Heather Moss, MD, PhD

Heather Moss, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

Mailing Address:
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: hemoss@uic.edu

Sees patients at:
Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, Suite 3.158
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-9120

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Dr. Moss focuses on neuro-ophthalmologic conditions, including optic neuropathies, cerebral causes of vision loss, cranial nerve palsies, ocular myasthenia gravis and other eye movement disorders. Dr. Moss is conducting clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of common neuro-ophthalmic conditions including non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) and papilledema. Her interests are vision manifestations of neurological diseases and studying visual impairment in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to help define subtypes of this neurodegenerative disorder. She joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2010 and is board certified in neurology.


BSc—University of Guelph, Ontario
PhD in Medical Engineering—Harvard University
MD—Harvard Medical School
Residency in Neurology—University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Clinical Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology—University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Moss HE, Gao W, Balcer LJ, Joslin CE. Association of Race/Ethnicity With Visual Outcomes Following Acute Optic Neuritis: An Analysis of the Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Feb 20. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.7995. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24557028.

Bui KM, Farooq AV, Moss HE, Lin AY, Valyi-Nagy T, Villano JL. Parenchymal anaplastic astrocytoma presenting with visual symptoms due to bilateral optic nerve sheath involvement. J Neuroophthalmol. 2013 Sep;33(3):313-6. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e318298fab2. PubMed PMID: 23838764.

Tamhankar MA, Biousse V, Ying GS, Prasad S, Subramanian PS, Lee MS, Eggenberger E, Moss HE, Pineles S, Bennett J, Osborne B, Volpe NJ, Liu GT, Bruce  BB, Newman NJ, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ. Isolated Third, Fourth, and Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsies from Presumed Microvascular versus Other Causes: A Prospective Study. Ophthalmology. 2013 Jun 6. doi:pii: S0161-6420(13)00340-0. 10.1016/j.ophtha.2013.04.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23747163.

Levin MH, Moss HE, Pineles SL, Bagley LJ, Heuer GG, Zager EL, Balcer LJ, Galetta SL, Vagefi MR. Orbital Congestion Complicating Treatment of Cerebral Vascular Anomalies. World Neurosurg. 2013 Jan 28. doi:pii: S1878-8750(13)00192-7.  0.1016/j.wneu.2013.01.093. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23369940.

Moss HE, Mejico LJ, de la Roza G, Coyne TM, Galetta SL, Liu GT. IgG4-related inflammatory pseudotumor of the central nervous system responsive to mycophenolate mofetil. J Neurol Sci. 2012 Jul 15;318(1-2):31-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2012. 04.010. Epub 2012 Apr 28. PubMed PMID: 22546342; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3366053.

Kang JJ, Hou JH, Bui KM, Michals E, Valyi-Nagy T, Koshy M, Munson T, Charbel FT, Villano JL, Moss HE. De novo malignant optic chiasm glioma with initial clinical response to steroids. Neuroophthalmology. 2012 Apr 1;36(2):59-63. PubMed PMID: 24031101; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3769187.

Moss HE, McCluskey L, Elman L, Hoskins K, Talman L, Grossman M, Balcer LJ, Galetta SL, Liu GT. Cross-sectional evaluation of clinical neuro-ophthalmic abnormalities in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis population. J Neurol Sci. 2012 Mar 15;314(1-2):97-101. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2011.10.016. Epub 2011 Dec 21. PubMed  PMID: 22192877; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3441141.

Moss HE, Liu GT. Acute optic neuropathy associated with an intracranial mass in a patient with POEMS syndrome. J Neuroophthalmol. 2012 Mar;32(1):45-7. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e318234db5d. PubMed PMID: 21956018; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3725956.

Venneti S, Moss HE, Levin MH, Vagefi MR, Brozena SC, Pruitt AA, Mourelatos Z, Trojanowski JQ, Galetta SL, Balcer LJ. Asymmetric bilateral demyelinating optic neuropathy from tacrolimus toxicity. J Neurol Sci. 2011 Feb 15;301(1-2):112-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2010.10.014. Epub 2010 Nov 26. PubMed PMID: 21112060.

Pineles SL, Avery RA, Moss HE, Finkel R, Blinman T, Kaiser L, Liu GT. Visual and systemic outcomes in pediatric ocular myasthenia gravis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Oct;150(4):453-459.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2010.05.002. Epub 2010 Aug 1. PubMed PMID: 20678749.

Kim MN, Durduran T, Frangos S, Edlow BL, Buckley EM, Moss HE, Zhou C, Yu G, Choe R, Maloney-Wilensky E, Wolf RL, Grady MS, Greenberg JH, Levine JM, Yodh AG,  Detre JA, Kofke WA. Noninvasive measurement of cerebral blood flow and blood oxygenation using near-infrared and diffuse correlation spectroscopies in critically brain-injured adults. Neurocrit Care. 2010 Apr;12(2):173-80. doi: 10.1007/s12028-009-9305-x. PubMed PMID: 19908166; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2844468.

Moss HE, Liu GT, Dalmau J. Glazed (vision) and confused. Surv Ophthalmol. 2010 Mar-Apr;55(2):169-73. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2009.03.008. Epub 2009 Oct  4. PubMed PMID: 19804892.