Dr. Teresa Magone joined the NEI as chief of the Consult Services Section at the National Eye Institute, NIH, in April 2019. Dr. Magone cares medically and surgically for inpatients and outpatients from all NIH Institutes participating in clinical trials, including phase I/II studies, at the NIH’s Clinical Center in Bethesda. She monitors patients for ocular toxicity and side effects from experimental treatments and works closely with the primary research teams to achieve the best outcomes for each study patient. In addition, Dr. Magone conducts research on the immunological aspects of ocular surface disease in patients with autoinflammatory diseases, infectious diseases affecting the eye, ocular graft versus host disease, and other genetic and cornea related diseases.
Dr. Magone already held a previous appointment at the NEI as a visiting fellow from 1996-1999 carrying out immunological research in the Laboratory of Immunology. During those years she established a murine model of allergic conjunctivitis and studied the role of cytokines in allergic eye disease. This was followed by an ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in cornea, external disease, refractive surgery and uveitis at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation/University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Magone gained comprehensive ophthalmology, corneal and surgical general ophthalmology and surgical experience at the Walter Reed Medical Center from 2006-2011, where she took care of injured soldiers from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts and was involved in their medical and surgical anterior segment reconstruction and rehabilitation. She led the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Departments at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) from 2008-2009, and supervised and performed over 2,000 refractive surgeries and studied postoperative pain after photorefractive keratectomy. From 2011-2019 Dr. Magone worked as the assistant chief of Ophthalmology and chief of the Ophthalmology Research Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where she helped care for our Nation’s veterans. Combining clinical work with research, she studied ocular injuries after traumatic brain injury in war related blasts, studied cataract surgery outcomes in veterans at the Medical Center, and long-term outcomes in veterans after refractive surgery performed within the military. To foster training of new generations of ophthalmic surgeons, Dr. Magone also implemented a surgical simulator training program for resident surgeons learning cataract surgery. Before re-joining NEI she served on the Institutional Research Board of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.