Yoshihiro Yonekawa, M.D., joins Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service

October 04, 2016

Boston, Mass. — Yoshihiro Yonekawa, M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist, recently became a full-time member of the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service. He will focus on treating adult and pediatric retinal disorders, specializing in vitreoretinal surgery. Dr. Yonekawa is currently accepting new patients at both the Mass. Eye and Ear main campus (243 Charles Street, Boston) and at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is Director of Pediatric Retina Surgery.

“I am very pleased to have joined Mass. Eye and Ear’s retina service, which has a distinguished history of providing some of the best subspecialty retinal care available anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Yonekawa, adding, “I look forward to providing that same level of excellence in care to my patients so they may experience the best quality of life.”

Dr. Yonekawa treats a variety of adult conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, epiretinal membrane, macular hole (including non-face down positioning surgery), vitreomacular traction, primary and complex retinal detachment, floaters, trauma and transconjunctival sutureless scleral-fixated intraocular lenses. He offers the latest treatments for pediatric conditions including 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.

At Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Yonekawa will also pursue his research interests, which include the development of surgical techniques, 3-D surgery, minimally-invasive surgery, advanced diagnostic imaging, telemedicine, gene therapy and improving treatment outcomes of adult and pediatric retinal conditions. His laboratory work focuses on discovering new treatments for pediatric retinopathies. To date, he has contributed over 130 original papers, editorials and textbook chapters to the field, and he speaks internationally. He serves as the Deputy Editor for the Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases, the official journal of the American Society of Retina Specialists.

Dr. Yonekawa earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and recently finished a vitreoretinal fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. He has received numerous awards, including the Edward Norton Prize, Evangelos Gragoudas Prize, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, the Retina Society Fellowship Research Award and induction into Club Vit.

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