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Cynthia Toth, MD is a Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Duke Eye Center; Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine; and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She is the co-author of Handbook of Pediatric Retinal OCT: Optical Coherence Tomography.


Dr. Toth earned her MD from Drexel University and did post-graduate training in ophthalmology at Geisinger Medical Center and the University of California at Davis. After residency, she spent two years as a general ophthalmologist on active duty in the US Air Force. She led the Retina Division at the USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, performing groundbreaking OCT research with Prof. James Fujimoto and William P. Roach, PhD.


Dr. Toth specializes in the evaluation and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases in infants, children and adults, and in novel research resulting in the clinical application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging in surgery and at the bedside. Her clinical interests and skills include the surgical treatment of macular diseases, retinal detachment, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).


Dr. Toth is a world expert in retinal imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and pioneered both the first use of a research hand-held spectral domain OCT system for infant examination and the first intraoperative OCT-guided ophthalmic surgical system. For infants and children, Dr. Toth’s multidisciplinary team has demonstrated novel eye findings that are visible only with OCT imaging and that are often associated with brain disease or challenges of brain development. In surgery, Dr. Toth performed the world’s first intraoperative OCT imaging and the first swept-source OCT imaging with heads-up display during retinal surgery. She has been repeatedly honored among the Best Doctors in America.


Dr. Toth is also a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, where her primary research interests are in translational research and early-application clinical trials with a focus on novel retinal imaging with spectral domain and swept source optical coherence tomography (SD and SSOCT). Dr. Toth’s laboratory, the Duke Advanced Research in Spectral Domain/Swept Source OCT Imaging (DARSI) Laboratory, centers on improving early diagnostic methods, imaging biomarkers and therapies for both age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and for retinal diseases in children.

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