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Laryssa Huryn, M.D.

Medical Officer

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10 Center Drive
Building 10, Room 10D45
Bethesda, Maryland 20892


Dr. Huryn is an ophthalmic genetics specialist at the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She graduated with honors from New York University with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and psychology and earned her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where she was awarded the Harry E. and Loretta A. Jordan Award recognizing excellence in ophthalmology. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at Upstate University in New York followed by two fellowships: one in pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington DC, and a second in ophthalmic genetics at the NEI.

Dr. Huryn has a particular interest in inherited eye conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, as well as rare genetic conditions with eye manifestations.  She is the principle investigator of the Natural History of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7 Study and is also an investigator in retinal degeneration studies as well as collaborative projects with other institutes at the NIH. She is the director of the Ophthalmic Genetics Clinical Fellowship at the NEI and is responsible for the clinical training of fellows as well as rotating residents from CNMC. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters, and has presented at local and national meetings. Dr. Huryn is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Last updated: December 7, 2020