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Dimitra Skondra

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOphthalmology & Visual Science
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    Dimitra Skondra, MD, PhD, is a highly respected, board-certified retina specialist, with a particular focus on the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. She in an expert in delivering care for diabetic eye disease, retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, eye trauma, proliferative vitreoretinopathy and intraocular infections, with advanced training and expertise in surgical repair of complex diabetic retinal detachments.

    In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Skondra is an active researcher. As a physician-scientist, she is dedicated to investigating methods to improve treatment strategies for retinal conditions. Dr. Skondra is currently engaged in clinical and translational research in diabetes and other retinal diseases. Her research in retinal imaging aims to provide a better understanding of the pathogenesis, early detection and identification of prognostic information for to enable more targeted intervention and treatment.


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    Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MAFellowship2013Vitreoretinal
    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, NYResidency2011Ophthalmology
    Saint Francis Hospital, Evanston, ILInternship2008Transitional Internship
    Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MAPhD Fellowship2007PhD/Postdoctoral Research
    University of Crete Medical School, Heraklion, Crete, GreecePhD Fellowship2004PhD/Research
    University of Crete Medical School, Heraklion, Crete, GreeceBS, MD2001
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    2016ISPB-Mentor
    2015Compassionate Doctor Recognition
    2014ISPB-Mentor
    2013Retina Society Raymond Margherio Award
    2013Harvard/Alcon Clinical Research Scholar Award
    2011AUPO Resident Research Award
    2010New York Academy of Medicine-Ophthalmology night
    2006ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician Scientist Award
    2006Knights Templar Eye Foundation Award
    2005Tonseth-Joslin Fellowship Award

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    1. Quan SC, Skondra D. Case Report: Varicella-zoster Encephalitis with Acute Retinal Necrosis and Oculomotor Nerve Palsy. Optom Vis Sci. 2019 May; 96(5):367-371. PMID: 31046020.
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    2. Liliya Golas and Dimitra Skondra. Managing Toxicities Associated with Cancer Immunotherapy. Ocular Toxicities. 2019.
    3. Sokol JT, Ferenchak K, Rosen DT, Schechet SA, Skondra D. Macular Hole Formation After Pars Plana Vitrectomy for Diabetic Tractional Retinal Detachment. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 12 01; 49(12):e256-e262. PMID: 30566711.
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    4. Baim AD, Movahedan A, Farooq AV, Skondra D. The microbiome and ophthalmic disease. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2019 Apr; 244(6):419-429. PMID: 30463439.
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    5. Schechet S, Hariprasad SM, Movahedan A, Skondra D. Use of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Masqueraders of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Choroidal Neovascularization. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2018 02 01; 49(2):80-85. PMID: 29443356.
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    6. Roberts PK, Nesper PL, Onishi AC, Skondra D, Jampol LM, Fawzi AA. CHARACTERIZING PHOTORECEPTOR CHANGES IN ACUTE POSTERIOR MULTIFOCAL PLACOID PIGMENT EPITHELIOPATHY USING ADAPTIVE OPTICS. Retina. 2018 Jan; 38(1):39-48. PMID: 28166161.
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    7. Puzanov I, Diab A, Abdallah K, Bingham CO, Brogdon C, Dadu R, Hamad L, Kim S, Lacouture ME, LeBoeuf NR, Lenihan D, Onofrei C, Shannon V, Sharma R, Silk AW, Skondra D, Suarez-Almazor ME, Wang Y, Wiley K, Kaufman HL, Ernstoff MS. Managing toxicities associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors: consensus recommendations from the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Toxicity Management Working Group. J Immunother Cancer. 2017 11 21; 5(1):95. PMID: 29162153.
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    8. Heiferman MJ, Rahmani S, Jampol LM, Nesper PL, Skondra D, Kim LA, Fawzi AA. ACUTE POSTERIOR MULTIFOCAL PLACOID PIGMENT EPITHELIOPATHY ON OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY. Retina. 2017 Nov; 37(11):2084-2094. PMID: 28151840.
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    9. Skondra D, Westerfeld C, Vavvas DG. Modified Controlled Encircling Scleral Buckle for Retinal Detachment. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2017 Sep-Oct; 1(5):314-316. PMID: 29119143.
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    10. Skondra D, Nesper PL, Fawzi AA. MULTIMODAL IMAGING OF ACUTE EXUDATIVE POLYMORPHOUS VITELLIFORM MACULOPATHY WITH OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY AND ADAPTIVE OPTICS SCANNING LASER OPHTHALMOSCOPY. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 May 16. PMID: 28520626.
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    11. Ma J, Desai R, Nesper P, Gill M, Fawzi A, Skondra D. Optical Coherence Tomographic Angiography Imaging in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Ophthalmol Eye Dis. 2017; 9:1179172116686075. PMID: 28579843.
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    12. Simonett JM, Chan EW, Chou J, Skondra D, Colon D, Chee CK, Lingam G, Fawzi AA. Quantitative Analysis of En Face Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017 02 01; 48(2):126-133. PMID: 28195615.
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    13. Dawood S, Skondra D. Monocular floaters and flashes. Dis Mon. 2017 Mar; 63(3):80-87. PMID: 28010949.
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    14. Finn AP, Eliott D, Kim LA, Husain D, Wu DM, Young LH, Kim IK, Andreoli C, Skondra D, Vavvas DG, Miller JB. Characteristics and Outcomes of Simultaneous Bilateral Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachments. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2016 09 01; 47(9):840-5. PMID: 27631480.
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    15. Shah RS, Soetikno BT, Yi J, Liu W, Skondra D, Zhang HF, Fawzi AA. Visible-Light Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Monitoring Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization in Mice. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 07 01; 57(9):OCT86-95. PMID: 27409510.
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    16. Callahan AB, Skondra D, Krzystolik M, Yonekawa Y, Eliott D. Wyburn-Mason Syndrome Associated With Cutaneous Reactive Angiomatosis and Central Retinal Vein Occlusion. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Jul-Aug; 46(7):760-2. PMID: 26247458.
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    17. Asano MK, Papakostas TD, Palma CV, Skondra D. Visual outcomes of surgery for stage 4 and 5 retinopathy of prematurity. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2014; 54(2):225-37. PMID: 24613895.
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    18. Papakostas TD, Kohanim S, Skondra D, Lo K, Chodosh J. Medical management of Alternaria keratitis with endophthalmitis in a patient with a corneal graft. Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul; 42(5):496-7. PMID: 24119098.
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    19. Papakostas TD, Yonekawa Y, Skondra D, Vavvas DG. Traumatic chorioretinal rupture (sclopetaria). Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013; 53(4):119-25. PMID: 24088938.
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    20. Skondra D, Chang GC, Farber HW, Eliott D. Ophthalmologic diagnosis of exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec; 130(12):1619-21. PMID: 23229713.
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    21. Skondra D, Papakostas TD, Hunter R, Vavvas DG. Near infrared autofluorescence imaging of retinal diseases. Semin Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep-Nov; 27(5-6):202-8. PMID: 23163277.
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    22. Hunter RS, Skondra D, Papaliodis G, Sobrin L. Role of OCT in the diagnosis and management of macular edema from uveitis. Semin Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep-Nov; 27(5-6):236-41. PMID: 23163282.
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    23. Skondra D, Papakostas T, Vavvas DG. Enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography in age-related macular degeneration. Semin Ophthalmol. 2012 Sep-Nov; 27(5-6):209-12. PMID: 23163278.
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    24. Chan RV, Yonekawa Y, Lane AM, Skondra D, Munzenrider JE, Collier JM, Gragoudas ES, Kim IK. Proton beam irradiation using a light-field technique for the treatment of choroidal hemangiomas. Ophthalmologica. 2010; 224(4):209-16. PMID: 19940527.
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    25. Pallikaris A, Skondra D, Karavvela M, Tsilimbaris M. Confocal scanning laser tomography analysis of choroidal neovascularization and correlation with quantitative fluorescein angiography. Curr Eye Res. 2009 Apr; 34(4):319-27. PMID: 19373581.
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    26. Skondra D, Noda K, Almulki L, Tayyari F, Frimmel S, Nakazawa T, Kim IK, Zandi S, Thomas KL, Miller JW, Gragoudas ES, Hafezi-Moghadam A. Characterization of azurocidin as a permeability factor in the retina: involvement in VEGF-induced and early diabetic blood-retinal barrier breakdown. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Feb; 49(2):726-31. PMID: 18235021.
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    27. Nakazawa T, Matsubara A, Noda K, Hisatomi T, She H, Skondra D, Miyahara S, Sobrin L, Thomas KL, Chen DF, Grosskreutz CL, Hafezi-Moghadam A, Miller JW. Characterization of cytokine responses to retinal detachment in rats. Mol Vis. 2006 Aug 07; 12:867-78. PMID: 16917487.
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    28. Tsilimbaris MK, Charisis SK, Naoumidi T, Panteleontidis V, Skondra D, Christodoulakis E, Naoumidi I. Contact transscleral ciliary body photodynamic therapy in pigmented rabbits using verteporfin and diode laser: evaluation of treatment parameters. Curr Eye Res. 2006 Jul-Aug; 31(7-8):577-85. PMID: 16877266.
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    29. Pallikaris A, Skondra D, Tsilimbaris M. Intraobserver repeatability of macula measurements by confocal scanning laser tomography. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Apr; 139(4):624-30. PMID: 15808157.
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    30. Dimitra Skondra and Dean Eliott,. Fungal Endophthalmitis.
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