Dr. Thomas Reed Hedges III, M75, is director of neuro-ophthalmology at New England Eye Center and has been on the staff of Tufts Medical Center since 1981. He is professor of ophthalmology and neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine and serves on the Tufts Medical Alumni Association, of which he was president from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Hedges graduated from Duke University, Rutgers University, and Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he completed a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology and was the first chief resident in 1979. He was a Heed Fellow in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Hedges served as a North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society representative for the Executive Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has taught many courses at the annual meetings. He received a senior honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2000. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles. He wrote Consultation in Ophthalmology, which was published in 1987.
Dr. Hedges’ research interests include the use of optical coherence tomography and electrophysiology in neuro-ophthalmology. He has participated in several multi-center trials and National Institutes of Health review committees. During his tenure at Tufts, he has trained many medical students, residents, and fellows. Most of his fellows have assumed academic positions around the country and in other parts of the world. He was elected to the medical honor society, AOA, by students in 1989. He has received the Residents Award for Teaching Excellence three times. He has collaborated in research in several countries, especially in Guatemala, Venezuela, and Cuba. He has been a visiting professor or guest speaker at many institutions in the United States and abroad.