Meet Our Team
The dedicated physicians, nurses, staff, and research associates that are associated with the retina service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are critical to the success of our manifold goals. These members include:
Jorge Arroyo MD, MPH
Director of the Retina Service Center, Ophthalmology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
In 2004, Dr. Arroyo became the Director of The Retina Service in the Division of Ophthalmology in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Arroyo has a national and international referral practice at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and co-authored seven book chapters, written sixteen reviews, and has been invited to give numerous national and international lectures. His main clinical interests include the study and treatment of age related macular degeneration, retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy. He has participated as the Principal Investigator of The Submacular Surgery Trials and the EyeTech and Regeneron Study for the treatment of the neovascular complications ARMD.
Dr. Arroyo works closely with medical students, residents and vitreoretinal fellows in order to provide state-of-the-art care to patients, and guide the future clinical and research leaders in Ophthalmology. He has received teaching awards for his teaching from the residents at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Major Clinical Interest
Age-related Macular Degeneration
Macular Translocation/Submacular Surgery
Complicated Retinal Detachments
Major Research Interest
More than 120 million people in the United States are older than 40 years of age, and are, therefore, at risk for such age-related diseases as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection and intervention of these age-related eye diseases preserves vision and is critical to a healthy and productive life. In addition to patient care, Dr. Arroyo has devoted his research efforts on finding suitable treatments for age related eye diseases, such as the wet form of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other devastating ocular conditions which plague our population.
Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ; 1985
Hahnemann University Hospital in Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; 1986
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine in Ophthalmology, Brooklyn, NY; 1989
Joslin Diabetes Center in Retina/diabetes, Boston, MA; 1980
American Board of Ophthalmology
Retina Service Secretary
Marianne Gilligan, RN
Rick Caswell, RN
Isabel Hernandez, RN
Carolyn Isidro, RN
Alma Martin, RN
Tiffany Crager, ST
Beverly Jones, ST
Ginelle Vasquez, ST
Clinical Ophthalmic Technicians/Photographers
Marlene Blumenthal, RN
Retina Service Alumni
Joon Hyun Kim, MD
Frances Lang, LICSW