About John Gittinger, MD

A member of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Dr. John Gittinger is a clinician scientist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neuro-ophthalmic disorders.

Before coming to Mass. Eye and Ear, he was the Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Boston Medical Center, and Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gittinger has now been on the faculty of all four Massachusetts medical schools, holding leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Boston VA Medical Center. Active in teaching and publishing, Dr. Gittinger is a regular contributor to the New England Ophthalmological Society and an active member in the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society. He has authored over 115 publications and presented more than 80 regional, national, and local lectures. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international review journal, Survey of Ophthalmology.

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

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts)
  • Residency, Washington University
  • Fellowship, National Eye Institute
  • Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • Fellowship, National Institutes of Health

American Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology


  • 1. Gittinger JW. Management of normal tension glaucoma. Surv Ophthalmol. 2019 Jan - Feb; 64(1):101.

    2. Chwalisz B, Gilbert AL, Gittinger JW. Perioperative Vision Loss after Non-Ocular Surgery. Semin Ophthalmol. 2018; 33(1):17-22.

    3. Pillai C, Gittinger JW. Vision Testing in the Evaluation of Concussion. Semin Ophthalmol. 2017; 32(1):144-152.

    4. Gaier ED, Gittinger JW, Cestari DM, Miller JB. Peripapillary Capillary Dilation in Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy Revealed by Optical Coherence Tomographic Angiography. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 11 01; 134(11):1332-1334. 

    5. Thon OR, Gittinger JW. Medication-Related Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome. Semin Ophthalmol. 2017; 32(1):134-143. 

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