Dr. Cabrera is a UW Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Ophthalmology 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, pediatroc retinal imaging, education, and professionalism. Dr. Cabrera is a frequent invited speaker regarding issues of sexual harassment in medicine and professionalism.

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 is a recipient of the Alcon Research Institute Young Investigator Award, Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant as well as the Latham Vision Research Innovation Award of the Year for her work utilizing handheld optical coherence tomography in premature infants. She is the principal investigator for national randomized controlled studies on the flipped classroom approach to residency education and the professionalism mentor for academic departments.


Awards & Honors

1999 Phi Beta Kappa member, Stanford University

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

2001 Quarterly Research Fellowship recipient

2009/10 Heed Foundation Fellowship recipient

2014 Resident Teaching Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017 Latham Vision Research Innovation Award, University of Washington Medicine Eye Institute

2018 Latham Vision Research Innovation Award of the Year, University of Washington Medicine Eye Institute

2018 Champions for Change Award, Women in Ophthalmology


Cabrera MT, Yanovitch TL, Gandhi NG, Ding L, Enyedi LB. The flipped-classroom approach to teaching horizontal strabismus in ophthalmology residency: a pilot study. J AAPOS. 2019 Jun 20.

Moshiri Y, Legocki AT, Zhou K, Cabrera MT, Rezaei KA, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Wang RK. Handheld swept-source optical coherence tomography with angiography in awake premature neonates. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2019;9(9): 1495-1502.

Cabrera MT, Enyedi LB, Ding L, MacDonald SM. Sexual Harassment in Ophthalmology: A Survey Study. Ophthalmology. 2019 Jan:126(1):172-174.

Cabrera MT, Chia T, Wallace DK, Ulrich JN, Freedman SF, Ding L, Gertsch KR. Short-term computer-assisted quantification of plus disease after treatment of type 1 retinopathy of prematurity with intravitreal bevacizumab or retinal laser photocoagulation. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2018 Jul 20. Epub ahead of print.

Cabrera MT, Brewer EM, Grant L, Tarczy-Hornoch K. Exudative retinal detachment documented by handheld spectral domain optical coherence tomography after retinal laser photocoagulation for retinopathy of prematurity. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2018 Jul 18. Epub ahead of print.

Lindsay RA, Weiss AH, Kelly JP, Anderson VC, Lindsay TH, Cabrera MT. Clinical Outcomes in Children With Orbital Cellulitis and Radiographic Globe Tenting. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jul/Aug;34(4):329-332.

Zepeda EM, Shariff A, Gillette TB, Grant L, Ding L, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Cabrera MT. Vitreous Bands Identified by Handheld Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Among Premature Infants. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Jul 1;136(7):753-758.

Zhang X, Wang Y, Ulrich JN, Yang Y, Ding L, Yang Y, Xu D, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Cabrera MT. Evaluation of retinopathy of prematurity incidence with telemedicine confirmation in Gansu, China: a pilot study. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2018 Apr;25(2):120-125.

White CA, Wrzosek JA, Chesnutt DA, Enyedi LB, Cabrera MT. A novel method for teaching key steps of strabismus surgery in the wet lab. J AAPOS. 2015 Oct;19(5):468-70.e1.

Bondalapati S, Milam RW Jr, Ulrich JN, Cabrera MT. The Characteristics and Short-term Refractive Error Outcomes of Cystoid Macular Edema in Premature Neonates as Detected by Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Sep;46(8):806-12.

Vajzovic L, Rothman AL, Tran-Viet D, Cabrera MT, Freedman SF, Toth CA. Delay in retinal photoreceptor development in very preterm compared to term infants. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Jan 13;56(2):908-13.

Cabrera MT, Freedman SF, Hartnett ME, Stinnett SS, Chen BB, Wallace DK. Real-time, computer-assisted quantification of plus disease in retinopathy of prematurity at the bedside. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2014 Nov-Dec;45(6):542-8.

Bondalapati S, Cabrera MT. Sub-tenon triamcinolone acetonide injections for topical medication intolerance in chronic blepharokeratoconjunctivitis. Cornea. 2014 Sep;33(9):999-1001.




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Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital

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


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