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David A. Plager, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology,   
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service

 

Specialty/Research Interests

  • Eye muscle disorders (strabismus) in children and adults
  • Pediatric cataracts
  • Pediatric glaucoma
  • Pediatric eye tumors/ retinoblastoma

Education and Training

  • B.A. - Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • M.D. - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Internship - Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Residency - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus - Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

 

Specialty/Research Interests

  • Eye muscle disorders (strabismus) in children and adults
  • Pediatric cataracts
  • Pediatric glaucoma
  • Pediatric eye tumors/ retinoblastoma

Board Certification

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Practice Location

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Center at Riley Hospital for Children, IU Health
Riley Hospital Outpatient Center

575 Riley Hospital Drive
Room 3340
Indianapolis, IN  46202

 

Dr. Plager is involved in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology and clinical research, including grant writing, grant reviewing, protocol development, multicenter trial investigations (CO-PI, Investigator,  Writing Committee, Steering Committee) and single center investigations.   He oversees all clinical and research activities at the department's pediatric sites.

Specific research interests include abnormal eye development and diseases including amblyopia, congenital glaucoma, childhood cataracts, tumors, and ROP.  Dr Plager's reserarch also focuses on innovative surgical treatments for pediatric eye diseases such as pediatric glaucoma and strabismus.

The department currently has multiple clinical trials supported by NIH, industry and/or foundations and have a large and diverse population from which we recruit patients.

Dr. Plager served as a primary member of the Steering Committee of the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS, continuously supported by NEI since 2004). He actively leads and participate in study design, enrolling patients, conducting surgeries, and interpreting data. This study attempted to optimize surgical treatment of unilateral congenital cataracts with a focus on long-term outcomes.

Dr. Plager is  committed to facilitating the growth of clinical and basic science research in the speciality of pediatric ophthalmology and ensuring that clinical and research faculty have adequate support and opportunities to advance their research endeavors.

 

Ongoing Research Support

 NIH
“Infant Aphakia Treatment Study”
Plager: Indiana PI,

Study Steering Committee; Lambert: National PI

Alcon Laboratories Foundation:

“A 3-Month, Multi-Center, Double-Masked Safety and Efficacy Study of Travoprost Ophthalmic Solution, 0.004% Compared to Timolol (0.5% or 0.25%) in Pediatric Glaucoma Patients”
Plager: PI

 Ophtec
“Artisan Lens Study”
Plager: PI

 Bausch and Lomb:
“A Randomized, Multicenter, Double Masked, Parallel-Group Study Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Loteprednol Etabonate Ophthalmic Gel, 0.5% versus Prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic Suspension, 1% for the Treatment of Intraocular Inflammation Following Surgery for Childhood Cataract”
Plager: PI

Professional Service and Memberships

  • President, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2010-2011)
  • Associate Examiner - American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Clinical Committee - American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Online Education Committee - American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Editor - Journal of AAPOS
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • International Strabismus Association
  • Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of PediatricsAmerican Eye Study Club
  • Costenbader  Society

Honors

1983    Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society

1996    Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

1997    Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2006    Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2007    Senior Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus

2009     Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2012    Bronze Medal, Children’s Eye Foundation

2012    Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

2016    Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

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