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Richard Hertle, MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP

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

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Dr. Richard Hertle is an investigator in the areas of nystagmus and eye movement disorder.  His current titles include, Professor of Ophthalmology, Northeast Ohio Medical College, SUMMA Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, Director, The Children’s Vision Center and Chief of Ophthalmology, Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Akron, Ohio, USA.

Dr. Hertle received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and his Medical Degree from Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  Following medical school, Dr. Hertle completed fellowships and residencies in Ocular Motility, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at a variety of medical centers around the country.  Dr. Hertle came to Akron in 2010 to grow the Pediatric Ophthalmology service after six years as Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Professor of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

He has been principal investigator on a number of NIH-funded research projects, including ongoing studies on the treatment of strabismus, nystagmus and amblyopia. An avid researcher and publisher, Dr. Hertle has over 200 referred publications and almost as many abstracts, editorials, reviews and invited lectures.  He currently serves as a reviewer for multiple journals and has been a recipient of over a million dollars of research funding.

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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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