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optometrist, eye doctor, Lawrence A. Yanuzzi, MD

Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD

Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD

Dr. Yannuzzi is founder of VRMNY as well as vice-chairman and director of the LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center of the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. He is also founder and president of The Macula Foundation, Inc., which has distributed several million dollars to eye research across the country.

Dr. Yannuzzi has made numerous innovative and lasting contributions in imaging, drug development, and therapeutic modalities. He was the first to use oral non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication for the treatment of cystoid macular edema and developed an eye drop to treat this condition. He has described new diseases as well as new associations and manifestations of established entities and photosensitization.

He has published over 400 scientific papers and 13 books, which have earned him respect and admiration in the ophthalmic-retinal community. He is well recognized as a devoted and excellent educator, a superb clinical diagnostician, and a prolific organizer of retinal meetings worldwide.

Dr. Yannuzzi is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate by the University of Ancona, the Michelson Award for Retinal Vascular Disease, a Distinguished Alumnus Award by Boston University, the Henkind, Gass, and Patz Medals by The Macula Society, the Alcon Research Award, the Herman Wacker Award of the Club Jules Gonin, the Arthur J. Bedelle Award, the Retinal Research Award and the Gass Medal of the Retina Society, the Bietti Medal, the Pisart Award from the Lighthouse International, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: Boston University
Ophthalmology Residency: Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

Curriculum Vitae

View Dr. Yanuzzi’s full academic history, professional achievements, and research accomplishments.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, NYU
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University


  • First to use oral nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication for the treatment of cystoid macular edema
  • Developed eye drop to treat cystoid macular edema
  • Pioneered use of ICG angiography for the management of retinal diseases
  • Wrote and published Retina Atlas, awarded the 2010 PROSE Award for Excellence in Medical Texts and the largest selling book in the history of Saunders publishing
  • Discovered new retinal diseases: polypoidal choroidal neovascularization, retinal angiomatous proliferation (type III neovascularization in agerelated macular degeneration), acute idiopathic maculopathy, focal retinal phlebitis, branch retinal vein occlusion, ampiginous relentless chorioretinitis, persistent placoid chorioretinopathy, foveal red dot syndrome
  • Reported newly recognized manifestations of old diseases: central serous chorioretinopathy, atrophic tracks in the retinal pigment epithelium and avulsion of the pigment epithelial detachment; macular telangiectasia, type 2; Goldmann Favre syndrome; cuticular drusen; acute polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy; bilateral Coats’ disease




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