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Joseph F. Rizzo, III, MD

Photo of Joseph F. Rizzo, III, MD
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Specialty: Neuro-Ophthalmology
Phone Number: 617-573-3412
Fax: 617-573-3851
Location: 243 Charles Street
Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Boston, MA 02114
Office Hours: Wed.- Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Board Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology, Ophthalmology
Medical School Louisiana State University
Residency Boston University School of Medicine (Ophthalmology)
Residency Tufts New England Medical Center (Neurology)
Fellowship Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear (Neuro-Ophthalmology)
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 (2006 - 2012) 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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