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Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Faculty

Faculty Overview

Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD

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Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology resident education of Scheie Residents , at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/The University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Education , Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Ophthalmology

Contact information
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology
34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Room 9NW38
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.S. (Chemistry)
Allegheny College , 1982.
Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Pennsylvania State University, 1988.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Pennsylvania, 1994.
Post-Graduate Training
Post Doctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1988-1990.
Transitional Internship, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Darby, PA, 1994-1995.
Resident in Ophthalmology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ, 1995-1998.
Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-1999.
American Board of Ophthalmology, 1999.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Forbes is well published in the area of ocular trauma and the shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma. He is the site coordinator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigative Group (PEDIG) trials and has published in the area of craniofacial disorders. He is director of the eye division of the craniofacial specialty clinic. He is also the director of the ophthalmology division of the 22Q and you program.

Key Words
Shaken Baby Syndrome, Retinal hemorrhages, Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma, Ocular Trauma

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Forbes cares for and treats patients with amblyopia, strabismus, craniofacial disorders, genetic disorders and other pediatric eye disorders at the following locations: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia main campus as well as the Exton and King of Prussia subspecialty care centers of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Description of Other Expertise

Teaching. Fluency in ocular Spanish and English

Selected Publications

Forbes BJ, Mills MD, Levin AV: Shaken Baby Syndrome - Ophthalmic Findings. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update 4(4): 161-168, June 2003.

Forbes BJ, Christian CW, Judkins AJ, Kryston K.: Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome): Ophthalmic Findings. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 41(2): 80-88, March 2004.

Forbes BJ, Guo S: Update on the Surgical Management of Pediatric Cataracts Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 43(3): 143-156, May 2006.

PEDIG Eye Disease Investigator Group : A Randomized Trial to Evaluate 2 Hours of Daily Patching for Strabismic and Anisometropic Amblyopia in Children. Ophthalmology 113(6): 904-912, June 2006.

PEDIG Eye Disease Investigative Group: A Randomized Trial of Atropine vs Patching for Treatment of Moderate Amblyopia in Children. Arch Ophthalmol. 120(3): 268-278, March 2002.

Forbes BJ, Oesterle C, Olitsky S: Treatment of Intermittent Exotropia. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 43(5): 264-268, September 2006.

Binenbaum G, Forbes B, McDonald-McGinn D: Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Associated with Sclerocornea. The Fifth International 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Conference. Marseilles, France July 2006 Notes: Poster presentation.

Binenbaum G, Forbes BJ, McDonald-McGinn D: Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Associated with Sclerocornea. American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Annual Meeting, Keystone, CO March 2006 Notes: Poster presentation.

Forbes BJ: Ophthalmic Manifestations of Inflicted Childhood Neurotraumas. Proceedings of a Conference Sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services Page: 163-164, October 2002.

Forbes BJ: The Shaken Baby Syndrome - Eye Manifestations - Case Scenarios. Child Maltreatment 3E: Two Volume Set. GW Medical Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2005.

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