Lawrence James Rizzolo, PhD, FARVO

Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy); Director of Medical Studies

Departments & Organizations

Ophthalmology

Faculty Research

Stem Cell Center, Yale: Tissue Specific Stem Cells

Surgery: Rizzolo Lab

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

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. He received further training in pedagogy and curriculum development at the Harvard-Macy Institute and is a Gallup-Certified strengths coach. Rizzolo joined the Yale faculty in 1993 where he has served as the Director of Medical Sciences for the Section of Anatomy, and Course Director of Human Anatomy and Development. He developed “Anatomy Clinic”, an online guide for training clinical students that is used worldwide. Rizzolo holds joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and the Yale Stem Cell Center. His current research focuses on stem cell approaches to studying retinal degenerations, such as age-related macular degeneration. He is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and serves on the editorial boards of Anatomical Sciences Education and Molecular Vision. Rizzolo was the liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain. He currently advises the Peking Union Medical College on curricular development.

Education & Training

PhD Duke University (1977)
Research Associate New York University, Cell Biology
Research Fellow Harvard University, Biochemistry

Honors & Recognition

  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching PrizeYale School of Medicine (2012)

  • Excellence in TeachingPhysician Assistant Program, Emory University (1993)

Professional Service

  • Special emphasis review pannel National Institutes of Health (2011 - 2011)

  • STEM Review Panel National Science Foundation (2010 - 2010)

  • Education Research Scholarship Committee Williams Wilkins/American Association of Anatomists (2007 - 2011)

  • Curriculum Committee Yale School of Medicine (2007 - 2013)

  • Liason with the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain American Association of Anatomists (2007 - 2012)

  • Liason American Association of Anatomists; Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2007 - 2012)

  • Preclinical Course and Module Directors’ committee Yale School of Medicine (2006 - 2017)

  • Special emphasis review panel National Institutes of Health (2005 - 2006)

  • Education Committee American Association of Anatomists (2003 - 2006)

  • Preclinical Course Directors Committee Yale School of Medicine (2002 - 2013)

  • Assessment of Clinical Clerkships curriculum working group Yale School of Medicine (2002 - 2004)

  • Curriculum Design Subcommittee Yale School of Medicine (2002 - 2004)

  • Attitudes curriculum working group Yale School of Medicine (2002 - 2004)

  • Panel member National Institutes of Health, Visual Sciences C (1999 - 2003)

  • Director of Medical Sciences (Anatomy) Department of Surgery (1998 - 2017)

  • Congress Avenue Building Project Yale School of Medicine (1998 - 2000)

  • End-of-Life-Curriculum Implementation Group Yale School of Medicine (1997 - 2002)

  • Basic Sciences Curriculum Subcommittee Yale School of Medicine (1995 - 2002)

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

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Lawrence James Rizzolo, PhD, FARVO
Lab Location
Brady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 212

New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
Brady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 227

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Curriculum Vitae

Rizzolo Lab