Dr Bita Esmaeli is a Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she has had an orbital oncology and oncologic ophthalmic plastic surgery practice since 1998. Dr Esmaeli’s practice focus is surgical treatment of orbital tumors, lacrimal gland carcinomas, eyelid cancers, melanoma of eyelid and conjunctiva, and reconstructive surgery in the periocular region including lacrimal surgery.
Dr Esmaeli has authored over 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 55 invited articles and book chapters, has spearheaded several clinical trials, and has participated in numerous research protocols at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She has received many prestigious awards and honors including the Merrill Reeh Pathology Award and the Research Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, Best Doctors in America, and Top Doctors Award. Dr Esmaeli is a member of the American Ophthalmologic Society.
Dr Esmaeli 's research interests include molecular signature of ocular and orbital tumors, tissue banking, eye and vision-sparing treatment strategies for orbital and adnexal cancers, and ocular side effects of cancer therapy. Dr. Esmaeli helped establish the Ophthalmology Service as a comprehensive full-time service at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1998. She served as the Director of Service from 1998 to 2001 and the Chief of Ophthalmology from 2001 to 2004. She is the Program Director for an ASOPRS-sponsored fellowship in oculoplastic surgery and orbital oncology at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She currently chairs the Graduate Medical Education Committee at MD Anderson Cancer Center.