Denise Hileeto

Denise Hileeto
Clinical Associate Professor, Admissions Officer
Location: OPT 329
Phone: 519-888-4567 x41930


Dr. Hileeto is a Bulgarian-trained physician, who received her Master of Science degree in Pathology at the University of Western Ontario before completing a 3-year residency in anatomic pathology at Yale University and a 1-year research fellowship in pathology at McMaster University.

Scholarly Research

Histopathologic evaluation and establishing of morphologic tissue characteristics in normal and pathological states of the eye and ocular adnexal tissue. Identification of new diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in ocular surface disease, myopia, and altered refractive states. Histopathologic evaluation of limbal stem cell deficiency and investigating the possibilities for ocular surface reconstruction through tissue substitutes. Evaluation of histological parameters and correlation of microscopically identified tissue characteristics with their imaging correlates using current diagnostic imaging techniques. New methodologies for digital analysis in diagnostic and prognostic histopathology using digitalized histology slides.


  • MD, MSc


  • OPTOM 108 - Histology of Tissues and Organs
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • OPTOM 134 - Immunology
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • OPTOM 215 - Systemic Disease
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Graduate studies