Meet Your Ophthalmology Surgical Staff At VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

Get to know your ophthalmological surgical team. Here you will find pictures and biographies of the ophthalmology practice.

dr Nicholas J Butler [he / him / his / himself] is board certified ophthalmologist, chief ophthalmologist, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

medical school: McGill University School of Medicine, 2005
residence: Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Ophthalmology, 2009
community: Oregon Health and Science University, Casey Eye Institute, Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation
illness, 2011
Board Certification: Ophthalmology

On the clinical interests of Dr. Butler’s responsibilities include complex cataract surgery, uveitis and inflammatory eye disease, and he has particular expertise in infectious uveitis and inflammatory macular edema. Outside of work, Dr. Butler enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, hiking/camping, skiing and travelling.

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dr Stephen Christiansen is Board Certified, Chair, Professor of Ophthalmology & Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

minor: Pediatric ophthalmology & strabismus in adults

medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residence: University of Kentucky, Lexington

Community: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

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dr Daniel R. Lefebvre [he / him / his / himself] is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)

medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse – 2005
residence: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, General Surgery Internship, 2006; Nassau University Medical Center, Ophthalmology 2010
community: Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine – Ocular Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011; Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2012
Board Certification: Board Certified — Ophthalmology:

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dr Lefebvre specializes in all forms of eyelid surgery, eyelid and periorbital trauma and cancer reconstruction, orbital fractures, endoscopic lacrimal duct (DCR) surgery and orbital disorders including thyroid disorders.

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dr Matthew C Leidl [he / him / his / himself] is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of Glaucoma and Site Director for Ophthalmic Education at VA Boston JP

medical school: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, MD, 2012
residence: Nassau University Medical Center, Ophthalmology, 2016
community: West Virginia University Eye Institute, Glaucoma, 2017
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

On the clinical interests of Dr. Leidl includes the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, cataract surgery and the training of doctors and colleagues. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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dr David Moverman is an eye surgeon and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Boston University of Medicine

sub specialty: anterior segment

medical school: Boston University School of Medicine

Residence: Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans LA

Community: Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chaim-Sheba Medical Center Israel

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Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

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dr Steven Ness [he / him / his / himself] is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Director of Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine

medical school: University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2002
residence: Boston University School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, 2006
community: Boston University School of Medicine, Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2008
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

The clinical interests of Dr. Ness encompass the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal disorders, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular holes and age-related macular degeneration. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, particularly skiing and fishing.

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dr Courtney Ondeck [she / her / hers / herself] is a board certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmology instructor at Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School.

medical school: Washington University in St. Louis, Maryland, 2013
residence: University of California San Diego, Ophthalmology, 2017
community: Duke University, Glaucoma, 2018
Board Certification: Specialist in ophthalmology
elementary school:
Nursing or PA school:

dr Ondeck has an interest in combining her background in engineering and polymer chemistry with her training in glaucoma to develop drug delivery techniques that could eliminate the need for daily eye drops. She has a clinical interest in new glaucoma surgical techniques; in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking with her dog.

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dr Allison Soneru is an Instructor in Eye Surgery at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Ophthalmologist at the Mass Eye and Ear Institute

minor: glaucoma

medical school: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Residence: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Community: New England Eye Center at Tufts University

Interests: glaucoma, cataracts

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

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dr Santiago Villazon, Jr. [he / him / his / himself] is a board-certified ophthalmologist and an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine

medical school: Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 1992
residence: Boston University School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, 1996
community: Boston University School of Medicine, Cornea, Anterior Segment, Refractive Surgery, 1997
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

The clinical interests of Dr. Villazon include cataract, refractive surgery, cornea and anterior segment surgery.

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Mr Andrew is Associate Chief Advanced Practitioners Department of Surgery at VA Boston Health Care and an intern in ophthalmology

education: United States Air Force Academy – BS Management
American Military University – MBA
MGH Institute for Health Professions – MPAS

Certification: Physician’s Assistant – PA-C – NCPPA

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Mrs. Cakiner-Eglimez is a state-certified nurse for ophthalmology

elementary school: BSN: Florence Nightingale Nursing College, Istanbul, Turkey
Nursing or PA school: Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences Boston, MA, 2008
Board Certification: Adult Nursing Practitioners, NP-C; Certified Eye Nurse, C RNO; Certified Ophthalmic Technologist, COMT

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