J. Fernando Arevalo, MD, PhD, FACS, FASRS

J. Fernando Arevalo, MD, PhD, FACS, FASRS

The Wilmer Eye Institute-Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Maumenee 708
Baltimore, MD 21287
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(443) 287-9554 office


Professional Affiliations

Academic Appointments
  • Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Wilmer Eye Institute. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Hospital Appointments
  • Wilmer Eye Institute
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD, USA

Education and Training

Retinal fellowship
University of California, Jacobs Retina Center, San Diego, CA
Additional fellowship
Uveitis, UCSD, San Diego, CA
Retinal fellowship
Ocular Oncology, Wils Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Ophthalmology residency
Dr. Domingo Luciani Hospital, Caracas, Venezuela
Medical School
Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela


J. Fernando Arevalo, a holder of M.D., Ph.D, and FACS degrees, completed his medical and ophthalmology training in Caracas, Venezuela, his native country, before traveling to Bogota, Colombia for a two-year Retina and Vitreous fellowship at the Barraquer Institute and the Fundacion Oftalmogica Nacional (University of El Rosario) in 1992-1993. After this intensive training, he traveled to the USA for a 2-year Retina and Vitreous/Uveitis and Intraocular Inflammation fellowship at the University of California, San Diego from 1993-1995 under the mentoring of Dr. William Freeman. The following year, Dr. Arevalo went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his Ocular Oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital under the mentoring of Drs. Jerry and Carol Shields. Dr. Arevalo returned to Venezuela (1996), where he was appointed to the rank of Chairman of Ophthalmology at the Clinica Oftalmologica Centro Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela, and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela. Dr. Arevalo has become recognized as one of the leading ophthalmologists in South America and in 2001 founded the Arevalo-Coutinho Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology. In 2011, Dr. Arevalo was invited by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore to work as a Professor of Ophthalmology and the Chief of the Retina Division of the King Khaled Eye Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a four-year tenure (July 2011-15), followed by an appointment at the Wilmer Eye Institute as the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Professor of Ophthalmology in the Retina Division, and Chairman of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. As a clinical scientist, Dr. Arevalo has more than 900 scientific publications (more than 370 on MEDLINE), 17 books, more than 1000 scientific paper presentations, and more than 1400 invited lecture presentations in North-America, South-America, Central-America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia that have led to international recognition and awards. Dr. Arevalo belongs to numerous scientific societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, the International Uveitis Study Group, the International Society of Ocular Oncology, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has a seat at the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Dr. Arevalo is a former President of the Pan-American Retina and Vitreous Society (2006-2008). Dr. Arevalo is a Past-President of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF).