|Physician surgeon, professor, researcher and administrator, Dr. Eduardo Alfonso is a cornea specialist with a special interest in corneal transplants. The medical director of Bascom Palmer’s Ocular Microbiology Laboratory, he is an internationally known expert on ocular infectious diseases. Alfonso completed his undergraduate degree at Yale College, summa cum laude, and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He joined Bascom Palmer and the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1981 as a resident. He then completed fellowships in corneal and external diseases, ophthalmic pathology, and research at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alfonso joined the faculty of Bascom Palmer in 1986. He was appointed director of Bascom Palmer in 2007 and chairman in 2009. During his tenure as director, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked as #1 in Ophthalmology each year by U.S. News& World Report. He has served in leadership roles at the University of Miami. A renowned medical academic leader, Alfonso is past president of several organizations including the Association of University of Professors of Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and has served on the board of others. He has been inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society, the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationale, and the Cornea Society. He has been honored with over 20 invited lectures and has received numerous awards.
Dr. Alfonso and his wife live in Key Biscayne, Florida; enjoy the outdoors and their children and grandchildren.