Dr. Leonard Nelson, MD

Dr. Leonard Nelson, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
67 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Nelson received a B.A. in Biology from Columbia University in New York and his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed his Surgical Internship at The South Harvard Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and his Ophthalmology Residency at New York University, Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York City. He went on to complete a one-year Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Children's Hospital National Medical Center of George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and a one-year Fellowship in Ocular Genetics at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He obtained his M.B.A. at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nelson became a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attending surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital. He is the Director of the Wills Eye Strabismus Center and the Co-Director of The Pediatric Ophthalmology Department at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has authored over 275 publications and 15 textbooks in pediatric ophthalmology. He belongs to numerous societies including the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and The American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was also listed as a Top Doctor in Ophthalmology in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in Philadelphia Magazine and Best Doctors in the US. Presently he is the principle investigator of a major grant study on Nystagmus Surgery.

Ophthalmic Partners

100 Presidential Blvd Ste 200

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Advantra
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Consumer Health Network
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care

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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Benign Tumor
  • Cataract
  • Diplopia
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exophoria
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Hypertropia
  • Lazy Eye
  • Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Strabismus


  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Strabismus Surgery

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • New England Deaconess Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Bellevue Hospital Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • The Childrens Hospital National Medical Center Of George Washington University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (3 with comments)
Dr. Nelson's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (3)
in Philadelphia, PA |
Had the displeasure of my daughter having 3appoints. w/Dr. Nelson. 1st appoint. he was fine, not partially inviting and had me question why he worked w/children. I thought that maybe the next visits would be better;the same. My daughter complained that her glasses were blurry& could not see; took them back to him and he pretty much scolded her, left w/bad prescription and another bill.Took her to a different Dr, and all is well now.How great are you if you won't listen to your patients concerns?
Carbondale, PA |
This brilliant surgeon saved my daughter's eye sight. He really cares about his patients. I highly recommend this surgeon.
Although I liked dr. Nelson (clearly knows what he is doing); I was less than impressed with the nursing staff. My son (20 months) is small at 21 pounds. On the day of his probe the nurse incorrectly recorded his weight using the field for his BMI (an error). My husband heard her order medication for 13.9 kg which converts to 30 pounds. Lucky my husband caught prior to medication. They rushed us from center after procedure. My son screamed for 3 hrs and they forgot to take the leads off him!
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Dr. Nelson accepts 45 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Advantra
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Amerihealth
    Amerihealth HMO
    Amerihealth PPO
    Regional Pref Network HMO
    Regional Pref Network POS+
    Regional Pref Network PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Consumer Health Network
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
    Group Plan PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
    Coventry Health Care of Delaware PPO
  • EmblemHealth
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Community Blue PPO
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Advance EPO
    Direct Access
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Keystone Health Plan East
    Keystone Health Plan East HMO
  • March Vision Care
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • One Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare
  • UPMC
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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