Michael Puente Jr., MD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2015)
Graduate School :
  • MS, University of Santiago de Compostela (2012)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Rice University (TX) (2010)
Internship:
  • Tulane University Program (2016)
Residency:
  • Tulane University Program, Ophthalmology (2019)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus (2020)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Ophthalmology

Recognition & Awards

  • Advocacy Ambassador, American Academy of Pediatrics - Section on Ophthalmology (2020)
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Provider of the Month (August 2020), Children's Hospital Colorado (2020)
  • Most Outstanding Resident Research Presentation, Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology (2019)
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Rotary International (2010)
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Rice University (2010)
  • United States Presidential Scholar, White House Commission on Presidential Scholars (2006)

Research Interests

Pediatric cataracts, Down's syndrome, retinopathy of prematurity, LGBT issues in ophthalmology

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2020)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology

Publications

  • Puente MA, Patnaik JL, Lynch AM. Association of Federal Regulations in the United States and Canada With Potential Corneal Donation by Men Who Have Sex With Men. JAMA Ophthalmology. Pre-published online September 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3630
  • Curran C, Puente MA. Loa loa filariasis (African eye worm). American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeWiki. September 23, 2020. https://eyewiki.org/Loa_loa_filariasis_(African_eye_worm)
  • Puente MA, Mustapha J, Ifantides C. Malarial retinopathy. American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeWiki. April 15, 2020. http://eyewiki.aao.org/Malarial_retinopathy.
  • Puente MA. Corneal Donation by Gay Men. Council Advisory Recommendation endorsed by the state ophthalmology societies of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah and submitted by those societies to the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. January 30, 2020. https://www.aao.org/about/governance/council
  • Puente MA, Patnaik JL, Lynch AM, Snyder BM, Caplan CM, Pham B, Neves da Silva HV, Chen C, Taravella MJ, Palestine AG. Association of Federal Regulations in the United States and Canada With Potential Corneal Donation by Men Who Have Sex With Men. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32970105
  • Puente MA, Mustapha J, Ifantides C. Malarial retinopathy. American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeWiki. April 15, 2020. http://eyewiki.aao.org/Malarial_retinopathy.
  • Curran C, Puente MA. Loa loa filariasis (African eye worm). American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeWiki. September 23, 2020. https://eyewiki.org/Loa_loa_filariasis_(African_eye_worm)
  • Puente MA. The ban on gay & bi men donating their eyes is leaving thousands blind. LGBTQ Nation. October 13, 2020. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/10/ban-gay-bi-men-donating-eyes-leaving-thousands-blind/
  • Puente MA. Corneal Donation by Gay Men. Council Advisory Recommendation endorsed by the state ophthalmology societies of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah and submitted by those societies to the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. January 30, 2020. https://www.aao.org/about/governance/council
  • Pinto A, Puente M Jr, Shaikh F, Mireskandari K, Gallie B, Soliman SE. Aseptic pediatric orbital cellulitis: retinoblastoma until otherwise proven. Ophthalmic Genet. 2019 Oct;40(5):488-492. PubMed PMID: 31647343
  • Dixit L, Puente M, Yen KG. Characteristics of Anterior Lens Opacities in Children. Open Ophthalmol J. 2017;11:84-88. PubMed PMID: 28553426
  • Ford JR, Puente MA, Valenzuela AA. BB pellet extraction from the anterior orbit using manual expression. Can J Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug;52(4):e128-e130. PubMed PMID: 28774534
  • Kuo D, Thaker S, Duncan M, Puente M, Parra S, Rider A, Horter K, Pillow MT. Use of Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish Adults (SAHLSA-50) to determine the health literacy rate of the Spanish-speaking population in an urban emergency department. J Fam Strengths. 2017;17(1):11.
  • Cao JH, Wagner BD, Cerda A, McCourt EA, Palestine A, Enzenauer RW, Braverman RS, Wong RK, Tsui I, Gore C, Robbins SL, Puente MA Jr, Kauffman L, Kong L, Morrison DG, Lynch AM. Colorado retinopathy of prematurity model: a multi-institutional validation study. J AAPOS. 2016 Jun;20(3):220-5. PubMed PMID: 27166790
  • Puente MA, Herce HH, Bhatt AR, Marx DP, Yen KG. Decreased ocular motility after facial trauma. Medscape. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/834680. Published November 17, 2014.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Member
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Member
  • Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEPS), Board of Directors
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), Member
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), Member
  • Colorado Medical Society, Member

Practice Locations

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

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

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Ophthalmology, Board Certification (2021)
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, Specialized Training (2020)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Eyes and Vision - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Eyes and Vision
  • Surgery - Eye and/or Orbital Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Eyes and Vision - Eye Disease
  • Child and Teen Health

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2015)
Graduate Schools:
  • MS, University of Santiago de Compostela (2012)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Rice University (TX) (2010)
Internships:
  • Tulane University Program (2016)
Residency Programs:
  • Tulane University Program, Ophthalmology (2019)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus (2020)
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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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