The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

Appointments at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI)



                 David Hinkle MD; C.Stephen Foster MD; Olga Ceron, MD; Stephen Anesi, MD

After 30 years at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Foster founded MERSI, the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution in 2005. In addition to Dr. Foster, MERSI has three staff physicians. Dr. Hinkle and Dr. Anesi both completed Clinical Fellowships under Dr. Foster and are now seeing their own patients while additionally training OIUF Fellows and conducting research through the Foundation.  Dr. Ceron is a retinal specialist who also trains OIUF Fellows and conducts research. All four of MERSI’s ophthalmologists, including Dr. Foster, are accepting new patients.

To make an appointment with a MERSI physician, please call 617-621-6377.  You may also email Ferida, MERSI’s office manager, at ftadic@mersi.com

C. Stephen Foster, MD

Founder and President, Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

Dr. Foster was born and raised in West Virginia, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry at Duke University, with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa in 1965, and received his Doctor of Medicine Degree at Duke University Medical Center, in 1969, being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital from 1969-1970, and at the National Heart and Lung Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1970 to 1972, during which time he also taught Internal Medicine, with an appointment as Instructor in Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. In 1972, Dr. Foster entered his Ophthalmology Residency training program at Washington University (Barnes Hospital), in St. Louis, Missouri, and having completed that in 1975, traveled to Boston to do two additional Fellowship trainings in Cornea and External Diseases, and in Ocular Immunology. He completed this training in 1977 and was invited to join the full-time faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology of Harvard Medical School, where he was a member of the Cornea Service and Director of the Residency Training Program at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He began his independent research in 1977 and has since been continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  Dr Foster is accepting new patients.




David Hinkle, MD

Born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia, Dr. Hinkle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western University, with cum laude honors. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2000 and trained in internal medicine at West Virginia University Hospitals from 2000-2001. Dr. Hinkle completed an ophthalmology residency training program at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2004 and entered practice as a general ophthalmologist, with a specialty in glaucoma. In 2006, he came to Boston for fellowship training in ocular immunology and uveitis under C. Stephen Foster, MD.  After completing this training as Chief Fellow, he was invited to join the staff of the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution as an attending physician.

Dr. Hinkle is the author of scientific articles on a number of topics, including dry eye disease, glaucoma, and uveitis.  He has presented the results of his research at both national and international scientific meetings.  He has been an invited speaker at local, regional, national, and international uveitis symposia. 

Dr. Hinkle sees and treats patients with uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases, including scleritis and keratitis. He also treats cataracts, glaucoma, and general ophthalmology issues.  Dr. Hinkle is accepting new patients.




Stephen Anesi, MD

Dr. Anesi was born in Van Nuys, California.  He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science in 1999.  He continued his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Master’s Degree in Physiological Science in 2000.  Dr. Anesi earned a Doctorate of Medicine in 2006 from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Upon completion of his Surgical Internship at UCLA Medical Center in 2007, he traveled east to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York for his Residency in Ophthalmology.  After completion of his residency in 2010, where he served as Chief Resident, Dr. Anesi traveled to Cambridge for his Fellowship in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis with Dr. C. Stephen Foster.

Upon his completion of his fellowship with Dr. Foster in June, 2011, he was invited to join the medical staff at MERSI as a staff physician. Dr. Anesi sees and treats patients with uveitis, scleritis, keratitis, dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and general ophthalmology issues. He is accepting new patients.



Olga Ceron, MD

 Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Cerón was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to the United States at the age of five.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  Dr. Cerón earned her Medical Degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and completed her internship in internal medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine.  She then traveled to California for her ophthalmology residency at Charles Drew University/Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles County.  Dr. Cerón completed a fellowship in Medical Retina at the Beetham Eye Institute/Joslin Diabetes Center in 2006 and completed a fellowship in Surgical Retina at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2007.  Prior to joining MERSI in 2009, Dr. Cerón was employed as a staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from 2007 to 2009, where she worked as a Retina Specialist. She has specialized experience in retinal diseases, particularly diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment, as well as general ophthalmology. She is accepting new patients.