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Janet L. Alexander, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Secondary Appointment(s):



Redwood Ste. 420

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Education and Training

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Medical Degree, University of Pittsburgh

Surgical Internship, Northwestern University

Ophthalmology Residency, George Washington University

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship, Children’s National Medical Center


The primary goal of my clinical, educational, and research endeavor is to offer my patients the most outstanding experience in treatment and outcomes, but also in their understanding of the eye problems affecting them or their child or children. I hope to improve the quality of life for each and every person I care for by providing clear diagnositic and theraputic information and tailoring patient-specific treatment plans that improve or preserve sight, function, comfort, and prevent complications. 

My educational interest is in training the next generations of subspecialist and comprehensive physicians to become experts in pediatric ophthalmic diseases, ocular surgery, and motility disorders. 

My research interest is to investigate causes of important pediatric ophthalmic conditions including genetic ocular disease, ROP, congenital cataracts, and congenital glaucoma. Our projects seek to improve our understanding of these disease processes and deliver personalized medicine to patients of all backgrounds.  

I am thankful for the opportunity to apply my passion and dedication to a clinical need and I am proud to be part of an incredibly talented team! 

Research/Clinical Keywords

pediatric ophthalmology, genetics, cataract, glaucoma, strabismus, diplopia, retinopathy, oculoplastics, ROP

Highlighted Publications

Mehta PJ, Alexander JL, Sen HN. Pediatric uveitis: new and future treatments. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;24(5):453-62. doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283641ede. Review. PubMed PMID: 23872814.

Shokoohi H, Taheri MR, Boniface KS, Abdulmohsen A, Janet L. Orbital ultrasound in the selective screening of a dural-cavernous sinus fistula. Eur J Emerg Med. 2013 Apr;20(2):137-9. doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0b013e3283556eb5. PubMed PMID: 23435336.

Zhang X, Soni N, Alexander J, Kalarn S, Saeedi O. Pupillary block due to reverse implantation of a sulcus intraocular lens. JCRS Online Case Rep. 2016 Aug;4(3):41-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jcro.2016.06.002. PubMed PMID: 28184333; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5293322.

Rahimy E, Gaynon MW, Paulus YM, Alexander JL, Mansour SE. Potentially Reversible Effect of Niacin Therapy on Edema From Retinal Vein Occlusion. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul 1;134(7):839-40. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.1028. PubMed PMID: 27227881.

Alexander JL, Miller M. A case of frosted branch angiitis in an immunocompromised child. J AAPOS. 2015 Feb;19(1):75-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2014.08.014. PubMed PMID: 25727593.

Leath JD, Eller AW, Freund KB, Handa JT. Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Retina. 2009 Apr;29(4):556-9. doi: 10.1097/IAE.0b013e31818d8973. PubMed PMID: 19289989.

Yang J, Boninger ML, Leath JD, Fitzgerald SG, Dyson-Hudson TA, Chang MW. Carpal tunnel syndrome in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: a cross-sectional multicenter study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009 Dec;88(12):1007-16. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181bbddc9. PubMed PMID: 19789435.

Gaynon MW, Paulus YM, Rahimy E, Alexander JL, Mansour SE. Effect of oral niacin on central retinal vein occlusion. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2017 Jun;255(6):1085-1092. doi: 10.1007/s00417-017-3606-0. Epub 2017 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 28161829.

Origlieri C, Geddie B, Karwoski B, Berl MM, Elling N, McClintock W, Alexander J, Bazemore M, de Beaufort H, Hutcheson K, Miller M, Taylormoore J, Jaafar MS, Madigan W. Optical coherence tomography to monitor vigabatrin toxicity in children. J AAPOS. 2016 Apr;20(2):136-40. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2015.10.020. PubMed PMID: 27079594.

Research Interests

My research interests involve use of novel imaging and genetic technology to revolutionize our understanding and treatment of congenital cataracts and glaucoma, ROP, strabismus, and ocular genetic diseases. 

Awards and Affiliations

2011 - Chief Resident, George Washington University

2016 - Finalist, AAPOS Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association(PGCFA) Award

2017 - Award, Best in Show, Research Poster Session, AAPOS Annual Conference

2017- Acknowledgment, Hot Topic designation, ARVO Annual Conference

Grants and Contracts

National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) Grant, Awarded February 2014. Development of Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging as a Non-Invasive Diagnostic for Retinopathy of Prematurity. 04/01/14 – 04/01/16 Role: PI

Little Giraffe Foundation (LGF)  Neonatal Research Grant, Awarded July 2014. Development of Speckle Imaging as a Non-Invasive Diagnostic for Retinopathy of Prematurity. 07/01/14 – 07/01/15 Role: Co-PI

Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant, Awarded February 2015. Anterior Segment Ultrasound Findings and Implications in Congenital Glaucoma and Congenital Cataract. 04/15/15 – 03/31/16 Role: PI 

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