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Angela P. Bessette, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 273-3937

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Dr. Bessette is a skilled and caring physician specializing in the practice of medical retina and uveitis. She completed her medical degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute. She continued her training at the Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute. There she completed two fellowships: the first in medical retina and uveitis and a second, more intensive, fellowship in uveitis. Dr. Bessette's research interests include imaging neovascularization associated with the retina and posterior segment disease.

As a medical retina specialist, she diagnoses and treats a variety of conditions. As a uveitis specialist, she provides care to adult and juvenile patients suffering from inflammatory disease to the front and rear parts of the eye. Some of the conditions she routinely treats are:

• Age related macular degeneration
• Diabetic eye disease
• Inherited retinal disease
• Uveitis
• Ocular complications of Sarcoidosis
• Ocular toxoplasmosis
• Cataracts



  • Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


MD | Columbia University College of Physicians and Surg

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - Present
Fellowship in at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Fellowship in at Cleveland Clinic Foundation

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
Residency in Ophthalmology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/26/2011 - 06/25/2012
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Journal Articles

Hassman LM, Chung MM, Gonzalez M, Bessette AP. "Herpetic Panophthalmitis: A Diagnostic Dilemma." Ocular immunology and inflammation.. 2018 Nov 16; :1-3. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

Barnes AC, Lowder CY, Bessette AP, Baynes K, Srivastava SK. "Treatment of Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy With Intravitreal Steroids." Ophthalmic surgery, lasers & imaging retina.. 2018 Jul 1; 49(7):504-509.

Bessette AP, DeBenedictis MJ, Traboulsi EI. "Clinical characteristics of recessive retinal degeneration due to mutations in the CDHR1 gene and a review of the literature." Ophthalmic genetics.. 2018 39(1):51-55. Epub 2017 Sep 08.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Nonherpetic Viral Infections: West Nile, Chikungunya, Zika, Ebola, HTLV-1, Measles, Rubella
Book Title: Ophthalmology
Author List: Bessette AP, Srivastava SK
Published By: Elsevier 2018

Chapter Title: Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion
Book Title: Ryan's Retina
Author List: Bessette A, Kaiser PK
Published By: Elsevier 2018

Chapter Title: Juvenile Xanthogranuloma
Book Title: The Uveitis Atlas
Author List: Bessette AP, Pichi F, Singh A
Published By: Springer 2016