Joseph Caprioli, MD

Joseph Caprioli, MD

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UCLA Stein Eye Institute | 100 Stein Plaza, Floor 2, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Joseph Caprioli is now retired and no longer sees new patients. However, Dr. Caprioli will continue with teaching, research, academic activities and telemedicine consultations.

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.

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 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.

Academic Title

David May II Professor of Ophthalmology

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Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1985


Glaucoma, Wills Eye Hospital, 1984


Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1983


Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1980


MD, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomed Sciences, 1979


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West Los Angeles

UCLA Stein Eye Institute

Comprehensive Ophthalmology| Neuro-Ophthalmology| Glaucoma +4 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Medical Services



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.


Link to Dr. Caprioli's PubMed publications

  1. Demer JL, Clark RA, Suh SY, Giaconi JA, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Law SK, Bonelli L, Coleman AL, Caprioli J. Optic Nerve Traction During Adduction in Open Angle Glaucoma with Normal versus Elevated Intraocular Pressure. Curr Eye Res. 2020 Feb;45(2):199-210.
  2. Rabiolo A, Morales E, Kim JH, Afifi AA, Yu F, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Predictors of Long-Term Visual Field Fluctuation in Glaucoma Patients. Ophthalmology. 2019 Dec 5. pii: S0161-6420(19)32302-4. Rabiolo A,
  3. Morales E, Afifi AA, Yu F, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Quantification of Visual Field Variability in Glaucoma: Implications for Visual Field Prediction and Modeling. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Oct 17;8(5):25.
  4. Rabiolo A, Morales E, Mohamed L, Capistrano V, Kim JH, Afifi A, Yu F, Coleman AL, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Comparison of Methods to Detect and Measure Glaucomatous Visual Field Progression. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Sep 11;8(5):2.
  5. Rabiolo A, Caprioli J. Cataract Surgery and Rate of Visuals Field Progression in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Aug; 204:140-141.
  6. Daneshvar R, Yarmohammadi A, Alizadeh R, Henry S, Law SK, Caprioli J, Nouri-Mahdavi K. Prediction of Glaucoma Progression with Structural Parameters: Comparison of Optical Coherence Tomography and Clinical Disc Parameters. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jun 24. pii: S0002-9394(19)30296-X.
  7. Kim JH, Rabiolo A, Morales E, Yu F, Afifi AA, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Caprioli J. Risk Factors For Fast Visual Field Progression In Glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Jun 22. pii: S0002-9394(19)30295-8.
  8. Trzeciecka A, Stark DT, Kwong JMK, Piqueras M, Bhattacharya SK, Caprioli J. Comparative lipid profiling dataset of the inflammation-induced optic nerve regeneration. Data Brief. 2019 Apr 25;24:103950.
  9. Liu X, Thung EG, Caprioli J, Law SK. Combined Ab-externo Cyclopexy and Cryopexy in Cyclodialysis Cleft Repair. J Glaucoma. 2019 Jun;28(6):568-574.
  10. Young JW, Caprioli J. Laser trabeculoplasty as first-line glaucoma treatment. Lancet. 2019 Apr 13;393(10180):1479-1480.


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