Meet your ophthalmic surgical staff at VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

Get to know your ophthalmic surgical team. Here you will find photos and biographies for Ophthalmic Surgery staff.

Dr. Nicholas J. Butler [he / him / his / himself] is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Chief of Ophthalmology, 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
Partnership: Oregon Health & Science University, Casey Eye Institute, Uveitis and ocular inflammation
Disease, 2011
Board Certification: Ophthalmology

Dr. Butler’s clinical interests include complex cataract surgery, uveitis, and ocular inflammatory diseases, 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 traveling.

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Dr. Stephen Christiansen is Board Certified, Chair, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Under specialty: Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus in adults

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residence: University of Kentucky, Lexington

Scholarship: 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 member 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
Partnership: Boston Medical Center / Boston University School of Medicine – Ocular Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2011; Mass Eye and Ear / Harvard Medical School, Ocular Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2012.
Board Certification: Board Certified — Ophthalmology:

Dr. Lefebvre specializes in all forms of eyelid surgery, eyelid trauma and periorbital and cancer reconstruction, orbital fractures, endoscopic tear duct surgery (DCR), and orbital diseases, including thyroid eye disease.

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Dr. Matthew C. Lydle [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 of Ophthalmology Training at the VA Boston JP

Medical school: Louis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, MD, 2012
Residence: Nassau University Medical Center, Ophthalmology, 2016
Partnership: West Virginia University Eye Institute, Glaucoma, 2017
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Lydle’s clinical interests include the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and resident and fellow education. In his free time, he likes to be with his family and friends.

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Dr. David Moverman is an ophthalmic surgeon and assistant professor of ophthalmology at Boston University School of Medicine

Under specialty: Anterior segment

Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine

Residence: Ochsner Medical Institutions, New Orleans LA

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

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

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Dr. Stephen Ness [he / him / his / himself] is Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Director of the 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
Partnership: Boston University School of Medicine, Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2008
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Ness’s clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular holes, and age-related macular degeneration. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, especially skiing and fishing.

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Dr. Courtney Ondeck [she / her / hers / herself] is board certified in ophthalmology, is an instructor of ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School.

Medical school: Washington University in St. Louis, MD, 2013
Residence: University of California, San Diego, Ophthalmology, 2017
Partnership: Duke University, Glaucoma, 2018
Board Certification: Board Certified in Ophthalmology
Undergraduate school:
Nursing or PA School:

Dr. Ondek is interested in combining his engineering and polymer chemistry background with his glaucoma training to develop drug delivery techniques that could eliminate the need for daily eye drops. She has a clinical interest in new surgical techniques for glaucoma; in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and taking her dog for walks.

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Dr. Alison Sonneru is Instructor in Ophthalmic Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Staff Ophthalmologist at Mass Eye and Ear Institute

Under specialty: Glaucoma

Medical School: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Residence: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Scholarship: New England Eye Center at Tufts University

interests: Glaucoma, cataract

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

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Dr. A.S. James Villazon, Jr. [he / him / his / himself] is board certified in ophthalmology and an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine

Medical school: Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 1992
Residence: Boston University School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, 1996
Partnership: Boston University School of Medicine, Cornea, Anterior Segment, Refractive Surgery, 1997.
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Villazon’s clinical interests include cataract, refractive surgery, corneal and anterior segment surgery.

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Mr. Andrews is Associate Chief Physician for Advanced Practice in the Department of Surgery at VA Boston Healthcare and Supervising Physician Assistant in Ophthalmology

education: US Air Force Academy – Bachelor of Science in Management
American Military University – MBA
MGH Institute of Health Professions – MPAS

Certification: Physician Assistant – PA-C – NCPPA

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Mrs Chakiner-Eglimez is a Certified Ophthalmology Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate school: BSN: Florence Nightingale College of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey
Nursing or PA School: Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences Boston, MA, 2008
Board Certification: Nurse Practitioner for Adults, NP-C; Certified Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner, C RNO; Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, COMT

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