Episode 53

Advice from an Academic Chair: The Other Side of Business

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | November 22, 2023

In this episode, we feature an exceptional individual Lucian V. Del Priore —an ophthalmologist with a unique background in physics. His fascination with the scientific and engineering facets of medicine propelled him towards a career in the field of healthcare. Throughout this episode, he discusses the ongoing scientific revolutions within ophthalmology, elucidating breakthroughs and major advancements. Additionally, he provides insights into essential business skills required in an academic environment and emphasizes the significance of maintaining team motivation.

Questions discussed in this episode

  • 00:01:48 – His transition from studying physics to choosing ophthalmology
  • 00:07:01 – Business skills required to run a department
  • 00:10:59 – His contributions to the scientific revolution in ophthalmology, particularly his foundational work in stem cell transplantation and an overview of his current research initiatives
  • 00:14:49 – Threats and challenges in ophthalmology
  • Yesterday and today will never be the same.
  • 00:18:08 – What is a specific pet peeve of yours that they should be mindful of as trainees, residents, and fellows? 
  • 00:23:08 – Highlighting the unique challenges he faces as a leader in an academic setting that differs from those encountered in other leadership roles
  • 00:25:35 – Comparing and contrasting the value proposition of involvement in an academic center versus a private center within the field of ophthalmology

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Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD (Physics)

Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman
Yale School of Medicine

Lucian V. Del Priore, MD, PhD specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of retinal disease, including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and ocular trauma.

He received his BS in Physics from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an MS and PhD in Physics from Cornell University. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology and fellowships in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Glaucoma at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served on the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine and Columbia University, where he rose to the ranks of Professor and Robert L. Burch III Scholar in the Department of Ophthalmology and was a member of the Stem Cell Consortium. Prior to coming to Yale, he was the Pierre G. Jenkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and Director of the Albert Florens Storm Eye Institute at MUSC in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Del Priore is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the International Society for Eye Research. Dr. Del Priore has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and has given numerous invited lectures throughout the world on the treatment of retinal diseases. He maintains an active research laboratory in the biology of retina in health and disease. He was recently elected to the New York Ophthalmological Society, and is a Life Fellow and Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, having previously received a Senior Achievement Award in recognition of commitment to advancing the profession. He has also received a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has received an MA (honorary) from Yale University, and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins in recognition of outstanding contributions to ophthalmology as a Wilmer Graduate. He has received the Lew R. Wasserman Award from Research to Prevent Blindness and a Teacher of the Year Award. He is listed consistently within the Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors, as well as Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors.

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Dr. Del Priore LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/lucian-v-del-priore-md-phd-physics-a6a81710


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