Monte D. Mills, MD, MS

Monte D. Mills, MD, MS, is chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County
Phone: 215-590-2791

  • Background

    Monte D. Mills, MD, is the director of Ophthalmology and Mabel E. Leslie Endowed Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Mills received his medical degree in 1988 from the Baylor College of Medicine, with high honor. After completing a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School, he was trained in the Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Children's Hospital of Boston. Dr. Mills was a member of the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, WI, prior to joining The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2000.

    Dr. Mills has published articles and book chapters on topics involving pediatric eye and vision disorders, strabismus and eye surgery. He has presented clinical research on many topics in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at national and international meetings, and served as associate editor of the Journal of the Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the major clinical journal in his field, from 1994-2000. Currently, his clinical research interests include pediatric strabismus and strabismus surgery, eye manifestations of pediatric disease and child abuse, pediatric cataracts and pediatric glaucoma.

    Dr. Mills sees patients and performs surgery at the Ophthalmology Clinic of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic in Philadelphia, as well as the Ambulatory Specialty Centers at Chalfont, PA, and Voorhees, NJ.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


    Transitional Internship - St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX


    Ophthalmology - Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


    Pediatric Ophthalmology - Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

    Board Certification


    Graduate Degree

    MS - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Chief, Division of Ophthalmology

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

  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Pediatric strabismus, all types, styles and angles
    Pediatric glaucoma
    Pediatric cataract including IOL
    Systemic pediatric diseases affecting the eye

  • Publications



    Ghodasra DH, Karp KA, Ying GS, Mills MD, Wilson C, Fielder AR, Ng J, Quinn GE. Risk stratification of preplus retinopathy of prematurity by semiautomated analysis of digital images. Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jun;128(6):719-23. 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.



    Shah DN, Karp KA, Ying GS, Mills MD, Quinn GE. Image analysis of posterior pole vessels identifies type 1 retinopathy of prematurity. J AAPOS. 2009 Oct;13(5):507-8. Read abstract.

    Shah DN, Wilson CM, Ying GS, Karp KA, Fielder AR, Ng J, Mills MD, Quinn GE. Semiautomated digital image analysis of posterior pole vessels in retinopathy of prematurity. J AAPOS. 2009 Oct;13(5):504-6. Read abstract.

    Mills MD. Retinopathy of prematurity malpractice claims. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Jun;127(6):803-4. No abstract available.

    Repka MX, Chandler DL, Holmes JM, Hoover DL, Morse CL, Schloff S, Silbert DI, Tien DR; Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Balloon catheter dilation and nasolacrimal duct intubation for treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction after failed probing. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 May;127(5):633-9. Read abstract.

    Grunwald L, Mills MD, Johnson KS, Karp KA, Quinn GE, Ying GS, Grunwald JE. The rate of retinal vessel dilation in severe retinopathy of prematurity requiring treatment. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009 Jun;147(6):1086-91, 1091.e1-2. Epub 2009 Mar 16. 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.




    Orlin A, Mills M, Ying GS, Liu C. A comparison of hang-back with conventional recession surgery for exotropia. J AAPOS. 2007 Dec;11(6):597-600. Epub 2007 Oct 24. Read abstract.




    Mills MD. Evaluating the Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity Study (CRYO-ROP). Arch Ophthalmol. 2007 Sep;125(9):1276-81. No abstract available.




    Wilson CM, Cocker KD, Moseley MJ, Paterson C, Clay ST, Schulenburg WE, Mills MD, Ells AL, Parker KH, Quinn GE, Fielder AR, Ng J. Computerized analysis of retinal vessel width and tortuosity in premature infants. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Aug;49(8):3577-85. Epub 2008 Apr 11. Read abstract.




    Skalet AH, Quinn GE, Ying GS, Gordillo L, Dodobara L, Cocker K, Fielder AR, Ells AL, Mills MD, Wilson C, Gilbert C. Telemedicine screening for retinopathy of prematurity in developing countries using digital retinal images: a feasibility project. J AAPOS. 2008 Jun;12(3):252-8. Epub 2008 Mar 4. Read abstract.





    Rabinowitz MP, Grunwald JE, Karp KA, Quinn GE, Ying GS, Mills MD. Progression to severe retinopathy predicted by retinal vessel diameter between 31 and 34 weeks of postconception age. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007 Nov;125(11):1495-500. Read abstract.


    Johnson KS, Mills MD, Karp KA, Grunwald JE. Quantitative analysis of retinal vessel diameter reduction after photocoagulation treatment for retinopathy of prematurity. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007 Jun;143(6):1030-2. Read abstract.