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Brian M DeBroff

Advances in Ophthalmology & Visual System
Yale University School of Medicine

Research Interest

His area of expertise is Cataract Surgery.  He performs the latest techniques of adult and pediatric cataract surgery, including complicated and traumatic anterior segment surgery.  He has extensive experience and teaches other Ophthalmologists in performing Toric and Multifocal IOL procedures. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally regarding cataract surgery techniques and actively teaches and supervises Ophthalmology residents in performing cataract surgery.


Brian M DeBroff is an Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine. He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Tufts University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Biology and Classics. As a medical student at Tufts, he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha and The Sir William Osler Honor Society and was presented with the Sandoz Award and the Massachusetts Medical Society Research Award. After his Ophthalmology Residency at the Eye and Ear Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed an Anterior Segment Surgery Fellowship at the Gimbel Eye Centre/University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. He has also completed an Executive Management Program at the Yale University Business School and Yale University School of Public Health in 2000.

His publications include 2 books, eight book chapters, and over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has practiced Ophthalmology in Connecticut for the past 20 years, during which time he has been actively training Ophthalmology residents at the Yale University School of Medicine and has been the only Ophthalmologist to be presented with the Teaching Award twice (1998 and 2008). He has also served as the Residency Program Director and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science for 7 years (1999-2006). He continues to teach as Director of Cataract Medical Education and Wet Laboratory Training for the Yale University Residency Program (since 1994). He is also on the Resident Surgical Curriculum Committee.

From 1999-2006, He is also was the Director of the Cataract Eye Service at Yale University and the Director of Comprehensive Eye Services, Consultative Eye Services for Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Chairman of the Operating Room Committee. He has served on numerous academic committees, including: CME, Appointment and Promotions, Medical School Admissions, Facilities and Operations Design, Graduate Medical Education, Liaison Chair Search, Clinical Chiefs, Practice Advisory to the Dean, Strategic Advisory Committee for Yale Medical School, Best Practices, and the Dean’s Clinical Practice Planning Committee.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is the Selection Chair for Ophthalmology applicants to the American College of Surgeons in Connecticut.  He serves numerous editorial positions including Section Editor of Cataract Surgery Techniques for Techniques in Ophthalmology, and a Reviewer for: Archives of Ophthalmology, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Ocular Surgery News, Journal of Refractive Surgery, and the Ophthalmology Section of the Federal Practitioner.

His awards include: American Academy of Ophthalmology LEO Award, AAO Award for Federal Service, Plenary Award from the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Vision Leadership Award, Straatsma Award Nominee, Research Council of America Top Ophthalmologists (2001-2009), Castle Connolly’s Top Ophthalmologist (New York Metropolitan Area), and Best Doctors of America.