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Kathleen Stoessel, MD

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

Contact Information

Kathleen Stoessel, MD

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    P.O. Box 208061

    New Haven, CT 06520-8061

    United States



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.

Education & Training

  • MD
    SUNY Downstate Medical Center (1976)
  • BA
    College of New Rochelle (1972)
  • Resident
    Montefiore Hospital
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine


  • Board Certification
    AB of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology (1984)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Clinical Career AwardYale School of Medicine and Yale Medicine2022

Departments & Organizations