Irene A. Barbazetto, M.D. is a vitreoretinal surgeon and macular disease specialist board certified in the United States and Europe. She is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, hereditary retinal disease, and diabetes.
The author of more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, she serves on the Editorial Board of the prestigious journal Graefe's Archive of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. Dr. Barbazetto is the recipient of the 2009 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Her patients voted her one of America's "Most Compassionate Physicians" and she received the "Patient's Choice Award" in 2010. Her academic affiliations include Columbia University, NYU, and Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital.
A graduate of Hamburg University, Germany, Dr. Barbazetto's doctoral thesis investigated a newly developed vision-screening test (H-Test) for pre-school children and was awarded cum laude. She completed her ophthalmology residency in Lübeck, Germany, where she participated in the development of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of macular degeneration.
In 2000, she came to New York for a research fellowship with Dr. Stanley Chang at Columbia University, focusing on the role of oxygen in the development of cataract after vitreoretinal surgery. She completed an internship in general surgery at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and an ophthalmology residency at Columbia University. She was awarded a medical and surgical vitreoretinal fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and Columbia University.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Barbazetto serves as an investigator on several national and international medical trials. She is a pioneer in the use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of choroidal hemangioma and other ocular tumors and an active reviewer for several ophthalmologic publications. Dr. Barbazetto is a member of The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), European Vision and Eye Research (EVER), New York State Ophthalmologic Society (NYOS), and The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).