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Dr. Thomas Ciulla graduated from Harvard College, with high honors, and from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society.

He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, and then a fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Surgery at Tufts Medical School, Boston, where he was awarded a prestigious Heed Fellowship.

A board-certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Dr. Ciulla co-directed the Retina Service and Ocular Angiogenesis Research Lab at Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the largest U.S. medical schools, prior to entering private practice.  He remains a Volunteer Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.

He has been awarded Professor of the Year in the Department of Ophthalmology, and has been named on "The Best Doctors List" by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.  He is a journal reviewer for many of the major ophthalmology clinical and research journals, and serves on the Editorial Board of several ophthalmology journals. He is an active member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Macula and Retina Societies, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists, with an Achievement Award and Senior Honor Award from the latter two societies. 

Dr. Ciulla has performed extensive research in macular and retinal diseases, serving as principal investigator, medical monitor, and member of scientific advisory, data safety monitoring, or writing committees in over 100 national clinical trials, including CATT and registration trials for nearly all FDA-approved retinal therapeutics. He served on numerous advisory and journal editorial boards, edited several textbooks, presented in over 200 conferences, and co-authored over 130 Medline-indexed papers, including the first published US-based randomized clinical trial on any intravitreal therapy in neovascular AMD.

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  • M.B.A., Business of Medicine, 2015.

    • Indiana University. Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis

  • Fellow in Vitreo-Retina Surgery, 1996.

    • Tufts Medical School, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, New England Eye Center, Boston.

  • Resident in Ophthalmology, 1995.

    • Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston.

  • Intern in Internal Medicine, 1992.

    • Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.

  • M.D., 1991.

    • University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

  • B.A., Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, 1986.

    • Harvard College, Cambridge.


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Clinical trials

Dr. Ciulla has participated in numerous clinical trials since 1996 involving new treatments for retinal diseases.  Some of these trials have led to the approval of new therapies for serious retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

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