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Dimitra Skondra

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOphthalmology and 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. Massamba N, Mackin AG, Chun LY, Rodriguez S, Dimitroyannis RC, Bodaghi B, Hariprasad SM, Skondra D. Evaluation of flow of chorioretinal capillaries in healthy black and white subjects using optical coherence tomography angiography. Sci Rep. 2021 Nov 08; 11(1):21886. PMID: 34750481.
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    2. Dao D, Xie B, Nadeem U, Xiao J, Movahedan A, D'Souza M, Leone V, Hariprasad SM, Chang EB, Sulakhe D, Skondra D. High-Fat Diet Alters the Retinal Transcriptome in the Absence of Gut Microbiota. Cells. 2021 08 18; 10(8). PMID: 34440888.
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    3. Movahedan A, Barba H, Spedale M, Deng N, Arvans D, Nadeem U, Leone V, Chang EB, Theriault B, Skondra D. Gnotobiotic Operations and Assembly for Development of Germ-Free Animal Model of Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2021 08 02; 10(9):14. PMID: 34388237.
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    4. Blitzer AL, Ham SA, Skondra D. Methodological Considerations for the Case-Control Study of Metformin and Age-Related Macular Degeneration-Reply. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2021 Aug 01; 139(8):919-920. PMID: 34236419.
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    5. Theophanous CN, Avdagic E, Farooq AV, Skondra D, Qiu M. Management of severe epithelial versus fibrous downgrowth following trabeculectomy: Case report and literature review. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2021 Sep; 23:101183. PMID: 34381927.
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    6. Brahmer JR, Abu-Sbeih H, Ascierto PA, Brufsky J, Cappelli LC, Cortazar FB, Gerber DE, Hamad L, Hansen E, Johnson DB, Lacouture ME, Masters GA, Naidoo J, Nanni M, Perales MA, Puzanov I, Santomasso BD, Shanbhag SP, Sharma R, Skondra D, Sosman JA, Turner M, Ernstoff MS. Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) clinical practice guideline on immune checkpoint inhibitor-related adverse events. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 06; 9(6). PMID: 34172516.
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    7. Lin P, McClintic SM, Nadeem U, Skondra D. A Review of the Role of the Intestinal Microbiota in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. J Clin Med. 2021 May 12; 10(10). PMID: 34065988.
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    8. Shaw LT, Hariprasad SM, Skondra D. The Utility of Prophylactic Laser Photocoagulation in Acute Retinal Necrosis: Current Perspectives. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2021 04; 52(4):174-180. PMID: 34039190.
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    9. Quan SC, Skondra D. Case Report: Peripheral Retinal Ischemia and Retinal Neovascularization in von Willebrand Disease. Optom Vis Sci. 2021 04 01; 98(4):418-424. PMID: 33828041.
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    10. Blitzer AL, Ham SA, Colby KA, Skondra D. Association of Metformin Use With Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Case-Control Study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2021 03 01; 139(3):302-309. PMID: 33475696.
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    11. Minkus CL, Lavine JA, Lee J, Skondra D, Goldstein DA. Use of Short-wave Blue Fundus Autofluorescence to Detect and Monitor Acute Regional Outer Retinopathy in Punctate Inner Choroidopathy. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2021 Feb 05; 1-7. PMID: 33544644.
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    12. Sokol JT, Schechet SA, Komati R, Eliott D, Vavvas DG, Kaplan RI, Ittiara ST, Farooq AV, Sheth VS, MacCumber MW, Ke R, Gentile RC, Skondra D. Macular Hole Closure with Medical Treatment. Ophthalmol Retina. 2021 07; 5(7):711-713. PMID: 33338669.
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    13. Blitzer AL, Skondra D, Farooq AV. Scleritis and Retinal Detachment After Strabismus Surgery in a Patient With Thyroid Eye Disease. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 11 01; 138(11):1209-1210. PMID: 32940624.
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    14. Skondra D, Rodriguez SH, Sharma A, Gilbert J, Andrews B, Claud EC. The early gut microbiome could protect against severe retinopathy of prematurity. J AAPOS. 2020 08; 24(4):236-238. PMID: 32707176.
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    15. Chun LY, Massamba N, Silas MR, Blair MP, Hariprasad SM, Skondra D. Use of optical coherence tomography angiography in the diagnosis of small retina lesions in Von Hippel-Lindau disease. Eye (Lond). 2020 12; 34(12):2345-2346. PMID: 32042183.
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    16. Yonekawa Y, Modi YS, Kim LA, Skondra D, Kim JE, Wykoff CC. American Society of Retina Specialists Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Nonproliferative and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy without Diabetic Macular Edema. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2020 Mar 01; 4(2):125-135. PMID: 34308094.
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    17. Chun LY, Dolle-Molle L, Bethel C, Dimitroyannis RC, Williams BL, Schechet SA, Hariprasad SM, Missiakas D, Schneewind O, Beavis KG, Skondra D. Rapid pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in in vitro endophthalmitis with matrix assisted laser desorption-ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry and VITEK 2 without prior culture. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0227071. PMID: 31887220.
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    18. Golas L, Skondra D, Ittiara S, Bajic N, Jeng-Miller KW, Mukai S, Yonekawa Y, Blair MP. Efficacy of Retinal Lesion Screening in Von Hippel-Lindau Patients With Widefield Color Fundus Imaging Versus Widefield FA. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2019 11 01; 50(11):e260-e265. PMID: 31755976.
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    19. Chun LY, Silas MR, Dimitroyannis RC, Ho K, Skondra D. Differences in macular capillary parameters between healthy black and white subjects with Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA). PLoS One. 2019; 14(10):e0223142. PMID: 31596848.
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    20. Massamba N, Sellam A, Butel N, Skondra D, Caillaux V, Bodaghi B. Use of Fundus Autofluorescence Combined with Optical Coherence Tomography for Diagnose of Geographic Atrophy in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Med Hypothesis Discov Innov Ophthalmol. 2019; 8(4):298-305. PMID: 31788492.
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    21. Komati R, Schechet S, Skondra D. Multimodal Imaging of Dissociated Optic Nerve Fiber Layer after Internal Limiting Membrane Peel. Ophthalmol Retina. 2019 09; 3(9):776. PMID: 31511171.
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    22. Sokol JT, Schechet SA, Rosen DT, Ferenchak K, Dawood S, Skondra D. Outcomes of vitrectomy for diabetic tractional retinal detachment in Chicago's county health system. PLoS One. 2019; 14(8):e0220726. PMID: 31430299.
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    23. 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. 2019 Summer; 13(3):195-198. PMID: 28520626.
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    24. Quan SC, Skondra D. Case Report: Varicella-zoster Encephalitis with Acute Retinal Necrosis and Oculomotor Nerve Palsy. Optom Vis Sci. 2019 05; 96(5):367-371. PMID: 31046020.
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    25. Liliya Golas and Dimitra Skondra. Managing Toxicities Associated with Cancer Immunotherapy. Ocular Toxicities. 2019.
    26. Baim AD, Movahedan A, Farooq AV, Skondra D. The microbiome and ophthalmic disease. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2019 04; 244(6):419-429. PMID: 30463439.
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    27. 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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    28. 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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    29. 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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    30. 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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    31. 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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    32. 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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    33. Dawood S, Skondra D. Monocular floaters and flashes. Dis Mon. 2017 Mar; 63(3):80-87. PMID: 28010949.
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    34. 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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    35. 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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    36. 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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    37. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 19940527.
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    38. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 19373581.
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    39. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 29443356.
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    40. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 30566711.
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    41. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 31304428.
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    42. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 33715984.
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    43. Kaucikas M, Fitzpatrick A, Bryan E, Struve A, Henning R, Kosheleva I, Srajer V, Groenhof G, Van Thor JJ. Room temperature crystal structure of the fast switching M159T mutant of the fluorescent protein dronpa. Proteins. 2015 Mar; 83(3):397-402. PMID: 33806492.
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    44. 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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    45. 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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    46. 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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    47. 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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    48. 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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    49. 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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    50. 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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    51. 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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    52. 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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    53. 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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    54. 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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