Dr. Cabrera is a UW Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, the Associate Director of Medical Student Education for Research and a physician at Seattle Children’s. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, she completed her internship at Cabrini Medical Center- Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, followed by residency in ophthalmology at the University of California at San Francisco. She completed both a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Duke Eye Center.

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Undergraduate Education: BS, Stanford University, 2001

Study of Mandarin, Princeton in Bejing, 2001

Medical School: MD, University of California at San Francisco, 2005

Internship: Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 2006

Residency: University of California at San Francisco, 2009

Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2011 to present

Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)    

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Sub specialty memberships: American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society

Academic Interests

Dr. Cabrera’s academic interests include pediatric retinal disease, particularly retinopathy of prematurity, telemedicine, and residency education. Dr. Cabrera co-chairs the Pediatric Ophthalmology Spotlight session at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cabrera’s clinical interests include pediatric strabismus, amblyopia, nasolacrimal disorders, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, ptosis, and systemic diseases that affect the eyes.

Research Focus

Dr. Cabrera’s research interests include optical coherence tomography in infants, telemedicine in retinopathy of prematurity, and residency education focused on pediatric ophthalmology.

Awards & Honors

1999 Phi Beta Kappa member, Stanford University

2000 Kenneth C. Forror, M.D., Scholarship recipient

2000 Distinguished Club President Award

2001 Quarterly Research Fellowship recipient

2009/10 Heed Foundation Fellowship recipient


Milam RW, Cabrera MT, Zdanski CJ, Warner DD, Carter LA, Wereszczak JK, Joyner RS, Aylsworth AS. Further support for first trimester disruption causing the oromandibular-limb hypogenesis spectrum of anomalies. Clinical Dysmorphology. Accepted 2014.

Allingham MJ, Cabrera MT, O'Connell RV, Maldonado RS, Tran-Viet D, Toth CA, Freedman SF, El-Dairi MA. Racial variation in optic nerve head parameters quantified in healthy newborns by handheld spectral domain optical coherence tomography. J AAPOS. 2013 Oct;17(5):501-6.

Cabrera MT, O'Connell RV, Toth CA, Maldonado RS, Tran-Viet D, Allingham MJ, Chiu SJ, Farsiu S, Maradiaga Panayotti GM, Swamy GK, Freedman SF. Macular Findings in Healthy Full-term Hispanic Newborns Observed by Hand-held Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. Retina. 2013 Aug 1:1-7.

Moreno TA, O'Connell RV, Chiu SJ, Farsiu S, Cabrera MT, Maldonado RS, Tran-Viet D, Freedman SF, Wallace DK, Toth CA. Choroid Development and Feasibility of Choroidal Imaging in the Preterm and Term Infants Utilizing SD-OCT. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jun 14;54(6):4140-7.

Moreno TA, El-Dairi MA, Cabrera MT. Isolated Horner syndrome and syringomyelia in a child. J AAPOS. 2012 Dec;16(6):569-70.



Primary Clinical Office

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ophthalmology Clinic
4800 Sand Point Way, Ocean 6
Seattle, WA 98105
Clinic Phone: 206-987-2177
Clinic Fax: 206-987-2722

Mailing Address:
Department of Ophthalmology

Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way
M/S OA.9.220
Seattle, WA 98105


Amblyopia and Refractive Error in Children
Cataracts - Pediatric
Nasolacrimal Disorders
Pediatric Glaucoma
Pediatric Ophthalmology


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