Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS

Chief, Retina Service

Subspecialty: Retina


Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS is Chief of the Retina Service at Wills Eye Hospital. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in internal medicine at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and performed his ophthalmology residency and a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye.

After formal training, he served four years in the military as a vitreoretinal surgeon stationed at the San Diego Naval Medical Center. There he was Co-Director of the medical center's Retina Service, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego, recipient of a Naval Commendation Medal and the Ophthalmology Department's annual teaching award. In 1998, he returned to Philadelphia to join Mid Atlantic Retina, formerly Retinovitreous Associates, and the Retina Service of Wills Eye. Dr. Regillo is currently Director of the Retina Service and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He is the former Director of the Retina Research Unit and Principle Investigator of several major international clinical trials investigating new forms of treatment for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and a variety of other retinal conditions. He was the Chairman of the Wills Eye Hospital Institutional Review Board and the American Academy's Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) Retina Section committee. He also was the Wills Retina Fellowship Program Director.

Dr. Regillo has authored over 100 scientific papers, lectured nationally and abroad, and has published five major textbooks in the field. He has run several instructional courses at the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting and is a recipient of the Academy's Achievement and Senior Achievement Awards in addition to the Secretariat Award. He is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and is an oral board examiner for graduating ophthalmologists. Dr. Regillo has sat on the editorial board for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Review of Ophthalmology, Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, Ocular Surgery News, Retinal Physician, Retina Today, and Retina Times. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Retina Society, The Macula Society, The American Society of Retina Specialists, Society of Heed Fellows, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, and Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmologic Society of which he was past-President. He has been listed through the years as a retina “Top Doc” in Philadelphia Magazine, South Jersey Magazine and Main Line Today.

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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:Wills Eye Hospital, Retina – 1994
  • Residency: Wills Eye Hospital – 1992
  • Medical School: Harvard Medical School – 1988
  • Undergraduate: Northeastern University – 1984


Honors and Awards

  •  “Top Doctors” Philadelphia magazine, 2011-2021
  • America’s Top Doctors” Castle Connolly 2014-2021
  • “America’s Best Eye Doctors” Newsweek 2021

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