Dr. Cristina Fernandez is a fellowship-trained, board eligible pediatric ophthalmologist. She has had extensive training in the surgical treatment of strabismus (eye misalignment) in both children and adults. She provides surgical and medical care for a variety of pediatric ophthalmologic conditions, including pediatric blocked tear ducts, amblyopia (lazy eye), childhood cataracts, dermoid cyst removal, eyelid droop repair as well as screening and treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity in premature infants. She also conducts general pediatric ophthalmologic exams.
Dr. Fernandez grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico where she completed college and medical school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in General Science. She received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. Dr. Fernandez did her internship at Municipal Hospital of San Juan, a training hospital in the University of Puerto Rico medical system and completed her ophthalmology residency in the Kresge Eye Institute, affiliated with Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a fellowship in the sub-specialty of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Texas Children’s Hospital, at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, which is one of the most well-regarded programs for pediatric ophthalmology training.
Dr. Fernandez is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She is a staff ophthalmologist at Joe DiMaggio Hospital and will be accepting patients at the Weston, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines offices. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish.
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR (M.D.)
University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR (B.S. General Science)
Post Graduate Training
Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX (Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship)
Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University; Detroit, MI (Ophthalmology Residency)
Municipal Hospital of San Juan, University of Puerto Rico; San Juan, PR (Transitional Year Internship)
Licensure and Board Certification
State of Florida
State of Texas
Memberships, Offices and Committee Appointments
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Awards & Honors
Lawrence L Stocker, MD Award Most Compassionate Resident Kresge Eye Institute
Magna Cum Laude MD University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine
Best Scientific Poster American Academy of Ophthalmology Category Computers and Information Technology
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Honor Scholarship Award, University of Puerto Rico
Magna Cum Laude, General Science
College of Natural Science Dean’s List, University of Puerto Rico
Publications and Presentations
Fernandez Ruiz MC, Go J, Bhatt AR. Characteristic radiologic findings in pediatric patients with adenoviral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. ARVO Annual Meeting 2018. Honolulu, HI.
Fernandez Ruiz MC, Bahl RS, Paysse EA. What is amblyopia? A primary care physician’s perspective. AAPOS Annual Meeting 2018. Washington, DC.
Underrepresented medical students in Ophthalmology panel discussion. AAO Annual Meeting 2016. Chicago, IL.
Fernandez Ruiz, MC, Lillvis J, Bahl RS. The role of stereopsis and binocular fusion in the surgical treatment of intermittent exotropia. ARVO Annual Meeting 2016. Seattle, WA. Accepted for publication Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology 2018.
Jardon J, Fernandez Ruiz MC, Garcia O, Serrano L. Comparison between iPhone applications and print Ishihara color plates. AAO Annual Meeting 2012. Chicago, IL.
Fernandez Bahamonde JL, Roman Rodriguez CF, Fernandez Ruiz MC. Central corneal thickness as a predictor of visual field loss in primary open angle glaucoma for a Hispanic population. Seminars in Ophthalmology. 2011, 26 (1), 28-32.