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Richard Hertle, MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology; Dr. Boomer and Jill Burnstine Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology; Pediatric Ophthalmologist

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Dr. Hertle has decades of experience as a licensed and certified optician. He is chief of pediatric ophthalmology and director of the Vision Center at Akron Children’s Hospital. He also serves as director of the hospital’s pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program and is the Dr. Robert “Boomer” and Jill Burnstine chair in pediatric ophthalmology. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston University Medical Center and fellowships in ocular motility at Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Cleveland, OH and in pediatric ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Hertle’s research interests include congenital nystagmus, convergence insufficiency and attention-reading disability. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons. He has as authored and co-authored numerous articles in medical journals, received dozens of academic appointments and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology. Additionally, Dr. Hertle serves as a professor of surgery (ophthalmology) at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Vision, Boardman
Vision, North Canton
Medical School:
Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Ohio
Ophthalmology: Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
Ocular Motility: Veteran's Administration Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Pediatric Ophthalmology: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Board Certifications:
American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Civil War Surgeons
  • Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group
  • Cogan Ophthalmic History Society
  • USA Hockey and Amateur Hockey Association
Research Interests:
Congenital nystagmus, convergence insufficiency and attention-reading disability
Special Interests:
Congenital nystagmus, convergence insufficiency and attention-reading disability

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