Lawrence James Rizzolo, PhD, FARVO

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

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student Research

Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Stem Cell Center, Yale: Tissue Specific Stem Cells

Surgery: Rizzolo Lab

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. 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.

Education & Training

PhD Duke University (1977)
BA Rutgers University-New Brunswick (1973)
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Office Location
Brady Memorial Laboratory
310 Cedar Street, Ste BML 227

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

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