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Joseph F. Rizzo, III, M.D.

Photo of Joseph F. Rizzo, III, M.D.
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Specialty: Neuro-Ophthalmology
Phone Number: 617-573-3412
Fax: 617-573-3851
Location: Mass. Eye and Ear
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Wed.- Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Board Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology, Ophthalmology
Medical School Louisiana State University
Residency Neurology, Tufts New England Medical Center
Residency Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine
Fellowship Neuro-Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear
Teaching Affiliation David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the Field of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Biographical Profile:

Clinical Interests

Optic nerve disease, pseudotumor cerebri, giant cell arteritis, unexplained visual problems

Research Interests

Development of a retinal prosthesis to restore vision to blind patients; clinical research on several varieties of optic nerve and retinal disease; giant cell arteritis; pseudotumor cerebri


For a full publication list, please see his CV. A representative list is available through Click here for additional research information. 

Jensen RJ, Rizzo JF 3rd. Activation of retinal ganglion cells in wild-type and rd1 mice through electrical stimulation of the retinal neural network. Vision Res. 2008 Jun; 48(14): 1562-8.

Freeman DK, Rizzo JF, Fried SI. Electric stimulation with sinusoids and white noise for neural prostheses. Front Neurosci. 2010 Feb 12; 4: 28.

Heidary G, Rizzo JF 3rd. Use of optical coherence tomography to evaluate papilledema and pseudopapilledema. Semin Ophthalmol. 2010 Sep-Nov; 25 (5-6): 198-205.

Jensen RJ, Rizzo JF 3rd. Effects of GABA receptor antagonists on thresholds of P23H rat retinal ganglion cells to electrical stimulation of the retina. J Neural Eng. 2011 Jun; 8(3): 035002.

Kelly SK, Shire DB, Chen J, Doyle P, Gingerich MD, Cogan SF, Drohan WA, Behan S, Theogarajan L, Wyatt JL, Rizzo JF 3rd. A hermetic wireless subretinal neurostimulator for vision prostheses. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2011 Nov; 58(11): 3197-205.

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