Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD FACS FARVO

Moran Eye Center, Univ of Utah

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Moran Eye Center, Univ of Utah


Dr. Hartnett is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah. She is Principal Investigator of the Retinal Angiogenesis Laboratory and Director of Pediatric Retina. She received her BS-MD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College as a 6-year biomedical program and performed retinal fellowships in both adult and pediatric retina at Schepens Retina Associates and Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard University. She has served as Retinal Director for the residencies at State University of NY at Buffalo and Louisiana State University. She was also the vitreoretinal surgical fellowship director at Schepens Retina Associates. While a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon, she studied in the laboratory of Pat D’Amore at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Schepens Eye Research Institute to obtain post-doctoral training in molecular biology, cell and coculture techniques. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded retinal and choroidal angiogenesis laboratory. She also practices as a vitreoretinal surgeon and Director of Pediatric Retina providing treatment to patients throughout the intermountain west. She created the first-ever academic textbook on the subject, Pediatric Retina, which has proven to be an invaluable resource for residents and ophthalmologists internationally, currently in the Second Edition.

Dr. Hartnett is currently the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Chair of the Diseases and Pathophysiology of Visual System Translational Study Section for the National Eye Institute, and a Chair of the Program Committee of Retinal Cell Biology for ARVO. She also served as a national member of the research policy committee for the American Diabetes Association and serves on the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Scientific Board and reviews grants for the foundation. She reviews manuscripts for over 20 eye and science journals and serves on the editorial boards of PlosOne, Molecular Vision, and the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Hartnett is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a Gold Fellow of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO) and is elected to the American Ophthalmological Society.