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Ron Adelman

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 serves as the President of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and Scientific Director of the European Vitreo-Retinal Society (EVRS). Dr. Adelman has served as the President of Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEP) and President of the New Haven County Medical Association (NHCMA). He has been invited faculty in 15 countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, 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 described new disorders and has introduced a novel surgery for macular holes that is currently being utilized worldwide.

He has received the “Senior Honor Award” of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the “Senior 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 at Harvard University, 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 400 publications and abstracts. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals and serves on the Executive Committees of several medical societies.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    Yale University School of Management (2011)
  • Fellow
    Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Vitreo-retinal Diseases & Surgery (2001)
  • Resident
    Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Ophthalmology (1999)
  • Resident
    Stanford University Medical Center, Ophthalmology (1997)
  • MPH
    University of California at Berkeley (1994)
  • MD
    TUMS (1987)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Senior Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology2015
Senior Honor AwardAmerican Society of Retina specialists
Achievement AwardAmerican Academy of Ophthalomology
Knight of the BlindLions of Connecticut
Teacher of Year 2012Yale University Eye Center
Fellow of the Year 2000Harvard University, Department of Ophthalmology
Honor AwardAmerican Society of Retina Specialists

Professional Service

CSMS Ethics CommitteeChair2021 - Present
American Journal of OphthalmologyEditorial Board Member2014 - Present

Departments & Organizations