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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Philip L. Custer, MD

Current Position
Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Specialty Areas
Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Eyelid and Orbital Diseases
Cosmetic Eyelid, Forehead and Cheek Surgery

Additional Read More Features and Interviews with Dr. Custer:

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Patients Seen At
Eye Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, C, 12
St. Louis, MO  63110
314-362-3937
Fax:   314-362-3725
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Campus Box 8096
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, endoscopic forehead and midface procedures; eyelid lesions and skin cancers, eyelid malpositions (ptosis, ectropion, entropion), lacrimal (tearing) disorders, post-traumatic deformities, ophthalmic reconstructive surgery, orbital conditions, enucleation/socket reconstruction, thyroid eye disease, ocular oncology and orbital tumors.

Board Certification
Ophthalmology -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesse, 1974
Medical Degree: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennesse, 1978
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1982
Fellowship: Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, 1984
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Custer PL, Kent TL. Pitfalls of ophthalmic radiographic imaging. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Jacobs SM, Couch SM, Custer PL. Divided eyelid nevus: a lid-sparing, staged surgical approach. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Oct;156(4):813-18.

Kent TL, Custer PL. Bleeding complications in both anticoagulated and nonanticoagulated surgical patients. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Mar-Apr;29(2):113-7

Couch SM, Custer PL. "Topical 5-fluorouracil for the treatment of periocular actinic keratosis and low-grade squamous malignancy." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 May;28(3):181-3.

McClelland CM, Harocopos GJ, Custer PL. "Periorbital edema secondary to imatinib mesylate." Clin Ophthalmol. 2010 May 14;4:427-31.

Limbrick DD Jr, Behdad A, Derdeyn CP, Custer PL, Zipfel GJ, Santiago P. "Traumatic enucleation with avulsion of the ophthalmic artery resulting in aneurysm-like subarachnoid hemorrhage." J Neurosurg. 2009 Oct;111(4):653-7.

Chang SH, Custer PL, Mohadjer Y, Scott E. "Use of Lorenz titanium implants in orbital fracture repair." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Mar-Apr;25(2):119-22.

Custer PL, Trinkaus KM. "Porous implant exposure: Incidence, management, and morbidity." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;23(1):1-7.

Custer PL, McCaffery S. "Complications of sclera-covered enucleation implants." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug;22(4):269-73.

Custer PL, Vick V. "Repair of marginal eyelid defects with 7-0 chromic sutures." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug;22(4):256-8.

Pradhan S, Custer PL. "Multiple myeloma presenting in the lacrimal sac." Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar;141(3):563-4.

Custer PL. "Ophthalmic management of the facial palsy patient." Semin Plast Surg. 2004 Feb;18(1):31-8.

Foster WJ Jr, Kraus MD, Custer PL. "Herpes simplex virus dacryoadenitis in an immunocompromised patient." Arch Ophthalmol. 2003 Jun;121(6):911-3.

Custer PL, Lind A, Trinkaus KM. "Complications of supramid orbital implants." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Jan;19(1):62-7.

Custer PL, Trinkaus KM. "Hemorrhagic complications of oculoplastic surgery." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Nov;18(6):409-15.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Philip L. Custer.


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