Kathryn M. Haider, MD, has been a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology since 2007.
She has been active in the IU department of Ophthalmology. She has been the director, now co-director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity service at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health since 2009. This service provides education to the pediatric ophthalmology fellows in the screening, laser and medical treatment and follow up of this potentially blinding condition. In 2019, She became Director of Clinical Research where she reorganized the section.
She also has been very active clinically. In 2015 she re-started testing children using an ERG (electroretinogram). In 2018, Dr. Haider helped establish the first Inheritable Retinal Disease (IRD) clinic for children in Indiana. This clinic morphed into the Ocular Genetics Clinic in 2020. This multidisciplinary clinic provides diagnostic testing, including electroretinograms (ERGs), Visual Evoked potentials (VEP), fundus photos, Optical Coherence Tomograpy (OCT) and peripheral vision testing along with genetic testing, genetic counseling and information about clinical studies nationwide.
Haider has been activly invovled in research. She received an IU Heath Value Fund grant to study Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). She participates in multiple Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) studies, a large cooperative group with multicenter participation. Other research interests include pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, myopia, strabismus and hemangioma.
Dr. Haider has been nationally recognized by the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), serving on three committees, one a Chairperson. She has received the Honor Award from AAPOS in recognition of service to the organization.
She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2003 and completed her Ophthalmology residency in 2007 at Saint Louis University in St. Louis before attending a felloshipe in pediatric ophthalmology and IU. After graduating, she joined the Indiana University Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus group as a full-time faculty memeber.