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Ahmara G. Ross, MD, PhD

Ahmara G. Ross, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Ross is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Ahmara G. Ross

As an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, I completed my ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh then fellowships in Neuro-ophthalmology and Glaucoma at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. I also has a PhD from Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to caring for patients with both glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmologic disorders, she also performs ocular surgery ranging from cataracts, minimally invasive, and incisional glaucoma surgery.

My career path has put me in a unique position to diagnose, treat, and manage optic neuropathies beyond the spectrum of glaucoma, but to view this disease as another neuro-degerative disease in need for sight changing therapy.  My interest and professional strengths go beyond basic science research with my clinical approach also aimed at addressing socio-economic barriers to the treatment of healthcare.

I joined the faculty in 2017 and my research is currently funded by an NIH K08 Career Development award to investigate the neuroprotective potential of gene therapy directed at retinal ganglion cells and neighboring support cells to treat chronic glaucoma.  She is also collaborating on similar research using gene therapy to treat other mouse models of optic neuropathy such as trauma, compression, and inflammatory..

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2017

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abducens Nerve Disease
  • Abducens Nerve Injury
  • Abducens Nerve Palsy and Paresis
  • Adie's Pupil (Adie Syndrome)
  • Arterial Biopsy
  • Closed Angle Glaucoma
  • Congenital Malformation of the Thymus
  • Cortical Visual Impairment
  • Diplopia
  • Disorders of Binocular Movement
  • Enlarged Optic Nerve
  • External Ophthalmoplegia
  • Failed Vision Screening Exams
  • Family History of Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma of Childhood
  • Glaucoma Procedures
  • Glaucoma Suspects
  • Hemianopia
  • Hemorrhage in Optic Nerve Sheaths
  • Hereditary Optic Atrophy
  • Hypersecretion Glaucoma
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridotomy
  • Jensen Syndrome
  • Kearns-Sayre Syndrome
  • Lisch Nodule
  • Marcus Gunn Phenomenon
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
  • Neovascular Glaucoma
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Neuroretinitis
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Oculomotor Nerve Injury
  • Oculomotor Nerve Palsy and Paresis
  • Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Optic Nerve and Pathway Injury
  • Optic Nerve Atrophy
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Optic Nerve Injury
  • Optic Nerve Ischemia
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Papilledema
  • Phacolytic Glaucoma
  • Pigmentary Glaucoma
  • Pituitary Microadenoma
  • Primary Congenital Glaucoma
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Pupil Disorders
  • Scotoma
  • Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis)
  • Transient Blindness
  • Transient Monocular Vision Loss
  • Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation
  • Trochlear Nerve Injury
  • Trochlear Nerve Palsy and Paresis
  • Unexplained Vision Loss
  • Vascular Tumors of the Retina and Choroid
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Hallucinations
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Lankenau Hospital
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology, National American Glaucoma Society, National National Medical Association, National North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ross is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Selected Publications:

Ross AG, Jivraj I, Rodriguez G, Pistilli M, Chen JJ, Sergott RC, Moster M, Sheldon CA, Liu GT, Foroozan R, Ko MW, Francis CE, Williams ZR, Lee AG, McClelland CM, Shindler KS, Yalamanchili S, Osborne B, Hedges TR 3rd, Van Stavern GP, Puckett E, Rigi M, García-Basterra I, Tamhankar MA.: Retrospective, Multicenter Comparison of the Clinical Presentation of Patents Presenting With Diplopia From Giant Cell Arteritis vs Other Causes. J Neuroophthalmol 39 (1): 8-13,2019.

Payal Patel, Ahmara Ross, Fredrick M Henretig, Grant Liu, Brian Harding, Jessica Panzer: Clinical Reasoning: A 12-year-old girl with headache and change in mental statu.s Neurology 90 (11): 524,2018.

Kancherla S, Ross A, Stefko ST, Martel JN: Clostridium Perfringens Panophalmitis after Intravitreal Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Injection. Retinal Cases Brief Reports 11 : 2017.

Ross AG, Chan AA, Mihm MC, Yu JY: Endocrine Mucin-Producing Sweat Gland Carcinoma: An Uncommon Presentation. Seminars in Ophthalmology 32 (4): 511-513,2017.

Weinstein JL, Ross AG, Fuerst NM, Lubin D, Liu GT: Clinical Reasoning: A 59-year-old man with multifocal strokes, then subsequent painful eye movements and diplopia. Neurology 87 (19): e231-e236,2016.

Ross AG, Rodriguez G, Pistilli M, Yalamanchili S, Rigi M, Smith SV, Puckett ER, Suleiman AO, Lee AG, Chen J, Sheldon CA, Moster M, Sergott RC, Van Stavern GP, Francis CE, Foroozan R, Hedges TR, Garcia Basterra I, Liu GT, Williams ZR, Ko M, McClelland C, Shindler KS, Osborne B, Vaphiades MM, Tamhankar MA: A Comparison of Subjects Presenting With Diplopia From Giant Cell Arteritis Versus Those From Other Causes. North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ : 2016.

Ross AG, Karenchak LM, Dhaliwal DK, Kowalski RP.: The Threshold of Light Energy to Eliminate Acanthamoeba. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2016, Seattle, WA. : 2016.

Ross AG, Winter T, Carlson A: Visual Outcomes After Treatment of Venous Sinus Stenosis with Dural Venous Sinus Stenting. North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) Annual Meeting 2015, San Diego, CA : 2015.

Ross AG, Fu V, Bonhomme G, Zaydan I, Nishcal K, Lope L, Sylvester C, Mitchell E: Examination of Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) in a Pediatric Population with Newly Diagnosed Elevated Intracranial Hypertension. North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society 2015. San Diego, CA. Poster Number: 108 North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) 2015 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA : 2015.

Gibbons A V, Lin JE, Kim GW, Marszalowicz GP, Li P, Stoecker BA, Blomain ES, Rattan S, Snook AE, Schulz S, Waldman SA: Intestinal GUCY2C prevents TGF-β secretion coordinating desmoplasia and hyperproliferation in colorectal cancer. Cancer Research 73 (22): 6654-66,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8715
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)