Dr. Francis was born and raised in and around Sacramento, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University. She received her medical degree at the University of Rochester. Following completion of her internship in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Eye Institute. Dr. Francis is a clinician educator whose primary clinical interest is neuro-ophthalmology. She also cares for adult patients with strabismus. She serves as the director of medical student education (clerkship program) in the department of ophthalmology.

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Undergraduate Education: ScB, Neuroscience, Brown University, 1999
Medical School: MD, University of Rochester, 2005
Internship: Internal Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2006
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine, 2009
Fellowship: Neuro-Ophthalmology, Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California, 2010
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)
Sub Specialty Societies: North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)

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Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Francis’ clinical interests include optic neuropathies, adult strabismus/cranial nerve palsies, idiopathic intracranial hypertension/papilledema, pupillary abnormalities, benign essential blepharospasm/hemifacial spasm. She is also interested in tumors involving the visual pathways, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and thyroid eye disease.

Dr. Francis performs strabismus surgery, temporal artery biopsies, optic nerve fenestrations and botulinum toxin injections, in addition to other procedures.

Research Focus

Dr. Francis’ research focus includes the use of OCT in evaluating optic neuropathies, the ophthalmologic manifestations of multiple sclerosis and cranial nerve palsies.

Awards & Honors 

2010-2013 Best Doctors in America
2011 Harborview Medical Center CARES for Service Excellence Award
2008 Lynn B. McMahan, M.D. Award for Outstanding Second Year Resident Presentation
2002 International Medicine Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Michael S. Vaphiades, Sharon A. Spencer, Kristen Riley, Courtney Francis, Luke Deitz, Lanning B. Kline.Radiation-induced ocular motor cranial nerve palsies in patients with pituitary tumor. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology 2011:31:210-213. 

Alfredo A. Sadun, Joel S. Glaser, Swaraj Bose, Courtney E. Francis. Chapter 34: Anatomy of the Visual Sensory System. Duane’s Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology, W. Tasman and E.A. Jaeger, eds. 2011

Courtney Flanagan, Lanning Kline, Joel Curé. Cerebral Blindness. International Ophthalmology Clinics, 2009 Summer:49;15-25.

Michael H. Boyle, Gerald McGwin, Courtney E. Flanagan, Matthew G. Vicinanzo, John A. Long. High versus low concentration botulinum toxin A for benign essential blepharospasm: Does dilution make a difference? Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2009:25;81-84

Michael S. Vaphiades, Courtney Flanagan. Eight-and-a-half syndrome due to pontine ischaemic infarct: Anatomic correlation on MRI. Neuro-Ophthalmology 2008;32:63-66


Primary Clinical Office

UW Medicine Eye Institute

Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320

Mailing Address:
Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250


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