Dr. Aldave is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, is the Director of the Cornea Service, and serves as Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program. He 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 and Secretariat 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 publications, including more than sixty peer-reviewed manuscripts, has been invited to give more than one hundred scientific presentations at local, national and international meetings and currently serves as a scientific reviewer for twelve ophthalmology and genetics journals.