Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD

Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: 22q deletion syndrome and associated ocular findings, Abusive head trauma and associated ocular findings, Complicated pediatric strabismus, Craniofacial disorders and associated ocular findings, Pediatric and infantile cataracts
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.
Phone: 215-590-2791

  • Background

    Brian J. Forbes, MD, PhD, is a member of the Division of Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Forbes sees patients at Children's Hospital's Wood Center, as well as the Specialty Care Centers in King of Prussia and Exton. He also directs the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigative Group's studies at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and has varied research interests including the mechanism of retinal hemorrhages in traumatic brain injuries.

    Dr. Forbes received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his PhD in Biochemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. He joined the faculty at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after he completed his pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


    Transitional Internship - Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Darby, PA


    Ophthalmology - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ


    Pediatric Ophthalmology - Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification


    Graduate Degree

    PhD in Biochemistry - Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications



    Forbes B, Katowitz WR, Katowitz JA. Congenital craniofacial anomalies and their management. In: Edward Jaeger, editor. Duane's Ophthalmology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2009. Chapter 41.



    Binenbaum G, Christion CW, Forbes BJ, et al. Retinal hemorrhage and brain injury patterns on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in children with head trauma. J AAPOS. 2013 Dec;17(6):603-8.

    Binenbaum G, Rogers DL, Forbes BJ, et al. Patterns of retinal hemorrhage associated with increased intracranial pressure in children. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e430-4.


    Barry GP, Ny BM, Zackai EH, Grunwald L, Forbes BJ. A case report of a patient with Pfeiffer syndrome, an FGRF 2 mutation (Trp290Cys) and unique ocular anterior segment findings. Ophthalmic Genet. 2010 Sep 1. [Epub ahead of print] Read abstract.

    Forbes BJ. Congenital craniofacial anomalies. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2010 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print]. Read abstract

    Forbes BJ, Rubin SE, Margolin E, Levin AV. Evaluation and management of retinal hemorrhages in infants with and without abusive head trauma. J AAPOS. 2010 Jun;14(3):267-273. Read abstract

    Coats B, Binenbaum G, Peiffer RL, Forbes BJ, Margulies SS. Ocular hemorrhages in neonatal porcine eyes from single, rapid rotational events. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Sep;51(9):4792-7. Epub 2010 Apr 30. Read abstract.

    Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity Cooperative Group, Good WV, Hardy RJ, Dobson V, Palmer EA, Phelps DL, Tung B, Redford M. Final visual acuity results in the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jun;128(6):663-71. Epub 2010 Apr 12. Read abstract.

    Nallasamy S, Davidson SL, Kuhn I, Mills MD, Forbes BJ, Anninger WV, Stricker PA. Simultaneous bilateral intraocular surgery in children. J AAPOS. 2010 Feb;14(1):15-9. Read abstract