William Anninger, MD, is a pediatric ophthalmologist in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

He chose his specialty because of a passion for caring for children with vision loss.

“I’m committed to providing excellent clinical experiences and outcomes for kids and their families,” he says.

Dr. Anninger has expertise in pediatric strabismus, pediatric cataracts and anterior segment anomalies, retinopathy of prematurity, eye trauma and vision issues. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He was an intern at Cambridge City Hospital, Harvard University, and completed his post-doctoral training at the William Havener Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. In 2006 he completed his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Anninger’s research centers on treating orbital cellulitis, the causes of nystagmus, and using the Artisan intraocular lens for aphakic patients with poor capsular support. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics involving pediatric ophthalmology disorders and their treatment.

Along with his role at CHOP, Dr. Anninger is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Scheie Eye Institute.

His hope is that children and their families come away from their experiences at CHOP with the knowledge that they received “clinically excellent care and surgery provided with empathy and compassion.”

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH


Transitional Internship in Medicine - Cambridge City Hospital, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Ophthalmology - William Havener Eye Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Pediatric Ophthalmology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Ophthalmology – American Board of Ophthalmology

Additional Training

Albert Schweitzer Medical Fellow - Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambarene, Gabon

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Schrier SA, Wong LJ, Place E, Ji JQ, Pierce EA, Golden J, Santi M, Anninger W, Falk MJ. Mitochondrial tRNA-Serine (AGY)m.C12264T Mutation Causes Severe Multisystem Disease with Cataracts. Discov Med. 2012 Feb;13(69):143-50.


Nallasamy S, Anninger WV, Quinn GE, Kroener B, Zetola NM, Nkomazana O. Survey of childhood blindness and visual impairment in Botswana. Br J Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct;95(10):1365-70

Nagae LM, Katowitz WR, Bilaniuk LT, Anninger WV, Pollock AN. Radiological Detection of Intraorbital Wooden Foreign Bodies. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Sep;27(9):895-6.



Anninger W. Pediatric Leukocoria, and Pediatric Anterior Segment Anomalies: The Scheie Eye Institute Video Text Book of Ophthalmology. 2014.