, Ness S, Chen X, Subramanian ML. The Impact of Race on Short-term Treatment Response to Bevacizumab in Diabetic Macular Edema. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 02; 222:310-317.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33045219
  9. Subramanian ML, Vig V, Chung J, Fiorello MG, Xia W, Zetterberg H, Blennow K, Zetterberg M, Shareef F, Siegel NH, Ness S, Jun GR, Stein TD. Neurofilament light chain in the vitreous humor of the eye. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2020 09 17; 12(1):111.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32943089; PMCID: PMC7500015; DOI: 10.1186/s13195-020-00677-4;
  10. Port AD, Nolan JG, Siegel NH, Chen X, Ness SD, Subramanian ML. Combined phaco-vitrectomy provides lower costs and greater area under the curve vision gains than sequential vitrectomy and phacoemulsification. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2021 Jan; 259(1):45-52.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32813107
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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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