Angela V. Turalba, M.D., Named Recipient of 2014 Norman Knight Leadership Development Award in Ophthalmology

August 27, 2014


BOSTON (August 27, 2014) – Angela V. Turalba, M.D., a glaucoma specialist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Norman Knight Leadership Development Award for Ophthalmology. The Norman Knight Leadership Development Awards recognize future leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, providing financial support for young clinicians during a critical juncture in their careers.

Angela Turalba, M.D.
Angela Turalba, M.D.

An Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Dr. Turalba cares for patients with complex cataracts and glaucoma. She focuses her clinical research on the causes and control of glaucoma, specifically looking at the roles of trauma, environmental factors, and systemic disease. In particular, Dr. Turalba is studying the clinical outcomes of traumatic glaucoma and traumatic hyphema. She has also investigated outcomes of various surgical techniques in glaucoma. Currently, she is studying patient attitudes and beliefs regarding glaucoma and its treatment.

Dr. Turalba was selected for exceptional promise by Chief of Ophthalmology Joan S. Miller, M.D., who also serves as Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, at HMS. “Dr. Turalba has played an important role in helping to establish the use of newer glaucoma surgical techniques to help our patients,” says Dr. Miller. “She published the largest case series of the outcomes of traumatic glaucoma after open-globe injury, and has been invited to write a book chapter on traumatic glaucoma for the Wills Eye Atlas.”

A dedicated teacher and mentor to residents and fellows, Dr. Turalba provides direct clinical and surgical supervision of trainees. She co-directs the glaucoma senior resident rotation, serves as a preceptor for the HMS medical student ophthalmology elective, and last summer directed the Kevin Hill Course in Ophthalmology at Maine’s Colby College – a weeklong course for ophthalmologists from around the country on the topic of glaucoma.

Over the last several years, Dr. Turalba has taken on important administrative responsibilities, including serving as the Site Director for Mass. Eye and Ear’s growing East Bridgewater practice, and has been mentoring junior faculty as they make the transition from training to independent practice. A devoted and giving physician, Dr. Turalba also spends part of her clinical time working in the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

“I wanted to be in a surgical field, but I also wanted to have the opportunity to nurture long-term relationships with patients, which is why I became a glaucoma specialist,” says Dr. Turalba, a graduate of The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. “I find this very rewarding.”