Misha L. Pless, M.D.


Specialty Groups


  1. Jacksonville, Florida



After completing a B.A.S at Stanford University, Dr. Pless was a Woodruff Scholar at Emory University School of Medicine, where he received his MD. Dr. Pless completed a medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a neurology residency at the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program of Boston. He subsequently joined Dr. Simmons Lessell in specialty training in neuro-ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, he served as full-time faculty at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Dr. Pless was the director of the neuro-ophthalmology division; he led a busy neuro-ophthalmology unit and took part in multicenter trials studying neuroprotection, optic nerve inflammation and ischemia. He was formally an Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently Dr. Pless returned to Boston and at Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Pless served as a neuro-ophthalmologist working on optic nerve function, and for a decade led 3 divisions, Neuro-ophthalmology, Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology. In addition Dr. Pless was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. During the last 8 years he relocated to Switzerland where he served as neuro-ophthalmologist and neuro-immunologist, specializing in multiple sclerosis and uncommon autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system at the Hospital of the Canton of Lucerne, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Dr. Pless is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has published works on subjects relating to multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmology.

  1. Blepharospasm
  2. Double vision
  3. Giant cell arteritis
  4. Hemifacial spasm
  5. Ischemic optic neuropathy
  6. Migraine with aura
  7. Multiple sclerosis
  8. Myasthenia gravis
  9. Nystagmus
  10. Optic neuritis
  11. Pituitary tumor
  12. Skull base tumor
  13. Visual impairment
  14. Visual loss
  • Optic neuritis and demyelinating diseases
  • inflammation of the optic pathways
  • optic nerve tumors
  • optic nerve lesions and ischemia of the optic nerve
  • nystagmus and abnormal eye movements
  • pituitary tumors affecting vision
  • brain lesions affecting vision
  • neuromyelitis optica
  • paraneoplastic diseases affecting vision
  • retinal diseases which mascaraed as optic nerve diseases and vice-versa
  • brain and muscle diseases which cause double vision
  • rare diseases of the optic nerve and brain
  • interdisciplinary work along neurosurgery, endocrinology, rheumatology

Jacksonville, Florida

  1. 1995
    Fellowship - Neuro-OphthalmologyMassachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  2. 1994
    Residency - NeurologyBrigham and Women's Hospital
  3. 1991
    Internship - Internal MedicineMassachusetts General Hospital
  4. 1990
    MDEmory University
  5. 1985
    BAS - Chemistry and HistoryStanford University