Stephen P. Christiansen, MD

Professor, Ophthalmology

Stephen Christiansen
85 E. Concord St


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

Other Positions

  • Chair, Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Medical College of Wisconsin, MD
  • Wheaton College, BS


  • Published on 1/1/2018

    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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  • Published on 11/4/2017

    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.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 11/4/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 11/4/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 11/2/2016

    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.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    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.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    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.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    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.

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  • Published on 2/16/2013

    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.

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  • Published on 1/23/2013

    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.

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