Stephen D. Anesi, MD, FACS

Stephen Anesi, MD was born in Van Nuys, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science in 1999. He continued his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Master’s Degree in Physiological Science in 2000. Dr. Anesi earned a Doctorate of Medicine in 2006 from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Upon completion of his Surgical Internship at UCLA Medical Center in 2007, he traveled east to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York for his Residency in Ophthalmology. After completion of his residency in 2010, where he served as Chief Resident, Dr. Anesi traveled to Cambridge for his Fellowship in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis with Dr. C. Stephen Foster.

Upon his completion of his fellowship with Dr. Foster in June, 2011, he was invited to join the medical staff at MERSI as a staff physician. In 2016, he became an Associate Partner at MERSI.

Dr. Anesi sees and treats patients with uveitis, scleritis, keratitis, dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and general ophthalmology issues.

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2010-2011 Ocular Immunology & Uveitis Fellowship

Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2007-2010 Ophthalmology Residency

Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, New York

2006-2007 Surgery Internship, Preliminary

UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California


2002-2006 Doctor of Medicine

Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

1999-2000 Master of Science – Physiological Science

University of California, Los Angeles

1994-1999 Bachelor of Science – Physiological Science, Cum Laude

College and Departmental Honors, Minor Neuroscience

University of California, Los Angeles


2015 Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry


2014 – present Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, member

2014 – present New England Ophthalmological Society, member

2012 – present American Uveitis Society, member

2012 – present Massachusetts Medical Society, member

2010 – present Foster Ocular Immunology Society, member

2008 – present American Academy of Ophthalmology, fellow

2008 – present American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, member

Journal Publications

Abu Samra K, Oray M, Ebrahimiadib N, Lee S, Anesi SD, Foster CS. Intraocular lymphoma: descriptive data of 26 patients including clinico-pathologic features, vitreous findings, and treatment outcomes, Ocul Immunol Inflamm, 2016 Jul 20:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]

Ebrahimiadib N, Mdjtahedi BS, Roohipoor R, Anesi SD, Foster CS. Successful Treatment Strategies in Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis associated Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis, Cornea. 2016 Nov;35(11):1459-1465.

Abu Samra K, Valdes-Navarro M, Lee S, Foster CS, Anesi SD. A case of bilateral uveitis and papillitis in a patient treated with pembrolizumab. European Journal of Ophthalmology, 2016 Apr 12;26(3):e46-8.

Kempen JH, Van Natta ML, Altaweel MM, Dunn JP, Jabs DA, Lightman SL, Thorne JE, Holbrook JT; Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group; Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment MUST Trial Research Group. Factors Predicting Visual Acuity Outcome in Intermediate, Posterior, and Panuveitis: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 2015 Dec; 160(6):1133-1141

Foster CS, Kothari S, Anesi SD, Vitale AD, Chu D, Metzinger JL, Cerón O. The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation (OIUF) Preferred Practice Patterns of Uveitis Management. Survey of Ophthalmology, 2016 Jan-Feb;61(1):1-17

Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group, Sugar EA, Holbrook JT, Kempen JH, Burke AE, Drye LT, Thorne JE, Louis TA, Jabs DA, Altaweel MM, Frick KD. Cost-effectiveness of fluocinolone acetonide implant versus systemic therapy for noninfectious intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis. Ophthalmology, 2014 Oct; 121(10): 1855-62.

Anesi SD, Foster CS. Importance of recognizing and preventing blindness from juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis. Arthritis Care & Research. 2012 May; 64(5): 653-7.

Anesi SD, Foster CS. Anterior uveitis: etiology & treatment. Advanced Ocular Care. 2011 Jan-Feb; 2(1): 32-4.

Foster CS, Anesi SD. The successful approach to ocular rosacea. Refractive Eyecare. 2010 Dec; 14 (12): 11-2, 19.

Matthews HR, Fain GL. The effect of light on outer segment calcium in salamander rods. Journal Physiology. 2003 Nov 1; 552 (3): 763-76. (acknowledgment)

Books and Book Chapters

Anesi SD, Metzinger JL, Ceron O, Foster CS. Uveitic Glaucoma. Nova Publishers, Hauppauge NY, 2016.

Metzinger JL, Wentworth B, Anesi SD, Foster CS. Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid: A Chapter of Ocular Surface Disorders. Societé Français d’Ophthalmologie, 2015.

Anesi SD, Markomichelakis NN. Multiple Sclerosis. (Chapter 63) In: Foster CS, Vitale AT (eds.). Diagnosis and Treatment of Uveitis, 2 nd ed. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd., 935-50, 2013.

Anesi SD. How should I use topical mydriatic and cycloplegic agents? In: Foster CS, Opremcek EM, Hinkle D, Change DF (eds.). Curbside Consultation in Uveitis: 49 Clinical Questions. Thoroughfare, NJ: Slack Inc., 69-72, 2012.

Foster CS, Gonzalez-Gonzalez LA, Anesi SD, Palafox SKV, (eds.). Childhood Uveitis. Manchester Center, VT: Shires Press, 2011.

Poster Presentations

You C, Ma L, Anesi SD, Foster CS. Long-term Complete Remission of Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid off Immunomodulatory Therapy. Poster presented at: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting; 2016 May; Seattle, WA.

Anesi SD, Maleki A, Radwan A, Foster CS. Morphometric Analysis of Corneal Endothelium after Intravitreal Methotrexate. Poster presented at: Biennial Cornea Conference, 2015 October, Schepens Eye Research Institute: Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Boston, MA

Ma L, Lamba N, Abu Samra K, Lasave A, Maleki A, Ebrahimiadib N, You C, Anesi SD, Foster CS. Management of Ocular Cicatricial Pemphigoid (OCP) with Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIg) Monotherapy. Poster presented at: Biennial Cornea Conference, 2015 October, Schepens Eye Research Institute: Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Boston, MA

Anesi SD, Kothari S, Foster CS. Interpretation and clinical correlation of histopathology and immunohistochemistry findings in conjunctival and scleral biopsy specimens: non-infectious and infectious. Poster presented at: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmolology, Annual Meeting; 2014 May; Orlando, FL.

Anesi SD, Artornsombudh P, Foster CS. Increased reliability of diagnosis of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid using avidin-biotin complex immunoperoxidase technique. Poster presented at: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Annual Meeting; 2013 May; Seattle, WA.

Lefebvre DR, Anesi SD, Morcos MM. Orbital CT Scan as a Potential Predictor of Intraocular Injury. Poster presented at: Nassau University Medical Center, Annual Resident Day; 2009; East Meadow, NY.

Anesi SD, Morcos MM. Ocular Manifestations of Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation. Poster presented at: Annual Resident Day at Nassau University Medical Center 2009, East Meadow, NY.


3/3/2017 Ocular Toxoplasmosis: Management Strategies for Unusual Situations and is there a Role for Local Therapy. New England Ophthalmological Society. Boston, MA

11/12/2016 White Dot Syndromes; Infectious Entities OIUF Posterior Segment Summit, Waltham, MA

10/15/2016 Starting Off With a Bang! (HLA-B27 uveitis) Uveitis Subspecialty Day, AAO Conference, Chicago, IL

11/7/2015 Special Challenges Symposium on Causes/Predictors of Childhood Uveitis, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY

2/28/2015 Anterior and Intermediate Uveitis; Amantiades-Behçet’s Disease Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary Uveitis Instruction Course, Boston, MA

10/18/2014 Assessment of Uveitis Uveitis Subspecialty Day, AAO Conference, Chicago, IL

9/13/2014 Scleritis and Peripheral Ulcerative Keratitis Preventable Blindness Hot Topics Crash Course, Cambridge, MA

9/29/2012 Childhood Uveitis: Epidemiology, Differential Diagnosis Symposium on Childhood Uveitis, Cambridge, MA

9/24/2010 Cutaneous Necrosis and Calciphylaxis: A Rare Ocular Finding; Case Conference, MERSI, Cambridge, MA

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