Dr. Richard W. Hertle
Dr. Hertle came to Children's from Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio, where he was director of the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program. He earned a bachelor's degree at Ohio State University in 1979 and his medical degree in 1984 at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. After internships and fellowships at hospitals in Ohio, he was an ophthalmology resident at Boston University Medical Center from 1986 to 1989. He was a pediatric ophthalmology fellow at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia until 1991. From 1989 to 1992, he was first clinical instructor, then lecturer, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's department of ophthalmology. He was assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1992 to 1998.
Dr. Hertle worked from 1998 to 2001 as medical officer/investigator and senior scientist in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and eye movement disorders in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. While at the NIH, he was a consultant in pediatric ophthalmology at the National Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dr. Hertle has been principal investigator on a number of NIH-funded research projects, including ongoing studies on the treatment of nystagmusinvoluntary, usually side-to-side movements of the eyeballs; strabismusin which the eyes are out of line relative to one another; and amblyopiaa vision weakness often referred to as "lazy eye."