Tongalp H. Tezel
Kentucky Lions Eye Research Endowed Chair
School of Medicine
Dr. Tezel is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, and Director of the Fellowship Program in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the University of Louisville. His main clinical interest is focused on the surgical and medical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases.
The Kentucky Lions Eye Research Endowed Chair is an accomplished clinician-scientist with an active NIH-funded laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge retinal research. His research focus involves the investigation of molecular mechanisms of various retinal diseases using advanced experimental techniques, such as proteomic analysis. Dr. Tezel’s laboratory seeks to develop new treatment for age-related macular degeneration such as development of new drugs and retinal cell transplantation techniques. His innovative research endeavors have resulted in several new patents regarding the discovery of new treatment options for patients with retinal diseases.
Dr. Tezel completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his vitreoretinal fellowship at Columbia University in New York. He is the recipient of several honors including the Ronald Michels Fellowship Award, NEI Clinician-Scientist Award, the American Society of Retina Specialists’ Honor Award, and the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award.