The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

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

                Stephen Anesi, MD and C. Stephen Foster, 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 staff physician Dr. Stephen Anesi. Dr. Anesi completed a Clinical Fellowship under Dr. Foster and is now seeing his own patients while additionally training OIUF Fellows and conducting research through the Foundation. Both Dr. Foster and Dr. Anesi are accepting new patients.

To make an appointment with a MERSI physician, please call 781-891-6377.  You may also email Ferida, MERSI’s office manager, at

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.

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.