Alberto G Distefano, MD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Alberto Distefano
85 East Concord Street


Alberto Distefano, MD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, he was a fellow in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Yale School of Medicine, a fellow in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, a resident in Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and an intern in Internal Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He completed his medical degree at New York Medical College and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut Honors Scholar program and was inducted into two honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa and Mortarboard. He regularly lectures to house staff and residents/fellows in ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Distefano’s professional interests include all aspects of oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery and neuro-ophthalmology including: disorders of the orbit, lacrimal system, eyelids along with their surgical approaches, tumors of the eyelids and orbit, cosmetic surgery, optic nerve disorders, and central nervous system disorders affecting the vision or related structures.

Classes Taught


  • Published on 4/1/2019

    Li E, Distefano A, Sohrab M. Periorbital oedema secondary to emactuzumab treated with topical 2.5% phenylephrine. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2019 Aug; 47(6):800-801. PMID: 30859687.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Li E, Distefano A, Sohrab M. Acute Sterile Canaliculitis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Jan/Feb; 35(1):e8-e9. PMID: 30407997.

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  • Published on 11/1/2018

    Distefano AG, Lam BL. Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy in Pilots. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2018 Nov 01; 89(11):1005-1007. PMID: 30352654.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Li E, Distefano A, Sohrab M. Necrotizing Orbital Cellulitis Secondary to Odontogenic Streptococcus constellatus. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Sep/Oct; 34(5):e160-e162. PMID: 30198981.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Li E, Distefano A, Sinard J, Wong A, Pointdujour-Lim R. Epithelial-Myoepithelial Carcinoma Presenting as a Pseudo Veno-Lymphatic Malformation. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Sep/Oct; 34(5):e157-e160. PMID: 30080758.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Distefano AG, Pasol J. Posterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy After Blepharoplasty. J Neuroophthalmol. 2018 Jun; 38(2):200-201. PMID: 29384801.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Li E, Distefano A, Sohrab M. Thyroid Disorders (Raman PG, ed.). Thyroid Eye Disease. InTech. 2018.

  • Published on 2/4/2014

    Giménez-Cassina A, Garcia-Haro L, Choi CS, Osundiji MA, Lane EA, Huang H, Yildirim MA, Szlyk B, Fisher JK, Polak K, Patton E, Wiwczar J, Godes M, Lee DH, Robertson K, Kim S, Kulkarni A, Distefano A, Samuel V, Cline G, Kim YB, Shulman GI, Danial NN. Regulation of hepatic energy metabolism and gluconeogenesis by BAD. Cell Metab. 2014 Feb 04; 19(2):272-84. PMID: 24506868.

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  • Published on 12/9/2008

    Choi CS, Befroy DE, Codella R, Kim S, Reznick RM, Hwang YJ, Liu ZX, Lee HY, Distefano A, Samuel VT, Zhang D, Cline GW, Handschin C, Lin J, Petersen KF, Spiegelman BM, Shulman GI. Paradoxical effects of increased expression of PGC-1alpha on muscle mitochondrial function and insulin-stimulated muscle glucose metabolism. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Dec 16; 105(50):19926-31. PMID: 19066218.

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  • Published on 10/8/2007

    Choi CS, Savage DB, Abu-Elheiga L, Liu ZX, Kim S, Kulkarni A, Distefano A, Hwang YJ, Reznick RM, Codella R, Zhang D, Cline GW, Wakil SJ, Shulman GI. Continuous fat oxidation in acetyl-CoA carboxylase 2 knockout mice increases total energy expenditure, reduces fat mass, and improves insulin sensitivity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Oct 16; 104(42):16480-5. PMID: 17923673.

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