Erin P. Herlihy M.D.

Erin P. Herlihy M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Nasolacrimal Disorders, Ophthalmology, Primary Care - Pediatrics, Strabismus


Eye Institute




Dr. Herlihy is a physician and surgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, she completed her internship in transitional medicine at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.

Dr. Herlihy is a member of various local and national organizations and is board certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Herlihy is an active clinician, surgeon, teacher and researcher. She sees and operates on children with the spectrum of ocular disorders as well as adults with strabismus. She is co-director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship Program at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital and is also very involved in resident and medical student education. She is a principal investigator in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group which is supported by the National Institutes of Health. She also participates in research involving pediatric and adult strabismus and various other pediatric ophthalmologic disorders. Dr. Herlihy is a peer reviewer for several internationally regarded ophthalmology journals and is a member of numerous professional organizations.

Patient Care Philosophy

A fun and nonthreatening environment is essential in engaging children and their families to participate in their eye care. Families need to have a thorough understanding of their child’s or their own condition to be effective partners in ensuring eye health and maximizing visual development.

Personal Interests

Dr. Herlihy lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, baby, and dog. Her pastimes include running, skiing, baking, hiking and traveling.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric and adult strabismus; amblyopia; nasolacrimal disorders; pediatric cataracts; pediatric glaucoma; systemic diseases that affect the eyes.

Research Interests

Dr. Herlihy’s research interests include investigating the pathogenesis of myopia and progressive axial length elongation in children, the systemic associations of divergence insufficiency in children and adults and various treatments for amblyopia and infantile nasolacrimal duct obstruction.


Loyola University, Stritch SOMMedical education2003


Board Certifications

American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology2009
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