Philip L. Custer, MD, FACS

Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Patients Seen At: (314) 362-3937

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  • B.S.: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennesse, 1974
  • Medical Degree: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennesse, 1978


  • Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1982
  • Fellowship: Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, 1984

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology -- Certified


  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

Honors and Awards

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Lester Jones Anatomy Award:  American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Academic Teacher of the Year: Washington University Department of Ophthalmology
  • Senior Achievement Award:  American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award:  Washington University Department of Ophthalmology
  • Special Recognition Award: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Named Lectures Delivered

  • Featured Member Speaker, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 2000
  • Foundation Lecturer, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 2013
  • Distinguished Alumnus Lecture, Washington University Department of Ophthalmology: 2014
  • Wendell Hughes Lecture, American Academy of Ophthalmology: 2014
  • William N. Williford Distinguished Lecturer, University of Tennessee: 2015

Selected Publications

  1. Custer PL, Kent TL. Pitfalls of ophthalmic radiographic imaging. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Jacobs SM, Couch SM, Custer PL. Divided eyelid nevus: a lid-sparing, staged surgical approach. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Oct;156(4):813-18.
  3. Kent TL, Custer PL. Bleeding complications in both anticoagulated and nonanticoagulated surgical patients. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Mar-Apr;29(2):113-7
  4. Couch SM, Custer PL. "Topical 5-fluorouracil for the treatment of periocular actinic keratosis and low-grade squamous malignancy." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 May;28(3):181-3.
  5. McClelland CM, Harocopos GJ, Custer PL. "Periorbital edema secondary to imatinib mesylate." Clin Ophthalmol. 2010 May 14;4:427-31.
  6. Limbrick DD Jr, Behdad A, Derdeyn CP, Custer PL, Zipfel GJ, Santiago P. "Traumatic enucleation with avulsion of the ophthalmic artery resulting in aneurysm-like subarachnoid hemorrhage." J Neurosurg. 2009 Oct;111(4):653-7.
  7. Chang SH, Custer PL, Mohadjer Y, Scott E. "Use of Lorenz titanium implants in orbital fracture repair." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Mar-Apr;25(2):119-22.
  8. Custer PL, Trinkaus KM. "Porous implant exposure: Incidence, management, and morbidity." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;23(1):1-7.
  9. Custer PL, McCaffery S. "Complications of sclera-covered enucleation implants." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug;22(4):269-73.
  10. Custer PL, Vick V. "Repair of marginal eyelid defects with 7-0 chromic sutures." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Jul-Aug;22(4):256-8.

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