William Tasman, MD

Subspecialty: Retina



Here is a link to Dr. Tasman’s Obituary on JAMA Ophthalmology

Here is a link to Dr. Tasman’s Obituary on Philly.com 


Dr. William Tasman founded Mid-Atlantic Retina, formerly Retinovitreous Associates, Ltd. in 1974.  He was Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of Wills Eye Hospital (1985-2007). In that position, he has been responsible for training 161 residents and 199 retinal fellows. Dr. Tasman had his residency at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a retinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, in Boston. Dr. Tasman is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Tasman is a member, and past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Retina Society. Dr. Tasman is a founding member of both the Retina Society and the Club Jules Gonin Retina Society and is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, College of Physicians, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society and the American Medical Association. He also serves on the Foundation Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has held numerous offices in various ophthalmic academic societies and has served on national committees. He has been on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Foundation, a medical advisor for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and a trustee to the Edmund B. Spaeth Foundation.

Dr. Tasman has published extensively and currently serves as Editor for Duane’s Clinical Ophthalmology. He has previously served as editor for Survey of Ophthalmology, on the Editorial board of Ophthalmic Society and a section editor for Key Ophthalmology. He has presented papers most recently at annual meetings of the American Ophthalmological Society, The Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Congress of Ophthalmology, Hawaii Ophthalmological Society, North Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology, 1st Arab Ophthalmic Societies Conference, International Congress of Ophthalmology and The Fundacion Oftalmologica Argentina. He has been named one of “America’s Top Docs” and Philadelphia Magazine named Dr. Tasman “One of the Top Docs” of 1999. Dr. Tasman is fluent in both French and German.

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, Retina – 1962
Wills Eye Hospital – 1961
Medical School:
Temple University School of Medicine – 1955
Haverford College – 1951

Honorary Professor, Jefferson Medical College

Honors and Awards

American Board of Ophthalmology – 1961

Language Spoken

English, French, German


Areas of Interest:
Research interests continue to be devoted primarily to pediatric vitreoretinal disorders. Specific conditions include Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and hereditary diseases such as familial exudative retinopathy (FEVR), Stickler’s syndrome, X-linked retinoschisis, Incontentia Pigmenti (IP) Vitelliform Macular Degeneration (Best’s Disease) and Stargardt’s Disease. In adults, participation in diabetic retinopathy clinical trials has been ongoing over a period of many years.