Lawrence James Rizzolo PhD

Professor of Surgery (Gross Anatomy); Director of Medical Studies


Dr. Rizzolo received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1977. He received postdoctoral training in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School and in cell biology at the New York University School of Medicine. He received further training in pedagogy and curriculum development at the Harvard-Macy Institute and is a Gallup-Certified strengths coach. Rizzolo joined the Yale faculty in 1993 where he has served as the Director of Medical Sciences for the Section of Anatomy, and Course Director of Human Anatomy and Development. He developed “Anatomy Clinic”, an online guide for training clinical students that is used worldwide. Rizzolo holds joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and the Yale Stem Cell Center. His current research focuses on stem cell approaches to studying retinal degenerations, such as age-related macular degeneration. He is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and serves on the editorial boards of Anatomical Sciences Education and Molecular Vision. Rizzolo was the liaison between the American Association of Anatomists and the Anatomical Society of Ireland and Great Britain. He currently advises the Peking Union Medical College on curricular development.

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