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Mila J. Heersink, M.D.

“I enjoy taking care of patients with complex eye problems and viewing things on a holistic level.”


Dr. Mila Heersink is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. For the last several years, Dr. Heersink has been serving patients at Pacific Eye Institute and is an area leader in the treatment of corneal conditions, cataracts and general ophthalmology. Her patient first approach to care includes helping her patients find treatment plans uniquely suited to them. Dr. Heersink combines her experience with the most advanced technologies to help produce positive results for her patients.

She completed both her residency and cornea fellowship at the number one training program in the country for ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital. During those years of training, she was fortunate to learn from world-renowned leaders in the eye care field.

Dr. Heersink was born in Alabama but spent part of her childhood in the Netherlands. She was accepted into medical school as a high school student and graduated college a year early. She has spent a significant portion of her education abroad through volunteering or work-study programs and has devoted time to ophthalmology mission work internationally.

Education and Training

  • College
    Bachelor of Arts, International studies with Biology minor, Magna Cum Laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Internship
    Harbor Hospital Transitional Year Internship, Baltimore, Maryland
    (2009 -2010)
  • Residency
    Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmology Residency, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship
    Wills Eye Hospital Anterior Segment Fellowship, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certification – American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery (member)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (member)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology (member)

Publications and Presentations

  • 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 the phakic fellow eye as control” Eye World. May 2012.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heersink MJ, Zahariadis N. Problems of oversimplification in AIDS policy based upon Uganda’s success. Oral Presentation. 2004 International Studies Association South Annual Meeting.

Award and Achievements

  • Wills International Residency Experience stipend, Lima, Peru (2013)
  • Ambassador to AAO National Advocacy Day, Washington, DC (2011)
  • Ambassador to Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology Advocacy Day, Harrisburg, PA (2011)
  • Tinsley Harrison Research Society Member (2008)
  • Class of 2009 School of Medicine Paul Farmer Character Award (2007)
  • School of Medicine Health Corps Reresentative (2007)
  • Travel stipend for Medical Student Enrichment Program (2006)

Non-medical Awards and Honors

  • Order of Omega, Greek Leadership Honor Society
  • Most Outstanding UAB International Studies Student (2004 – 2005)
  • UAB Presidential Student Liaison Committee (2004 – 2005)
  • Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society (2004)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2004)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honor Society (2002)

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