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Brian DeBroff, MD, FACS

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

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Brian DeBroff, MD, FACS

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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.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Tufts University (1989)
  • BS
    Tufts University (1985)


  • Ophthalmology Twinning Program
    Hyderabad, India 2022
    Resident and Eye Surgical Education
  • Distressed Children and Infants International
    Dhaka, Bangladesh 2009
    President and Founder
  • Ophthalmology Residency Program in the Bahamas
    Bahamas 2008
    Dr. DeBroff is coordinating a ophthalmology residency program at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, the Bahamas. The Department of Ophthalmology holds four rotations each year, one for each senior resident. The residents provide eye care to the local population, working with a Bahamian attending physician and a Yale ophthalmologist who travels there for one week during the rotation.
  • Ophthalmology Twinning Progam
    Brazil 2008
    Dr DeBroff was coordinating a twinning program between the Yale Eye Center and the São Paulo Ophthalmology Progam in Brazil. This included a joint course on the "Multspecialty Approach to the Complicated Cataract" which was been accepted as a course at the Pan American Congress. The project has been completed.

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