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Alexander Christoff

Certified Orthoptist
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Certified Orthoptist
  • Faculty Director, the Wilmer Technician Education Committee
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Centers & Institutes

  • Wilmer Eye Institute Research


Pediatric Ophthalmology, Strabismus

Research Interests

Pediatric ophthalmology, Strabismus, Double vision


Alex Christoff is an assistant professor and certified orthoptist in the Zanvyl Kreiger Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Mr. Christoff received his B.S. in biology from Indiana University in 1984, and has been a certified ophthalmic technician since 1987. He went on to complete his orthoptic training fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, earning his orthoptic certification in 2001.

Since 2001, Mr. Christoff has been teaching strabismus and retinoscopy courses to certified ophthalmic medical personnel at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He began his clinical career at the Wilmer Eye Institute in 2004, earning faculty appointment as a clinical instructor in 2006, and promotion to assistant professor of ophthalmology in 2009.

Mr. Christoff has taken an active role in the education of the Wilmer ophthalmology residents and trainees from around the world at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Georgetown University and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned the Wilmer Residents’ Faculty Teaching Award in 2009, the first time this award has been presented to an orthoptist at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Mr. Christoff is a member and clinical investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a collaborative network dedicated to facilitating multicenter clinical research in strabismus, amblyopia and other eye disorders that affect children, and has been intimately involved in protocol development for 2 large, prospective randomized controlled trials. He has contributed several publications to the professional literature, and is an active member of the American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) and the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO).


  • English


American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO)

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO).

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    • B.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1984, Biology


    • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2001, Orthoptics
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    Mr. Christoff was chosen to deliver the 45th annual Richard G. Scobee Memorial Lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meetings in Chicago in October, 2014. This annual keynote lecture is given by a pediatric ophthalmologist or a certified orthoptist in tribute to Dr. Scobee, who has been referred to as the “father of American orthoptics”. Dr. Scobee’s passion for strabismus, teaching and research led him to write his textbook, “The Oculorotary Muscles,” in 1947 and 1952 and author over 60 articles. Being selected to deliver the Scobee Lecture is one of the highest honors given to an American orthoptist.

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