James V. Aquavella, M.D.

James V. Aquavella, M.D.

Contact Information

210 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 273-3937

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Patient Care Bio

Dr. Aquavella was the first fellowship trained corneal surgeon in the United States when he established practice in Rochester in the mid-1960's as a specialist in cornea and external eye disease. He continues to be a leader in clinical practice, surgery, education and research.

He was a founder and past president of the Cornea Society, a Director of the Eye Bank Association of America, and served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration and Tissue Banks International. As past president of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology, he is well known for his work in the development of the therapeutic contact lens and the collagen shield.

While continuing to provide the best possible eye care, Dr. Aquavella is an internationally recognized lecturer, textbook author and researcher with over 350 publications. His current research interests include the ocular surface tear film, cornea wound healing and keratoprosthesis (artifical cornea transplantation).

Dr. Aquavella received his AB from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Naples. He has been a member of the health team at the Kings County Medical Center, Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University and the Schepens Institute in Boston.

A recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Senior Honor Awards, Dr. Aquavella has been included for many years in Best Physicians in America and Best Physicians in the Northeast. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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