Joseph L. Demer, MD

Joseph L. Demer, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmology
Primary Location
Stein Eye Institute, Pediatric Ophthalmology
200 Stein Plaza Doris Stein 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, California 90095


Link to Dr. Demer's complete CV >

Joseph L. Demer, MD, PhD, is the Arthur L. Rosenbaum Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Professor of Neurology, Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Division, Director, Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, Director, Ocular Motility Laboratories, Chair, EyeSTAR Residency-PhD/PostDoc Program in Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

Dr. Demer's clinical specialties include pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus, and other disorders of ocular motility such as nystagmus. He is a biomedical engineer whose federally-funded research includes anatomy and imaging of the eye muscles, and the biomechanics of eye movements and optic nerve disorders.

Dr. Demer provides clinical care and ophthalmic surgery at the Stein Eye Institute in Westwood.


Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1988


Texas Children's Hospital, 1988


Baylor College of Medicine (MD Only), 1987


Baylor College of Medicine (MD Only), 1984


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD, 1983

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



  • Amblyopia
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Extraocular Muscles
  • Glaucoma
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nystagmus
  • Orbital Anatomy
  • Strabismus


Link to complete list of publications >

  1. Shin, A., Yoo, L. Park, J., and Demer, J. L. Finite element biomechanics of optic nerve sheath traction in adduction. J. Biomech. Eng, 139: 2017. doi: 10.1115/1.4037562. PMID: 28787473. PMCID: in process.
  2. Suh, S. Y., Le, Alan, Shin, A., Park, J., and Demer, J. L. Progressive deformation of the optic nerve head and peripapillary structures by graded horizontal duction. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 58:5015-5021, 2017.
  3. Demer, J. L. Knobby eye syndrome. Strabismus 26: 33 – 41, 2018.
  4. Chaudhuri, Z. and Demer, J. L. Long-term surgical outcomes in the sagging eye syndrome. Strabismus. 26: 6–10, 2018.
  5. Shin, A., Park, J., and Demer, J. L. Opto-mechanical characterization of sclera by polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography. J. Biomech. 72: 173-179, 2018.
  6. Suh, S. Y., Clark. R. A., and Demer, J. L. Optic nerve sheath tethering in adduction occurs in esotropia and hypertropia, but not in exotropia. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 59: 2899-2904, 2018.
  7. Ali, M. H., Berry, S., Qureshi, A., Rasttanalert, N., and Demer, J. L. Decompensated esophoria as a benign cause of acquired esotropia. Am. J. Ophthalmol. 194:95-100, 2018.
  8. Clark, R. A. and Demer, J. L. Magnetic resonance imaging of the globe-tendon interface for extraocular muscles: Is there an "arc of contact?" Am. J. Ophthalmol. 194:170-181, 2018.
  9. Demer, J. L. and Clark, R. A. functional anatomy of human extraocular muscles during fusional divergence. J. Neurophysiol. 120: 2571-2582, 2018.


  • 2020 Bielschowski Award Lectureship, International Strabismological Association
  • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • 2017 Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2013 Senior Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • 2009 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Fellow, Gold Level.
  • 2004 Recognition Award, Alcon Research Institute.
  • 2004 Research to Prevent Blindness Walt and Lilly Disney Award for Amblyopia Research
  • 2003 Friedenwald Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • 2001 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • 1999 Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
  • 1997 Research to Prevent Blindness Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award
  • 1990 Research to Prevent Blindness William and Mary Greve International Research Scholar Award.
  • 1972-1977 Rhodes Scholar Finalist. Presidential Scholar. National Merit Scholar. Phi Kappa Phi. Western Electric Grant Final Award. Outstanding Senior Engineer. Outstanding Debater.