Center for Ocular Inflammation

The Center for Ocular Inflammation is the first of its kind to offer integrative patient care, patient support, physician education, and research concerning to ocular inflammatory diseases such as uveitis, scleritis, and ocular cicatricial pemphigoid. The Center for Ocular Inflammation is an endowed program within the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Uveitis is a general term for a group of diseases involving infectious and non-infectious inflammation inside the eye. This group of diseases account for 10% of legal blindness in the United States and, unlike many age-related eye diseases, it affects younger, working-age individuals. Often, other organ systems are involved in the inflammatory process. When combined with other ocular inflammatory disorders such as scleritis and ocular pemphigoid, the scope and patient impact of ocular inflammation is even greater.  

The Center’s integrative approach to these diseases includes multidisciplinary care for patients with an ophthalmologist, a rheumatologist and other medical specialists working with patients in simultaneous, combined clinics. Ocular inflammatory diseases can have significant long term visual consequences and we believe that this approach provides improved and more efficient patient care and physician coordination.  

Please reach out to Guadalupe Rivera for requests or questions, and she will direct you to the appropriate specialist: guadalupe.rivera@uchealth.org.

Center for Ocular Inflammation Faculty

The Center has developed integrated clinics at the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, specializing in Uveitis and Rheumatology, Uveitis and Glaucoma, and Ocular Surface Inflammation. The UCHealth Ocular Inflammation Multidisciplinary Clinic – Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center team includes: 

Alan Palestine, MDAlan Palestine, MD
Chief of the Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Section
Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Medicine-Rheumatology

Jason Kolfenbach, MDJason Kolfenbach, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine-Rheumatology
Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Professor of Ophthalmology

Amit Reddy, MDAmit Reddy, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Mina Pantcheva, MDMina Pantcheva, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology 
Jennifer Jung, MDJennifer Jung, MD
Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Scott Hauswirth, ODScott Hauswirth, OD
Director of the Ocular Surface Center
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology