Juan E. Grunwald, MD
Dr. Juan E. Grunwald received his M.D. degree from the University of Tel Aviv in 1975. After completing his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Tel Aviv, he joined the Department of Ophthalmology of University of Pennsylvania in 1979. Dr. Grunwald is a clinician-educator who maintains an active clinical practice specialized in the treatment of retinal diseases, performs laser surgery, conducts an extensive research program, and mentors medical students, residents and post doctoral fellows.
Dr. Juan Grunwald, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology of the University of Pennsylvania, is the Director of the Vivian Simkins Lasko Retinal Vascular Research Laboratory at the Scheie Eye Institute dedicated to research on ocular vascular physiology and pathology. One of the main goals of the research carried out at this laboratory is to elucidate the role of blood flow abnormalities in the development of eye diseases. In addition to the study of the effects of disease states on ocular blood flow, the Laboratory also investigates the effects of medications on retinal blood flow in an attempt to find treatments for these blinding diseases.
Dr. Grunwald also is the Principal Investigator of the Retinopathy in Chronic Insufficiency Cohort (RCRIC) Study investigating the relationship between diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy and chronic renal failure and cardiovascular disease in a population of patients with renal disease. Dr. Grunwald also is the Principal Investigator of the Photography Reading Center for the Comparison of Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Trial (CATT) which is comparing treatments with Lucentis and Avastin.
The laboratory of Dr. Grunwald has been funded through the years by many competitive grant applications from the National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical industries and philanthropic institutions. He has served on National and International Committees and several Scientific Review Boards for institutions such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, New York, NY, and the Wellcome Trust Fund, London, United Kingdom. From 1990-1995, he was a regular, full-time member of the National Institutes of Health Visual Sciences Study Section, providing his clinical expertise on retinal diseases and his knowledge in the area of ocular vascular physiology and pathology.
Dr. Grunwald’s achievements in both his clinical and research endeavors are reflected in his strong record of publications, which includes more than 165 publications.
Principal Investigator, Reading Center