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James Aquavella, M.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology

James Aquavella, MD, was the first fellowship trained corneal surgeon in the United States when he established practice in Rochester in the mid-1960's as a specialist in cornea and external eye disease. He continues to be a leader in clinical practice, surgery, education and research.

Current Appointments

Catherine E. Aquavella Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD)
Professor - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD) - Primary


Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


MD | Medicine | Italy-Fac Med U Naples - 1957
BA | Biological Science | Johns Hopkins University - 1952

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary: 07/01/1961 - 06/30/1963
Residency in Ophthalmology at Brooklyn Hospital Center: 07/01/1959 - 06/30/1961
Internship in Internal Medicine at Kings County Hospital Center: 07/01/1958 - 06/30/195

Tara Vaz, O.D.

BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellow

Tara Vaz, OD, completed the BostonSight® PROSE Clinical Fellowship in 2014. She is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Vaz has 13 years of extensive clinical experience in private practice and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the State College of Optometry. Dr. Vaz was also a Principal Research Optometrist at Bausch & Lomb, where she provided clinical research support for vision care product development.

Current Appointment

Senior Instructor - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD) - Primary


OD | SUNY College of Optometry - 2001

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at SUNY College of Optometry: 07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002

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