Lawrence James Rizzolo PhD, FARVO

Associate Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director of Medical Studies

Biographical Info

Dr. Rizzolo received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1977. He received postdoctoral training in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School and in cell biology at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Rizzolo joined the Yale faculty in 1993 where he serves as the Director of Medical Sciences for the Section of Anatomy, and Course Director of Human Anatomy and Development for first-year clinical students. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and is a member of the Yale Stem Cell Center. Dr. Rizzolo recently served on the Program Planning Committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and chaired the subcommittee on Retinal Cell Biology. He is currently on the editorial boards of Anatomical Sciences Education, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Journal of Ocular Biology, Disease and Informatics, and Molecular Vision. Dr. Rizzolo serves as the liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain.


International Activity

  • Anatomy Exchange Program with Peking Union Medical College
    Beijing, China   (2011 - 2014)
    The purpose of this project is to disseminate novel teaching methods developed at Yale for teaching anatomy. Yale faculty mentor faculty at PUMC and PUMC faculty come to Yale for training.
  • Medical Education
      (2007 - 2012)
    Liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Education & Training

Ph.D.
Duke University (1977)
Research Fellow
Harvard University, Biochemistry
Research Associate
New York University, Cell Biology

Honors & Recognition

  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize
    Yale School of Medicine (2012)
  • Excellence in Teaching
    Physician Assistant Program, Emory University (1993)

Professional Service

  • National Science Foundation (8/4/2010 - 8/5/2010)
  • National Institutes of Health (7/1/2005 - 7/1/2006)
  • American Association of Anatomists; Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (4/1/2007 - 4/1/2012)
  • American Association of Anatomists (4/1/2003 - 4/1/2006)
  • National Institutes of Health, Visual Sciences C (2/2/1999 - 2/2/2003)
  • Chair 2009-11, Williams Wilkins/American Association of Anatomists (10/1/2007 - 1/15/2011)
  • Reviewer, National Institutes of Health (09/12/2011 - 9/12/2011)
  • Liason with the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain, American Association of Anatomists (04/01/2007 - 04/01/2012)

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