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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2015 Aug 14
Kammerdiener LL, Speiser JL, Aquavella JV, Harissi-Dagher M, Dohlman CH, Chodosh J, Ciolino JB. "Protective effect of soft contact lenses after Boston keratoprosthesis." The British journal of ophthalmology. 2015 Aug 14; Epub 2015 Aug 14.
2015 Feb
Aquavella JV. "Incidence of peters anomaly and congenital opacity." Cornea. 2015 Feb; 34(2):e4.
2014 Nov
Srikumaran D, Munoz B, Aldave AJ, Aquavella JV, Hannush SB, Schultze R, Belin M, Akpek EK. "Long-term outcomes of boston type 1 keratoprosthesis implantation: a retrospective multicenter cohort." Ophthalmology. 2014 Nov; 121(11):2159-64. Epub 2014 Jul 11.
Huang J, Yuan Q, Zhang B, Xu K, Tankam P, Clarkson E, Kupinski MA, Hindman HB, Aquavella JV, Suleski TJ, Rolland JP. "Measurement of a multi-layered tear film phantom using optical coherence tomography and statistical decision theory." Biomedical optics express. 2014 5(12):4374-86. Epub 2014 Nov 24.
2013 Jul
Aquavella JV. "Dry eyes: are new ideas drying up?" The British journal of ophthalmology. 2013 Jul; 97(7):801-2. Epub 2012 Nov 24.

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