Carmen A. Puliafito

Professor of Ophthalmology and Health Management
Carmen Puliafito, MD, MBA

Areas of treatment:

Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Diseases
Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinal Degenerations
Vitreoretinal Diseases
Vitreoretinal Surgery


  • Ophthalmology


  • Department of Ophthalmology


  • English
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Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA

Professor of Ophthalmology and Health Management

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Beverly Hills
  • USC Roski Eye Institute (Los Angeles)

About this doctor:

Prior to assuming the deanship of the Keck School of Medicine on November l, 2007, Dr. Puliafito served as director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Before joining Bascom Palmer, Dr. Puliafito served as founding director of the New England Eye Center and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Tufts University from 1991 to 2001.

Dr. Puliafito started his career at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, where he was founder of the Laser Research Laboratory, director of the Morse Laser Center, a member of the Retina Service, and associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Puliafito is recognized as co-inventor of the technology of optical coherence tomography (OCT), and was the first ophthalmologist to use this technology to study the human macula in health and disease.

For his work on OCT, Dr. Puliafito was awarded (along with James Fujimoto and Eric Swanson) the 2002 Rank Prize — the world’s most prestigious award in optoelectronics.

Throughout his career, Dr. Puliafito has been an innovator, most recently participating in the introduction of bevacizumab (Avastin) for the treatment of retinal disorders. He was the first to describe the use of a semiconductor diode laser for retinal photocoagulation, and pioneered basic science research in excimer laser photoablation and optical breakdown and photodisruption.


Doctor of Medicine, magna cum laude, Harvard Medical School
MBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Harvard University


Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, Boston, MA


Ophthalmic Pathology, Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA


American Board of Ophthalmology


Rank Prize: the world's most prestigious award in Optoelectronics, 2002
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015