Allen Ho, MD

Subspecialty: Retina

Areas of Interest

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular diseases
  • Surgical retinal diseases
  • Vitreoretinal diseases


Allen C. Ho, MD is an internationally recognized retina specialist who specializes in state of the art and compassionate patient care and is a leader in the development of new medical and surgical treatments for retinal disease. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, receiving highest distinction in all subjects. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was elected Co-Chief Resident during his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital.  He completed a Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital where he was awarded a Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship.

Dr. Ho is Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Editor of Retina Today, a global publication that features new treatments for retinal disease.  He has authored numerous scientific publications on retinal disease, is author of The Wills Eye Hospital Color Atlas and Synopsis of Retinal Disease and Age Related Macular Degeneration Diagnosis and Treatment, and is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging, Ophthalmology Times, Ocular Surgery News, and Evidence Based Ophthalmology. He is a recipient of multiple clinical research grants investigating new treatments for macular diseases sponsored by the National Eye Institute and received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Achievement Award. He is a scientific advisor for many surgical device and pharmaceutical companies pursuing improved treatments for macular and retinal disease.

Dr. Ho is the Principal Investigator at Wills Eye Hospital of several collaborative clinical trials evaluating new treatments for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and maintains special interests in macular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, surgical retinal diseases and clinical trials investigating new treatments for vitreoretinal diseases. s a volunteer for Eye Care America, serving underinsured Americans with medical need and a member of the Board of the American Diabetes Association of Greater Philadelphia whose mission is to improve the care and quality of life of patients with diabetes mellitus.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 1993

Academic Affiliation
Professor of Ophthalmology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

  • Fellowship:  Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, Retina – 1994
  • Residency:  Wills Eye Hospital – 1992
  • Medical School:  Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons – 1988
  • Undergraduate:  Cornell University – 1984

Honors and Awards

Philadelphia magazine “Top Doctors” 2011-2017; Castle Connolly “America’s Top Doctors” 2014-2017; American Society of Retina Specialists’ Crystal Apple Award

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