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Luciano V. Del Priore, MD, PhD

Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Chair, Ophthalmology; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital

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Luciano V. Del Priore, MD, PhD

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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.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Surgeon
    The Wilmer Eye Institute and The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1989)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    The Wilmer Eye Institute (1988)
  • Resident
    The Wilmer Eye Institute (1987)
  • PhD
    Cornell University (1984)
  • MD
    The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1982)
  • MS
    Cornell University, Physics (1977)
  • BS
    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Physics (1975)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology (1989)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly Medical Limited2019
Life FellowAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology2018
Senior Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology2016
Distinguished Alumnus AwardWilmer Eye Institute2012
Lew R. Wasserman AwardResearch to Prevent Blindness1999

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