David A. Solá-Del Valle, M.D.

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Ophthalmology

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Solá-Del Valle is a clinician scientist who conducts research on glaucoma, cataracts, and resident/fellow training/education. He has conducted research regarding the efficacy and utility of various imaging devices in glaucoma diagnosis, as well as various aspects of cataract surgery. His current research aims to evaluate the efficacy of current glaucoma treatments, with an emphasis on newer surgical treatments, and to develop more effective treatments to ensure preservation of vision in the setting of glaucomatous disease. He also wants to study the most effective ways to educate the new generation of glaucoma and cataract specialists.

Selected Publications

For a full publication list, please see his CV.

Poon LY, Solá-Del Valle D, Turalba AV, Falkenstein IA, Horsley M, Kim JH, Song BJ, Takusagawa HL, Wang K, Chen TC. The ISNT Rule: How Often Does It Apply to Disc Photographs and Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Measurements in the Normal Population? Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Dec;184:19-27. Epub 2017 Sep 23.

Payal AR, Solá-Del Valle D, Gonzalez-Gonzalez LA, Cakiner-Egilmez T, Chomsky AS, Vollman DE, Baze EF, Lawrence M, Daly MK. American Society of Anesthesiologists classification in cataract surgery: Results from the Ophthalmic Surgery Outcomes Data Project. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Jul;42(7):972-82.

Field MG, Alasil T, Baniasadi N, Que C, Simavli H, Sobeih D, Solá-Del Valle D, Best MJ, Chen TC. Facilitating Glaucoma Diagnosis With Intereye Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Asymmetry Using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. J Glaucoma. 2016 Feb;25(2):167-76.

Solá-Del Valle DA, Modjtahedi BS, Eliott D, Shen LQ. Treatment of Blebitis and Bleb-related Endophthalmitis. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2015 Fall;55(4):37-49.

Varughese RS, Ridgeon E, Mathew A, Solá-Del Valle DA rapidly enlarging swelling of the left orbit. BMJ. 2015 Feb 25;350:h799

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2005: BA, Harvard College

2011: MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Postgraduate Training

2015: Residency, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology

2016: Fellowship, Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


2017: Board Certified in Ophthalmology

2015: Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Recipient as one of the top ophthalmology residents pursuing fellowship in the United States

2011: Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) election for being in the top 15% of his medical school class

2011: Behrens Memorial Prize in Ophthalmology as the most outstanding medical school graduate entering the field of ophthalmology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2011: Aura Severinghaus Award, highest academic achievement among minority students in medical school class, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2010: Doris Duke Research Fellowship Recipient

2005: Thomas T. Hoopes Prize at Harvard College for one of the best 5 senior honors theses in the natural sciences

2005: Fellowship Recipient from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy