Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH: Cataract Surgeon and Glaucoma Fellowship-Trained Specialist


Meet Dr. Hennen

Dr. Hennen has a unique combination of experiences, skills, and interests. She has a personal history that spans four continents, and underwent extensive education and training in Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, she is an expert in advanced eye imaging and procedures.

Dr. Hennen earned her medical degree from the Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia. She then completed her clinical and surgical training in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States, where she finished ocular pathology and pediatric ophthalmology research fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 

Dr. Hennen completed glaucoma research fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City, as well as a surgery internship at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Finally, she completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and a clinical fellowship in glaucoma at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. 

Remaining active in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Hennen is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology​, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She served as a reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications. She was also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis from 2011-2013 and was awarded the Faculty Career Development Award from the Washington University School of Medicine.

At Eyecare MPLS, Dr. Hennen utilizes advanced technologies and procedures to preserve patients’ eye health. She has a genuine appreciation for her patients as individuals and believes in early diagnosis and management of eye conditions to prevent any future problems.


Achievements and Awards

Mentoring for Advancement of Physician-Scientists (MAPS) Award from the American Glaucoma Society

Faculty Career Development Award from the Washington University School of Medicine

Authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications as well as 2 chapters in ophthalmology textbooks


Reviewer for the glaucoma section of the American Journal of Ophthalmology

Invited speaker to regional and national ophthalmic meetings on management and research in glaucoma

Clinical Assistant Professor and glaucoma faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis from 2011 to 2013

Professional Memberships

American Glaucoma Society

American Academy of Ophthalmology

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology


Medical degree from the Russian State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Clinical and surgical training in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom

Ocular pathology and pediatric ophthalmology research fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina


Glaucoma research fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Surgery internship at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School



Glaucoma clinical fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis




Book Chapter

Cataract surgery. Techniques, Complications, and Management. In: Steinert RF, editor. Saunders, 2003; Intraocular lens-related opacifications: in front, within, between, and behind the intraocular lens. Triverdi RH, Werner L, Suresh K, Peng Q, Arthur S, Macky TA, Apple DJ. Pages: 443-467


Elimination of cataract blindness: A global perspective entering the new century. Principal authors: Apple DJ, Ran J, Foster A, Peng Q. First major contributing author: Arthur SN. Survey of Ophthalmology, 2000; 45 Suppl 1:S1-196

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Manuscripts

  1. Stella N. Hennen, MD, MSPH, Wenxin Xing, MS, Ying-Bo Shui, MD, PhD, Yong Zhou, MS, Kalishman Jennifer, DVM, MS, Lisa B.Andrews-Kaminsky, Michael A. Kass, MD, David C. Beebe, PhD, Konstantin I. Maslov, PhD, and Lihong V. Wang, PhD. Photoacoustic tomography imaging and estimation of oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in ocular tissue of rabbits. In press, Experimental Eye Research, 2015

  2. Chang ST, Xu J, Trinkaus K, Pekmezci M, Arthur SN, Song SK, Barnett EM. Optic Nerve Diffusion Tensor Imaging parameters and their correlation with optic disc topography and disease severity in adult glaucoma patients and controls. J Glaucoma. 2013 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]

  3. Efficacy, safety, and survival rates of IOP-lowering effect of phacoemulsification alone or with canaloplasty in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Arthur, D. WuDunn, LB. Cantor , GR. Prattar, Y. Catoira-Boyle, L. Morgan, J. Hoop. J Glaucoma. 2014 Jun-Jul;23(5):316-20

  4. Review of alpha-agonists. Arthur SN, Cantor LB. Experimental Eye Research. 2011 Sep;93(3):271-83

  5. Uveitis-glaucoma-hyphema syndrome and corneal decompensation in association with cosmetic iris implants. Arthur SN, Wright MM, Kaufman SC, Grajewski AL. Am J Ophthalmol. 2009;148:790-3

  6. Reproducibility and agreement in evaluating retinal nerve fiber layer between Stratus OCT and Spectralis OCT. SN Arthur, SD. Smith, MM. Wright, AL. Grajewski, Q Wang, JM. Terry, and MS Lee. Eye (Lond). 2011 Feb;25(2):192-200

  7. The Location of the Inferior and Superior Temporal Blood Vessels and Inter-individual Variability of the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness. Hood DC, Salant JA, Arthur SN, Ritch R, Hood DC. J Glaucoma. 2010 Mar;19(3):158-66

  8. HRT III glaucoma probability score and Moorfields regression across the glaucoma spectrum. Reddy S, Xing D, Arthur SN, Harizman N, Dorairaj S, Ritch R, Liebmann JM. J Glaucoma. 2009;18:368-72.

  9. Blood vessel contributions to retinal nerve fiber layer thickness profiles measured with optical coherence tomography. Hood DC, Fortune B, Arthur SN, Xing D, Salant JA, Ritch R, Liebmann JM. J Glaucoma. 2008;17:519-28.
  10. Intra-observer and inter-observer reliability and reproducibility of slit-lamp-adapted optical coherence tomography for evaluation of anterior chamber depth and central corneal thickness. Sandler SF, Zelefsky JR, Dorairaj S, Arthur SN, Ritch R, Liebmann JM. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2008;39:299-303.

  11. Comparison of diagnostic accuracy of Heidelberg Retina Tomograph II and Heidelberg Retina Tomograph 3 to discriminate glaucomatous and nonglaucomatous eyes. De León-Ortega JE, Sakata LM, Monheit BE, McGwin G Jr, Arthur SN, Girkin CA. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007;144:525-32

  12. Detecting visual function abnormalities using the Swedish interactive threshold algorithm and matrix perimetry in eyes with  Sakata LM, Deleon-Ortega J, Arthur SN, Monheit BE, Girkin CA. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125:340-5.glaucomatous appearance of the optic disc.

  13. Effect of glaucomatous damage on repeatability of confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope, scanning laser polarimetry, and optical coherence tomography. DeLeón Ortega JE, Sakata LM, Kakati B, McGwin G Jr, Monheit BE, Arthur SN, Girkin CA. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2007;48:1156-63.

  14. Correlations between retinal nerve fiber layer and visual field in eyes with nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Deleón-Ortega J, Carroll KE, Arthur SN, Girkin CA. Am J Ophthalmol. 2007;143:288-294.

  15. Comparison of the Moorfields classification using confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and subjective optic disc classification in detecting glaucoma in blacks and whites. Girkin CA, DeLeon-Ortega JE, Xie A, McGwin G, Arthur SN, Monheit BE. Ophthalmology. 2006;113:2144-9.

  16. Discrimination between glaucomatous and nonglaucomatous eyes using quantitative imaging devices and subjective optic nerve head assessment. Deleón-Ortega JE, Arthur SN, McGwin G Jr, Xie A, Monheit BE, Girkin CA. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006;47:3374-80.

  17. Agreement in assessing cup-to-disc ratio measurement among stereoscopic optic nerve head photographs, HRT II, and Stratus OCT. Arthur SN, Aldridge AJ, De León-Ortega J, McGwin G, Xie A, Girkin CA. J Glaucoma. 2006;15:183-9.

  18. Secondary acute angle-closure glaucoma associated with vitreous hemorrhage after ruptured retinal arterial  Arthur SN, Mason J, Roberts B, Girkin CA. Am J Ophthalmol. 2004;138:682-3.macroaneurysm.

  19. Scanning electron microscopic and histologic evaluation of the AcrySof SA30AL acrylic intraocular lens. Manufacturing quality and morphology in the capsular bag. Escobar-Gomez M, Apple DJ, Vargas LG, Werner L, Arthur SN, Pandey SK, Izak AM, Schmidbauer JM. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2003;29:164-9.

  20. LETTERS . Stella Arthur, Lisa L Steed. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 2002;40: 3544-3545fusispora Misidentified as Scedosporium prolificansEDITOR-Reply-Acrophialophora THE TO

  21. Snowflake degeneration of polymethyl methacrylate posterior chamber intraocular lens optic material: a newly described clinical condition caused by unexpected late opacification of polymethyl methacrylate. Apple DJ, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Werner L, Merritt JH, Vargas LG, Hoddinott DS, Escobar-Gomez M, Schmidbauer JM. Ophthalmology. 2002;109:1666-75.

  22. Evaluation of neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet capsulotomies in eyes implanted with AcrySof intraocular lenses. Schmidbauer JM, Vargas LG, Apple DJ, Escobar-Gomez M, Izak A, Arthur SN, Golescu A, Peng Q. Ophthalmology. 2002;109:1421-6.

  23. Evaluation of 3 modern single-piece foldable intraocular lenses:  Vargas LG, Peng Q, Apple DJ, Escobar-Gomez M, Pandey SK, Arthur SN, Hoddinott DS, Schmidbauer JM. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002;28:1241-50.clinicopathological study of posterior capsule opacification in a rabbit model.

  24. Effect of haptic angulation on posterior capsule opacification in modern foldable lenses with a  Schmidbauer JM, Escobar-Gomez M, Apple DJ, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Vargas LG. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002;28:1251-5.

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  26. Cloudiness of a PMMA intraocular lens. “Snowflake” degeneration. Schmidbauer JM, Apple DJ, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Vargas LG. Ophthalmologe. 2002;99:306-7. German

  27.  Arthur SNEffect of heparin surface modification in reducing silicone oil adherence to various intraocular lenses.,Peng Q, Apple DJ, Escobar-Gomez M, Bianchi R, Pandey SK, Werner L. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2001;27:1662-9.

  28. Postoperative opacification of posterior chamber intraocular lenses – a review. Schmidbauer JM, Werner L, Apple DJ, Pandey SK, Izak AM, Trivedi RH, Macky TA, Auffarth GU, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Escobar-Gomez M, Ma L, Vargas LG. Klin Monatsbl Augenheilkd. 2001;218:586-94. Review. German.

  29. Influence of surgery-related factors on the Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy rates of 3-piece silicone IOLs – analysis of 457 pseudophakic human globes obtained post mortem. Schmidbauer JM, Vargas LG, Apple DJ, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Escobar-Gomez M, Izak A. Klin Monatsbl Augenheilkd. 2001;218:523-7. German.

  30. Millennium update on posterior capsule opacification (PCO) scores, centration, biocompatibility and fixation of foldable intraocular lenses-an analysis of 1,221 pseudophakic post-mortem globes. Schmidbauer JM, Vargas LG, Apple DJ, Auffarth GU, Peng Q, Arthur SN, Escobar-Gomez M. Klinische Monatsblaetter fuer Augenheilkunde, 2001;218:649-657. German

  31. Evolution of surgical techniques and intraocular lens designs for the developing world. Escobar-Gomez M, Arthur SN, Apple DJ, Vargas LG, Pandey SK, Schmidbauer J. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2001;41:197-210. Review.

  32. Posterior capsule opacification. Schmidbauer JM, Vargas LG, Peng Q, Escobar-Gomez M, Werner L, Arthur SN, Apple DJ. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2001;41:109-31. Review.

  33. Snowflake opacification of poly(methyl methacrylate) intraocular lens optic biomaterial: a newly described syndrome. Peng Q, Apple DJ, Arthur SN, Merritt JH, Escobar-Gomez M, Hoddinott DS. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2001;41:91-107.

  34. Silicone oil adherence to silicone intraocular lenses. Arthur SN, Peng Q, Escobar-Gomez M, Apple DJ. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2001;41:33-45. Review.

  35. Arthur SN, Steed L, Peng Q, Apple DJ. Clinical Microbiology, 2001;39:4579-4582keratouveitis prolificans Scedosporium

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