Steven D. Ness, MD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Steven Ness
617.414.2020
85 E. Concord St

Biography

Steven Ness, MD is an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at Boston University 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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 3/31/2020

    Green M, Tien T, Ness S. Predictors of Loss to Follow Up in Patients Being Treated for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2020 Mar 31. PMID: 32243878.

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  • Published on 9/21/2019

    Subramanian ML, Stein TD, Siegel N, Ness S, Fiorello MG, Kim D, Roy S. Upregulation of Lysyl Oxidase Expression in Vitreous of Diabetic Subjects: Implications for Diabetic Retinopathy. Cells. 2019 09 21; 8(10). PMID: 31546618.

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  • Published on 7/9/2019

    Song W, Fu S, Song S, Zhang S, Zhang L, Ness S, Desai M, Yi J. Longitudinal detection of retinal alterations by visible and near-infrared optical coherence tomography in a dexamethasone-induced ocular hypertension mouse model. Neurophotonics. 2019 Oct; 6(4):041103. PMID: 31312670.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/16/2019

    Peeler CE, Villani CM, Fiorello MG, Lee HJ, Subramanian ML. Patient Satisfaction with Oral versus Intravenous Sedation for Cataract Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ophthalmology. 2019 09; 126(9):1212-1218. PMID: 31002834.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Oke I, Siegel N, Peeler C, Ness S, Ramsey J. Completing the Basic and Clinical Science Course as a First-Year Ophthalmology Resident. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2019; 2( 11):e54-e58.

  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Wright LM, Stein TD, Jun G, Chung J, McConnell K, Fiorello M, Siegel N, Ness S, Xia W, Turner KL, Subramanian ML. Association of Cognitive Function with Amyloid-ß and Tau Proteins in the Vitreous Humor. J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 68(4):1429-1438. PMID: 30856114.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Ness SD, Butler NJ, Poulaki V. Bilateral Macular Choroidal Infarction as a Manifestation of Giant Cell Arteritis. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 07 01; 49(7):540-543. PMID: 30021043.

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  • Published on 6/28/2018

    Song W, Zhou L, Zhang S, Ness S, Desai M, Yi J. Fiber-based visible and near infrared optical coherence tomography (vnOCT) enables quantitative elastic light scattering spectroscopy in human retina. Biomed Opt Express. 2018 Jul 01; 9(7):3464-3480. PMID: 29984110.

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  • Published on 3/12/2018

    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. 2018 Mar 12. PMID: 29533389.

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  • Published on 12/4/2017

    Zhang L, Song W, Shao D, Zhang S, Desai M, Ness S, Roy S, Yi J. Volumetric fluorescence retinal imaging in vivo over a 30-degree field of view by oblique scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (oSLO). Biomed Opt Express. 2018 01 01; 9(1):25-40. PMID: 29359085.

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