Yoshihiro Yonekawa, M.D.


Pediatric Retina


Diabetic Retinopathy

Macular Degeneration



Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 573-3465
Fax: 617-573-3011
Accepting New Patients



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 fellowship training in adult and pediatric retina surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants/William Beaumont Hospital. His expertise was recognized by numerous awards, including those from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Ronald G. Michels Foundation, and the Retina Society. He brings to Harvard the latest treatment techniques for various retinal conditions.

Dr. Yonekawa has contributed over 200 original papers, editorials, and textbook chapters to the field of adult and pediatric retina. His research achievements have been recognized with multiple awards. His main research interests are in outcomes studies of new management strategies in adult and pediatric retinal conditions, and understanding the pathophysiology of unique pediatric retinal diseases. He is an Assistant Editor for RETINA, Deputy Editor for the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases, Section Editor for OSLI Retina, Co-Editor for RETINA Roundup, Co-Editor for Vit-Buckle Academy, and on the editorial board of JAAPOS.

Clinical Interests

Adult and pediatric retinal diseases and surgery

Research Interests

Clinical research


For a full list of publications, please see his CV.

Yonekawa Y. Practical pearls in pediatric vitreoretinal surgery. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina 2018;49(8):561-565.

Yonekawa Y. 3-D heads-up vitreoretinal surgery: techniques and pearls for a new paradigm. Retina Today 2016;Oct:54-60.

Yonekawa Y, Wu WC, Kusaka S, et al. Immediate sequential bilateral pediatric vitreoretinal surgery: an international multicenter studyOphthalmology 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 choroidOphthalmology 2015;122(11):2270-2277.

Yonekawa Y, Thanos A, Abbey AM, et al. Hybrid 25/27-gauge vitrectomy for complex vitreoretinal surgeryOphthalmic 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, TexasOphthalmology 2014;121(9):1670-1676.

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  • Wesleyan University, BA
  • Weill Cornell Medical College, M.D.


  • New York Hospital, Queens Weill Cornell Medical College


  • Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School


  • Adult and Pediatric Vitreoretinal Surgery, Associated Retinal Consultants/William Beaumont Hospital