Brian K. Firestone, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


Clinical Focus

Ophthalmic Oncology
Ophthalmic Pathology
Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Special Interests 

  • Intraocular tumors, including uveal nevus, melanoma, retinoblastoma, metastatic tumors, lymphoma, retinal vascular tumors, rare tumors, and simulating lesions (e.g. Coats disease, FEVR)
  • Ocular surface tumors, including conjunctival melanoma, squamous neoplasia, lymphoma, and others
  • Specific training in fine needle aspiration biopsy of intraocular tumors, plaque radiotherapy, transpupillary thermotherapy, laser photocoagulation, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and intravitreal chemotherapy injection
  • Ophthalmic pathology, including gross and microscopic evaluation and special stains
  • Cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery, including radiation-related cataract


  • BA: Oklahoma Baptist University, Magna Cum Laude, With Honors
  • MD: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Preliminary Internal Medicine: Scott & White Memorial Hospital; Temple, Texas
  • Ophthalmology Residency: Scott & White Memorial Hospital; Temple, Texas
  • Ocular Oncology Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Ocular Pathology Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Firestone is a native of southern Oklahoma and received his undergraduate education at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he received the William Neptune Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. He received his medical training at the University of Oklahoma. He served as chief resident during his ophthalmology residency at the Scott and White Eye Institute at Texas A&M University. He served as Clinical Fellow on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital under the direction of Jerry A. Shields, M.D. and Carol L. Shields, M.D. The largest eye cancer center in America, the Oncology Service evaluates and treats approximately eight new cases of uveal melanoma and two new cases of retinoblastoma each week, and many of the most challenging cases from the U.S. and abroad are treated here. Dr. Firestone then served as a Fellow in the Ocular Pathology Department at Wills Eye Hospital under the direction of Ralph C. Eagle, Jr., M.D. The Pathology Department processes one of the largest volumes of ophthalmic specimens in the world.
Dr. Firestone has co-authored a book chapter on the topic of retinoblastoma and has published on the subject of combined hamartoma of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology (OAO). He sees adult and pediatric patients with suspected intraocular or periocular tumors at DMEI, and he sees cataract and other general ophthalmology patients both at the downtown and northwest Oklahoma City offices. He performs surgery at the McGee Eye Surgery Center, OU Medical Center, and the Children's Hospital.


  • Moreno Paramo D, Firestone B, Mahajan A, Gombos D. “Chapter 17: External Beam Radiation Therapy” Retinoblastoma. Editors: Ramasubramanian A., Shields C. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, 2012.
  • Firestone BK, Shields CL, Arias JD, Shields JA. “Bilateral Combined Hamartomas of the Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelium as the Presenting Feature of Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (Wishart type)”. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Accepted: April 2014.

From a Grateful Patient...

"We finally found out exactly what type of tumor was behind my eye, thanks to Dr. Brian Firestone and his group of staff. Treatment will be next month and I couldn't be any happier to know exactly what's going on and how they plan on helping. Thank you for the excellent service and welcoming staff!" - Jenna H.

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