Dr. Leonard Nelson, MD

Dr. Leonard Nelson, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
68 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Leonard Nelson, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Bala Cynwyd, PA and has been practicing for 37 years. He specializes in ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology.Read his story

Ophthalmic Partners

100 Presidential Blvd Ste 150

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Consumer Health Network
  • CoreSource

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Top Care Areas

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more than 93% of peers
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more than 91% of peers
more than 82% of peers

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Dr. Nelson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "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."
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2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

16  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

4  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
20 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

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Dr. Nelson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

The absolute BEST.
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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...more
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This brilliant surgeon saved my daughter's eye sight. He really cares about his patients. I highly recommend this surgeon.
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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...more
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