Dr. Yoshihiro Yonekawa is a retina surgeon and a full-time member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service. He specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric retinal disorders. Pediatric conditions include retinopathy of prematurity, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, Norrie disease, Coats’ disease, Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, persistent fetal vasculature, congenital retinoschisis, trauma, and all forms of retinal detachment in children. Adult conditions include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction, primary and complex retinal detachment, floaters, trauma, and transconjunctival sutureless scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. He sees patients at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main campus and Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is the Director of Pediatric Retina Surgery.
Dr. Yonekawa received his MD with honors from Weill Cornell Medical College, and completed his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School. He underwent specialized fellowship training in adult and pediatric retina surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants/William Beaumont Hospital, a highly coveted high-volume training program. His expertise was recognized by numerous prestigious awards, including those from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (most promising ophthalmologists), Ronald G. Michels Foundation (top three retina fellows in the country), and the Retina Society (one of two best research papers). He brings to Harvard the latest treatment techniques for various retinal conditions.
Dr. Yonekawa is an accomplished clinician scientist and has contributed over 130 original papers, editorials, and textbook chapters to the field of adult and pediatric retina. His research achievements have been recognized with multiple awards. He is Deputy Editor for the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases, the official journal of the American Society of Retina Specialists, and a referee for over a dozen journals, including Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, and Retina. His research interests include the development of surgical techniques, 3-D surgery, minimally invasive surgery, advanced diagnostic imaging (such as ultra-widefield angiography, swept-source OCT, and OCT angiography), telemedicine, gene therapy, and improving treatment outcomes of adult and pediatric retinal conditions.
Adult and pediatric retinal diseases and surgery
Clinical research, retinal imaging, surgical technique, gene therapy, telemedicine, clinical trials
For a full list of publications, please see his CV.
Yonekawa Y. 3-D heads-up vitreoretinal surgery: techniques and pearls for a new paradigm. Retina Today [In Press]
Yonekawa Y, Todorich B, Trese MT. OCT angiography findings in Coats’ disease. Ophthalmology [In Press]
Yonekawa Y, Wu WC, Kusaka S, et al. Immediate sequential bilateral pediatric vitreoretinal surgery: an international multicenter study. Ophthalmology 2016;123(8):1802-1808.
Yonekawa Y, Thomas BJ, Drenser KA, Trese MT, Capone A Jr. Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy: microstructural phenotyping of the vitreoretinal interface, retina, and choroid. Ophthalmology 2015;122(11):2270-2277.
Yonekawa Y, Thanos A, Abbey AM, et al. Hybrid 25/27-gauge vitrectomy for complex vitreoretinal surgery. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina 2016;47(4):352-355.
Yonekawa Y, Hacker HD, Lehman R, et al. Ocular Injuries in Mass-Casualty Incidents: the Marathon Bombing in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas. Ophthalmology 2014;121(9):1670-1676.
Yonekawa Y, Andreoli C, Miller JB, et al. Conversion to aflibercept for chronic refractory or recurrent neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol 2013;156(1):29-35.
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