Joseph F. Rizzo III, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmolgy, Department of Ophthalmology
Director of Alumni, Department of Ophthalmology
Co-director, Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation Center of Excellence

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship 
Senior Scientist


Research Summary

Center/Research Area Affiliation

Research Summary

Dr. Rizzo dedicates his research to studying the mechanisms of vision loss, improving diagnostic methods, and developing new treatments for blinding diseases. In the late 1980s, he founded the Boston Retinal Implant Project to develop a retinal prosthesis and offer a new therapeutic option for patients who have acquired blindness. His clinical research focuses primarily on the study of optic neuritis/multiple sclerosis, ischemic optic neuropathy, pseudotumor cerebri, and giant cell arteritis.