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Brian L. VanderBeek, MD, MPH

Brian L. VanderBeek, MD, MPH Physician

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

Dr. VanderBeek is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2001

Clinical Expertise:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMG)
  • AIDS-related Eye Disorders
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Therapy for Vitreoretinal Disease
  • Macular Degneration
  • Macular Disorders
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Hole
  • Retinal Infection (Retinitis)
  • Retinal Tears
  • Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Retinitis/Retinal Infection
  • Sickle Cell Retinopathy
  • Vitreous Surgery (Vitrectomy)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency: The Christ Hospital
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International International Society For Pharmacoepidemiology, International Retina Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. VanderBeek is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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.


Selected Publications:

Sandhu HS, Brucker AJ, Ma L, VanderBeek BL: Oral Fluoroquinolones and the Risk of Uveitis. JAMA Ophthalmol 134 (1): 38-43,2016.

VanderBeek Brian L, Bonaffini Sarah G, Ma Liyuan: The Association between Intravitreal Steroids and Post-Injection Endophthalmitis Rates. Ophthalmology 122 (11): 2311-15,2015.

VanderBeek Brian L, Bonaffini Sarah G, Ma Liyuan: Association of Compounded Bevacizumab With Postinjection Endophthalmitis. JAMA ophthalmology 133 (10): 1159-64,2015.

VanderBeek BL, Bonaffini SG, Ma L: The impact of intravitreal drugs on rates of post-injection endophthalmitis. International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, Boston, MA : 2015.

VanderBeek Brian L: Re: Changing Trends in the Management of Diabetic Macular Edema at a Single Institution Over the Past Decade. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.) 35 (7): e40-2,2015.

Bonaffini SG, VanderBeek BL: The changing rate of post intravitreal injection endophthalmitis: a 10-year study of a large U.S. national insurance database. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Denver, CO : 2015.

Bressler Susan B, Almukhtar Talat, Bhorade Anjali, Bressler Neil M, Glassman Adam R, Huang Suber S, Jampol Lee M, Kim Judy E, Melia Michele: Repeated intravitreous ranibizumab injections for diabetic macular edema and the risk of sustained elevation of intraocular pressure or the need for ocular hypotensive treatment. JAMA ophthalmology 133 (5): 589-97,2015.

Wells John A, Glassman Adam R, Ayala Allison R, Jampol Lee M, Aiello Lloyd Paul, Antoszyk Andrew N, Arnold-Bush Bambi, Baker Carl W, Bressler Neil M, Browning David J, Elman Michael J, Ferris Frederick L, Friedman Scott M, Melia Michele, Pieramici Dante J, Sun Jennifer K, Beck Roy W: Aflibercept, bevacizumab, or ranibizumab for diabetic macular edema. The New England journal of medicine 372 (13): 1193-203,2015.

VanderBeek BL, Lee V: Geographic Atrophy: A Histopathologic Assessment. Year Book of Ophthalmology 2015 : 2015.

Ghodasra Devon H, Eftekhari Kian, Shah Ankoor R, VanderBeek Brian L: Outcomes, impact on management, and costs of fungal eye disease consults in a tertiary care setting. Ophthalmology 121 (12): 2334-9,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)