Dr. Aldave joined the Jules Stein Eye Institute in July 2002 as a full-time member of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services. He is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology, holds the Walton Li Chair in Cornea and Uveitis, is Chief of the Cornea and Uveitis Division and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program.
Dr. Aldave has received numerous honors during his career, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Scholarship Award for graduating first in his medical school class, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the American Ophthalmological Society-Knapp Testimonial Fund Fellowship, the first Claes Dohlman Society Award, and the Achievement, Secretariat and Senior Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Aldave directs the Corneal Genetics Laboratory at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Aldave’s NIH-funded laboratory research focuses on the molecular genetics of the corneal dystrophies, a group of inherited disorders that affect corneal clarity and constitute one of the primary indications for corneal transplantation. Recognized as a leader in his chosen field of scientific investigation, Dr. Aldave has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, has been invited to give more than 300 presentations at local, national and international meetings and serves as a scientific reviewer for 18 ophthalmology and genetics journals.
Dr. Aldave's laboratory research focuses on the molecular genetics of the corneal dystrophies, a group of inherited disorders that affect corneal clarity and constitute one of the primary indications for corneal transplantation.