Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Professor of Ophthalmology
Chief of Vitreoretinal Division
Dr. Arevalo is the son of a very prestigious pediatric ophthalmologist in Caracas, Venezuela (Dr. Fernando Arevalo-Coutinho [1928-89]).
Dr Arevalo completed his medical and ophthalmology training in Caracas, Venezuela, his native country, before traveling to Bogotá, Colombia for a two-year Retina and Vitreous fellowship at the Barraquer Institute and the Fundacion Oftalmologica Nacional (University of El Rosario) in 1992-93. After this intensive training in these two world famous institutions, he traveled to the United States for a 2-year Retina and Vitreous/Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammation fellowship at University of California, San Diego from 1993-95 under the mentoring of Dr. William Freeman. The following year, Dr. Arevalo went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his Ocular Oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital under the mentoring of Drs. Jerry and Carol Shields.
Upon completing his fellowship training in Colombia and the United States, Dr Arevalo returned to Venezuela (1996), where he was appointed to the rank of Chairman of Ophthalmology at the Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela, and Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela. Under his leadership, the Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas grew in stature, training ophthalmologists from Venezuela and neighboring countries and providing modern eye care for countless patients. Dr Arevalo has become recognized as one of the leading ophthalmologists in South America and in 2001 founded the Arevalo-Coutinho Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology to honor his father.
Dr. Arevalo was invited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore to work as the first holder of the Edmund F. and Virginia Ball Professorship of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Retina Division of the King Khaled Eye Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia starting on July 2011, followed by an appointment at the Wilmer Eye Institute. An affiliation between JHU and KKESH was started in 2010 with the objective of elevating the clinical, research and academic level of KKESH.
Dr Arevalo 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 have 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 more than 800 scientific publications (over a hundred and seventy articles in MEDLINE), ten books, more than 600 scientific paper presentations authored or co-authored, and more than 800 invited lecture presentations in North-America, South-America, Central-America, Europe, Africa, and Asia that have led to international recognition and awards such as the 1999 American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, the 2001 Vitreous Society Honor Award, the 2002 American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award, Special Acknowledgment at the XXVIII Brazilian Congress of Retina and Vitreous 2003, Honorary Member of the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology 2004, Special Acknowledgment at the XX Peruvian Congress of Ophthalmology 2004, the Rhett Buckler Award of the American Society of Retina Specialists 2005 and 2013, the Best of the Retina-Vitreous posters at American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2005 Annual Meeting, the Best Retina Poster at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Annual Meeting 2006 and 2007, the 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology International Ophthalmologist Education Award, the 2007 Senior American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, the 2008 “Dr. Juan Verdaguer Planas” Lecture from the Chilean National Society, the 2010 “GLADAOF” Lecture from the Pan-American Retina & Vitreous Society, the 2011 “Dr. Jose Manuel Espino” Lecture from the Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology International Scholar Award 2011, and Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital & Eye Research Centre: RETICON 2012 Gold Medal in Chennai, India.
Dr. Arevalo has been a leader and a founder of Ophthalmology Study Groups around the world. During the World Ophthalmology Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 2006, a group of 11 centers from 8 countries was officially established as The Pan American Collaborative Retina Study Group (PACORES). Recently, PACORES has expanded to a group of 18 centers from 13 countries. The number of presentations on behalf of PACORES in international meetings is already 152. The papers presented there are already under consideration and 25 have already been published in PubMed cited journals. The Group has already obtained recognition worldwide in the Retina community. In addition, Dr. Arevalo has founded in 2012 The King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) Uveitis Survey Study Group, and The KKESH Collaborative Retina Study Group in the Middle East. Both groups from KKESH in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have started to publish and present their work at international meetings including the American Society of Retina Specialist, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Arevalo belongs to numerous scientific societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, the International Uveitis Study Group, the International Society of Ocular Oncology, and is Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Arevalo is a former President of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (2006-2008). Dr. Arevalo is the Executive Vice-president (2011-2015) of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF).
Dr. Arevalo is married to Dr. Oly Azar-Arevalo (an ophthalmologist and cornea specialist) and has a son, Fernando Andres, who is 16 years old.