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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2016 Apr
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. 2016 Apr; 100(4):549-52. Epub 2015 Aug 14.
2016 Jan
Ahmad S, Mathews PM, Srikumaran D, Aldave AJ, Lenis T, Aquavella JV, Hannush SB, Belin M, Akpek EK. "Outcomes of Repeat Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis Implantation." American journal of ophthalmology. 2016 Jan; 161:181-7.e1. Epub 2015 Oct 23.
2016 Jan
Abreau K, Callan C, Kottaiyan R, Zhang A, Yoon G, Aquavella JV, Zavislan J, Hindman HB. "Temperatures of the Ocular Surface, Lid, and Periorbital Regions of Sjögren's, Evaporative, and Aqueous-Deficient Dry Eyes Relative to Normals." The ocular surface. 2016 Jan; 14(1):64-73. Epub 2015 Oct 23.
2015 Dec
Aquavella JV. "Accuracy, Reliability, and Consistency in the Collection of Tear Film Osmolarity Data." JAMA ophthalmology. 2015 Dec; 133(12):1482-3.
2015 Mar
Zhang A, Maki KL, Salahura G, Kottaiyan R, Yoon G, Hindman HB, Aquavella JV, Zavislan JM. "Thermal analysis of dry eye subjects and the thermal impulse perturbation model of ocular surface." Experimental eye research. 2015 Mar; 132:231-9. Epub 2015 Jan 26.

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