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.

Research Interests

  • 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 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • OPTOM 134 - Immunology
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • OPTOM 215 - Systemic Disease
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

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

Graduate studies