Michelle Trager Cabrera, MD

Michelle Trager Cabrera, MD


On staff since September 2014

Children's Title: Clinic Head

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Dr. Cabrera is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at UW and Head of Ophthalmology at Seattle Children’s since 2020. She completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Stanford University followed by Medical School and ophthalmology residency at UCSF. She then went on to a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Duke Eye Center. Her clinical research focuses on retinal imaging in retinopathy of prematurity, for which she is a frequent invited speaker, both nationally and internationally. She is also a national leader in prevention of sexual harassment in ophthalmology.

    • Related Pages

    • The Cabrera Lab

      Optical Coherence Tomography uses light to measure the structure of the retina. When light waves bounce off the retina, a sensor in the device can measure this and show detailed anatomy. This is simil

    • Sasha Glenoma, WA 11.09.15

      My daughter is 3 years old and in Oct. we saw Dr.Cabrera for the first time. She is the best! She is so patient and that's important when you have a 3yr old who is being just a little difficult ;) . She went over everything with us and ordered more testing just to be on the safe side for my little one. We had a MRI on a Friday and was told she wouldn't be back into the office until Monday to get the results. But she took the time on a Sunday to call and give me the good news on the MRI results. I highly recommend her! This will be my daughters dr for as long as she is being seen at Seattle Childrens!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Latham Vision Research Innovation Award University of Washington Medicine Eye Institute 2018
    Latham Vision Research Innovation Award of the Year University of Washington Medical Eye Institute 2018
    2018 Champions for Change Award Women in Ophthalmology 2018
  • Other Publications

    • Legocki AT, Zepeda EM, Gillette TB, Grant LE, Shariff A, Touch P, Lee AY, Ding L, Estrada MM, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Lee CS, Mayock DE, Pepple KL, Cabrera MT
      Vitreous Findings by Handheld Spectral-Domain OCT Correlate with Retinopathy of Prematurity Severity.
      32446843 Ophthalmology. Retina, 2020 Apr 9
    • Moshiri Y, Legocki AT, Zhou K, Cabrera MT, Rezaei KA, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Wang RK
      Handheld swept-source optical coherence tomography with angiography in awake premature neonates.
      31667136 Quantitative imaging in medicine and surgery, 2019 Sept. : 9(9)1495-1502 PMCID:PMC6785511
    • Cabrera MT, Yanovitch TL, Gandhi NG, Ding L, Enyedi LB
      The flipped-classroom approach to teaching horizontal strabismus in ophthalmology residency: a pilot study.
      31229609 Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2019 Aug. : 23(4)200.e1-200.e6 PMCID:PMC6778022
    • Cabrera MT, Enyedi LB, Ding L, MacDonald SM
      Sexual Harassment in Ophthalmology: A Survey Study.
      30340768 Ophthalmology, 2019 Jan. : 126(1)172-174 PMCID:PMC6629426
    • Lindsay RA, Weiss AH, Kelly JP, Anderson VC, Lindsay TH, Cabrera MT
      Clinical Outcomes in Children With Orbital Cellulitis and Radiographic Globe Tenting.
      29990314 Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2018 July : 34(4)329-332
    • Zepeda EM, Shariff A, Gillette TB, Grant L, Ding L, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Cabrera MT
      Vitreous Bands Identified by Handheld Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Among Premature Infants.
      29799932 JAMA ophthalmology, 2018 Jul 1 : 136(7)753-758 PMCID:PMC6136047
    • Zhang X, Wang Y, Ulrich JN, Yang Y, Ding L, Yang Y, Xu D, Tarczy-Hornoch K, Cabrera MT
      Evaluation of retinopathy of prematurity incidence with telemedicine confirmation in Gansu, China: a pilot study.
      29095074 Ophthalmic epidemiology, 2018 April : 25(2)120-125
    • White CA, Wrzosek JA, Chesnutt DA, Enyedi LB, Cabrera MT
      A novel method for teaching key steps of strabismus surgery in the wet lab.
      26486033 Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 2015 Oct. : 19(5)468-70.e1
    • Bondalapati S, Milam RW Jr, Ulrich JN, Cabrera MT
      The Characteristics and Short-term Refractive Error Outcomes of Cystoid Macular Edema in Premature Neonates as Detected by Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography.
      26431295 Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina, 2015 Sept. : 46(8)806-12
    • Estrada R, Tomasi C, Cabrera MT, Wallace DK, Freedman SF, Farsiu S
      Exploratory Dijkstra forest based automatic vessel segmentation: applications in video indirect ophthalmoscopy (VIO).
      22312585 Biomedical optics express, 2012 Feb 1 : 3(2)327-39 PMCID:PMC3269849


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


University of California at Los Angeles GME, Los Angeles, CA


Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC