C. Gail Summers, MD

Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences and Pediatrics,

C. Gail Summers

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6469

Fax 612-624-9337

Office Address:
Park Plaza Building
701 25th Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences and Pediatrics

Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus


MD, University of Miami; University of Minnesota

Residency, University of Minnesota

Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Fellowhip, Children's Hospital, Washington, DC

Summary

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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award, 2012
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2011 
  • Marshall M. Parks Bronze Medalist, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2011 
  • America’s Top Doctors, 2002-2015
  • Top Doctors, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine 1994, 1995, 1998-2006, 2009, 2012-2015
  • AAO Secretariat Award, 2010, 2013
  • AAO/AMA Lifelong Continuation Recognition Award, 2010
  • Top Doctors for Women, Minnesota Monthly, May 2009
  • Senior Honor Award, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2007
  • AMA Physician’s Recognition Award, 2005
  • Alumni Recognition Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, 2003
  • Who’s Who of American Women, 2000
  • National Registry of Who’s Who (Registration #124535), 2000

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Visual function in albinism
  • Management of the mucopolysaccharidoses

Publications

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. A randomized trial comparing part-time patching with observation for children 3 to 10 years of age with intermittent exotropia. Ophthalmology. 2014;121:2299-2310.
  • Wilk MA, McAllister JT, Cooper RF, Dubis, AM, Patitucci T, Summerfelt P, Anderson JL, Stepien KE, Costakos DM, Connor TB Jr, Wirostko WJ, Chiang P-W, Dubra A, Curcio CA, Brilliant MH, Dubra A, Summers CG, Carroll J. Relationship between foveal cone specialization and pit morphology in albinism. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 55:4186-98.
  • Wilk M, Dubra A, Curico C, Brilliant M, Summers CG, Carroll J. Author Response: Relationship BetweenFoveal Cone Specialization and Pit Morphology in Albinism, IOVS, 2014, 59:5923.
  • Summers CG, Connett JE, Holleschau AM, Anderson JL, DeBecker I, McKay BS, Brilliant MH. Does Levodopa improve vision in albinism? Results of a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2014;42(8):713-21.
  • Radke, P, Schimmenti, LA, Bothun, ED, Summers, CG. The unique association of iris heterochromia with Hermansky Pudlak syndrome. J AAPOS. 2013; 17: 542-4.
  • Lee KA, Repka MX, Melia M, Foster N, Beck R, Frick K, Summers CG, Atkinson CS, Avallone J. A comparison of treatment approaches for bilateral congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013; 156: 1045-50.
  • Ringeisen, A, Schimmenti, LA, White JG, Schoonveld C, Summers, CG. Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS5) in a nonagenarian. J AAPOS. 2013;17:334-336 (PMID 23607980)
  • Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Effect of ocular alignment on emmetropization in children <10 years with amblyopia. Am J Ophthalmol. 2012; 154: 297-302.
  • Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Intraobserver reliability of contact pachymetry in children. J AAPOS. 2012;17:144-8.
  • Siatkowski RM, Good W, Quinn G, Summers CG, Tung B. Clinical characteristics of children with severe visual impairment but favorable retinal structural outcomes in the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity (ETROP) study. J AAPOS. 2012;17:129-134 (PMID 23533948)
  • Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. A randomized trial comparing the cost-effectiveness of immediate office probing vs deferred facility probing for unilateral nasolacrimal duct obstruction: a randomized trial. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;10:1525-33.
  • Dijkstal JM, Cooley SS, Holleschau AM, King RA, Summers CG. Change in visual acuity in the early school years. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2012;49:81-6. 

Books

Book Chapters

  • King RA, Summers CG: Albinism: Ocular and Oculocutaneous Albinism and Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. In Cassidy SB and Allanson JE (eds): Management of Genetic Syndromes, 3rd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, New York, NY, 2010.
  • King RA, Oetting WS, Summers CG, Creel DJ, Hearing VJ. Abnormalities of Pigmentation. In: Rimoin DL, Connor JM, Pyeritz RE, Korf BR, eds: Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 5th ed., New York: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2007; v. 3: pp. 3380-427.
  • King RA, Oetting WS, Summers CG, Creel DJ, Hearing V: Abnormalities of pigmentation. In Emery and Rimoin (eds): Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 5th ed., Churchill Livingstone, New York, NY, 2005.
  • King RA, Summers CG: Albinism: Ocular and Oculocutaneous Albinism and Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. In Cassidy SB and Allanson JE (eds): Management of Genetic Syndromes, 2nd ed., Wiley, New York, NY, 2004.
  • King RA, Oetting WS, Summers CG, Creel DJ, Hearing V: Abnormalities of pigmentation. In Emery and Rimoin (eds): Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 4th ed., Churchill Livingstone, New York, NY, 2002; pp 3731-85.
  • Krivit W, Shapiro EG, Lockman LA, Summers CG, et al: Hurler Syndrome: Outcomes and planning following bone marrow transplantation. Correction of genetic diseases by transplantation, III. London: COGENT, 1995; pp 25-40.
  • Egbert JE, Anderson JH, Summers CG: Nystagmus dampening surgery: cosmetic of functional? In Lennerstrand G (ed): Update on Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1995; pp 186-189.
  • Stewart SA, Summers CG, Lavoie JD, Egbert JE: Prism adaptation in variable esotropia. In Lennerstrand G (ed): Update on Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1995; pp 217-219.
  • Summers CG, Davis LK, Egbert JE: Using an occluder contact lens for amblyopia management. In Lennerstrand G (ed): Update on Strabismus Pediatric Ophthalmology, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1995; pp 63-66.
  • Shapiro EG, Lockman L, Kennedy W, Zimmerman D, Kolodny E, Raghavan S, Wiederschain G, Wenger DA, Sung JH, Summers CG, Krivit W: Bone marrow transplantation as treatment for globoid cell leukodystrophy. In Desnick RJ (ed): Treatment of Genetic Disease, Churchill Livingstone, 1991; pp 223-238.

Presentations

Poster Abstract Presentations at Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.

  • Wilk MA, McAllister JR, Patitucci T, Dubis AM, Stepien KE, Wirostko WJ, Costakos DM, Summers CG, Brilliant MH, Carroll J. Characterizing foveal specialization in albinism using AOSLO and SD-OCT (ARVO 2013).
  • Harvey PS, King RA, Summers CG: Foveal depression in albinism. Ophthalmology 2008;115:756.
  • Summers CG, Kutzbach BR, Merrill K, Hogue K, Downes S, Holleschau AM: Evaluation of vision-specific quality of life in albinism. J AAPOS 2007;11:102.
  • Merrill KS, Hogue K, Downes S, Kutzbach B, MacDonald JT, Summers CG: Reading acuity in albinism: Evaluation using MNREAD. J AAPOS 2007;11:97.
  • Wu-Chen WY, Letson RD, Summers CG: Functional and structural outcome following lensectomy for ectopia lentis. J Am Assoc Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2004;8:102.
  • Quinn GE, Dobson V, Hardy RJ, Kivlin J, Palmer EA, Phelps DL, Repka MX, Siatkowski RM, Summers CG, Tung B: Does cryotherapy affect refractive error? Results from treated vs control eyes in the multicenter trial of cryotherapy for retinopathy of prematurity (CRYO-ROP). Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1998;39:5898.
  • Harrison AR, Summers CG: Corneal microcysts in incontinentia pigmenti. Inv Ophthalmol Vis Sci (suppl) 1997;38:132.
  • Quinn GE, Dobson V, Barr CC, Davis BR, Palmer EA, Robertson J, Summers CG, Trese MT, Tung B: Visual acuity after vitrectomy for ROP: Follow-up at 5-1/2 years. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1996;37:S126.
  • Gullingsrud EO, Summers CG: Progressive ocular abnormalities following bone marrow transplantation. Ophthalmology 1996;103:157.
  • Summers CG: Association of melanin pigment with improved visual acuity in albinism. Ophthalmology 1996;103:187.