About Dean Cestari, MD

Dr. Dean Cestari is a clinician scientist who provides medical treatment for neuro-ophthalmic disorders, strabismus ("crossed" eyes), and diplopia (double vision). In addition to his clinical practice and research program, Dr. Cestari also supervises and mentors medical students, residents, and fellows.

Dr. Cestari earned his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. After a one-year fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear, he returned to Weill Cornell Medical College's New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he completed a residency in ophthalmology and served as Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Cestari is one of the few ophthalmologists worldwide who is board-certified in both neurology and ophthalmology.

In 2012, Dr. Cestari received a 2012 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to ophthalmology, the Academy, and its scientific education programs.

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Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900

Medical Education

  • MD, Sackler School of Medicine
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Campus
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Campus
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

American Board Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

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Dr. Cestari focuses on the evaluation and treatment of patients with neuro-ophthalmic disease. He is particularly involved with the medical and surgical treatment of patients with adult strabismus and diplopia. He is also developing an animal model for ischemic optic neuropathy and central retinal artery occlusion, after which he will evaluate the safety and efficacy of various navel neuro-protective agents to preserve and restore vision affected by vascular occlusion.


  • 1. Douglas KAA, Douglas VP, Cestari DM. Relapsing Optic Neuropathy and Multiple Cranial Neuropathies in a Middle-Aged Woman. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov 07.

    2. Douglas KAA, Douglas VP, Cestari DM. Neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of the phakomatoses. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov; 30(6):434-442.

    3. Douglas VP, Douglas KAA, Cestari DM. Immune checkpoint inhibitors: what neuro-ophthalmologists need to know. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov; 30(6):426-433. 

    4. Caron-Cantin M, Cestari DM, Fortin E. Clinical and radiologic approach to 'typical' versus antibody-related optic neuritis. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2019 Nov; 30(6):412-417. 

    5. Chun BY, Freire MV, Cestari DM. Surgical Responses and Outcomes of Bilateral Medial Rectus Recession in Esotropia With Spinocerebellar Ataxia. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2019 Jul 01; 56(4):266-270. 

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