Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD

Retina, Pediatric Retina

Subspecialty: Retina


Dr. Yoshihiro Yonekawa 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 Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He serves on the Education Committee of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and the Executive Committee for the Vit Buckle Society where he is also the Vice President for Academic Programing. He is an active member of AAO, Vail Vitrectomy, the Association of Pediatric Retina Specialists, and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has received numerous recognitions for his expertise, including the AAO Achievement Award, ASRS Honor Award, The Ophthalmologist Power List of Rising Stars, and awards for instructional surgical technique videos.

Dr. Yonekawa has contributed over 250 original papers, editorials, and textbook chapters to help advance the field. He serves as assistant editor for RETINA, deputy editor for Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases (JVRD), and section editor for Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers and Imaging Retina (OSLI Retina), Review of Ophthalmology, and American Journal of Ophthalmic Clinical Trials. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (JAAPOS), is co-editor of Retina Roundup and the Vit Buckle Academy, 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
Assistant Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Visiting Assistant 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

  • Assistant Editor, RETINA
  • Deputy Editor, Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases
  • Section Editor, OSLI Retina
  • Editorial Board, JAAPOS

Honors and Awards

2018 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2018 Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award Nominee
2018 Honor Award, American Society of Retina Specialists
2017 Top 50 Power List Rising Stars, The Ophthalmologist
2016 Best Paper Award, AAO Annual Meeting
2015 Michels Fellowship Award, Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation
2014 Heed Fellowship Award, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation


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