President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

Arunan Sivalingam, MD

Co-Director of the Retina Service

Subspecialty: Retina

Areas of Interest

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Choroidal neovascularization


Arunan Sivalingam, MD is board certified in Ophthalmology and on staff at Wills Eye Hospital, where he serves as the Co-Director of the Retina Service as well as the Director of the Retina Fellowship. He is an Associate Professor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Sivalingam graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1981. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Sivalingam went on to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for his internship and completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital where he was selected a co-chief resident. He finished his fellowship for Retinal Diseases at Wills Eye Hospital in June 1991. 

Dr. Sivalingam is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Retina Society, American Society of Retina Specialists (formerly known as The Vitreous Society), Association for Vision in Research and Ophthalmology, Inter-County Ophthalmological Society, Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Philadelphia County Medical Society, and the Wills Eye Hospital Society.

Dr. Sivalingam has authored numerous scientific peer-reviewed publications in ophthalmology journals and has contributed chapters to three major ophthalmology reference text books. He lectures extensively: locally, nationally, and internationally. He has been co-investigator and principal investigator for many studies dealing with Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Choroidal Neovascularization. He has held exhibits at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was a co-investigator of The Standard Care vs. Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) Study for the National Eye Institute. Over the years, Dr. Sivalingam has been selected by his peers as a “Top Doc” in the Philadelphia Magazine.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 1991

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


  • Fellowship:  Wills Eye Hospital, Retina – 1991
  • Residency:  Wills Eye Hospital – 1989
  • Medical School:  University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – 1985
  • Undergraduate:  Franklin & Marshall College – 1981

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