Lawrence A. Yannuzzi is a professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical School, and founder and director of The LuEsther T. Mertz Retinal Research Center and The Macula Foundation, Inc. He has made numerous, original, innovative and lasting contributions in imaging, drug development and diagnostic as well as therapeutic modalities for macular diseases. Through his research he has discovered new macular diseases and new manifestations of known disorders such as “wet” age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Yannuzzi has also published more than 550 scientific papers and 13 books gaining the respect and admiration of the ophthalmic community. His most recent books are The Retinal Atlas which has evolved into a standard teaching module in seven languages and from an edited volume on Pathologic Myopia, a leading cause of severe vision loss worldwide. He is also well recognized as a devoted and excellent educator, having trained more than 150 national and international retinal fellows.
The recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Dr. Yannuzzi received an Honorary Doctorate from Ancona, a distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University, The Hermann Wacker Award of the Club Jules Gonin, The Retinal Research Award and the Gass Medal of the Retina and the Macula Societies, the Pisart Award, the Grand Ufficiale Della Stella Della Solidarieta Italiano from the president of the Italian Republic, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A more recent award was the Charles Schepens Medal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and this year (2016) he will be honored by the Association for Research in Vision and Optics (ARVO) with its coveted Mildred Weisenfeld award.