Christine Platt, M.D., Ph.D.

Retired Ophthalmologist

Christine Platt serves as a community adviser to Excell Partners, Inc. with a particular interest in medically-related and biotechnology companies.

Dr. Platt graduated from Tufts University with a major in Biology, and then worked for Meloy Laboratories on a cancer immunotherapy project for the National Cancer Institute at NIH. At the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, she earned a Ph.D. (1979) in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics under the direction of Dr. J. Donald Hare. A Postdoctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, was accomplished at Johns Hopkins University in the area of Somatic Genetics, under the mentorship of Dr. John Littlefield. She returned to the University of Rochester to earn her M.D. (1983) and to complete her post graduate education with a residency in Ophthalmology (1987).

For nearly thirty years, Dr. Platt conducted a solo, private practice in eye medicine and surgery, which included managing a staff and running the business of a practice. In addition, she owned and managed an optical shop. She held a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Rochester and admitting privileges to three hospitals and two surgical centers. She was honored with the community faculty award in 2007 and recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for teaching at the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester. She served on the Institutional Review Board to evaluate protocols for human research at both St. Mary’s Hospital and Park Ridge Hospital. Research activities included being a certified examiner and member of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Study, a multicenter, prospective study of treatment of this disorder.

Although she retired from practice in 2014, she is currently teaching medical students and residents. She is actively involved in the Early Vison Screening Program and in REBUILD at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. As a lifetime member of the Monroe County Medical Society, she serves on the Medical Scholarship Fund. She also sits on a committee to administer the Snell Ophthalmology Education Fund under the auspices of the Rochester Community Foundation. She very much enjoys conducting landscape history tours as a docent for the George Eastman House.