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Kristen Peterson, MD is a comprehensive ophthalmologist, cataract surgeon, and dry eye specialist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Kristen Peterson, M.D.



Comprehensive Ophthalmology


The ophthalmologists and optometrists of the Marietta Eye Clinic each chose to join this practice because of a common philosophy, providing the highest quality patient care possible. Marietta Eye doctors are the experts in their fields, the top graduates in their educational and training programs, and deeply compassionate health care providers. The physicians and optometrists here research and provide the latest technology for their patients, listen intently to their patients’ needs, and ensure their patients have the highest quality support and surgical staff available. We invite you to explore the credentials and personality of our doctors on this page. Thank you for considering the Marietta Eye Clinic.


Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Dry Eye


Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Georgia

Honors & Awards

Honorable Mention ASCRS 2017 Pediatric, Glaucoma, Retina Poster Category

Baptist Health System Transitional & Preliminary Medicine Case Report, 1st Place

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Emory University School of Medicine, Woodruff Academic Scholarship

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Society

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society

Emory Global Health Institute Scholar Award

Curry T. Haynes Biology Award

Andy Autry General Chemistry Award

Emory University Dean Scholar, Woodruff academic scholarship


Duke University, Durham, NC
Ocular Immunology Fellowship

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Ophthalmology Residency Program

Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL
Intern, Transitional Year Residency Program

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Doctor of Medicine, Graduated summa cum laude

Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science Degree, Biology Major, Religion Minor

Professional Associations

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Research & Publications


Perez V, Foulsham W, Peterson K, and R Dana. “Immune Rejections of Corneal Grafts.” Foundations of Corneal Disease: Past, Present and Future. Springer Science and Business Media.

Parker JS, KM Peterson and JS Parker: DMEK borrow tricks from retina surgery for better results. Ocular Surgery News, September 2018.

Peterson KM, Huisingh CE, Girkin C, Owsley C, Rhodes LA. Patient satisfaction with care in an urban tertiary referral academic glaucoma clinic in the US. Patient preference and adherence. 2018;12:775-781. doi:10.2147/PPA.S162439.

Jijelava K, H Le, J Parker, J Yee: Getting Hooked: A Simple Technique for the Treatment of Adhesive Injuries to the Eyelids. J Emerg Med. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2016.09.013.

Daniel P, Jijelava K, Le H, Orman K, and Stanley J: V-Slice: A New, Easy Way To Tackle Soft Lenses. Review of Ophthalmology. May 2016. http://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/content/t/cataract/c/61040.

Jijelava KP, HE Grossniklaus: Diffuse anterior retinoblastoma: A review. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2013; 27(3): 135-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sjopt.2013.06.006.



Peterson K, Perry I, Tramber M, Botsay S, and J Tothova. “Comparison of the performance of Kerasave corneal storage media with antimycotic tablet and Optisol GS.” Eye Bank Association of America Scientific Symposium. Scottsdale, AZ, June 8th 2019.

Peterson K, Fuerst N, McNabb R, Tian J, Tramber M, Perez V, and Kuo A. “A Novel Approach to Determine and Quantify Total Corneal Limbal Stem Cell Health Using Optical Coherence Tomography.” 2019 ARVO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, April 28th – May 2nd 2019. 1909-A0300.

Peterson K, Huisingh C, Girkin C, Owsley C, Rhodes R. “Patient Satisfaction with Care in an Urban Tertiary Referral Academic Glaucoma Clinic.” 2018 ASCRS Symposium in Washington, DC, April 13-17th 2018.

Jijelava K, Parker J and J Parker. “Femptosecond Laser Preparation of Individual Bowman Layer Grafts.”  2017 Department of Ophthalmology Annual Clinical Research Symposium. Birmingham, AL, May 20th 2017.

Jijelava K, Le H, Parker J, Parker J. “Anterior stromal puncture for non-healing corneal ulcers.” 2017 ASCRS Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, May 5-9th 2017.

Le H, Jijelava K, Yee J, Parker J. “Getting Hooked: A Simple Technique for the Treatment of Adhesive Injuries to the Eyelids.” 2017 ASCRS Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, May 5-9th 2017.

Jijelava K, Le H, Diamond A, Yee J, Parker J. “A novel treatment strategy for the phacoemulsification of soft lenses: the V-slice technique.” 2017 ASCRS Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, May 5-9th 2017.

Jijelava K and M Cogen.  “A Retrospective Review of Unilateral Supramaximal Lateral Rectus Recession for Moderate-Angle Exotropia.” 2016 Department of Ophthalmology Annual Clinical and Research Symposium.  May 14th 2016.

Jijelava K, Durazo S, Kompella U, Kang S, Yang H, Grossniklaus H. “Evaluation of the Efficacy of Topotecan Loaded Au-Tethered Liposomes and AU-011 for the Treatment of Retinoblastoma in vitro.” 2014 ARVO Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, May 4-8th 2014. 3072-A0005.

Leadership Experience

Ophthalmology Interest Group, Emory University, President

Patient Care/Medical Care Committee, Callahan Eye Hospital

Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital Surgery Committee

Emory University School of Medicine Student Ambassador

Community Service

Volunteer, high school youth group leader

Volunteer, Cahaba Valley Healthcare, Vision Referral Clinic

Volunteer, Retinoblastoma Kid’s Day

Personal Interests

Spending time with her incredible husband, family, and friends; baking; and scrapbooking.