Richard Hertle, MD, has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as director of the department of Pediatric Ophthalmology. Dr. Hertle is leading the effort to create a pediatric vision center that treats children with visual problems ranging from minor to serious conditions requiring surgery.
Before joining Akron Children’s, Dr. Hertle served as director of pediatric ophthalmology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Hertle is one of the nation’s leading investigators in nystagmus (commonly called “dancing eyes”), strabismus (crossed eyes) and other pediatric eye movement disorders.
After earning his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Dr. Hertle completed his ophthalmology residency at the Boston University Medical Center and did further training as a visiting fellow at the Pacific Medical Center /Smith-Kettelwell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. He completed his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Over the next few years, Dr. Hertle will assemble a team of pediatric ophthalmologists, optometrists, researchers, residents, fellows and specialized technicians.
Research will be a key component of the vision center. Dr. Hertle has been a principal investigator on several research projects funded by the National Institute of Health and he is currently collaborating on several studies with Dongsheng Yang, MD, PhD, a colleague from the University of Pittsburgh who has also joined Akron Children’s new vision center.
“Our goal is to provide a full range of services, from oncology care to simply helping a child who needs glasses,” said Dr. Hertle. “Everyone from the lab and radiology technicians to the nurses and physicians, as well as the physical environment, will be completely geared toward the care and comfort of kids. And when it comes to kids, we know higher comfort levels lead to better adherence, recovery and success.”
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