Ron Afshari Adelman MD, MPH, MBA, FACS

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Interim Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Interim Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital; Director, Retina and Macula Center

Biographical Info

Dr. Adelman is Interim Chairman of Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Director of Retina and Macula Service at Yale University School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert in diseases and surgery of macula, retina and vitreous and currently serves as the Scientific Director of European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS) and President of Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEP). He has been invited faculty in 14 countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Canada. His clinical interests include macular holes and puckers, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, complex retinal detachments, retinal vein occlusion, retinal lasers and surgery.

He has received the “Senior Honor Award” of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the “Achievement Award” of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been recognized by the Lions of Connecticut as “Knight of the Blind” for “outstanding work throughout the state and in the global community.” Dr. Adelman’s education includes a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, an Ophthalmology residency and a Retina fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. During his fellowship, he received many awards, including the Club Vit Fellow Research Award, the Ron G. Michels Fellowship Award, and Fellow of the Year 2000. He has been at the forefront of new advancements in macular and retinal diseases and has been Principal Investigator of numerous clinical trials. Dr. Adelman has published extensively, primarily in the area of retinal and macular diseases and surgery, with over 90 publications and 250 abstracts. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and also serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.


International Activity

  • Scientific Director, EVRS
    Portugal; France(2014)
    Dr Adelman was elected as the Scientific Director of European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS).
  • President, CSEP
    United States(2014)
    Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEP)
  • Secretary and Executive Committee Member, EVRS
    Spain; Germany(2010 - 2014)
    Dr Adelman was elected as the Secretary and Executive Committee Member of European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS).
  • Knight of the Blind
    Dominican Republic(2009)
    Dr Adelman was named "Knight of the Blind" by Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation in recognition of “outstanding work throughout the state and in the global community.”
  • Ophthalmology Twinning Progam
    Brazil(2008)
    Dr. Adelman coordinated with Dr. Brian DeBroff and Dr. Caleb Gonzalez a twinning program between the Yale Eye Center and the Sao Paulo Ophthalmology Program in Brazil. This included a joint course on the "Multspecialty Approach to the Complicated Cataract" which was been accepted as a course at the Pan American Congress. The project has been completed.

Education & Training

M.D.
TUMS (1987)
M.P.H.
University of California at Berkeley (1994)
M.B.A.
Yale University School of Management (2011)
Resident
Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Ophthalmology
Resident
Stanford University Medical Center, Ophthalmology
Fellow
Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Vitreo-retinal Diseases & Surgery
Board Certification
Ophthalmology, Board Certified  (2000)

Honors & Recognition

  • Senior Honor Award
    American Society of Retina specialists 
  • Achievement Award
    American Academy of Ophthalomology 
  • Knight of the Blind
    Lions of Connecticut 
  • Teacher of Year 2012
    Yale University Eye Center 
  • Honor Award
    American Society of Retina Specialists 
  • Fellow of the Year 2000
    Harvard University, Department of Ophthalmology 

Professional Service

  • Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS)

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