Stacy L. Pineles, MD
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Stacy L. Pineles, MD

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology|
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
Stein Eye Institute, Pediatric Ophthalmology | 200 Stein Plaza Doris Stein 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Stacy L. Pineles, MD, MS is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director at the Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Pineles completed her medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, followed by subsequent training as an ophthalmology resident (2005-2008) and fellow in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (2009). She completed an additional fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania (2010), and a Master's degree in Clinical Investigation at UCLA (2013). In 2010, Dr. Pineles joined the faculty of the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, one of the leading centers of vision science in the world. Dr. Pineles currently runs an NIH-sponsored research program evaluating binocular vision in children and adults with eye misalignment. Her research interests also include the systemic effects of pediatric eye disease as well as clinical trials in pediatric ophthalmology. She currently serves as the principle investigator of an NIH-sponsored multicenter study of pediatric optic neuritis. Dr. Pineles serves on numerous professional committees within the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. She travels regularly both nationally and internationally to speak on topics related to her research in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 10 book chapters. In 2017, Dr. Pineles took over as the Director of the Residency Program in the Department of Ophthalmology at DGSOM, UCLA. In 2022, Dr. Pineles was named Chair-Elect of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multicenter clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children. The network, which was formed in 1997, is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). T There are currently over 100 participating sites (offices) with over 300 pediatric ophthalmologists and pediatric optometrists in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom participating in the network.

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Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2010


Neuro-Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2010
Pediatric Ophthalmology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2009


Ophthalmology, UCLA School of Medicine, 2008


Transitional, Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, 2005


MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Adult and Pediatric Strabismus


Link to Dr. Pineles' PubMed publications >

  1. Pineles SL, Demer JL, Isenberg SJ, Birch EE, Velez FG .Improvement of Binocular Summation after strabismus surgery. JAMA Ophthalmol 2015;133(3):326-32.
  2. Pineles SL, Velez FG. Accessory Fibrotic Lateral Rectus Muscles in Exotropic Duane Syndrome with Severe Retraction and Upshoot JAAPOS 2015; 19(6):549-550.
  3. Kattan JM, Velez FG, Demer JL, Pineles SL. Relationship Between Binocular Summation and Stereoacuity After Strabismus Surgery. Am J Ophthalmol 2016; 165:29-32.
  4. Kim JA, Velez FG, Pineles SL. Strabismus Surgery in Patients With Ocular Neuromyotonia: Potential Unmasking of the Condition and Effective Management Tool. J Neuroophthalmol 2016; 36:259-63.
  5. Pineles SL, Repka MX, Yu F, Lum F, Coleman AL. Evaluating the impact of strabismus surgery on the association of musculoskeletal injuries, fractures, and falls with disorders of binocular vision in medicare beneficiaries. JAAPOS 2017; 21(3):239-41.
  6. Velez FG, Chang MY, Pineles SL. Inferior rectus transposition: a novel procedure for abducens palsy. Am J Ophthalmol 2017; 177:126-30.
  7. Chang MY, Demer JL, Isenberg SJ, Velez FG, Pineles SL. Decreased binocular summation in strabismic amblyopes and effect of strabismus surgery. Strabismus 2017; 25(2):73-80.
  8. Yulek F, Velez FG, Isenberg SJ, Demer JL, Pineles SL. Binocular summation and control of intermittent exotropia. Strabismus 2017; 25(2):81-6.
  9. Pineles SL, Kraker RT, VanderVeen DK, Hutchinson AK, Galvin JA, Wilson LB, Lambert SR. Atropine for the prevention of myopia progression in children: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology 2017 (in press)
  10. Chang MY, Velez FG, Demer JL, Bonelli L, Quiros PA, Arnold AC, Sadun AA, Pineles SL. Accuracy of diagnostic imaging modalities for classifying pediatric eyes as papilledema versus pseudopapilledema. Ophthalmology 2017 (in press)


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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2022 - 2024
  • AAPOS Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • University of California OptumLabs Research Credit Award, 2018
  • Appointment of Jerome and Joan Snyder Chair in Ophthalmology, 2017
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2016
  • Selected to take part in UCLA Faculty Development "Stanford University Faculty Development for Medical Teachers" Workshop, 2016
  • AAPOS Honors Award, 2016
  • Sanford and Erna Schulhofer Fellowship, 2008
  • Leonard Apt Fellowship, 2008
  • Heed Fellowship, Society of Heed Fellow, 2008
  • National Eye Institute ARVO Travel Grant, 2007
  • Pepose-Saltzman Young Investigator Award, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, elected as a junior medical student, 2004
  • Pincus Prize for Outstanding Achievement as a Clinician, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004
  • Charles A. Oliver Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania (award given to the student with the highest record of performance in Ophthalmology in the medical school graduating class), 2004
  • Glasgow Rubin Award, University of Pennsylvania (award to the woman with the best overall performance in the medical school graduating class), 2004
  • Fight for Sight Summer Research Fellowship, 2001
  • Benjamin Measey and Mary Siddons Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania (merit-based tuition support), 2000-2004
  • Helmholtz Award (best undergraduate research project), Duke University, 2000
  • Phi Eta Sigma, Duke University, 2000
  • Tau Beta Phi, Duke University, 2000
  • Magna Cum Laude with Distinction, Duke University, 2000
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1998-2000