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Alex V. Levin, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 273-3937

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Professional Background

Alex Levin, MD, provides expert medical and surgical care to infants, children and adolescents suffering from pediatric anterior segment eye conditions as well as adults and children with genetic eye disease. As Chief of the Eye Institute’s Pediatric Ophthalmology team, he integrates his clinical expertise in treating eye disease with his scientific curiosity in understanding their genesis. Working with cross-functional teams of ophthalmologists, optometrists, pediatric specialists and genetic counselors, he offers the most advanced compassionate care and advice to his patients and their families.

Dr. Levin received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital. He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, where he also earned a Masters of Health Science in bioethics. He is the only physician worldwide to simultaneously hold US Board Certifications in pediatrics, ophthalmology and child abuse pediatrics

Dr. Levin treats a variety of conditions including hereditary maculopathies, retinal dystrophies and other ocular genetic disorders, pediatric cataract, pediatric uveitis, pediatric glaucoma, and ocular manifestations of child abuse.


With more than 35 years in pediatrics, pediatric ophthalmology and ocular genetics, Dr. Levin has built an impressive research portfolio in basic and translational research. His efforts have resulted in hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, helping to advance the understanding and treatment of eye disease and related developmental anomalies, pediatric genetics, and in the improvement of health care delivery and public health. Funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Canadian Institute of Health, and private foundations, Dr. Levin’s current areas of interest include:

• Ocular Genetics and gene therapy
• Children’s Vision Screening
• Pediatric Glaucoma, Cataract and uveitis
• Ocular manifestations of Child Abuse
• Bioethics



  • Child Abuse Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ

MA | University of Toronto

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1990
Fellowship in Ophthalmology at University of Toronto / Hospital for Sick Children

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital

07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/1982 - 06/30/1983
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Journal Articles

Silverstein M, Scharf K, Mayro EL, Hark LA, Snitzer M, Anhalt J, Pond M, Siam L, Tran J, Hill-Bennett T, Zhan T, Levin AV. "Referral outcomes from a vision screening program for school-aged children." Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie.. 2020 Aug 6; Epub 2020 Aug 06.

Hark LA, Thau A, Nutaitis A, Mayro EL, Zhan T, Dabbish N, Tran J, Siam L, Pond M, Rice AR, Levin AV. "Impact of eyeglasses on academic performance in primary school children." Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie.. 2020 Feb 0; 55(1):52-57. Epub 2019 Sep 13.

Abed Alnabi W, Tang GJ, Eagle RC, Gulino S, Thau A, Levin AV. "PATHOLOGY OF PERIMACULAR FOLDS DUE TO VITREORETINAL TRACTION IN ABUSIVE HEAD TRAUMA." Retina.. 2019 Nov 0; 39(11):2141-2148.