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Dean Eliott, MD

Dr. Eliott is the Gragoudas Professor of Ophthalmology, Director Emeritus of the Retina Service, and Director of the Surgical Retina Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Duke University and his medical degree with honors from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and he received his retina fellowship training at the Duke Eye Center of Duke University Medical Center. He then served as Chief Resident and retina faculty member at Duke.

Following this, Dr. Eliott was the Director of the Retina Service, Associate Professor, and Retina Fellowship Director at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he was the Director of the Doheny Retina Institute, Professor, and Retina Fellowship Director at the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Eliott is a recognized leader in surgery for complex retinal conditions and fellowship education. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Crystal Apple Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Lifetime Mentor Award from the Vit-Buckle Society.  He was among the first surgeons to perform clinical trials in intravitreal sustained drug delivery, epiretinal prosthesis implantation, subretinal stem cell transplantation, and gene therapy for a variety of blinding retinal disorders.

Dr. Eliott is on the editorial board of several journals and has over 400 publications in ophthalmic journals and textbooks. He has special interest in surgery for ocular trauma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and other complex retina-vitreous disorders.