Dr. Eduardo C. Alfonso is Director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI), Chairman of Ophthalmology, and the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair. He is known for his clinical and research interests in corneal diseases, microbiology and administration in healthcare.
Born in Cuba, grew up in Puerto Rico, and received a bachelor degree (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and medical degree from Yale University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at BPEI, University of Miami and fellowships in cornea and pathology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University. He joined BPEI where he was awarded tenure and the Edward W.D. Norton Professor.
The National Eye Institute, Foundations and philanthropy have funded this research. He has delivered more than 25 named honor lectures. He has been an invited lecturer in over 200 national and international meetings. He serves on the editorial board of ophthalmology journals, and has authored more than 300 scientific publications. He has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1985 and voluntarily re-certified in 2015.
He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Award, the Senior Achievement Award, the Life Achievement Honor Award, and the Special Recognition Award. The Pan American Ophthalmological Foundation honored him with the Ambassador for Education Award. He was named as CEO of the Year by South Florida Business, and named one of the 100 most influential leaders in South Florida. He was honored with the Florida Society of Ophthalmology leadership award in 2011. He received the ORBIS International Medical Faculty Award in 2004. He was inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society in 2009, the University of Miami Iron Arrow Society in 2010 and the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationale in 2014. His has been included in the Best Doctors in America by Woodward and White since 1994, Top Doctors in the United States by Castle Connolly since 2000, the 100 Most Influential Ophthalmologists Power List by The Ophthalmologist since 2014, and in the Florida Trend list of most influential leaders since 2018.
He has served as director and president of the Miami Ophthalmological Society, the BPEI Alumni Association, Sociedad Iberoamericana de Cornea y Cirugia Refractiva, the Cuban Ophthalmological Society in Exile, the Ophthalmology Research Foundation, the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. He serves on the board of the Heed Ophthalmological Foundation, the Society of Heed Fellows, the Cornea Society, the International Council of Ophthalmology and the Florida Society of Ophthalmology. He was founder of the Cornea and External Disease Academic Society in 1988. He has also served in numerous leadership positions at the University of Miami. He serves on scientific boards for industry, National Eye Institute, Hope for Vision, Prevent Blindness America, Alcon Research Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness. He was appointed by the Secretary of Health & Human Services to serve on the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Advisory Eye Council.