James V. Aquavella, M.D.

James V. Aquavella, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 659
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-3937
Fax: (585) 276-0292

Lab Information

Aquavella Lab

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Research Bio

Dr. James Aquavella has organized a group of basic scientists including Geunyoung Yoon, Krystel Huxlin, and Jim Zavislan to evaluate human tear film dynamics and its relationship to clinical dry eye syndrome. Utilizing three new technologies developed at the Eye Institute, including wave front analysis, OCT, and ellipsometry, the team is measuring variations in tear film thickness and composition related to the normal blink reflex during altered environmental conditions.This multidisciplinary approach -- which may lead to a better diagnosois and treatment of clinical dry eye -- is a collaborative effort between the Eye Institute and the departments of immunology, oral biology, optics, and dermatology.

Recent Journal Articles

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2013 May 15
Huang J, Lee KS, Clarkson E, Kupinski M, Maki KL, Ross DS, Aquavella JV, Rolland JP. "Phantom study of tear film dynamics with optical coherence tomography and maximum-likelihood estimation." Optics letters. 2013 May 15; 38(10):1721-3.
Herzlich AA, Aquavella JV. "Infant keratoprosthesis." International ophthalmology clinics. 2013 53(2):71-7.
2012 Oct
Gensheimer WG, Kleinman DM, Gonzalez MO, Sobti D, Cooper ER, Smits G, Loxley A, Mitchnick M, Aquavella JV. "Novel formulation of glycerin 1% artificial tears extends tear film break-up time compared with Systane lubricant eye drops." Journal of ocular pharmacology and therapeutics : the official journal of the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2012 Oct; 28(5):473-8. Epub 2012 May 03.
2012 Feb
Tung CI, Kottaiyan R, Koh S, Wang Q, Yoon G, Zavislan JM, Davio SR, Aquavella JV. "Noninvasive, objective, multimodal tear dynamics evaluation of 5 over-the-counter tear drops in a randomized controlled trial." Cornea. 2012 Feb; 31(2):108-14.
2012 Jan
Kottaiyan R, Yoon G, Wang Q, Yadav R, Zavislan JM, Aquavella JV. "Integrated multimodal metrology for objective and noninvasive tear evaluation." The ocular surface. 2012 Jan; 10(1):43-50. Epub 2012 Jan 08.

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 Naples1957
BA | Biological Science | Johns Hopkins University1952

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary07/01/1961 - 06/30/1963
Residency in Ophthalmology at Brooklyn Hospital Center07/01/1959 - 06/30/1961
Internship in Internal Medicine at Kings County Hospital Center07/01/1958 - 06/30/1959