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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
  • 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 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


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)