Lauren Mehner, MD, MPH, BA
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2015)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, Colorado School of Public Health (2015)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Washington University in Saint Louis (MO) (2009)
Internship:
  • St Louis University School of Medicine Program (2016)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Ophthalmology (2019)
Fellowships:
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Program, Ophthalmology (2020)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Ophthalmology

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Research Interests

pediatric cataract, pediatric strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity, global health, public health in ophthalmology

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (2020)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology
    Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus

Publications

  • Mehner LC, Wagner BD, Bol KA, Singh JK, Oliver SC, Patnaik JL, Palestine AG, McCourt EA, Mandava N, Wymore EM, Lynch AM. Trends in Retinopathy of Prematurity over 12 Years in a Colorado Cohort. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2021 Jun;28(3):220-226. PubMed PMID: 32893714
  • Cunningham M, Bonnell LN, Mehner L, Berman S, Camp B. A cumulative risk index for use in the medical home. Child Care Health Dev. 2021 Jul;47(4):471-476. PubMed PMID: 33631836
  • Mehner LC, Singh JK. Ocular Disorders in the Newborn. Neoreviews. 2021 Jul;22(7):e461-e469. PubMed PMID: 34210810
  • Mehner LC, Jung JL, Maloney JA, McCourt EA. Ocular Findings in Pontine Tegmental Cap Dysplasia. Cornea. 2020 May 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32398424
  • Mehner LC, Wagner BD, Bol KA, Singh JK, Oliver SC, Patnaik JL, Palestine AG, McCourt EA, Mandava N, Wymore EM, Lynch AM. Trends in Retinopathy of Prematurity over 12 Years in a Colorado Cohort. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2020 Sep 7;:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32893714
  • Stunkel M, Mehner L, Boente C, Neely D. Plication as a Muscle-strengthening Procedure. Review of Ophthalmology May 2020; 27(5): 18-20.
  • Mehner LC, Wagner BD, Bol KA, Singh JK, Oliver SC, Patnaik JL, Palestine AG, McCourt EA, Mandava N, Wymore EM, Lynch AM. Trends in Retinopathy of Prematurity over 12 Years in a Colorado Cohort. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2020 Sep 7;:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32893714
  • Mehner LC, Jung JL, Maloney JA, McCourt EA. Ocular Findings in Pontine Tegmental Cap Dysplasia. Cornea. 2020 Dec;39(12):1516-1519. PubMed PMID: 32398424
  • Stunkel M, Mehner L, Boente C, Neely D. Plication as a Muscle-strengthening Procedure. Review of Ophthalmology 2020 May; 27(5): 18-20.
  • Bou Ghannam AS, Mehner LC, Pelak VS. Sialidosis Type 1 Without Cherry-Red Spot. J Neuroophthalmol. 2019 Sep;39(3):388-390. PubMed PMID: 31107347
  • Mehner LC, Domek GJ, Abdel-Maksoud M, Jimenez-Zambrano A, Asturias EJ, Lamb MM, Berman S. The Association of Cumulative Risk Scoring with ASQ-3 Outcomes in a Rural Impoverished Region of Guatemala. Pediatr Dimensions 2019; 4: 2-6.
  • Berman S, Shriver A, Mehner L, Wallace B, Furniss A, Treitz M. Anticipatory Ear Pain Counseling at a 12-15 Month Preventative Care Visit for Low Income Children. J Pediatr Perinatol Child Health 2019; 3(3): 140-151.
  • Davern MS, Sandsmark E, Schwan J, Ayres L, Mehner L, Gilmer R, Odom J, Guiton G, Taylor M. Mobile learning: students' novel approach to practice problems. Med Educ. 2014 Nov;48(11):1106-7. PubMed PMID: 25307642
  • Bunik M, Cavanaugh KL, Herrick D, Mehner L, Venugopalakrishnan J, Crane LA, Puma J. The ONE step initiative: quality improvement in a pediatric clinic for secondhand smoke reduction. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e502-11. PubMed PMID: 23858424
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), member
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), member
  • Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEPS), member
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado North Campus
469 State Highway 7
Broomfield, CO 80023
720-478-5000

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Ophthalmology, Board Certification
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Specialized Training (2020)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Eyes and Vision - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Eyes and Vision
  • Eyes and Vision - Cataract
  • Eyes and Vision - Corneal Disease
  • Eyes and Vision - Glaucoma
  • Eyes and Vision - Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery
  • Surgery - Eye and/or Orbital Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Child and Teen Health
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include pediatric cataract, pediatric glaucoma, pediatric eyelid diseases, amblyopia and other vision issues, retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus for both children and adults, global health, and public health in ophthalmology.

Care Philosophy
I believe that vision is an essential component of a happy, healthy life and take pride in helping my patients optimize their health through high quality care for their eyes. I strive to create a fun, safe environment for my patients in clinic and in surgery to help them feel comfortable and achieve their goal of excellent vision for life.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy running, yoga, and skiing and backpacking in the mountains with my husband and golden retriever

Volunteer Activities
DAWN clinic faculty volunteer for ophthalmology

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2015)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, Colorado School of Public Health (2015)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Washington University in Saint Louis (MO) (2009)
Internships:
  • St Louis University School of Medicine Program (2016)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Chief Resident, Ophthalmology (2019)
Fellowships:
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Program, Ophthalmology (2020)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Ophthalmology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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