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Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Yale New Haven Hospital

Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD is the Robert R. Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University School of Medicine.  He is also the Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Hospital. He has a long-standing interest in the cell biology of the retina and RPE, including the pathology and treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration and geographic atrophy, and diabetic eye disease. He has published extensively on RPE transplantation, stem cell therapy, retinal degenerations including AMD, and the effects of diseased extracellular matrix of the behavior of transplanted cells.

Dr. Del Priore specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of retinal disease, including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and ocular trauma.  He received his BS in physics from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an MS and PhD in Physics from Cornell University. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology and fellowships in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the John Hopkins Hospital.  He served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey prior to joining the faculty at Columbia University, where he was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Storm Eye Institute in Charleston, SC and he has received an honorary degree from Yale University (M.A. honorary).


Dr. Del Priore is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the International Society for Eye Research. Dr. Del Priore has published extensively in the peer-review literature, has given numerous invited lectures, and lectures throughout the world on the treatment of retinal diseases. He maintains an active research laboratory in the biology of retina in health and disease. During his professional career has been awarded such honors as a Senior Honor Award from American Society of Retinal Specialists; a Silver level award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; the Lew R. Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness; and Teacher of the Year Award. He is listed consistently within the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors.