Marisa Tieger, MD

Dr. Tieger is available for appointments in Boston and Wellesley


Dr. Marisa Tieger is an experienced vitreoretinal surgeon and clinician, and also serves as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine. In her practice, she focuses on both medical and surgical retinal pathology. Dr. Tieger attended Tufts University School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Following medical school, Dr. Tieger completed her ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where she also held the prestigious honor of serving as Chief Resident and Director of the Ocular Trauma Service. She remained at MEE to complete her Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship, and during her tenure, was awarded the Madden Fellowship. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Tieger earned her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University where she was also a member of the Division 1 Syracuse Women’s Basketball team. 

Research interests

Clinical outcomes in ocular trauma, endophthalmitis and central serous chorioretinopathy.


Vitreoretinal Surgery, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear 

Chief Residency

Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine

Academic Appointment

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology 

Selected Publications

Tieger MG, Vavvas DG. Impact of phacoemulsification on posterior vitreous detachment formation in eyes with vitreomacular traction. Digit J Ophthalmol. 2023 Jun 8;29(2):26-30. doi: 10.5693/djo.01.2023.04.001. PMID: 37727466; PMCID: PMC10506616.

Tieger MG, Kim LA, Vavvas DG. SPONTANEOUS CLOSURE AND RECURRENT OPENING TIMES TWO OF A MACULAR HOLE IN A SURGICALLY NAIVE EYE. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2023 Sep 1;17(5):581-583. doi: 10.1097/ICB.0000000000001244. PMID: 37643046.

Tieger M, Das Adhikari U, Mukai S, Farcasnu M, Stone JR, Eliott D, Kim LA, Kwon DS, Rossin EJ. SARS-CoV-2 RNA Detected in Vitreous Samples Obtained at Autopsy. J Vitreoretin Dis. 2022 May 25;6(3):183-187. doi: 10.1177/24741264221083408. PMID: 37008551; PMCID: PMC9976118.

Tieger MG, Eliott D, Cakir B, Dahrouj M. Checkpoint Inhibitor-Associated Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease Presenting 3 Months Following Discontinuation of Nivolumab. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2023 Mar;54(3):183-187. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20230221-06. Epub 2023 Mar 1. PMID: 36944065.

Tainsh LT, Tieger MG, Wu DM. Propionibacterium acnes-associated Delayed-onset Pseudophakic Endophthalmitis. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2022 Apr 1;62(2):145-156. doi: 10.1097/IIO.0000000000000413. PMID: 35325916.

Rossin EJ, Tieger M, Rao NA, O’Hearn TM, Eliott D, Wu DM. Two Cases of Cutibacterium acnes (C acnes) Endophthalmitis Manifesting With Unusual Epiretinal Deposits. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2022 Mar;53(3):164-167. doi: 10.3928/23258160-20220215-01. Epub 2022 Mar 1. PMID: 35272559.

Tieger MG, Miller JB, Gaier ED. Microvasculopathy in Lyme-Associated Papillitis Revealed by Optical Coherence Tomographic Angiography. J Neuroophthalmol. 2022 Mar 1;42(1):e338-e340. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001208. Epub 2021 Mar 23. PMID: 33770008; PMCID: PMC8458478.

Tieger MG, Rodriguez M, Wang JC, Obeid A, Ryan C, Gao X, Kakulavarapu S, Mardis PJ, Madhava ML, Maloney SM, Adika AZ, Peddada KV, Sioufi K, Stefater JA, Forbes NJ, Capone A Jr, Emerson GG, Joseph DP, Regillo C, Hsu J, Gupta O, Eliott D, Ryan EH, Yonekawa Y. Impact of contact versus non-contact wide-angle viewing systems on outcomes of primary retinal detachment repair (PRO study report number 5). Br J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;105(3):410-413. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2020-315948. Epub 2020 May 14. PMID: 32409294.

Tieger MG, Moussa K, Kim LA, Eliott D. The History of Visualization in Vitrectomy Surgery. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2020 Winter;60(1):1-15. doi: 10.1097/IIO.0000000000000296. PMID: 31855891.

Tieger MG, Jakobiec FA, Ma L, Wolkow N. Small Benign Storiform Fibrous Tumor (Fibrous Histiocytoma) of the Conjunctival Substantia Propria in a Child: Review and Clarification of Biologic Behavior. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Sep/Oct;35(5):495-502. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000001355. PMID: 30893190.

Tieger MG, Jakobiec FA, Wolkow N, Ma L, Chang HP. Bilateral epibulbar pseudorheumatoid nodulosis with a review of ocular adnexal palisading granulomas. Surv Ophthalmol. 2019 Jul-Aug;64(4):558-569. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2019.02.002. Epub 2019 Feb 14. PMID: 30772365.

Tieger MG, Hedges TR 3rd, Ho J, Erlich-Malona NK, Vuong LN, Athappilly GK, Mendoza-Santiesteban CE. Ganglion Cell Complex Loss in Chiasmal Compression by Brain Tumors. J Neuroophthalmol. 2017 Mar;37(1):7-12. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000424. PMID: 28192385; PMCID: PMC6033516.

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