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Comprehensive Eye

Comprehensive Eye ophthalmologists provide general ophthalmologic care in an academic, private practice setting with in-house access to world renowned subspecialty expertise both within ophthalmology and other areas of medicine. In addition to caring for patients with general ophthalmic problems and routine eye exams, the Section provides executive physicals as well as coverage for walk-ins and Yale-New Haven Hospital Emergency Room ophthalmic emergencies. Comprehensive Eye ophthalmologists also handle inpatient consultations for Yale-New Haven Hospital. The team of the Yale Low Vision Program also works closely with the Comprehensive Eye ophthalmologists.

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.