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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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

  • Helen L. and Sherwood J. Tarlow Chair, Ophthalmology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Professor, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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


  • Published on 11/1/2023

    Bains A, Osathanugrah P, Sanjiv N, Chiu C, Fiorello MG, Siegel NH, Peeler CE, Distefano AG, Lee HJ, Ness S, Desai MA, Titelbaum JR, Pira T, LaMattina KC, Christiansen SP, Cabral HJ, Subramanian ML. Diverse Research Teams and Underrepresented Groups in Clinical Studies. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2023 Nov 01; 141(11):1037-1044. PMID: 37856135.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/24/2023

    Prasad M, Ingolfsland EC, Christiansen SP. Modifiable Risk Factors and Preventative Strategies for Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Life (Basel). 2023 Apr 24; 13(5). PMID: 37240719.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/14/2022

    Bothun ED, Shainberg MJ, Christiansen SP, Vanderveen DK, Neely DE, Kruger SJ, Cotsonis G, Lambert SR. Long-term strabismus outcomes after unilateral infantile cataract surgery in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. J AAPOS. 2022 Aug; 26(4):174.e1-174.e4. PMID: 35843488.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/10/2021

    Boal NS, Distefano AG, Christiansen SP, Laver NV. Unilateral Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy: Clinical Profile and Pathology. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2021 May-Aug; 12(2):386-391. PMID: 34054489.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/31/2020

    Traboulsi EI, Drews-Botsch CD, Christiansen SP, Stout AU, Hartmann EE, Lambert SR. Rate of ocular trauma in children operated on for unilateral cataract in infancy-data from the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. J AAPOS. 2020 10; 24(5):301-303. PMID: 32882364.

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  • Published on 12/2/2019

    Tan QQ, Christiansen SP, Wang J. Development of refractive error in children treated for retinopathy of prematurity with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) agents: A meta-analysis and systematic review. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0225643. PMID: 31790445.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 9/14/2019

    Archer SM, Christiansen SP, Del Monte MA. Lateral rectus sag and recurrent esotropia in children. J AAPOS. 2019 12; 23(6):363. PMID: 31526858.

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  • Published on 7/1/2019

    Christiansen SP. Don't Miss This! Red Flags in the Pediatric Eye Examination: Introduction and Essential Concepts. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2019 Jul-Sep; 69(3):87-89. PMID: 31329053.

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  • Published on 7/1/2019

    Lambert JE, Christiansen SP, Peeler CE. Don't Miss This! Red Flags in the Pediatric Eye Exam: Pupils. J Binocul Vis Ocul Motil. 2019 Jul-Sep; 69(3):102-105. PMID: 31329052.

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  • 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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