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The physicians and staff of the Yale Eye Center and Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science are dedicated to providing the highest level of individualized, state-of-the-art patient care.

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Cataract Surgery Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Residency Director

    Dr. Chow earned her BS at Stanford, and MD at Duke School of Medicine, where she earned an Anlyan Senior Scholarship, received a Howard Hughes research fellowship, and was elected to AOA. Following internship at Kaiser in California, Dr. Chow completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Duke, and was recognized with the Edward K. Isbey, Jr., Resident Award for excellence in clinical care, ethics, and research. She then served a postgraduate year as Chief Resident. She completed her cornea fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami before joining the faculty at Yale. She is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease service at Yale. Dr. Chow’s clinical interests include corneal transplantation (full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK). She treats a variety of corneal conditions including dry eye, ocular surface disease, graft vs host disease, infectious keratitis, and keratoconus. She also performs cataract surgery with the latest technology including femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and intraoperative aberrometry. Her research interests include medical education. Dr. Chow won the departmental full-time faculty teaching award in 2014 and has served as Residency Program Director since 2014.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

  • Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief, Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital; Vice Chairman of Faculty Affairs, Ophthalmology

    Dr. Brian DeBroff specializes in cataract and IOL implantation surgery. He has particular clinical and research interests in Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, Optiwave Refractive Analysis using intraoperative wave front analysis for optimizing refractive results with implant surgery, multifocal and diffractive IOL’s after cataract surgery.  He is a preceptor to train other Ophthalmologists in the Catalys Precision Laser Cataract System.  He was appointed Director of cataract and IOL implant surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine in 1999.

    Dr. DeBroff graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine where he was inducted in the Sir William Osler and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies.  He is Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport and has served as Vice Chairman, Residency Program Director, and Board of Permanent Officers at Yale University.  He was presented with the Yale Resident Teaching Award in 1998 and 2008. Dr. DeBroff has over 100 publications including a book on phacoemulsification, and he has written seven book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual Science and is on the editorial board/Senior Reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Archives of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology.  Dr. DeBroff was inducted in the IIIC (International Intra-Ocular Implant Society) founded by Sir Harold Ridley and has received awards by Best Doctors, Castle Connolly, Connecticut Magazine, and New York Magazine.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale Health

    Dr. Vicente Diaz specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases. Dr. Diaz’ practice also includes Comprehensive Ophthalmology, treating ailments such as Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, and Cataracts.  His research interests include novel immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of non-infectious inflammatory disease, management of Stevens Johnson’s Syndrome, a potentially lethal autoimmune disease, and innovative therapies in glaucoma.

    Dr. Diaz is Chief of Ophthalmology at the Yale Health Plan, addressing the eye needs of the Yale faculty, students, employees, and their families.  He is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University.  Dr. Diaz is also Director of Ophthalmology for the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where he oversees the care of all patients with Stevens Johnson's Syndrome in the state of Connecticut.

    Dr. Diaz was voted among the top eye doctors in Fairfield County in the Fairfield Advocate’s 2012 and 2013 reader’s polls. After graduating from Ophthalmology residency at Yale University, he completed a fellowship in Ocular Immunology & Infectious Disease at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary where he was recently on the clinical and research faculty. He is currently a co-investigator on several FDA clinical trials of novel immunomodulatory therapies for inflammatory diseases, sponsored by companies such as Abott, Novartis, and Lux Biosciences.

    Dr. Diaz is also active in the surrounding community, with a presence that has grown consistently throughout his tenure in the Tri-State, including an appointment as keynote speaker at the 2011 Puerto Rican Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Diaz founded the La Unidad Latina Medical Guild and was the architect of their annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras where he performs surgery, teaches medical residents, and cares for patients in need; the team created by Dr. Diaz sees between 3,000 – 5,000 patients abroad annually. Dr. Diaz received his BA from Brown University, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA at Yale School of Management.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kombo, a uveitis specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Residency in Ophthalmology, where she twice received the Patrick Matthews Award for humanism in medicine.  She completed her Uveitis fellowship with Dr. Stephen Foster at the Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution (MERSI).  In addition to uveitis care, Dr. Kombo also provides comprehensive eye care, including cataract surgery.   

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Liu joined Yale Eye Center as Assistant Professor in July 2013.  After graduating from medical school magna cum laude, he served as Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  There Dr. Liu was grant-funded and won the 2004 Annual Research Award. He completed Ophthalmology Residency at George Washington University, where he was appointed for a term as Chief Resident and received an Interdisciplinary Research Fund award.  Following a distinguished year as Clinical Glaucoma Fellow at Yale Eye Center, Dr. Liu joined Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as a full-time faculty.  

    Dr. Liu is dedicated to patient care, medical education, and research. He routinely performs complex lens, iris, and glaucoma surgeries. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Liu has introduced multiple novel glaucoma surgeries, including I-stent, I-track, and Xen Gel Stent, to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Because of his excellent care, Dr. Liu has helped numerous patients restore their vision or stop their glaucoma from progression. 

    Dr. Liu works closely with medical students, residents, and fellows. He is passionate about medical education. His dedication to resident education was recognized by receiving the prestigious Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching twice since he joined Yale. 

    Dr. Liu's research interests include medical and surgical management of glaucoma, ophthalmic laser, cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implant, complex anterior segment surgeries, and medical education. His bibliography includes over fifty scientific publications including papers and book chapters, as well as many years of invited presentations at regional, national and international professional conferences.

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Silverstone received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency, a glaucoma research fellowship, and a chief residency in ophthalmology at Yale. He did a fellowship in Intraocular Lens Implantation at New York Medical College. Dr. Silverstone has been the Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1988. He has also served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Medical Center.  

    Dr. Silverstone was part of the Yale team, under Dr. Marvin Sears, that developed Timolol, the first modern medication for the treatment of glaucoma. His pharmaceutical research interests include the medical treatment of glaucoma and the role of anti-inflammatory medications in post-surgical patient management. Dr. Silverstone has played a leading role in the development of Medical Information Technology. His research interests have included the development of electronic medical record technology, decision support software strategies and assuring data integrity in electronic health records. He has also worked on the development of visual field testing devices and co-authored a book on visual field testing with Yale neuroscientist Dr. Joy Hirsch. 

    Dr. Silverstone has served as both the Director of Continuing Medical Education and the Chair of the Health Information Technology Subcommittee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served on the Governing Board of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and was a founding member of the National Board for Certified Ophthalmic Executives. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which has awarded him its Senior Honor Award, has served on its Medical Information Technology Committee, and is currently a member of the Academy’s IRIS Disease Registry Operations Task Force.

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Ophthalmology; Director, Glaucoma Section and Glaucoma Fellowship

    Dr. Christopher Teng is a board certified fellowship trained glaucoma and cataract specialist. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale School of Medicine and is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship. 

    Dr. Teng received his undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at New York University Medical Center and fellowship in Glaucoma at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

    Dr. Teng provides care for medical and surgical glaucoma, as well as for cataracts and complex anterior segment situations. He performs glaucoma laser treatment, small incision cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery, secondary lens implantation, anterior segment reconstruction, iris repair, micro invasive glaucoma surgery (iStent, Trabectome, endocyclophotocoagulation, Gonioscopy Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy, viscocanalostomy, Xen implant, etc.), micropulse cyclophotocoagulation, and traditional glaucoma surgery including Trabeculectomy and Glaucoma Drainage Implants.

    Dr. Teng has been an invited speaker at institutions around the world, and was honored to present at Prism Eye Rounds in December 2020. His research efforts are conducted with the Yale Glaucoma Research Group, and he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He has lectured and presented his research at national and international meetings, including Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Korea, India, Nepal, China and the United Arab Emirates. His research and clinical interests include the optic nerve complex, parapapillary atrophy, glaucoma surgery, micro invasive glaucoma surgery, complex anterior segment and cataract surgery, optimizing resident education and training, improving patient education and access to care and increasing diversity and inclusivity in ophthalmology. 

    Dr. Teng is dedicated to patient care, resident and fellow education, and is an active participant in International Ophthalmology, having traveled to Nepal (Gorkha, Mustang, Pokhara) and India (Haridwar) for humanitarian trips. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and a Secretariat Award. He has received an American Glaucoma Society Clinician Scientist Research Award, was awarded Lecturer of the Year at New York University, received the John S. Hermann, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching from The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching at Yale. Dr. Teng has been named one of the New York Super Doctors Rising Stars in Ophthalmology, and in 2015, he was named to The Ophthalmologist’s Top 40 Under 40 Power List. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians.

    Dr. Teng is an Associate Editor of Shields' Textbook of Glaucoma (7th edition), the premier succinct text on the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He compiled the Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionary, which has common Ophthalmology terms in Mandarin, Pinyin and English. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program and for his project made an educational video describing Ophthalmology, "What is Ophthalmology?". He also maintains an active YouTube cataract and glaucoma education page (glaucomavids), with over 75 videos, 1,400 subscribers and 600,000 views.  

    What is Ophthalmology? Find out by viewing this educational video:

    Glaucomavids

    Prism Eye Rounds, December 2020:

    Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionary

    Short films from Dr. Teng's Humanitarian trips can be viewed at:


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Comprehensive Eye Faculty

  • Director

    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kombo, a uveitis specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Residency in Ophthalmology, where she twice received the Patrick Matthews Award for humanism in medicine.  She completed her Uveitis fellowship with Dr. Stephen Foster at the Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution (MERSI).  In addition to uveitis care, Dr. Kombo also provides comprehensive eye care, including cataract surgery.   

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Residency Director

    Dr. Chow earned her BS at Stanford, and MD at Duke School of Medicine, where she earned an Anlyan Senior Scholarship, received a Howard Hughes research fellowship, and was elected to AOA. Following internship at Kaiser in California, Dr. Chow completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Duke, and was recognized with the Edward K. Isbey, Jr., Resident Award for excellence in clinical care, ethics, and research. She then served a postgraduate year as Chief Resident. She completed her cornea fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami before joining the faculty at Yale. She is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease service at Yale. Dr. Chow’s clinical interests include corneal transplantation (full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK). She treats a variety of corneal conditions including dry eye, ocular surface disease, graft vs host disease, infectious keratitis, and keratoconus. She also performs cataract surgery with the latest technology including femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and intraoperative aberrometry. Her research interests include medical education. Dr. Chow won the departmental full-time faculty teaching award in 2014 and has served as Residency Program Director since 2014.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

  • Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief, Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital; Vice Chairman of Faculty Affairs, Ophthalmology

    Dr. Brian DeBroff specializes in cataract and IOL implantation surgery. He has particular clinical and research interests in Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery, Optiwave Refractive Analysis using intraoperative wave front analysis for optimizing refractive results with implant surgery, multifocal and diffractive IOL’s after cataract surgery.  He is a preceptor to train other Ophthalmologists in the Catalys Precision Laser Cataract System.  He was appointed Director of cataract and IOL implant surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine in 1999.

    Dr. DeBroff graduated from the Tufts University School of Medicine where he was inducted in the Sir William Osler and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies.  He is Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport and has served as Vice Chairman, Residency Program Director, and Board of Permanent Officers at Yale University.  He was presented with the Yale Resident Teaching Award in 1998 and 2008. Dr. DeBroff has over 100 publications including a book on phacoemulsification, and he has written seven book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally.  He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual Science and is on the editorial board/Senior Reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Archives of Ophthalmology, and British Journal of Ophthalmology.  Dr. DeBroff was inducted in the IIIC (International Intra-Ocular Implant Society) founded by Sir Harold Ridley and has received awards by Best Doctors, Castle Connolly, Connecticut Magazine, and New York Magazine.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale Health

    Dr. Vicente Diaz specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases. Dr. Diaz’ practice also includes Comprehensive Ophthalmology, treating ailments such as Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, and Cataracts.  His research interests include novel immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of non-infectious inflammatory disease, management of Stevens Johnson’s Syndrome, a potentially lethal autoimmune disease, and innovative therapies in glaucoma.

    Dr. Diaz is Chief of Ophthalmology at the Yale Health Plan, addressing the eye needs of the Yale faculty, students, employees, and their families.  He is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University.  Dr. Diaz is also Director of Ophthalmology for the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where he oversees the care of all patients with Stevens Johnson's Syndrome in the state of Connecticut.

    Dr. Diaz was voted among the top eye doctors in Fairfield County in the Fairfield Advocate’s 2012 and 2013 reader’s polls. After graduating from Ophthalmology residency at Yale University, he completed a fellowship in Ocular Immunology & Infectious Disease at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary where he was recently on the clinical and research faculty. He is currently a co-investigator on several FDA clinical trials of novel immunomodulatory therapies for inflammatory diseases, sponsored by companies such as Abott, Novartis, and Lux Biosciences.

    Dr. Diaz is also active in the surrounding community, with a presence that has grown consistently throughout his tenure in the Tri-State, including an appointment as keynote speaker at the 2011 Puerto Rican Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Diaz founded the La Unidad Latina Medical Guild and was the architect of their annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras where he performs surgery, teaches medical residents, and cares for patients in need; the team created by Dr. Diaz sees between 3,000 – 5,000 patients abroad annually. Dr. Diaz received his BA from Brown University, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA at Yale School of Management.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Anthony Musto specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology.  

    He has been named “Top Doctor” in the annual Castle Connolly survey nearly every year since 1999.  He served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Bridgeport Hospital for more than 25 years, where he previously served as Chief of Staff and President of the Medical Staff.  In 2004, Bridgeport Hospital honored him with a “University Chair” lifetime achievement award for his service.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the American College of Surgeons.  

    Dr. Musto previously held academic appointments at Cornell University and Yale University.  Dr. Musto completed his Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degrees at Georgetown University.  He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital in New York.  He is one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the region.  Dr. Musto is a founding member of Eye Surgery Associates and has been active in Fairfield County ophthalmology for more than 47 years.

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Silverstone received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency, a glaucoma research fellowship, and a chief residency in ophthalmology at Yale. He did a fellowship in Intraocular Lens Implantation at New York Medical College. Dr. Silverstone has been the Assistant Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1988. He has also served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Medical Center.  

    Dr. Silverstone was part of the Yale team, under Dr. Marvin Sears, that developed Timolol, the first modern medication for the treatment of glaucoma. His pharmaceutical research interests include the medical treatment of glaucoma and the role of anti-inflammatory medications in post-surgical patient management. Dr. Silverstone has played a leading role in the development of Medical Information Technology. His research interests have included the development of electronic medical record technology, decision support software strategies and assuring data integrity in electronic health records. He has also worked on the development of visual field testing devices and co-authored a book on visual field testing with Yale neuroscientist Dr. Joy Hirsch. 

    Dr. Silverstone has served as both the Director of Continuing Medical Education and the Chair of the Health Information Technology Subcommittee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has served on the Governing Board of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators and was a founding member of the National Board for Certified Ophthalmic Executives. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which has awarded him its Senior Honor Award, has served on its Medical Information Technology Committee, and is currently a member of the Academy’s IRIS Disease Registry Operations Task Force.

  • Instructor of Clinical Ophthalmology

    Dr. Volker specializes in comprehensive eye exams, spectacle corrections, and contact lenses.  She fits specialty contact lenses for astigmatism, presbyopia (bifocal lenses), keratoconus, post-refractive surgery patients, post-corneal graft patients, and pediatric and adult aphakic patients.  She earned her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, where she also earned her Doctor of Optometry (O.D.).  She completed her residency in ocular disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami FL.  She is currently pursuing her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry.

Contact Lens Faculty

Cornea and External Diseases Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Residency Director

    Dr. Chow earned her BS at Stanford, and MD at Duke School of Medicine, where she earned an Anlyan Senior Scholarship, received a Howard Hughes research fellowship, and was elected to AOA. Following internship at Kaiser in California, Dr. Chow completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Duke, and was recognized with the Edward K. Isbey, Jr., Resident Award for excellence in clinical care, ethics, and research. She then served a postgraduate year as Chief Resident. She completed her cornea fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami before joining the faculty at Yale. She is the Director of the Cornea and External Disease service at Yale. Dr. Chow’s clinical interests include corneal transplantation (full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK and DMEK). She treats a variety of corneal conditions including dry eye, ocular surface disease, graft vs host disease, infectious keratitis, and keratoconus. She also performs cataract surgery with the latest technology including femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and intraoperative aberrometry. Her research interests include medical education. Dr. Chow won the departmental full-time faculty teaching award in 2014 and has served as Residency Program Director since 2014.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

  • Assistant Professor

    Yvonne Wang, MD is an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and corneal surgery. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, and then completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive Surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wang has published several papers and book chapters on ocular surface diseases, infectious keratitis and corneal transplantation. Her research has been presented at multiple national ophthalmology conferences such as Cornea Society and ARVO. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Cosmetic Eye Services Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Lim is Director of the Ocular Oncology Program.  Dr. Lim completed her fellowships in Ocular Oncology and Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.  She completed medical school training and residency at Downstate Medical Center in New York.  Dr. Lim has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications and presents her research for national and international audiences.  She is an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  Dr. Lim works with an outstanding team of specialists at Smilow Cancer Center to provide comprehensive care for patients with oncologic eye disease.  Her clinical interests include: uveal melanoma, eyelid and orbital tumors, eyelid reconstruction, and eyelid malposition.  She is available for consultation for all disorders involving cancer in the eye and periocular region, as well as functional and cosmetic oculoplastic surgery.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Habib completed her an ASOPRS fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts.  She obtained her M.D. from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. From there she underwent residency training in ophthalmology at Columbia University and went on to complete her first fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Habib has presented her research at many national conferences, including ARVO, ASOPRS and NANOS.  She has played a strong role in resident education through conferences, mentorship, as well as direct surgical and clinical supervision.  She currently serves as an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  In addition, she has served as a reviewer for numerous journals including American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Orbit.  Her research interests include orbital disease, orbital trauma and fracture, periocular and ocular malignancy, thyroid eye disease, and reconstructive surgery.

Diabetic Eye Care Faculty

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director of the Retina and Macula Service

    Dr. Adelman is the Director of the Retina and Macula Service at Yale 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 serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.

  • Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Robert R. Young Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD 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 Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and Columbia University, where he rose to the ranks of Professor and Robert L. Burch III Scholar in the Department of Ophthalmology and was a member of the Stem Cell Consortium.  Prior to coming to Yale, he was the Pierre G. Jenkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Director of the Albert Florens Storm Eye Institute at MUSC in Charleston, SC.          

    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-reviewed literature and has given numerous invited 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.  He was recently elected to the New York Ophthalmological Society, and is a Life Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having previously received a Senior Achievement Award in recognition of commitment to advancing the profession. He has also received a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has received an MA (honorary) from Yale University, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins in recognition of outstanding contributions to ophthalmology as a Wilmer Graduate. He has received the Lew R. Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and a Teacher of the Year Award. He is listed consistently within the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors, as well as Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors.  

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Associate Director of Yale-New Haven Hospital Ophthalmology Program, Ophthalmology; Associate Director of Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program; Director, Eye Care Services, VA CT

    Dr. James E. Kempton joined the Yale University School of Medicine in July of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retina Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors at The Ohio State University where he stayed and completed his medical school in 1997. He did his Internship in a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his first residency in the Yale University Internal Medicine Primary Care Program. Dr. Kempton then completed a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael before working as a hospitalist for two years in Connecticut.

    Dr. Kempton returned for a second residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University. In his senior year, he served as the first full-time Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. At the completion of the three year program, he was recognized and honored by the faculty with the Marvin L. Sears Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kempton remained at the Yale Eye Center where he completed a two-year fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retinal Surgery. Dr. Kempton is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. He is the current Director of Eye Care Services at the West Haven Veterans Administration in addition to his appointment at Yale University. He will also serve as the Associate Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program assisting Dr. Chow and the Associate Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Director assisting Dr. Stoessel in continuing the high level of excellence in education.

    Dr. Kempton offers the full range of laser and vitreo-retinal surgery. He has an interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, and vitreo-retinal diseases associated with trauma. His research interests include vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery as well as the systems approaches in the delivery of medical education. Dr. Kempton is available for consultation and referrals regarding all disorders involving the retina and vitreous or related conditions.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan.  Her degrees in African-American Studies and Biochemistry became the foundation for her career as a health disparities researcher. At the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her medical degree and MBA from the Wharton School. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon. She completed residency at the University of Michigan and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After joining the Yale faculty, she was selected for the YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program through which she completed her Master of Health Science with Honors.  She is currently the PI for the NIH-funded Sight-Saving Engagement and Evaluation in New Haven (SEEN) Program, a multi-method approach to identifying and addressing health disparities in diabetic retinopathy. She has lectured nationally on health disparities, access to care, and the surgical management of diabetic retinopathy. 


  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Retina Fellowship Program

    Dr. Stoessel specializes in Medical Retina and is Director of the Retina Fellowship Program.  She received her MD from the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center and completed Ophthalmology Residency at the Yale School of Medicine in followed by a Vitreoretinal Fellowship, also at Yale.  Dr. Stoessel joined the Yale Eye Center as a full-time faculty in Retina.  Dr. Stoessel directs the Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in which premature infants have retina evaluations, monitoring, and laser treatment when indicated to lower the risk of vision loss.  Dr. Stoessel is the Retina Co-investigator at Yale for the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) Trial.  Her clinical interests lie in the evaluation and laser treatment of ROP and other adult and pediatric proliferative retinopathies, sickle cell retinopathy, retinal evaluation in pediatric head trauma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies.

Glaucoma Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Ophthalmology; Director, Glaucoma Section and Glaucoma Fellowship

    Dr. Christopher Teng is a board certified fellowship trained glaucoma and cataract specialist. He is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale School of Medicine and is the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship. 

    Dr. Teng received his undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at New York University Medical Center and fellowship in Glaucoma at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

    Dr. Teng provides care for medical and surgical glaucoma, as well as for cataracts and complex anterior segment situations. He performs glaucoma laser treatment, small incision cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery, secondary lens implantation, anterior segment reconstruction, iris repair, micro invasive glaucoma surgery (iStent, Trabectome, endocyclophotocoagulation, Gonioscopy Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy, viscocanalostomy, Xen implant, etc.), micropulse cyclophotocoagulation, and traditional glaucoma surgery including Trabeculectomy and Glaucoma Drainage Implants.

    Dr. Teng has been an invited speaker at institutions around the world, and was honored to present at Prism Eye Rounds in December 2020. His research efforts are conducted with the Yale Glaucoma Research Group, and he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and magazines. He has lectured and presented his research at national and international meetings, including Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Korea, India, Nepal, China and the United Arab Emirates. His research and clinical interests include the optic nerve complex, parapapillary atrophy, glaucoma surgery, micro invasive glaucoma surgery, complex anterior segment and cataract surgery, optimizing resident education and training, improving patient education and access to care and increasing diversity and inclusivity in ophthalmology. 

    Dr. Teng is dedicated to patient care, resident and fellow education, and is an active participant in International Ophthalmology, having traveled to Nepal (Gorkha, Mustang, Pokhara) and India (Haridwar) for humanitarian trips. He is the recipient of an American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and a Secretariat Award. He has received an American Glaucoma Society Clinician Scientist Research Award, was awarded Lecturer of the Year at New York University, received the John S. Hermann, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching from The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching at Yale. Dr. Teng has been named one of the New York Super Doctors Rising Stars in Ophthalmology, and in 2015, he was named to The Ophthalmologist’s Top 40 Under 40 Power List. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians.

    Dr. Teng is an Associate Editor of Shields' Textbook of Glaucoma (7th edition), the premier succinct text on the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He compiled the Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionary, which has common Ophthalmology terms in Mandarin, Pinyin and English. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program and for his project made an educational video describing Ophthalmology, "What is Ophthalmology?". He also maintains an active YouTube cataract and glaucoma education page (glaucomavids), with over 75 videos, 1,400 subscribers and 600,000 views.  

    What is Ophthalmology? Find out by viewing this educational video:

    Glaucomavids

    Prism Eye Rounds, December 2020:

    Chinese English Ophthalmology Dictionary

    Short films from Dr. Teng's Humanitarian trips can be viewed at:


    邓医生是青光眼专科认证医生。他是耶鲁医科大学眼科副教授和青光眼专科主任。

    邓医生本科毕业于芝加哥大学, 随后获得纽约州立大学下州医学院医学博士学位。他在纽约大学医学院完成眼科住院医生培训, 并在纽约眼耳医院完成青光眼专科培训。

    他在前沿的眼科期刊和杂志上发表大量专业论文, 并在美国和国际(中国, 巴西, 墨西哥, 罗马尼亚, 韩国, 印度, 尼泊尔和阿拉伯联合酋长国)学术会议上交流研究成果。他研究和临床兴趣专注在视神经, 视神经旁视盘萎缩, 青光眼常规手术, 青光眼微创手术和复杂眼前节和白内障手术等方面。

    邓医生致力于眼科病人诊疗, 住院医生和青光眼专科医生培训。同时, 他积极参加国际合作项目, 先后远赴尼泊尔和印度, 授课和做手术。他曾获得美国青光眼协会临床科学家研究奖, 纽约大学年度学术讲座奖和纽约眼耳医院杰出教学, 约翰赫尔曼医师纪念奖。邓医生被评为眼科纽约超级医生新星之一。 2015年, 他还入选全球40位40岁以下最具影响力的眼科医生。

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Liu joined Yale Eye Center as Assistant Professor in July 2013.  After graduating from medical school magna cum laude, he served as Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Associate at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania.  There Dr. Liu was grant-funded and won the 2004 Annual Research Award. He completed Ophthalmology Residency at George Washington University, where he was appointed for a term as Chief Resident and received an Interdisciplinary Research Fund award.  Following a distinguished year as Clinical Glaucoma Fellow at Yale Eye Center, Dr. Liu joined Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science as a full-time faculty.  

    Dr. Liu is dedicated to patient care, medical education, and research. He routinely performs complex lens, iris, and glaucoma surgeries. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Liu has introduced multiple novel glaucoma surgeries, including I-stent, I-track, and Xen Gel Stent, to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Because of his excellent care, Dr. Liu has helped numerous patients restore their vision or stop their glaucoma from progression. 

    Dr. Liu works closely with medical students, residents, and fellows. He is passionate about medical education. His dedication to resident education was recognized by receiving the prestigious Bruce Shields Award for Excellence in Teaching twice since he joined Yale. 

    Dr. Liu's research interests include medical and surgical management of glaucoma, ophthalmic laser, cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implant, complex anterior segment surgeries, and medical education. His bibliography includes over fifty scientific publications including papers and book chapters, as well as many years of invited presentations at regional, national and international professional conferences.

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Visual Science

    Dr. Martone received his B.A. from Providence College and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency.  In addition, he received a Masters Degree in Public Health in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  He received fellowship training in glaucoma at Duke University and has also completed fellowships at The Wilmer Eye Institute (Preventive Ophthalmology), Bethesda Eye Institute (International Ophthalmology), and Cullen Eye Institute of Baylor University (International Ophthalmology).

    Dr. Martone has served on the faculty teaching at The Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, as well as within the International Eye Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and the Glaucoma Service, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He was Medical Director of ORBIS International, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting blindness worldwide, and, through this, oversaw teaching of clinical and surgical ophthalmology in countries around the world.  He has personally worked in over 100 locations in more than eighty countries.  He has worked extensively in countries such as China, Cuba, Cameroon, India, and Mongolia.  Dr. Martone was also Director of the Eye Clinic, Victoria Hospital, Castries, St. Lucia and Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Ministry of Health, St Lucia.

    Dr. Martone previously held a voluntary appointment as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Yale School of Medicine where he recently received the residency program’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He is president of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and a founding member of the Connecticut Glaucoma Society, as well as a member of several other professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Macular Degeneration Faculty

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director of the Retina and Macula Service

    Dr. Adelman is the Director of the Retina and Macula Service at Yale 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 serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.

  • Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Robert R. Young Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD 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 Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and Columbia University, where he rose to the ranks of Professor and Robert L. Burch III Scholar in the Department of Ophthalmology and was a member of the Stem Cell Consortium.  Prior to coming to Yale, he was the Pierre G. Jenkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Director of the Albert Florens Storm Eye Institute at MUSC in Charleston, SC.          

    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-reviewed literature and has given numerous invited 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.  He was recently elected to the New York Ophthalmological Society, and is a Life Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having previously received a Senior Achievement Award in recognition of commitment to advancing the profession. He has also received a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has received an MA (honorary) from Yale University, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins in recognition of outstanding contributions to ophthalmology as a Wilmer Graduate. He has received the Lew R. Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and a Teacher of the Year Award. He is listed consistently within the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors, as well as Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors.  

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Pathology

    After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University, Dr. Hafler earned his MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School and completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Connie Cepko's laboratory at Harvard.  He completed an ophthalmology residency at Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in retina at Mass. Eye and Ear as a Heed Fellow where he specialized in Inherited Retinal Degenerations.  Following his fellowship, he received a K08 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the NIH and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School where he served on Mass. Eye and Ear’s Retina Service and in the Emergency and Trauma Eye Care Department.  He has a laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology in the Yale School of Medicine where he recently generated the first single-cell human retinal transcriptomic atlas and identified the cell types driving macular degeneration. He recently received the American Society for Clinical Investigation Young Physician Scientist Award, the Thome Memorial Foundation Award for AMD Research, and was named the William R. Orthwein, Jr. ’38 Yale Scholar. He studies macular degeneration and glaucoma using single-cell transcriptomics to identify novel therapeutic approaches.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Associate Director of Yale-New Haven Hospital Ophthalmology Program, Ophthalmology; Associate Director of Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program; Director, Eye Care Services, VA CT

    Dr. James E. Kempton joined the Yale University School of Medicine in July of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retina Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors at The Ohio State University where he stayed and completed his medical school in 1997. He did his Internship in a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his first residency in the Yale University Internal Medicine Primary Care Program. Dr. Kempton then completed a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael before working as a hospitalist for two years in Connecticut.

    Dr. Kempton returned for a second residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University. In his senior year, he served as the first full-time Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. At the completion of the three year program, he was recognized and honored by the faculty with the Marvin L. Sears Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kempton remained at the Yale Eye Center where he completed a two-year fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retinal Surgery. Dr. Kempton is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. He is the current Director of Eye Care Services at the West Haven Veterans Administration in addition to his appointment at Yale University. He will also serve as the Associate Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program assisting Dr. Chow and the Associate Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Director assisting Dr. Stoessel in continuing the high level of excellence in education.

    Dr. Kempton offers the full range of laser and vitreo-retinal surgery. He has an interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, and vitreo-retinal diseases associated with trauma. His research interests include vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery as well as the systems approaches in the delivery of medical education. Dr. Kempton is available for consultation and referrals regarding all disorders involving the retina and vitreous or related conditions.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan.  Her degrees in African-American Studies and Biochemistry became the foundation for her career as a health disparities researcher. At the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her medical degree and MBA from the Wharton School. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon. She completed residency at the University of Michigan and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After joining the Yale faculty, she was selected for the YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program through which she completed her Master of Health Science with Honors.  She is currently the PI for the NIH-funded Sight-Saving Engagement and Evaluation in New Haven (SEEN) Program, a multi-method approach to identifying and addressing health disparities in diabetic retinopathy. She has lectured nationally on health disparities, access to care, and the surgical management of diabetic retinopathy. 


  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Retina Fellowship Program

    Dr. Stoessel specializes in Medical Retina and is Director of the Retina Fellowship Program.  She received her MD from the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center and completed Ophthalmology Residency at the Yale School of Medicine in followed by a Vitreoretinal Fellowship, also at Yale.  Dr. Stoessel joined the Yale Eye Center as a full-time faculty in Retina.  Dr. Stoessel directs the Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in which premature infants have retina evaluations, monitoring, and laser treatment when indicated to lower the risk of vision loss.  Dr. Stoessel is the Retina Co-investigator at Yale for the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) Trial.  Her clinical interests lie in the evaluation and laser treatment of ROP and other adult and pediatric proliferative retinopathies, sickle cell retinopathy, retinal evaluation in pediatric head trauma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Fisayo, a graduate of the University of Connecticut Schools of Pharmacy and of Medicine, completed his Neurology Residency at the University of Pennsylvania Hospitals followed by a Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship at Emory University.  He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS).  Dr. Fisayo’ s clinical interests include disorders of the optic nerves and visual pathways, cranial nerve disorders, ocular myasthenia gravis, neurovascular disorders affecting vision, and central nervous system demyelinating disorders.  His research focuses on causative factors for the overdiagnosis of idiopathic intracranial hypertension and the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in neurologic disease.

     

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (Neuro-Ophthalmology)

    Dr. Kohli earned her BS at the University of Maryland where she graduated summa cum laude, with high honors. She then attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating magna cum laude and serving as the president of AOA. She completed her Residency and Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As a neuro-ophthalmologist, she specializes in the management of vision loss, double vision, and neurological causes of vision deficits in adults and children, in addition to the surgical management of strabismus in adults. Her research interests include the use of MRI and ophthalmic imaging technologies to guide the management of these conditions. Her clinical interests include resident education, and she was awarded the Bruce Shields Faculty Teacher of the Year award in 2019. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

Ocular Immunology/Uveitis Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale Health

    Dr. Vicente Diaz specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases. Dr. Diaz’ practice also includes Comprehensive Ophthalmology, treating ailments such as Dry Eye Syndrome, Glaucoma, and Cataracts.  His research interests include novel immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of non-infectious inflammatory disease, management of Stevens Johnson’s Syndrome, a potentially lethal autoimmune disease, and innovative therapies in glaucoma.

    Dr. Diaz is Chief of Ophthalmology at the Yale Health Plan, addressing the eye needs of the Yale faculty, students, employees, and their families.  He is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale University.  Dr. Diaz is also Director of Ophthalmology for the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit, where he oversees the care of all patients with Stevens Johnson's Syndrome in the state of Connecticut.

    Dr. Diaz was voted among the top eye doctors in Fairfield County in the Fairfield Advocate’s 2012 and 2013 reader’s polls. After graduating from Ophthalmology residency at Yale University, he completed a fellowship in Ocular Immunology & Infectious Disease at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary where he was recently on the clinical and research faculty. He is currently a co-investigator on several FDA clinical trials of novel immunomodulatory therapies for inflammatory diseases, sponsored by companies such as Abott, Novartis, and Lux Biosciences.

    Dr. Diaz is also active in the surrounding community, with a presence that has grown consistently throughout his tenure in the Tri-State, including an appointment as keynote speaker at the 2011 Puerto Rican Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Diaz founded the La Unidad Latina Medical Guild and was the architect of their annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras where he performs surgery, teaches medical residents, and cares for patients in need; the team created by Dr. Diaz sees between 3,000 – 5,000 patients abroad annually. Dr. Diaz received his BA from Brown University, his MD from Yale School of Medicine, and his MBA at Yale School of Management.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kombo, a uveitis specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Residency in Ophthalmology, where she twice received the Patrick Matthews Award for humanism in medicine.  She completed her Uveitis fellowship with Dr. Stephen Foster at the Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution (MERSI).  In addition to uveitis care, Dr. Kombo also provides comprehensive eye care, including cataract surgery.   

Ocular Oncology Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Habib completed her an ASOPRS fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts.  She obtained her M.D. from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. From there she underwent residency training in ophthalmology at Columbia University and went on to complete her first fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Habib has presented her research at many national conferences, including ARVO, ASOPRS and NANOS.  She has played a strong role in resident education through conferences, mentorship, as well as direct surgical and clinical supervision.  She currently serves as an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  In addition, she has served as a reviewer for numerous journals including American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Orbit.  Her research interests include orbital disease, orbital trauma and fracture, periocular and ocular malignancy, thyroid eye disease, and reconstructive surgery.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Lim is Director of the Ocular Oncology Program.  Dr. Lim completed her fellowships in Ocular Oncology and Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.  She completed medical school training and residency at Downstate Medical Center in New York.  Dr. Lim has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications and presents her research for national and international audiences.  She is an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  Dr. Lim works with an outstanding team of specialists at Smilow Cancer Center to provide comprehensive care for patients with oncologic eye disease.  Her clinical interests include: uveal melanoma, eyelid and orbital tumors, eyelid reconstruction, and eyelid malposition.  She is available for consultation for all disorders involving cancer in the eye and periocular region, as well as functional and cosmetic oculoplastic surgery.

Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery Faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Habib completed her an ASOPRS fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts.  She obtained her M.D. from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School. From there she underwent residency training in ophthalmology at Columbia University and went on to complete her first fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Habib has presented her research at many national conferences, including ARVO, ASOPRS and NANOS.  She has played a strong role in resident education through conferences, mentorship, as well as direct surgical and clinical supervision.  She currently serves as an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  In addition, she has served as a reviewer for numerous journals including American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Orbit.  Her research interests include orbital disease, orbital trauma and fracture, periocular and ocular malignancy, thyroid eye disease, and reconstructive surgery.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Lim is Director of the Ocular Oncology Program.  Dr. Lim completed her fellowships in Ocular Oncology and Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.  She completed medical school training and residency at Downstate Medical Center in New York.  Dr. Lim has authored over 30 peer reviewed publications and presents her research for national and international audiences.  She is an editor for the Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network Ocular Oncology division.  Dr. Lim works with an outstanding team of specialists at Smilow Cancer Center to provide comprehensive care for patients with oncologic eye disease.  Her clinical interests include: uveal melanoma, eyelid and orbital tumors, eyelid reconstruction, and eyelid malposition.  She is available for consultation for all disorders involving cancer in the eye and periocular region, as well as functional and cosmetic oculoplastic surgery.

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Visual Science; Interim Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Howard graduated from Duke University with an AB in Biology and then completed her medical degree at Brown University. While a medical student she was awarded a March of Dimes fellowship to do research at the Whitehead Institute, an affiliate of MIT. An internship in internal medicine at Salem Hospital was followed by an ophthalmology residency at the Yale School of Medicine where she was Chief Resident and was awarded the Marvin Sears Award for Clinical excellence in Ophthalmology in 1991.  After a Retina fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, she practiced for several years as a retina surgeon. Subsequently she completed a second fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Duke University. She is a Principal Investigator for studies in the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, serves on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, and is a Liaison for the Status of Women in Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and member of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. Dr. Howard believes educating the next generation of physicians is as important as clinical practice, reflected by teaching Yale medical students for many years and serving as a Clinical Instructor at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center for Yale ophthalmology residents from 2005-2016 prior to joining the Department of Ophthalmology. In addition, she has been an invited lecturer and surgeon in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, and volunteer strabismus surgeon in Quito, Ecuador. She is driven to help children achieve their best visual potential to succeed in their lives by treating patients with amblyopia, genetic disorders, eyelid capillary hemangiomas, performing procedures for blocked tear ducts and dermoid cysts, and surgical correction of strabismus in children. She is also compelled to help adults regain their independence by treating debilitating diplopia with non-surgical and surgical solutions. 

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Rotruck is a Fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus at the Yale Eye Center. She is originally from West Virginia, where she received a BS in Biology and BA in Music from Shepherd University and a Medical Doctorate from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.  Dr. Rotruck completed her internship in internal medicine at West Virginia University, and completed an ophthalmology residency at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, followed by a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Duke Eye Center. In her current role, she sees a variety of clinical and surgical conditions, including comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus in children and adults, amblyopia, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, pediatric cataracts, eyelid disease, and a variety of other disorders. Her research interests include binocular treatments for amblyopia, the use of optical coherence tomography in pediatric eye disease, and pediatric ocular infection. Additional interests include international medical outreach and resident education. 

Retina and Vitreous Faculty

  • Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Robert R. Young Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital

    Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD 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 Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and Columbia University, where he rose to the ranks of Professor and Robert L. Burch III Scholar in the Department of Ophthalmology and was a member of the Stem Cell Consortium.  Prior to coming to Yale, he was the Pierre G. Jenkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Director of the Albert Florens Storm Eye Institute at MUSC in Charleston, SC.          

    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-reviewed literature and has given numerous invited 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.  He was recently elected to the New York Ophthalmological Society, and is a Life Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having previously received a Senior Achievement Award in recognition of commitment to advancing the profession. He has also received a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has received an MA (honorary) from Yale University, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins in recognition of outstanding contributions to ophthalmology as a Wilmer Graduate. He has received the Lew R. Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and a Teacher of the Year Award. He is listed consistently within the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors, as well as Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors.  

  • Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director of the Retina and Macula Service

    Dr. Adelman is the Director of the Retina and Macula Service at Yale 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 serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and of Pathology

    After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University, Dr. Hafler earned his MD/PhD from Harvard Medical School and completed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Connie Cepko's laboratory at Harvard.  He completed an ophthalmology residency at Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in retina at Mass. Eye and Ear as a Heed Fellow where he specialized in Inherited Retinal Degenerations.  Following his fellowship, he received a K08 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the NIH and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School where he served on Mass. Eye and Ear’s Retina Service and in the Emergency and Trauma Eye Care Department.  He has a laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology in the Yale School of Medicine where he recently generated the first single-cell human retinal transcriptomic atlas and identified the cell types driving macular degeneration. He recently received the American Society for Clinical Investigation Young Physician Scientist Award, the Thome Memorial Foundation Award for AMD Research, and was named the William R. Orthwein, Jr. ’38 Yale Scholar. He studies macular degeneration and glaucoma using single-cell transcriptomics to identify novel therapeutic approaches.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Associate Director of Yale-New Haven Hospital Ophthalmology Program, Ophthalmology; Associate Director of Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program; Director, Eye Care Services, VA CT

    Dr. James E. Kempton joined the Yale University School of Medicine in July of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retina Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors at The Ohio State University where he stayed and completed his medical school in 1997. He did his Internship in a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his first residency in the Yale University Internal Medicine Primary Care Program. Dr. Kempton then completed a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael before working as a hospitalist for two years in Connecticut.

    Dr. Kempton returned for a second residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University. In his senior year, he served as the first full-time Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. At the completion of the three year program, he was recognized and honored by the faculty with the Marvin L. Sears Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kempton remained at the Yale Eye Center where he completed a two-year fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retinal Surgery. Dr. Kempton is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. He is the current Director of Eye Care Services at the West Haven Veterans Administration in addition to his appointment at Yale University. He will also serve as the Associate Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program assisting Dr. Chow and the Associate Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Director assisting Dr. Stoessel in continuing the high level of excellence in education.

    Dr. Kempton offers the full range of laser and vitreo-retinal surgery. He has an interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, and vitreo-retinal diseases associated with trauma. His research interests include vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery as well as the systems approaches in the delivery of medical education. Dr. Kempton is available for consultation and referrals regarding all disorders involving the retina and vitreous or related conditions.

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

    Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan.  Her degrees in African-American Studies and Biochemistry became the foundation for her career as a health disparities researcher. At the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her medical degree and MBA from the Wharton School. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon. She completed residency at the University of Michigan and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After joining the Yale faculty, she was selected for the YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program through which she completed her Master of Health Science with Honors.  She is currently the PI for the NIH-funded Sight-Saving Engagement and Evaluation in New Haven (SEEN) Program, a multi-method approach to identifying and addressing health disparities in diabetic retinopathy. She has lectured nationally on health disparities, access to care, and the surgical management of diabetic retinopathy. 


  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Retina Fellowship Program

    Dr. Stoessel specializes in Medical Retina and is Director of the Retina Fellowship Program.  She received her MD from the State University of New York/Downstate Medical Center and completed Ophthalmology Residency at the Yale School of Medicine in followed by a Vitreoretinal Fellowship, also at Yale.  Dr. Stoessel joined the Yale Eye Center as a full-time faculty in Retina.  Dr. Stoessel directs the Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, in which premature infants have retina evaluations, monitoring, and laser treatment when indicated to lower the risk of vision loss.  Dr. Stoessel is the Retina Co-investigator at Yale for the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) Trial.  Her clinical interests lie in the evaluation and laser treatment of ROP and other adult and pediatric proliferative retinopathies, sickle cell retinopathy, retinal evaluation in pediatric head trauma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal dystrophies.