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Cassie A. Ludwig, MD, MS is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Ludwig graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with training in Biology, followed by medical school and residency at Stanford University where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received numerous awards for her research including the prestigious Heed Fellowship. Subsequently, she underwent a 2-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School where she was honored with the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award for outstanding fellows as well as Harvard's Thomas J. Madden Fellowship in Retina. She became interested in myopia while treating patients at Stanford as a resident and has continued to pursue her mission to improve our means of treating and preventing high and pathological myopia and their sequelae as a member of the vitreoretinal surgery faculty. Dr. Ludwig specializes in the management of vitreoretinal diseases including retinal tears and detachments, myopic macular degeneration, myopic traction maculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, trauma, age-related macular degeneration, macular telangiectasia, and complex medical and surgical retina problems.Dr. Ludwig’s surgical interests include complex retinal detachment repair related to high myopia, proliferative vitreoretinopathy or traumatic injuries, complex macular holes including myopic macular holes, epiretinal membranes (macular pucker), and dislocated lenses. She is passionate about providing patient-centered care while training and mentoring the next generation of vitreoretinal surgeons.
My research at present focuses on better understanding high and pathologic myopia and their retina sequelae (retinal detachments, myopic traction maculopathy, myopic macular degeneration) through informatics and data-driven research. My goal is to make discoveries within the field of Ophthalmology that will impact the rest of medicine, taking advantage of our ready access to the only visible portion of the central nervous system.