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Misha L. Pless, M.D.

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. Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disease
  10. Nystagmus
  11. Optic neuritis
  12. Pituitary tumor
  13. Skull base tumor
  14. Visual impairment
  15. 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
  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

Awards and honors

  1. 2012
    Best Clinical Teacher of the YearMassachusetts General Hospital
  2. 2010
    Elected as Best Doctor 2010-2012Best Doctors in America
  3. 2009
    Partners in Excellence AwardMassachusetts General Hospital
  4. 2009
    Best Doctors in AmericaMassachusetts General Hospital
  5. 1999
    Excellence in Teaching Award of the YearUniversity of Pittsburgh
  6. 1996
    James Carl Clinical Teacher of the Year AwardUniversity of Pittsburgh
  7. 1989
    Young Investigator AwardEmory School of Medicine
  8. 1988
    International Health ScholarshipEmory University School of Medicine
  9. 1988
    Short Term Enrichment Program AwardEmory University School of Medicine
  10. 1985
    Woodruff ScholarEmory University School of Medicine
  11. 1985
    Robert W. Woodruff Memorial ScholarshipEmory University School of Medicine

Professional memberships

  1. 2016 - present
    Ad-Hov ExaminerOral Neurology Boards
  2. 2015 - present
    MemberSwiss Academy of Neurology
  3. 2009
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  4. 2009 - 2012
    Quality and Assurance CommitteeMassachusetts General Hospital
  5. 2009 - 2012
    MGH Longitudinal Medical Record Advisory CommitteeMassachusetts General Hospital
  6. 2009 - 2010
    Clinical Advisory CommitteeNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
  7. 2007 - present
    FellowNorth American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  8. 2006
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  9. 2006 - 2012
    Operations CommitteeMassachusetts General Hospital
  10. 2005
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  11. 2004
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  12. 2003
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  13. 2001 - 2010
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  14. 1999 - 2003
    MemberAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology
  15. 1998 - 2003
    Medical Executive CommitteeUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  16. 1998 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurology
  17. 1997 - 1998
    Graduate Medical Education CommitteeUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  18. 1996 - present
    MemberAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  19. 1996 - present
    MemberNorth American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  20. 1991 - 1996
    MemberMassachusetts Society of Neurology and Psychiatry
  21. 1990 - 1996
    MemberMassachusetts Medical Society
  22. 1987 - present
    FounderNational Prevention of Chagas' Disease Program
  23. 1985 - 2003
    MemberAmerican Medical Association


Research activities

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