C. Gail Summers, M.D. - MED - Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota
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C. Gail Summers, M.D.

Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences and Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
C. Gail Summers, M.D.

Contact Information

Clinic Appt: (612) 625-4400
Office: (612) 625-6469
Fax: (612) 624-9337

Email: summe001@umn.edu

Park Plaza Building
701 25th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

For Clinic, Appointment, and Referral information visit University of Minnesota Physicians

Patient Care

Dr. Summers treats a wide range of pediatric ophthalmology issues, including strabismus, amblyopia, ptosis, and nasolacrimal disorders. Additionally, she has a special interest in genetic eye diseases, especially albinism.


  • Prevention and management of retinopathy of prematurity
  • Visual function in albinism

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Miami; University of Minnesota
Residency: University of Minnesota
Fellowships: University of Minnesota; Children's Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Honors and Awards

National Registry of Who’s Who (Registration #124535), 2000

Who’s Who of American Women, 2000

Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2001

Alumni Recognition Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2003

America’s Top Doctors, 2004-06

AAO LEO Continuing Education Recognition Award, 2005

AMA Physician’s Recognition Award, 2005

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

Top Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly, May 2009

AAO/AMA Lifelong Continuation Recognition Award, 2010

AAO Secretariat Award, 2010

Published Works

Summers, CG: Exotropia Treatment: Does Age Matter? Amer Orthoptic J 2009;59:14-17.

Kutzbach B, Merrill K, Hogue K, Downes S, Holleschau AM, MacDonald JT, Summers CG: Evaluation of vision-specific quality of life in albinism. J AAPOS 2009;13:191-5.

McAllister JT, Dubis AM, Tait DM, Ostler S, Rha J, Stepien KE, Summers CG, Carroll J. Arrested development: High-resolution imaging of foveal morphology in albinism. Vis Research 2010;50:810-817.

The Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group. Final visual acuity results in the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity study. Arch Ophthalmol 2010;128:663-71.

Bothun ED, Guo Y, Christiansen SP, Summers CG, Anderson JS, Wright MM, Kramarevsky NY, Lawrence MG: Outcome of angle surgery in children with aphakic glaucoma. (In press, J AAPOS, 2010)

De Becker I, Summers CG, Kaye V, Traboulsi EI, Schoenfield L, Markowitz G, Lueder GT: Periocular granuloma annulare in four children (In press, J AAPOS, 2010)

Berbos ZJ, Summers CG, Pambuccian S, Cameron JD: A caruncular hamartoma presenting as an eyelid mass in an infant. (In press, Ophthal Plast Reconst Surg, 2010)

Bothun ED, Decanini A, Summers CG, Orchard PJ, Jakub Tolar J: Outcome of penetrating keratoplasty for mucopolysaccharidoses. (In press, Arch Ophthalmol, 2010)

Ferrari S, Ponzin D, Ashworth JL, Teär Fahnehjelm, Summers CG, Harmatz PR, Scarpa M. Diagnosis and management of ophthalmologic features in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (In press, Br J Ophthalmol, 2010).

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. A randomized trial comparing Bangerter filters and patching for the treatment of moderate amblyopia in children. Ophthalmology, 2010;117:998-1004.