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Stephanie A Pumphrey - DVM, DACVO

Dr. Stephanie Pumphrey joined the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine ophthalmology department in 2017. She provides medical and surgical treatment to a variety of veterinary patients with eye issues, including not just dogs and cats but horses, camelids, less traditional pets like rabbits and reptiles, and wildlife species including raptors and other birds. Commonly treated conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, corneal ulcers, eyelid and eyelash disorders like entropion or distichiasis, and uveitis and other inflammatory diseases.

Dr. Pumphrey took a less traditional route to her DVM, completing a PhD in American literature prior to applying to veterinary school. While a PhD student, she got her first dog, and in spending time with her local veterinarian she realized that veterinary medicine was a better fit for her skills and interests than the humanities. During veterinary school she completed several rotations on the ophthalmology service and was attracted to the discipline for its combination of medicine and surgery, and for its obvious impact on the quality of life of its patients. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Tufts in 2012 and became board certified the same year. After working in private practice for nearly 5 years, Dr. Pumphrey returned to Tufts out of a desire to contribute in the fields of teaching and research as well as clinical medicine.

Dr. Pumphrey lives nearby with her husband and dogs. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, kayaking, and foraging for mushrooms and other wild foods.


  • DVM – Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2008
  • PhD (English and American Literature) – Harvard University, 2003
  • BA – Stanford University, 1996

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Pumphrey SA. Canine secondary glaucomas. The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 2015; 45: 1335-1364.
  • Pumphrey SA, Pirie CG, Pizzirani S, Needle DA. Glaucoma associated with uveal cysts and goniodysgenesis in American Bulldogs: a case series. Vet Ophthalmol 2013; 16:377-385.
  • Pumphrey SA, Pizzirani S, Pirie CG, Anwer MS, Logvinenko T. Serum autoantibody profiles in canine goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma.  Am J Vet Res 2013; 74:621-628.
  • Pumphrey SA, Pizzirani S, Pirie CG, Sato AF, Buckley FI. Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog. Vet Ophthalmol 2013; 16:229-233.
  • Pumphrey SA, Pirie CG, Rozanski EA. Uveitis associated with septic peritonitis in a cat. J Vet Emerg Crit Care 2011; 21:279-284.
  • Pumphrey SA, Pizzirani S, Pirie CG. 360-degree conjunctival grafting for management of diffuse keratomalacia in a dog. Vet Ophthalmol 2011; 14: 209-213

General Research Interests

  • Extracellular matrix modification in canine glaucoma
  • Alternative techniques for ocular surface reconstruction and stabilization
  • Ocular oncology
  • Ocular changes in systemic disease
  • Measurements of client compliance and use of novel tools to improve treatment outcomes

Selected Research Projects

  • PAI-1 levels in aqueous humor in canine primary glaucoma
  • Autoantibodies against optic nerve antigens in canine goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma


  • Alternate models for teaching lesion recognition
  • Alternate means of assessment for didactic courses
  • Mentoring of house officers with regards to mental health and self-care

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Phacoemulsification
  • Diode and CO2 laser
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and high-resolution ocular ultrasound (HRUS)
  • Cryosurgery
  • Electroretinography (ERG)
  • MRI
  • CT