Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD

Retina, Pediatric Retina

Subspecialty: Retina


Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD is an adult and pediatric retina specialist. He received his MD with honors from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was recognized with the Edward Norton Award in Ophthalmology and grants from Fight for Sight and the National Eye Institute. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, and received many awards for his clinical and research expertise, including those from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Yonekawa subsequently underwent specialized fellowship training in adult and pediatric retina surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants, William Beaumont Hospital. He received prestigious national awards during fellowship from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Ronald G. Michels Foundation, and the Retina Society.

Dr. Yonekawa is board certified in ophthalmology and is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He serves on multiple committees for the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and the Executive Committee for the Vit Buckle Society. He is also an active member of the Retina Society, Macula Society, AAO, Vail Vitrectomy, the Association of Pediatric Retina Specialists. He has received numerous recognitions for his expertise, including the ASRS Senior Honor Award, AAO Achievement Award, The Ophthalmologist Power List of Rising Stars, Castle Connolly and Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctor recognitions, and awards for instructional surgical technique videos.

Dr. Yonekawa has contributed over 300 original papers, editorials, and textbook chapters to help advance the field. He serves as assistant editor for RETINA, and section editor for Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases (JVRD), Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina (OSLI Retina), and Review of Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (JAAPOS) and Retina Today, is editor-in-chief for RETINA Roundup, as well as section editor for several textbooks.

Dr. Yonekawa joins Mid Atlantic Retina and the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital from Boston, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Pediatric Retina Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.

He and his colleagues at Mid Atlantic Retina and Wills Eye Hospital provide the latest treatment techniques for various conditions affecting the retina. For adults, Dr. Yonekawa cares for patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, vitreomacular traction, primary and complex retinal detachment, ocular trauma, cataract surgery-related conditions, amongst other diagnoses. For pediatric patients, he cares for children with retinopathy of prematurity, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, dyskeratosis congenita, Norrie disease, persistent fetal vasculature, Coats' disease, congenital retinoschisis, sickle cell retinopathy, ocular trauma, and various forms of retinal detachment.

Dr. Yonekawa is committed to improving the quality of life for his patients. He and his family are very excited to establish their new home in the Philadelphia region.


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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Affiliation
Associate Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Visiting Professor, Kyorin University Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo


Fellowship: William Beaumont Hospital, Adult and Pediatric Vitreoretinal Surgery

Residency:  Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Medical School:  Weill Cornell Medical College

Undergraduate:  Wesleyan University

Editorial Positions

  • Editor-in-Chief, RETINA Roundup
  • Assistant Editor, RETINA
  • Section Editor, Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases
  • Section Editor, OSLI Retina
  • Section Editor, Review of Ophthalmology
  • Editorial Board, JAAPOS
  • Editorial Board, Retina Today

Honors and Awards

Senior Honor Award, American Society of Retina Specialists
Fellow of the American Society of Retina Specialists
Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Top 50 Power List Rising Stars, The Ophthalmologist
Best Paper Award, AAO Annual Meeting
Michels Fellowship Award, Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation
Heed Fellowship Award, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation
Philadelphia Medical Society Top Physicians
Castle Connolly Top Doctor
Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctor


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Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19107 Google Maps