Christina Rapp Prescott, MD, PhD is a corneal specialist with specific interests in pediatric corneal pathology and surgical education. Her clinical research is focused on improving outcomes of corneal disease in children, who currently have significantly worse outcomes than adults for most corneal diseases. Dr. Prescott has published and presented both nationally and internationally on pediatric corneal surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Prescott is a surgical educator who is involved with surgical education at the national and international level. She also organizes and teaches cataract and corneal surgery courses for residents, fellows, and practicing ophthalmologists both in the United States and in India.
After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in biophysics, she enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) program at the University of Colorado, where she completed a PhD in neuroscience, as well as an MD. She then completed her ophthalmology residency at Yale, followed by a fellowship in cornea, with a focus on pediatric corneal pathology, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Prescott joined the faculty at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Prescott mentored thirty-five corneal fellows, and received the highest evaluations for both mentorship and surgical teaching. At Johns Hopkins, she built a busy cornea practice, becoming the highest volume surgeon at Wilmer within 5 years of joining the department. In 2021, she was recruited to NYU as the vice chair for education and the director of the cornea service.
Dr Prescott is actively involved in numerous organizations to promote ophthalmology education, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Eye and Contact Lens Association, Women in Ophthalmology, and the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Prescott is the web editor for the Eye and Contact Lens Journal, and the Director of Scientific Programming for the Eye and Contact Lens Association. Dr Prescott has served on the cornea committee for the American Board of Ophthalmology for the past 8 years, responsible for developing the cornea content for ophthalmology certification examinations for both residents and practicing ophthalmologists. She has received both the Secretariat Award and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.