Dr. Banitt is originally from the Midwest. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He completed his ophthalmology training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. Later became subspecialty trained in Cornea and external diseases at the University of Michigan and then glaucoma at the University of Miami.

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Undergraduate Education:BS, Biology, St. Louis University, 1996; BA, Chemistry, St. Louis University, 1996

Medical School: MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2003

Post Graduate Education: Master Health Administration, St. Louis University of Public Health, 1998

Internship: Internal Medicine Beth Israel Medical Center, 2004

Residency: Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2007

Fellowship: Cornea and External Disease, Kellogg Eye Institute, 2008; Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, 2009

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2009

Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Sub specialty memberships: American glaucoma Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Clinical Interests

Cataracts, cornea and glaucoma.  Having completed two fellowships make patient with both cornea and glaucoma problems of special interest.  

Research Focus

Clinical trials in the area of cornea and glaucoma surgery to find better improvements to sight.  

1996 Summa Cum Laude, St. Louis University

2003 Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society, Wayne State University School of Medicine

2003 Dong H. Shin Outstanding Ophthalmology Research Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine

2006-2007 Chief Resident, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary         

2007 William H. and Judith Turner Excellence Award, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

1.      Banitt MR, Feuer W, Schiffman J, Parrish RK, “Adverse vitreo-retinal outcomes of glaucoma drainage devices based on verified and unverified financial clamis data.” Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. In Press. October 2014.

2.      Banitt MR, Cabot F, Hussain R, Dubovy S, Yoo SH. “In Vivo Effects of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Keratoplasty.” JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Nov;132(11):1355-8. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.2389.

3.      Panarelli JF, Banitt MR¸ Sidoti PA, “Transscleral Diode Laser Cyclophotocoagulation after Baerveldt Glaucoma Implant Surgery.” J Glaucoma. 2014 Aug;23(6):405-9.

4.      Vaddavalli PK, Diakonis VF, Canto AP, Kankariya VP, Pappuru RR, Ruggeri M, Banitt MR, Kymionis GD, Yoo SH. “Factors affecting DSAEK graft lenticle adhesion: an in vitro experimental study.” Cornea. 2014 Jun;33(6):551-4.

5.      Banitt MR, Ventura LM, Feuer WJ, Savatovsky E, Luna G, Shif O, Bosse B, Porciatti V. “Progressive loss of retinal ganglion cell function precedes structural loss by several years in glaucoma suspects.” Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Mar 28;54(3):2346-52.


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Harborview Medical Center
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Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
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Mailing Address:
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