Gregory Ostrow, MD

Gregory Ostrow, MD, and his office strive at all times to provide patients with accessible, exemplary care and a sense of comfort. He knows the importance of communication and compassion, and works to encourage dialog that helps establish trust and lasting partnerships with his patients and their parents. Dr. Ostrow has a special interest in pediatric ophthalmology with clinical interests in the following areas.

  • Strabismus (crossed eyes) in both children and adults
  • Amblyopia (weak or lazy eye)
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Cysts around the eye (orbital dermoids)
  • Cataracts
  • Nystagmus (jiggling eyes)
  • Glaucoma
  • Ptosis (drooping eyelids)
  • Uveitis (an inflammatory eye disease)
  • Assessments of visual development and treatment in children with special needs

In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Ostrow is involved with a number of professional organizations, holding leadership positions in many.

  • Member, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Editor, International Ophthalmology Clinics
  • Editor, EyeWiki
  • Member, Board of Directors and Volunteer Surgeon for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
  • Member, Board of Directors, Vision of Children Foundation

In addition to being an editor for the journal International Ophthalmology Clinics as well as EyeWiki, he has written several book chapters including “The Pediatric Eye Exam” chapter in Harley’s Pediatric Ophthalmology. He is also extremely involved in research and is an investigator for the NIH-funded Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG). He was awarded the Scripps Clinic research grant this year to study eye movement recordings in children and many of his ophthalmic research findings have been presented nationally and printed in medical journals. He is also a frequent lecturer on numerous pediatric eye diseases.

A father of two girls and a seasoned outdoorsman, Dr. Ostrow enjoys spending time with his children, surfing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, exotic travel, gardening and cooking gourmet food. He enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with his daughters and serving the San Diego community as a physician.

Dr. Ostrow has been a San Diego “Top Doc” for the last 2 years and has been a Castle Connolly “Top Doc” for the last year. He has also been a Patients’ Choice award winner for the last 4 years.


  • Ophthalmology

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, 2008

Medical Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, MD, 2002


  • Sisters of Charity Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2003


  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, Ophthalmology, 2006


  • Children's Mercy Hospital, Pediatric Ophthalmology, 2007