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J. Fernando Arevalo, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Wilmer Eye Institute Research


Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Age-Related, Retina, Medical Diseases, Retina, Surgical Diseases, Retinal Detachment

Research Interests

Retinal detachments; Vitreoretinal surgery; Diabetic retinopathy; Vitreoretinal complications of refractive surgery


Fernando J. Arevalo, M.D., has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of vitreoretinal disease. A gifted surgeon, he has performed more than 4000 retinal detachment operations. He also teaches and conducts clinical research that has led to advances in the treatment of complex retinal detachments, vitreo-retinal complications of refractive surgery, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (combination therapy and anti-angiogenics).

As a clinical scientist, Dr Arevalo has authored or co-authored more than 800 scientific publications (over 170 articles in MEDLINE), ten books, more than 600 scientific paper presentations, and has given more than 800 invited lecture presentations throughout the world.

A native of Venezuela, Dr. Arevalo received his M.D. degree from Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. He then completed two retina fellowships in Bogota, Columbia and a third retina fellowship and a uvietis fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He then completed a fellowship in ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Arevalo returned to Venezuela to become a professor and chairman of Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas. In 2011, he joined the faculty of the Wilmer Eye Institute to become the inaugural Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Professor of Ophthalmology and the chief of the retina division at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hosital (KKESH), Wilmer's affiliate hospital in Saudi Arabia.


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    • M.D., Central University of Venezuela, College of Medicine, Jose Maria Vargas School of Medicine, Caracas, Venezuela, 1986


    • Dr. Miguel Perez Carreno Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela, 1988, Surgery Internship
    • Central University of Venezuela, Dr. Domingo Luciani Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela, 1991, Ophthalmology Residency


    • Barraquer Institute, Bogota, Colombia, 1992, Retina and Vitreous
    • Fundacion Oftalmologica Nacional (University of El Rosario), Bogota, Colombia, 1993, Retina and Vitreous
    • University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, 1995, Retina and Vitreous/Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammation
    • Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1996, Ocular Oncology
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    Professional Activities

    Pan-American Collaborative Retina Study Group (PACORES)

    KKESH Uveitis Survey Study Group

    KKESH Collaborative Retina Study Group

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    Wilmer Faculty Member Performs First Retinal Implant Surgery in Middle East:

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