Dr. Marsha Kavanagh, MD

Dr. Marsha Kavanagh, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Female  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Marsha Kavanagh, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Portsmouth, NH and has been practicing for 13 years. She graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2001 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read her story

155 Borthwick Ave # 200

Portsmouth, NH 03801

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

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Eyelid Surgery
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more than 99% of peers
Eyelid Disorders
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Dr. Kavanagh's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kavanagh "Dr. Kavanagh is a fellowship trained specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery. She enjoys the diversity of her subspecialty which includes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, eyebrows, and midface, as well as treatment of tearing problems, thyroid disease, eyelid and orbital tumors and facial trauma. Since completion of Ophthalmology training in 2005, she was accepted to one of the few fellowships recognized by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. This organization recognizes less than 15 physicians nationwide each year for training in this highly specialized field. She spent an additional two years training as a specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery, and during this time period, she participated in over 3,000 procedures. She has published numerous articles and contributed to a number of chapters in ophthalmic textbooks. She was previously on faculty at Ohio State University and UCSF where she was nominated for several teaching awards and received the Kimura Award for excellence in resident teaching. In her leisure time, Dr. Kavanagh enjoys hiking, skiing, playing the piano, and spending time with her family. Specialties: BA, University of Pennsylvania MD, Harvard Medical School, Fulbright Scholarship Internship, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital Residency, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship, Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants of Ohio Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board Certified, American Academy of Ophthalmology NH Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons "


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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
  • Plastic Surgery & Facial Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hyphema
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Posterior Scleritis
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Orbit Evisceration
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Tear Duct Surgery

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Cambridge Hospital Harvard Medical School
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • University of California At Davis / School of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants Of Ohio
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Fullbright Scholar
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kavanagh has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kavanagh's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kavanagh to family and friends
based on 13 total reviews (6 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

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Dr. Kavanagh's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

in Somersworth NH
Does not listen to patient concerns, does not look for long term solutions. Does not follow through not just but Susan Haskkell as well! chronic dry eyes continue to worsen cancelled my last appointment with them as they are a waste of time and money. Has DONE NOTHING TO EASE CONSTANT Secretions,...more
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"BEWARE" ..... They quoted me $179.00 for a consultation w/Marsh... After my 5mins consultation, they charged me $303.00!!!! MAJOR RIP OFF & TOTAL WASTE OF TIME.....
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in Northwood, NH
I was referred to Dr. Kavanagh for a deeply embedded cyst in my right eyelid. I got the consult very quickly and just as quickly was scheduled for surgery. She is very personable and quickly reduced my anxiety. The surgery was painless and bloodless during and after. I am now 2 weeks out and I...more
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in Wolfeboro
I found her kind , caring and pleasant. She performed a bilateral blepheroplasty. Her objective was clearly to improve my vision, not cosmetic. I never had any pain; it's been two weeks. Not only is my vision drastically improved but I have an unexpected bonus of more beautiful eyes. People notice!...more
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Overall ok. I didn't feel that she was really listening to me.
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