Courtney Erin Francis M.D.

 Courtney  Erin Francis M.D.

Bio

Dr. Francis was born and raised in and around Sacramento, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University. She…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy being able to educate my patients, residents and medical students about neuro-ophthalmologic diseases. The multidisciplinary approach we have here at UW really helps to provide the best care for our patients, many of whom have complex conditions.

Personal Interests

Dr. Francis lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and son. In her free time, Dr. Francis enjoys baking, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family and two dogs.

Clinical Interests

Optic neuropathies, adult strabismus/cranial nerve palsies, idiopathic intracranial hypertension/papilledema, pupillary abnormalities, benign essential blepharospasm/hemifacial spasm, tumors involving the visual pathways, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and thyroid eye disease.

Research Interests

Ophthalmologic manifestations of multiple sclerosis and cranial nerve palsies.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of Rochester SOMMedical education2005
Baystate Medical CenterInternship
Doheny Eye Institute/USCFellowship
University of Alabama, BirminghamResidency

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD2005

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology2010
Dr. Francis was born and raised in and around Sacramento, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Brown University. She received her M.D. at the University of Rochester. Following completion of her internship in internal medicine at Baystate Medical Center, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Eye Institute. Dr. Francis is a clinician educator whose primary clinical interest is neuro-ophthalmology. She also cares for adult patients with strabismus. She serves as the director of medical student education in the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Francis enjoys educating her patients on their diagnoses and making them active participants in their medical care. She treats patients with optic neuropathies, cranial nerve palsies, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, tumors involving the visual pathways, in addition to patients with systemic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Grave’s disease. She offers both medical and surgical treatments for adult strabismus. Dr. Francis teaches residents and medical students how to evaluate and treat patients with neuro-ophthalmologic disorders and, also, trains residents in strabismus surgery.