Meet Our Doctors

Meet The Doctors

Mila J. Heersink, M.D.


07/2013 - 06/2014: Wills Eye Hospital Anterior Segment Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA

06/2010 - 06/2013: Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmology Residency, Philadelphia, PA

06/2009 - 06/2010: Harbor Hospital Transitional Year Internship, Baltimore, MD

07/2005 - 06/2009: University of Alabama School of Medicine, M.D., Birmingham, AL

08/2002 - 06/2005: University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A., Birmingham, AL

International studies with biology minor, Magna Cum Laude

Award and Honors:

2013: Wills International Residency Experience stipend, Lima, Peru

2011: Ambassador to AAO National Advocacy Day, Washington, DC

2011: Ambassador to Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology Advocacy Day, Harrisburg, PA

2008: Tinsley Harrison Research Society Member

2007: Class of 2009 School of Medicine Paul Farmer Character Award

2007: School of Medicine Health Corps Reresentative

2006: Travel stipend for Medical Student Enrichment Program

2002: Early Medical School Acceptance Program, High School recipient

Non-medical Awards and Honors:

2004: Order of Omega, Greek Leadership Honor Society

2004 - 2005: Most Outstanding UAB International Studies Student

2004 - 2005: UAB Presidential Student Liaison Committee

2004: TPhi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society

2004: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

2002: Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honor Society

Work and Study Experiences:

09/2014: Pacific Eye Institute - Upland, CA (Hired 02/12/2014)

07/2013 - 06/2014: Wills Eye Hospital Anterior Segment Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA

2013: Wills International Resident Experience - Lima, Peru

2008: Co-founder, co-president - UAB chapter for Unite for Sight

2006: TB / HIV Clinic Volunteer - Refilwe Clinic, Gauteng Province, South Africa

2006: Medical Mission Trip - Southern Medical Institute, La Ceiba, Honduras

2004: Research Intern - World Youth Alliance, New York City, NY

2003: Theory and Practical Aspects of Emergency Medicine - Het Onderwijs Instituut, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Membership in Professional Societies:

2012 - present: American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery

2010 - present: American Academy of Ophthalmology

2010 - present: Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology


  1. Dykhuizen M, Heersink MJ, Heinmiller L, Kleinberg T, Uhler T. Wills Eye Institute residents' review of "Long-term effect of phacoemulsification on intraocular pressure using phakic fellow eye as control" Eye World. May 2012.
  2. Heersink MJ. Wills Eye Resident Case Series. Swollen eyelids, a 'bulging' eye and a tumor diagnosis by another hospital lead a patient to seek treatment at the Wills ER. Review of Ophthalmology. April 2011
  3. Mason JO, Gupta SR, Compton CJ, Frederick PA, Neimkin MG, Hill ML, Heersink MJ, Vail RS, White MF, Feist RM, Thomley ML, Abert MA. Comparison of hemorrhagic complications of warfarin and clopidogrel bisulfate in 25-gauge vitrectomy versus a control group. Ophthalmology 118:543-7, 2011

Abstract Presentations:

  1. Heersink MJ, Affel E, Ayres B, Padidam S. UBM Results in Pseudophakic Patients with Post-Operative Inflammation after Proper Placement of Intraocular Lens. Oral Presentation.
  2. Heersink MJ, Cubler D, Zuber J, Murchison A. The effects of a modified triage system in the Wills ER and its effect on patient wait times. Oral Presentation. 2013 Wills Alumni Conference
  3. Champ CE, Duffey KE, Anne R, Showalter TN, Heersink MJ, Iacono R, Mishra MV, Dicker AP, Rosenberg A, Simone NL. Feasibility of dietary intervention in a breast cancer population, Poster Presentation. 2012 National Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Center Conference.
  4. Heersink MJ, Zahariadis N. Problems of oversimplification in AIDS policy based upon Uganda's success. Oral Presentation. 2004 International Studies Association South Annual Meeting.


I was born and raised in Alabama, but I spent part of my childhood in the Netherlands.


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