Dr. Joseph Caprioli currently serves as the Chief of the Glaucoma Division, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, and David May II Professor at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, thereafter completing his internship in General Surgery and residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine. Under the tutelage of Dr. George Spaeth, Dr. Caprioli completed his glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
In addition to his role as the Glaucoma Chief, Dr. Caprioli is the director of both the ophthalmology and international glaucoma fellowship training programs. This fellowship provides graduates with clinical and laboratory experience in glaucoma diagnosis and treatment for careers in academic ophthalmology. In addition, he has trained more than a hundred twenty clinical and research fellows, many of whom now hold full-time faculty positions in major academic centers worldwide.
Dr. Caprioli has taught and published extensively in all aspects of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, anterior segment surgery, and laser surgery. Furthermore, he has over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications to his credit and serves on the editorial boards of various medical journals such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology (AJO), the Journal of Glaucoma (JOG), and the Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science journal (IOVS).
Dr. Caprioli is a long-standing member of several professional organizations such as the Associations for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Glaucoma Society (AGS), the International Society for Eye Research (ISER), and serves as a Diplomate for both the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Caprioli has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his many years of experience, dedication, and contributions to the field of Ophthalmology. He has been the recipient of the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Price of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Wasserman Merit Award and the Physician Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, and the Physician Scientist Award of the American Glaucoma Society. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has awarded Dr. Caprioli with the Honor Award, the Senior Achievement Award, three Secretariat Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Dr. Caprioli is the primary investigator of both academic and industry glaucoma research and has received numerous awards for his continued work. Dr. Caprioli's clinical research pursuits include the functional and structural assessment of the optic nerve for the early and serial detection of glaucomatous damage. He also oversees the Glaucoma Basic Science and Clinical Laboratories. His basic-science research addresses the mechanisms of damage to the retinal ganglion cell in glaucoma with a view toward neurorescue. Dr. Caprioli's group was the first to demonstrate that certain endogenous stress proteins protect against diverse forms of damage to retinal ganglion cells. Recent work has focused on retinal ganglion cell rescue in both the clinical and basic research realms.
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