Anthony J. Aldave, MD
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Anthony J. Aldave, MD

  • Cornea and External Diseases
Doris Stein Eye Research Center | 200 Stein Plaza Doris Stein 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Link to Dr. Aldave's complete CV

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 Co-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; the R. Townley Paton Award from the Eye Bank Association of American; and the Asia Cornea Foundation Medal Award.

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Aldave directs the Corneal Genetics Laboratory at the Stein Eye Institute, which is focused elucidating the molecular genetic basis of the corneal dystrophies and developing novel gene- and cell-based therapies.  Recognized as a leader in his chosen field of scientific investigation, Dr. Aldave has authored over 170 peer-reviewed scientific publications, given 500 scientific presentations at local, national and international meetings and serves as a scientific reviewer for 20 ophthalmology and genetics journals.




Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2002


Cornea and Uveitis, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 2002


Ophthalmology, Wills Eye Hospital, 2000


Transitional, Brackenridge Hospital, 1997


MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1996


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



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.


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