Jan A. Kylstra, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Lecturer on Ophthalmology

Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Jan Kylstra have done clinical research related to the management of diabetic macular edema, macular holes, age related macular degeneration, ocular trauma, cytomegalovirus retinitis, and retinopathy of prematurity.  His current area of interest is the development of better screening for wet macular degeneration.

Selected Publications

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

Postoperative complications following vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy with sew-on and noncontact wide-angle viewing lenses. Virata SR,Kylstra JA. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. 2001 May-Jun;32(3):193-7.

Entoptic perimetry screening for central diabetic scotomas and macular edema. Brown JC, Kylstra JA, Mah ML. Ophthalmology. 2000 Apr;107(4):755-9.

The importance of fluorescein angiography in planning laser treatment of diabetic macular edemaKylstra, JA, Brown JC, Jaffe GJ, Cox, TA, Gallemore R, Greven CM, Hall JG, Eifrig DE. Ophthalmology 1999; 106:11.

Indirect ophthalmoscope perimetry in patients with retinal detachment or retinoschisisKylstra JA, Holdren DH. Am J Ophthalmol 1995; 119:521-522.

Clinical predictors of scleral rupture following blunt ocular traumaKylstra JA, Lamkin J, Runyan D. Am J Ophthalmol 1993; 115:530-535.

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BA, magna cum laude, Philosophy, Dartmouth College

MD, Duke University School of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

Internship, Sacred Heart Hospital

Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Retina-Vitreous Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Academic Appointments

Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina
Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina

Partner, Alamance Eye Center, Burlington, NC

Professor of Ophthalmology, Medical University of South Carolina

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Professional Memberships

Retina Society

American Academy of Ophthalmology 

Selected Honors

1975 – National Merit Scholar
1979 – Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College
1986 – Mass. Eye and Ear/MSD Glaucoma Award
2012 – Voted Teacher of the Month by the students of MUSC College of Medicine
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 – Castle Connolly Best Regional Doctors
2017 - Clinical Teacher of the Year, Harvard Ophthalmology